graffiti

a saturday or so – the 21st precinct

Life has been flying by lately and has been a tad bit complicated.  Went back to Santa Fe for a week but it was filled with the kind of every day, must do, mundane part of living a human life that when put on paper comes off irritating at best.  But the car did get an oil job somewhere in the middle of it all.

Back in NYC now and coming to grip with the speed of things.  So many things to see and do it feels like it all slips by slightly out of reach, but luckily sometimes you catch the end of the rope and the whip around is just enough to keep it all going.

Last weekend a show of shows opened at the 21 Precinct House in the Gramercy Park neighborhood.  Now beautiful tree lined streets and brownstones dominate the area.  But back in 1863 the precinct earned it reputation in a down and dirty neighborhood where gangs of thugs and ruffians ruled.

http://daytoninmanhattan.blogspot.com/2011/09/1863-21st-precinct-station-house-no-327.html

The police were long gone by about 1914 but the building remained,  many uses later it is finally meeting the inevitable.  Unfortunately its plum location makes it an easy sacrifice to the glass and steel beast that is devouring NYC, swallowing entire neighborhoods at breakneck pace.

So,  we know the location, now the show.  What happens when you get together a group of over 60 street artists  including legends and talented younger artisans and give them four floors of an empty shell for a canvas.  Everything and more… and from this point onwards words just aren’t going to do much.  So, I am out of them….here is my take on what may be one of most photographed shows in NYC.. 😉

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So, next time then…

 

the random files – street art on the move

Tomorrow is a travel day, heading back to NYC for a couple of weeks.  Gotta see those nice young sailors during fleet week if nothing else.  So what better for the theme of travel than a collection of NYC street art that is always on the move? 

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Back at you soon from NYC and as always if you know any of the artists please let me know who they are so I can tag appropriately.

a trip down the lane – in B&W

And here we go again, time for another trip down the lane.  This time we are avoiding the color and heading straight into the black and white.  

We will begin on the Upper Eastside.  I rarely venture into the neighborhood.  The rarified air is thick and frankly the people are generally pretty boring to shoot.   This is the part of NY where black really is the majority color and everyone is practically perfect at all times.  Generations and generations of culture and money have created a certain look,  you know it when you see it.  Suffice it to say my culture, upbringing and all the hairspray, make-up and designer duds in the world will never allow me access.. just using the word duds in a sentence is proof.  

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Next we head to midtown on this tour without color

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And of course Union Square never disappoints always one of my favorite places in the city mainly because everyone walks through at some point on the way to somewhere else…  

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And then on to the outer boroughs..

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Today I leave you with the perfect combination of culture and style, the dream look and in my opinion a perfect example of NY Chic.

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Still in New Mexico for a week or so who knows what adventure lies ahead.

it could have been any saturday…

This weekend an exhibit opens up blocks away from the whitewashed ghost of 5pointz, featuring many of the artists whose work was destroyed in the middle of the night without warning.  The exhibit called “Whitewash”  attempts to answer the questions of the immediate impact of the loss on the artists and their feelings going forward.  I have included links below and if you are in the NYC area make a point of coming out to see the work and support the artists.

Now back to my lead in… it could have been any saturday, that was the beauty of 5pointz.  On any weekend during the year the place was alive with color, sound and inspiration.  The ever changing canvas made it worth visiting over and over again.  It was on one of these weekends that the shots below were taken.  Nothing special,  just another weekend, now forever just a memory.  Sadly when I came across these the other day they brought a tear to my eye.  Such a sad shortsighted shame…

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So make the trek out to Long Island City and see the show.  Take one last look at the area before it disappears forever into a sea of steel and glass.

http://licpost.com/2014/04/02/5-pointz-artists-to-showcase-artwork-reflecting-grief-following-whitewash/

http://www.jeffreyledergallery.com/

 

 

wallnuts at work

A beautiful day in the city. Hope for spring is here. Decided to stay in Queens today and see what the city might give and as so often happens I was rewarded. Stumbled on to the Wallnuts Crew working on 21st. in Long Island City.  

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Some of the people that came by to watch brought snacks.  

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For more information about the Wallnuts be sure to check out their facebook page at 

https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Wallnuts-Crew-Graffiti-Artists/104064389658129