Misc, US

Everybody loves Clinton

Tucked away on a tree-lined segment of New York’s beloved Clinton Street (between Houston and Delancey) in the ever-changing Lower East Side is 13,000 feet worth of white tube light sculpture quietly waiting for your notice. The Clinton Street Merchant’s Winter Lights Festival was officially organized by a group of artists funded by Julie Taymor’s latest film musical Across the Universe, which was shot on location here, transforming the demi-gentrified but romanced street into a 1960s “psychedelic dance floor.” Although the movie has yet to prove itself, the leftover street scene is truly beautiful and best witnessed during the blue hours of dusk, as slogans like “Spread the Bread” and “Love” coexist with doves and Japanime-inspired kittens that light up the windows of WD50, Clinton Street Baking Co., Lotus Cafe, and other businesses. The festival may have officially ended January 31, but it lives on unofficially as merchants become attached to their respective artworks. “The press didn’t give it much attention,” said Clinton Street Merchants spokesperson Rachael Carron. “But we’re definitely going to do it again next year.”