I mentioned the other day that Banksy had taken down a Hot Tea piece in the LES, to make way for his installation on Ludlow. Apparently Hot Tea wasn’t too upset about it (or maybe even gave permission), based on this new work that I spotted on East 4th, the other night. Apologies for the crappy night time iPhone shot.
Downtown NYC has a pretty exciting (IMO) piece of new architecture that opened up last week. It is underground. Despite what Banksy may think of 1 WTC (which I think is kinda stupid, and I’m kinda glad that BOTI is over), the beauty lies beneath. I first walked through the newly opened concourse the day that it opened. I was so impressed that I had to go back with a real camera to document. The tunnel connects World Financial Center to the PATH station at WTC. You can enter at both WFC and just outside of Seven World Trade. More looks–
Some really good new stuff has gone up in the city in the past week. I took the opportunity yesterday to snap some of it. One of my favorites, is the Invader piece above. I also included a shot of the finished Hurricane Sandy tribute piece below, for which Swoon contributed the central figure.
And…. some additional invader pieces.
I love seeing all of the local spots in this video. Watch Eli Reed jibbing on those crazy cement barriers and bells in the middle of Houston St. The crux of the video is the last scene where Reed hippie jumps an NYPD cruiser. One of the cheekiest/most technical skate vids I have seen in a long time. Watch it below.
The Detriot bicycle brand Shinola opened its new TriBeCa space last Friday on Franklin Street. I dropped by to check it out (and to say hi to my friends from the Smile running the newsstand in the front). I love bikes and watches. So, I was pretty stoked about the store. Definitely check it out, if you are into bikes.
Actually, this post is starting with July 3, above. It has been raining like crazy, lately. Summer rain in NYC is crazy. It can be torrential for a few minutes, then the sun comes out.
Here are some from the evening of the 4th of July. These were snapped from the roof of a boutique hotel on the west side of Manhattan. The Hudson was completely packed with boats loaded with people ready to watch fireworks.
And then, the mass exodus down river, after the fireworks. I really like the way these slow shutters came out.
I saw this video posted on like 10 of the sites that I read before I finally watched it. I’m sure glad that I finally did. I love this kind of stuff. And when I see things like this I always feel kind of jealous that I’m not the one who came up with the idea. San Francisco filmmaker Brian Emerick gives us this gem of 150 1-second long clips of New York City. He shot it all on a 7D, slowed it down with FCP X, and put a VSCO filter on it. The result is buttery. Watch below–
Stopped by a pretty fantastic art opening last night at the Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery. It was an exhibit showing the collaboration between JR and Jose Parla that went up recently in Cuba. The project is titled “Wrinkles of the City, Havana Cuba.” The show featured large format prints of photos that were taken of the pieces in Cuba. My favorite, is below.
They also installed a large mural on the side of the gallery (below)
Definitely worth checking out.
Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery
505 West 24th Street
New York, New York 10011
The Wrinkles of the City, Havana
JR / José Parlá
May 7 – July 12
This is one of the many videos that I have watched featuring footage of NYC when the power was out in hurricane Sandy’s aftermath. It was produced by an outfit called “We are Already Alive.” I like the combination of timelapse and slow shutter stills. The soundtrack consists of commentary by the videographer. If you want to enhance the experience put on some dark electronica of the top of it. If you have 20 more minutes and want to see another good hurricane film, check this one.
Over the weekend Vice Mag threw a party at the East Village Standard to celebrate the new collaboration between Eric Koston and Oakley. Eric is a really cool guy and was fun to shoot with. Check out the coverage on HS for the full recap.
Aaaaannnddd, here is a photo of me in a mirror. Hahahah
Friday evening, I recruited my friend Casey to join me on a ride on the west side path around sunset. I brought my cam along and snapped a few shots along the way. The one above, was actually on the return trip. We stopped at the 72nd St. Pier and chilled out for a while with some refreshments. Since the camera was just sitting on the table, I decided to get a long exposure of the old cargo crane (which is in the process of being town down).
The photo below is of the space shuttle Enterprise sitting in her new perch on the deck of the USS Intrepid.
Below: Casey at the GW.
The shot below is actually from the sunset on Thursday night. But I just thought I would throw it in for good measure.
This week has flown by. I can’t even believe that tomorrow I will already be headed to Charleston for the weekend. But, I am pretty happy about it. On my way to work today, I bent the rear rim of my bike (for the 4th time). So, I have decided to get some high profile double walled rims. Possibly I will just replace the whole wheel set. I’ll put up photos as soon as it happens.
I have never really been much of a cyclist until recently, even though I have always had bikes. I’m really starting to appreciate the whole culture of it (albeit, I think that I’m kinda relegated to the hipsterish subdivision of it, since I will never wear spandex and I only have one gear). Anyway, with the weather the way it is this time of year (example photo above taken this afternoon on my way back from a lunch mtg. in midtown), it is absolutely delicious to be out riding. My friend Mike put it best recently when he said: “things go by at just the right speed on a bike. Not too fast, like in a car. But not too slow, like walking.” Also, riding on the West Side path at night might possibly be my new obsession.
I am the type of person who appreciates tattoos from afar. I don’t think that I would ever get one. Most of my siblings have them. A couple of my siblings have a lot of them. Anyway, this week I’m working on a project for SL, where I get to snap some tattooed New Yorkers. I’m having a pretty good time doing it. These are a few of the images, so far.
Despite the rainy forecast, the weather was actually quite lovely over the weekend (never mind that the rain has resumed again today). As a result, I probably put about 50 or 60 miles on the bicycle odometer. I think that my favorite ride of the weekend was Saturday evening, when I rode uptown on the Hudson greenway, almost to the northern edge of the island. I brought my camera with me to snap a few sunset shots from Riverside Park. They came out pretty cool. But, my favorite shot from the evening was the one above. I snapped it near the 70th St. pier on my way back downtown. Isn’t it cute the way that birds stand on one leg (even little songbirds). That shot was with a 50mm, btw. The bird let me get right up near it. I think that the birds here become very accustomed to people being in their space and tend to drop their guard a bit as a result.
Anyway, it was nice to have a mellow weekend before the very busy week that I have lined up, starting today. I’m going to be shooting some stuff this week that I’m kind of excited about, including some tattoo work. Happy Monday.
I rode past this dude fishing off of the BPC esplanade, on my way into work this morning. I had to stop and get a shot of that striped bass that he had just landed. It looks like it is probably a 10 pounder. I felt bad for him though, because as he was wrestling the hook out of the fish’s mouth, he knocked one of his poles into the Hudson. So, in the shot above he is actually cursing and attempting to snag his other pole with the gaffe. Poor guy. I hope that he was able to find it.
Speaking of the esplanade, the Wall St. 3 mile race was last night. The finish line was about a half mile south of where I snapped the shot above. It was a lot of fun. A few of my friends from the running club were there, as well as some friends that I used to work with. We all met up before and after the race. The race itself was as crazy as usual. But I have to say weather-wise it was probably the most pleasant iteration that I have seen, to date. I think that I ended up with a 19:30ish. But the official results still weren’t up when I started writing this.
For the weekend: mellow mixed with mellow is what I’m hoping for. Next weekend I’ll be off to Charleston. Enjoy the weekend!
Amped for the long weekend. Stopped by Fafi’s book signing this week on Bowery. It was good to get out (despite the rain) and see my peeps. One of my fav’s below: Ricky Powell doing the over-the-glasses “how you doin’?”
I also ventured out last night to celebrate with my friends who recently started this page.
Plans for the weekend include:
Hopefully I can squeeze everything in.