The street signs and cinder blocks of city life can all-too-easily cast a grey cloud over a community and its dwellers. This week's art round up, however, is dedicated to discovering the unusual within the urban, and the magical within the mundane. From XAM's pop-up bird houses, to Paul McCarthy's riverside "Balloon Dog," to Orly Genger's colorful rope piece winding its way through Madison Square Park, all of these projects remind us to take a second to look around our city and realize that it is anything but artless.