The Village Pet Store

This is why I LOVE New York — for random, weird stuff like The Village Pet Store, the first exhibit by the British graffitti artist Banksy. I wandered over tonight at 9 p.m. or so with my friend Alex, who had read about it in the Times.

It’s kind of a fake pet store filled with animal displays, but the animals are mechanical robots and they’re like, I don’t want to give all of them away, but my favorite one was a chicken with its chicken children — in the form of robot chicken McNuggets who dip themselves in McDonald’s McNugget sauce. I almost understand the point of all the displays, but most importantly, I was simultaneously tickled and skeeved out. Yes! Couldn’t stop laughing, so clever.

What is it exactly? Go see for yourself — it’s located on 89 Seventh Avenue, south of Christopher and right next door to the Jekyll & Hyde, open every day from 10 a.m. till midnight till Halloween. And it’s free!!! Is New York not awesome?

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