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Frieze Art Fair NY: Real art, homage or riff-off? See all three at Randall's.

New York abounds with art fairs converging rather frustratingly on the same long weekend - Scope, Pulse, Frieze, NADA ... plus a bunch of outliers you read of only after they're over. It's hard for the average art nut to get to do them all justice, even when equipped with press passes and a fast folding bike.

But this year I decided to gal-up and pay the pricey $46 to attend Frieze New York, a "first tier" art fair, according to my art dealer friend. Now there are plenty of scholarly rants about this much vaunted art spectacle, dramatically sited "offshore" on Randall's Island, New York. So here's my take from first pedal stroke to the last.

It's an easy spin on a folder up 1st Ave, with a very civilized bridge taking you to the land of luxe for a weekend: picture a giant air-conditioned tent with very fancy pop-up bathrooms - I'm talking ornate handles and turned wood and Hollywood-lit mirrors. Not to mention some decent eats, including a …