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Best Bet: Surf in the City

These washed-out photographs capture the essence of a breezy, beachy existence.

By Lauren Murrow

Michael Musto Does Lindsay Lohan As Marilyn Monroe

Michael Musto as Lindsay Lohan
God bless Michael Musto. In an homage (we'll choose to call it that) to New York's recent nude Lindsay Lohan photo spread, the Village Voice columnist decided to stage his own version. He painstakingly re-created each pose, which Lindsay had, in turn, re-created from the original Marilyn Monroe series. (Bert Stern, who photographed both Lindsay and Marilyn, did not work with Musto.) Writes Michael:
I've long lived quite dangerously myself, and so, anxious to share my desperate man-tits with an audience beyond Chelsea, I gleefully agreed to star in an homage to an homage: Musto as Lohan as Marilyn. That's three generations of loveliness, and I prepared for it by not shaving or waxing a thing, just letting it all hang in the wind as both a nod to history and a means of reclaiming control. Just like with Marilyn and Lindsay, people have always grabbed at me, wanting a piece of my piece and a slice of my soul, but usually with more pepperoni and less cheese.
You've got to click through to look at the entire slideshow. We'll warn you: It's not safe for work. Or, with all due love and respect to Musto, lunch. Michael Musto as Lindsay Lohan as Marilyn Monroe. . . in "The Ultimate Re-Vamping" [VV] Related: Lindsay Lohan as Marilyn Monroe in "The Last Sitting" [NYM]

Freedom Tower Peeks Over Ground-Zero Sidewalks?

Oh, the excitement back in January, when Freedom Tower construction finally — five-plus years after the attacks — reached the towering height of eight feet below sidewalk level. The milestone was marked by a festive "Metro" section article in the Times, explaining just where you had to stand, and just how you had to crane your neck, to get a view of this feat of construction. So it's with even greater exultation that we discovered this picture on Curbed today, which seems to indicate that construction has — are you sitting down? — actually progressed to above ground! Of course, the Curbed boys speculate what we're seeing is merely a few Portajohns. Perhaps. But, even so, hey, we'll take what we can get. WTC Chaos Update: Something Rises Above Grade! [Curbed] Earlier: The Freedom Tower Exists for Anyone Who Truly Believes In It


And then more rain tonight. And then cloudy tomorrow. And then perhaps the worst part: Rainy and hot on Friday. Feh.

The March of Progress in Red Hook

The old Revere Sugar factory in Red Hook is finally, completely no more, as Curbed called to our attention late yesterday. Ah, progress. Empty [f.trainter's Flickr via Curbed]

Old Kissers Neither Die Nor Fade Away

Yesterday was the 62nd anniversary of V-J, and to commemorate this country's hard-fought military victory over Japan in 1945, a bunch of guys dressed as sailors descended on Times Square to kiss a bunch of girls dressed as nurses, as they've been doing — or at least as we totally feel like they've been doing — every year on this anniversary for more than a few years now. It was a stirring, patriotic moment — or else just a chance for people who've never met before to engage in cheesy public displays of affection encouraged by a BID milking iconic imagery for its own marketing purposes. One of the two.