As the temperature hit heat hotter than the pizza ovens at Keste, the Culturalist discovered some extraordinary heat in Times Square this past weekend. New York’s hottest megastore, a 90,000 square foot branch of retailer Forever 21, opened to thousands of shoppers in Virgin Records former quarters. With a décor that looks like Versailles on acid blended with suburban and urban attitude, Forever 21 is fast becoming New York’s newest tourist attraction: the store expects 100,000 visitors daily — that’s 86,000 more than Lady Liberty gets on a given day. Open until 2 a.m., the Culturalist imagines a new trend: drunk shopping.
 
And don’t miss the debut of Louie on FX who promises to heat up our flat screens this summer. Louie, AKA stand-up comic Louis C.K., appears to be a direct descendant of Lenny Bruce, Richard Pryor and George Carlin. Louis’ bleak, blue-collar humor can be a bit crude, but the Culturalist applauds the honesty. Trust us, this guy is funny! For more on what’s hot, what’s new, and what’s coming soon, check out the issue.