I was walking home through Tompkins Square Park today and happened upon a small stage, like you'd set up at a small-town Fourth of July celebration, festooned with balloons that spelled out, "Kulpick* Wings Eating Contest." A small group of ordinary people stood directly in front of the stage, clapping raucously, yet oddly almost in rhythm, slightly too-smiling, it seemed to me. A couple of women stood on the stage, tossing chicken wings casually into the crowd.
And, oh yeah, a hip young man stood on the stage between the women, pointing a giant camera down at the clapping, smiling extras.
*I might have this name wrong. Something like.
And speaking of New York, this just nails it.