Just when we thought our Friday night constitutional through the West Village couldn't get weirder, we come across The Village Pet Store and Charcoal Grill. (Click on the link; it's worth it. There are videos you'll watch again and again.) At first glance, this place looks like a run-of-the-mill pet shop. But on closer inspection, you see something's not quite...right.
The sign outside the store reads, "Open for Rare Breeds, Pet Supplies, Mechanically Retrieved Meat." No,those aren't baby chicks at right, they're chicken nuggets! You guessed it. This is an art installation. What you don't see in these pictures is the motion. Each of these things was moving around, kind of like a processed-food version of the Hall of Presidents at Disney World.
Fish sticks swimming around a goldfish bowl. Hot dogs squirming around a snake enclosure. If you're in New York, you've got to make it down to this place. Its' at 89 7th Ave. South, between Bleecker and West 4th Streets. It's open Monday through Friday from 10 am to 12 am until October 31, and it's free!