An exercise in faith!
Jon Bonito Saturday at BOS
In typical fashion, my invasion of BOS – Bushwick’s Open Studios Event was an exercise in faith; a man with a plan without an agenda. I stumbled into this one studio on Wyckoff Ave and entered into this building full of graffiti, tags, and random phrases. Following the sign to the fourth floor we were greeted by a young man who simply introduced himself as Strauss and were directed to follow him through a maze of a studio into a back room where an area was sectioned off in a black tarp. Inviting us to step in, an assault of dub-step began playing and a wide-screen illuminated.
Loosey vs. Slurpee
If you have been to downtown Manhattan recently you have probably seen NYC’s latest tenant: 7-Eleven. They’re popping up all over, and Slurpee lovers everywhere are getting excited. At a time where Bloomberg is banning large size sugar drinks, legislation that 7/11 is excluded from, it’s pretty peculiar to see the S’leven’s eyecatching logo populate the city streets. At least 134 stores are planned for Manhattan by 2017 – like an oncoming swarm of locusts, and an imminent sign of things to come. In other words, does this mean the end of the neighborhood bodega?
“Always remember, discretion is key.”
It’s no surprise to anyone who lives in NYC that you can have pretty much anything and everything delivered. From pizza to groceries and other daily necessities, you can cut your shopping time out and just make a simple call to get what you want. They even have entire websites and apps that deal specifically with having goods delivered to your doorstep. Why not? Who has time to actually go out to the store and get things. Now, what some of you may not know is that there is a booming industry in NYC that deals specifically with delivering cannabis to your doorstep. No shady meet-ups on the corner, or trolling your neighborhood for someone who is selling this controversial plant, but a simple number to call and a couple of hours later you have 2 grams of cannabis in your hands and ready to smoke. Obviously, these groups operate outside of the law and the legality of the whole operation isn’t really in question. The curious thing is that these groups are highly organized and refer to their game as business, all with stories to tell. Jon Benito got the ins-and-outs of this specialized career.
the world is coming to an end…
That’s right! The future is here and yesterday is over. Think about it. The middle class is dying, nobody is working, and if they are, they’re making a fraction of what they did make. The rich are getting richer and living in even more luxury than ever before. Small business is on its way out, and corporate is stronger than ever. Politicians are lying and they’re not even apologizing or trying to hide it anymore. Wars are being waged on several fronts, and somehow they just seem less legitimate than Vietnam, but even more surprising – nobody cares! So you heard it here first. The apocalypse is now! Just look around you and you will see it. It lives in today, and it started yesterday. Now live it. Live for today because who knows how bad it will get tomorrow. Y.O.L.O.? Put it down, and bring it back to Carpe Diem.
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