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Last weekend, hundreds of people waited in a two-and-a-half hour line down a Gowanus block to get into the latest Morbid Anatomy Museum Flea Market. They were desperate to stock up on things like insect shadowboxes, mourning rings, “hair art,” taxidermy, cat skulls, and human teeth. How did they survive without all this stuff just a year ago? Since opening in Gowanus last July, the Morbid Anatomy Museum has evolved into one of Brooklyn’s weirdest and most exciting cultural...
If you’ve ever seen an old school magic show, either live or on film, you’ve probably seen a woman get sawed in half on stage. In an age when far more exciting images of violence dominate the media, the trick now seems a cliched magician gimmick, like pulling rabbits out of hats. But as the Morbid Anatomy Museum's latest show reveals, such “torture illusions,” as they were known in the early 20th century, have a strange, dark history that reveals much...
In December, we told you (via DNAinfo) that Gowanus was getting a Morbid Anatomy Museum. It's an expansion of the blog and website of the same name, run by artist and historian Joanna Ebenstein, which has produced lectures and workshops highlighting "books bound in human skin, postmortem photography, forgotten mail-order smut, pre-cinematic fright shows, 18th century Italian anatomical waxes, moulage making, Victorian hair art jewelry, and anthropomorphic mouse taxidermy." Now we have some updates. According to Tracy...
Illustration by Sarah Lutkenhaus Winter can be a tough time of year for dating, insofar as a lot of classic options—walks in the park, boppin’ down to Coney—are off the table. It’s just harder to be spontaneous when even moving from one location to another can be an unpleasant gauntlet! But if you don’t already have someone lined up with whom you can hole up and order takeout for the rest of the winter, you’re...

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