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Co-opting Protest as Pop Art
"Scabby The Rat" has been used for 25 years to protest companies that use non-union labor at construction sites and businesses.  The appearance of the towering inflatable eyesore was supposed to be a burr under contractors’ saddles, embarrassing them in the public eye.
The folks at Lever House on Park Avenue have completely co-opted the imagery of “Scabby”, however, by turning him into a piece of kitschy pop art in the plaza next to the upscale restaurant Casa Lever. Now bankers can enjoy his presence as they sip $20 cocktails at Casa Lever’s bar. No longer a source of embarrassment; Scabby is a mounted trophy.
The piece crafted at Polich Tallix has been on display at Lever House since 2012, but I don’t walk that side of Park Avenue very frequently.

Co-opting Protest as Pop Art

"Scabby The Rat" has been used for 25 years to protest companies that use non-union labor at construction sites and businesses.  The appearance of the towering inflatable eyesore was supposed to be a burr under contractors’ saddles, embarrassing them in the public eye.

The folks at Lever House on Park Avenue have completely co-opted the imagery of “Scabby”, however, by turning him into a piece of kitschy pop art in the plaza next to the upscale restaurant Casa Lever. Now bankers can enjoy his presence as they sip $20 cocktails at Casa Lever’s bar. No longer a source of embarrassment; Scabby is a mounted trophy.

The piece crafted at Polich Tallix has been on display at Lever House since 2012, but I don’t walk that side of Park Avenue very frequently.

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Rainy night in Lincoln Center

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Tudor Cottage in Tompkinsville (by thelexiphane) This interesting Tudor-style cottage sits between St. Paul’s Avenue and Victory Blvd on Staten Island. This would be a straight half-timbered Tudor revival-style, if not for the curvilinear gables with rounded overhanging eaves, which are a modern adaptation of a thatched roof in an old English cottage. The irregular blocking around the main doorway also adds to the rustic ambiance. Note that the builder did not skimp when matching the design to the freestanding garage at the rear of the house, although the garage door looks out of sync. There are other period-style homes along this stretch where this house sits, although the styles seem to lean more Scandinavian than anything else.

Tudor Cottage in Tompkinsville (by thelexiphane)
This interesting Tudor-style cottage sits between St. Paul’s Avenue and Victory Blvd on Staten Island. This would be a straight half-timbered Tudor revival-style, if not for the curvilinear gables with rounded overhanging eaves, which are a modern adaptation of a thatched roof in an old English cottage. The irregular blocking around the main doorway also adds to the rustic ambiance. Note that the builder did not skimp when matching the design to the freestanding garage at the rear of the house, although the garage door looks out of sync. There are other period-style homes along this stretch where this house sits, although the styles seem to lean more Scandinavian than anything else.

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