Sunday, August 14, 2005

Last Exit Artwork Wall


Last Exit Artwork
Originally uploaded by NYC Tom.

Last Exit looking to Outside


Last Exit looking to Outside
Originally uploaded by NYC Tom.

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Galapagos

http://www.galapagosartspace.com

Here is what the New York Times said about this bar, according to their website:

“a truly sublime reflecting pool, an expansive cathedral-like interior, brilliantly spotlit, the scenery is lush,[an] ever-growing cultural oasis.”

Basically, you walk in the front door and across this little catwalk, next to a shallow pool with candles in it. This is actually pretty cool if you're (hypothetically) already a little drunk, because you won't realize it's a pool at all (it doesn't reflect much) and you'll think you're walking over empty space and clutch the railing.

I will defer the question of whether the rest of the bar can be called an "art space." It seems like a bar to me, but who am I to impose my hegemonic labels on the independent truth-claims of a community not my own? Decide for yourself. What I can tell you is that it has a high ceiling, a stage, and a bar (sorry, "drinking space"), and it gets crowded enough to make you wish the reflecting pool wasn't taking up all that room. There's another room in back and maybe an upstairs too, but neither was open.

music: 3/5 ... hit-and-miss, mostly, you know ...trip-hop ...um ...acid-funk ...whatever the kids are listening to these days. With video projections.

drinks: 3.5/5 ...vodka, gin, no complaints.

crowd: 2/5 ...unacceptable incidence of being in the way of the bar.

dive: 1/5 ...looks like some college stoner's trust fund project ("daaad, this IS a job!"). which isn't necessarily a criticism, but it disqualifies you as a dive.

overall: 3/5 ...i know i say this about almost every bar i review, but ...try to go on a weekday when it's not so crowded. because it gets pretty crowded.