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Unicorn sighting! Performance art, or magic, in motion on Jay Street

In the wild: Unicorn or artist? Our team investigates.
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Unicorns are real and we have the proof, maybe.

Our ace photographer spotted what might have been one of the creatures, which till now have been thought to reside only in fairy-tale books, riding a customized Raleigh road bike down Jay Street in Downtown last week.

Then again, there is an equally strong chance that what our shutterbug saw was actually Kalan Sherrard, a performance artist who thrills and chills straphangers in the Bedford Avenue L station with bone marionettes, harmonicas, and dirty doll parts. Or, in the artist’s words, “a nihilist, anarchist puppet show about literary theory,” as he explained to a videographer for the news website Gothamist.

“I like to collect things that seem to weigh a lot, semiotically, and collage with them,” Sherrard told the site. “Sort of to suggest that it’s very meaningful, but also to say that nothing is meaningful at all.”

Strengthening our suspicion that the cyclist was the performer, there is video of Sherrard being arrested for acting strangely in a Manhattan subway station, which, it should be pointed out, is not a crime.

He was wearing a helmet similar to the pictured, pronged one at the time of his apparently baseless incarceration.

The horn is made out of spray foam, he told Gothamist, which seems to be in the process of positioning itself as a clearinghouse for Sherrard-related news and rumors.

“Metaphoric­ally, it’s the wetness, that tellurion wetness,” he said about his headgear, after his arrest.

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SwampYankee from runined Brooklyn says:
Brooklyn Paper,
Why not do some real reporting and send your "ace photographer" right outside your door, right to the intersection on Jay Street, just a half block closer to your office that the picture of this fool was taken and show the dozens of cyclist an hour blowing through the red light on Jay street while hundreds of pedestrians are crossing? This anti-hipster baiting is fun, but you will get a ton more page hits if you show how many cyclists have zero regard for the law, public safety or the Police ignoring this daily danger
May 14, 2014, 4:59 am
bkmanhatman from nubrucklyn says:
Well if New York City cracked the top 10 bike friendly cities I think we would have less cyclist breaking normal traffic laws.
But then again there are more unsafe automobile and truck drivers have disregard for human life. They mow down cyclist and pedestrians without care.
Time to crack down on horrible drivers.
May 14, 2014, 9:02 am
The Chooch from The Bohemian Puppet Show says:
HA! You know what's really funny is that every time a hipster goofs off in public like this, a Puerto Rican family gets displaced. That's the real "magic". Abbra kazaam baby. You squander your chance, you lose your seat at the puppet show.
May 14, 2014, 9:21 am
The Chooch from The Bohemian Puppet Show says:
But for my money, what this guy does actually makes more sense and is more literate than what you get in the storefront churches around here. Or from the Mitzva tank for that matter.
May 14, 2014, 9:38 am
ty from pps says:
Swampy is so adorable.
May 14, 2014, 9:47 am
Ted from Iowa says:
Not sure how this impacts PR families. Hispanics are the largest growing group in NYC. There must be 1,000 for every one hipster. I don't think the Hipsters are displacing them.

Also, when on Jay capturing red light running bikers, make sure to note that NO peds cross at or with the light either. They cross mid block and dart into the already crazy traffic while all the cops are double parked doing who knows what but not ticketing anyone.

I like the guy's backpack luggage case, by the way.
May 14, 2014, 11:15 am
Rufus Leaking from BH says:
Conehead sighting! Performance art, or moron, in motion on Jay Street

Fixed it for ya.
May 14, 2014, 12:36 pm
Ed from Bay Ridge says:
"a nihilist, anarchist puppet show about literary theory,” plus "things that seem to weigh a lot, semiotically."

Well, OK.
May 14, 2014, 1:42 pm
The Chooch from The Bohemian Puppet Show says:
I'm not saying it makes sense. I'm just saying it makes more sense, indeed, is actually less absurd, than a Mitzva tank or your garden variety storefront superstition.
May 14, 2014, 3:24 pm
The Duke from Flatbush says:
Storefront superstition may not make more sense, but it's a lot more effective at separating suckers from their money.
May 14, 2014, 4:21 pm
JoeBklyn says:
I think that Guy is Actually the Cooch from The Bohemian Puppet Show.
May 14, 2014, 6:24 pm
The Chooch from The Bohemian Muppet Show says:
I wish that was the Chooch - 30 years younger without the headache of owning 3 buildings. Ah memories, the young Chooch on an as yet untamed frontier of dereliction and crackheads. Getting buildings from suckers for 60 grand. Thems was the daze.
May 14, 2014, 8:21 pm

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