The Restored “Queens Is The Future” Mural Speaks to the Power of Public Art

After Sony Pictures co-opted a mural in the NYC borough in 2014, the original artists have taken it back

On her way back from a meeting about hosting women in New York City for their second-term abortions, artist and co-founder of the arts organization Wassaic Project, Eve Biddle, had a chance encounter. While on the train, a fellow volunteer asked her, “What are you doing next?” When Biddle replied that she’s an artist and wants to do public art, the woman just so happened …

Sneaker Brand Lilith NYC Centers Women and Femmes in Streetwear

In an industry riddled with gender disparity, this Queens, NY-based brand is changing what sneaker culture looks like

Though they are regularly worn by any and all genders, highly covetable streetwear sneakers are branded, stylized and shaped for men. “If you look at the history of most athletic brands, they’re rooted in male sports, male athletes. All the footwear silhouettes are built for them,” says Sarah Sukumaran, the founder of the Queens-based sneaker company Lilith NYC. “The Sheryl Swoopes basketball shoe is the …

Studio Visit: Ceramicist Michelle Im aka RATxCHICKS

The artist takes us into her wacky and wonderful world of earthenware

In a sun-drenched studio in Ridgewood, Queens, ceramicist Michelle Im imagines breeding birds and rats together—which she achieves through RATxCHICKS, the play-on-words name for an art project that engrosses objects in a wacky and wonderful world of unexpected animals. Zebras and rainbows, hippopotamuses and UFOs, goats and lemons, poodles and beachballs: these surprising pairings and more imbue the NYC-based artist’s pottery with whimsy. At Im’s …