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What, exactly, constitutes public art and what, ideally, is its goal are questions with potentially controversial answers. But, a rough hypothesis: Public art is the placement of an object (or image or text or performance) in a public space that serves no practical purpose; rather, its raison d'être is to interrupt the onslaught of the normal—to make you think and feel. But you probably already knew this because Brooklyn is home to an abundance of public art, so we...
There are certain things we do in this city that we know might not be technically legal, but are tacitly acknowledged as acceptable, so we do them anyway. These things all come with varying degrees of risk (you probably won't get a ticket for jaywalking, but drinking a beer in the park is a little more dicey), however we take these risks because the benefits outweigh the potential—minimal—costs. As of late, though, due in...

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