For the past few weeks, commuters at the Lorimer/Metropolitan L/G subway stop have been privy to a bit of routine-breaking magic. In the place of an ordinary newsstand, hawking candy bars, bottles of water, and outdated magazines, is the Newsstand–a temporary space devoted to selling art of all kinds, its shelves overflowing with zines, records, novels, and photographs. There’s even a mini-zine vending machine, which serves up a mystery art book to anyone with four quarters to spare.
And while the Newsstand isn’t quite the utopian D.I.Y. vision it initially seems–it was created by the creative agency ALLDAYEVERYDAY, and a P.R. agent closely watched each of our interviews with staffers–it is quite a wonderful place. There’s enough crammed into the tiny space to keep an art lover occupied for years, and there’s new content arriving every day. The Newsstand’s proprietors are on a month-by-month lease (everything was done legitimately through the MTA), with no definite plans for when they’ll close up shop. Get there soon, while it’s still open.
And yes, we know you saw this all in the New York Times today, but we have video. Take a look above.
(Picture: Nate Cepis/ANIMALNewYork, Edit: Aymann Ismail/ANIMALNewYork)