Thursday, November 29, 2012
Rainbow For The City
O-Docker (or perhaps that should be O'Docker?), who mentioned something about some longstanding misconception he'd had about the end of the rainbow. I think a lot of us shared that so without further ado, here's what's REALLY at the end of the rainbow: a teensy (ha ha) bit of a detour but I enjoyed tracking it down and decided to repeat my trek the next night, only with a camera this time. Also, I hadn't mentioned this before, but one rather fun thing about everybody in the world except me having a smartphone these days is that I find that when something unique and unusual comes up, everybody is going to pull out their smartphones to find out what it is and if I just keep my ears open, I'll overhear someone explaining it to their friends. In this case, on Tuesday night I overheard someone say "It's for Sandy", which was enough for me to track down the rest of the story when I got home. I first found a story on NY1, and a friend later sent me a link to a story with links on Gothamist. The rainbow is an art installation that's been touring this year, and in the aftermath of Sandy, and in a very nice gesture, the artist, Yvette Mattern, decided to bring it back to New York City in honor of those who are still suffering from the storm (so easy for even those of us who live in less-hard-hit neighborhoods to forget that it's still so bad in a lot of places). Ms. Clark set her lights up on top of the Standard Hotel, the one that straddles the High Line, and for 3 nights this week (tonight's the last, I think), starting at 8 P.M., the rainbow beams out towards the Rockaway Peninsula. I live in Brooklyn, and although it was far too faint to photograph (at least with my camera), I did notice on Tuesday night that I could still see it in the sky when I got off the train in my neighborhood in Flatbush. It's hard to miss in downtown Manhattan, but if you're out and about tonight in Brooklyn or Queens, don't forget to take a look up in the sky to see if you can spot it.