If you live in New York City long enough, you'll likely have at least one neighbor who fancies themselves a "pigeon keeper"—taking to the roofs of buildings to conduct flocks of pigeons as they feverishly swoop and soar through the air. Well, this spring, the artist Duke Riley has taken this practice to a new level, and last weekend deputy editor Mallory Rice paid witness.
Watch a trailer for "Fly by Night" (don't worry, it doesn't spoil the experience!).
For his public art project Fly by Night (produced by the arts foundation Creative Time), Riley has affixed LEDs to thousands of birds housed in a beautiful boat docked at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, in the East River. The main event, held at dusk, transforms one of the everyday activities of pigeon keeping into an unforgettable light show, with the Manhattan skyline as the backdrop.
This is the last weekend to see Fly by Night! For more information, see creativetime.org.
Three Sweet team members saw Beyoncé perform live this week.
So we asked each of them to write three-word reviews of the show:
Catherine Fuentes, managing editor: Inspiring. Triumphant. Energetic.
Natalia Tyndall, administrative assistant: Emotional. Amazing. Life-changing.
Aimée Hunt, art director: Can I do it in one? Slayed! I have to do three? OK, how about: Oh my God!
Meanwhile, senior editor Stefan Marolachakis prepared for an upcoming canoe trip down the Missouri River in Montana with a morning paddle down Bayou St. John. Herons stalked the riverbank, the fish jumped, and empty bottles of Abita Amber beer could be found tucked away on the supporting beams under most every bridge.
While practicing his J-stroke, he learned one key canoeing custom: when the water's high, you'll likely need to lay flat in the boat in order to sneak under some of the lower bridges—so if you see a bridge up ahead, be sure to give a shout to your fellow canoeists so they can get properly situated.
Our Linkee competition is really starting to heat up.
Here's the score right now.
Everyone Else: 0
Stefan is currently under investigation.
Designer Megan Chong is on a quest to read all 13 of Haruki Murakami's novels. At the moment, she's on her sixth, Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World, which she says "is disorienting in a good way." We are all very impressed by her mission.
Resident beauty writer Chanel Parks tried The Estée Edit's new lip line Cocobalm, which features coconut oil for the best hydration cracked lips could ever need. There are eight sheer shades and her favorite is Coco Currant, a deep brown that gives her lips a natural wash of color. The product makes your lips unbelievably soft—and it is squeezed out of a circular thingamajig, which is more exciting than that old school lip-balm-in-a-stick thing. She can't wait to try the other shades!
Late Sunday night, editorial assistant Rebecca Deczynski heard her roommate call out, "I think partner gymnastics is a thing."
She was intrigued. After a few minutes of intense power-Googling, she slipped into the wormhole that is the world of mixed-pair acrobatic gymnastics—think: cheerleading without the cheers, figure skating without the skates, plus gravity-defying stunts that seem to not be real—interspersed with plenty of cheesy dance moves, which may just be the best part of it all. While she is still excited to tune in for the summer Olympics, she is disappointed that this bizarre and impressive genre of gymnastics will not be included in the Games.
We all have a secret nerdy interest.
Senior editor Rebecca Bates's happens to be for 15th- and 16th-century history. She recently picked up a copy of Niccolò Machiavelli's complete correspondence—letters he wrote, letters his colleagues and friends wrote to him. Sounds dry (and at 600-plus pages, it's not a book most people would drop in a tote and carry to the beach), but the book, which features a bunch of Florentine diplomats and scholars teasing each other about the plays they're writing, the women they're seeing, and insulting their rivals' intellect is really a great, bawdy romp through history.
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Mallory Rice, deputy editor: @mallory-rice
Catherine Fuentes, managing editor: @cat_fuentes
Natalia Tyndall, administrative assistant: @tallylabella
Aimée Hunt, art director: @amh_hunt
Stefan Marolachakis, senior editor: @stefanmymind
Megan Chong, designer: @mchongyeah
Chanel Parks, beauty editor: @chanelinezp
Rebecca Deczynski, editorial assistant: @rebeccadecz
Rebecca Bates, senior editor: @re.beccabates