From the Magpie (Locks and Doors)
Wherein a question is posed: Is the Magpie a locksmith?
Magpie, definition, Cambridge Dictionary: 1) a bird with black and white feathers and a long tail, 2) someone who likes to collect many different objects, or use many different styles
The Lure of the LockThe Lure of the Lock
The Mossman Lock Collection is open from 11-5, Monday through Friday, at the General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen, 20 West 44th street, in New York. Admission $10. www.generalsociety.org.
The Dream House is located at 275 Church Street, 3rd floor, in New York. Hours Wednesday through Saturday, 2 pm to midnight. Jung Hee Choi,“Ahata Anahata, Manifest Unmanifest X,” through October 8, 2016. Suggested donation $9. www.melafoundation.org.
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