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Friday, March 30, 2007

Oh! THAT's Pie & Thighs!

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Weekend photo walks in Williamsburg are so crowded with picture snappers that it's almost embarrassing. In some spots you have to actually wait on a line to take your picture. This is one such spot. I actually left and came back but the sun had moved too far west. I may give this another try in black and white or just wait for a better sky and go back to try again.

The shining throne

The shining throne

I've heard of green buildings but...

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Park Ave. in the upper 20's. It's just insulation before they put the actual face on but still really striking.


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240 Park Ave.
I has a really big feel to it. Maybe that's just the surroundings.

Renovate store to pizzeria

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This is down on Bedford near N4th, part of that block with the bagel store. Looks like new pizza.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Passing STER

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Compositionally those letters on the left have a lot of pull. I have a whole series of these people walking across the scene but ultimately I think I'm just standing in the wrong spot for this to work really well.
Kent Ave.

Walking and reading

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Williamsburg Bridge

The bar crowd

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Greenpoint Ave.
I had to use the sidewalk as the tripod so it looks a little like I was passed out drunk when I took this picture. I took a ton of them but still couldn't quite get the flashing BAR sign right.

Looming face

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I haven't read anything about this building going up on South 4th and Roebling but it seems like it has the opportunity to present a pretty dramatic face given the way this little street opens it up to a nice square view from the foot of the Williamsburg Bridge.

Mean girls

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I don't actually know these girls or whether they're mean, but if you saw the movie you know what I'm talking about.
Lower East Side

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

How 'bout that

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27 responds to his critic here.

So apparently it actually is the case that someone from Minnesota came all the way to New York and is now acting on a 7 year old grudge from when 27 was 14 years old.

What's most annoying is that in this case, he saw it before I did, so I only have the overwritten one.


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61-77 Wythe Avenue/104-122 N. 12 St. is what the sign says, but I don't see anything at that intersection that even looks like a storefront. I'll go back and see if I can find the spot, but seriously, there aren't even really any windows to try to peek into.

LES flashback

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Monday, March 26, 2007

Blue sky

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Loading zone

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South 5th
Domino Buiilding

Multiple Sarcasms

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Another big movie being shot on Berry around N8th where Teddy's is. Multiple Sarcasms ( has a pretty good cast as far as celebrity spotting goes. Timothy Hutton, Mira Sorvino, Stockard Channing, Dana Delany, Mario Van Peebles

Sunday, March 25, 2007

The tools of progress

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This is the condo they're building next to where I live. Eventually I'll have a really complete soup-to-nuts series.

Snake road

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Lower East Side housing viewed from the Williamsburg Bridge. I'm not totally sold on this composition but the road loses some of its snakiness when I crop out the street light on the right.

Rescue me

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Well, at least someone's finding a use for that building.

Maggie's Place

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I almost never go out in midtown so all those Irish pubs are a mystery to me. When I'm in midtown it's on the weekend so these places are empty. Who goes to them, tourists? Turns out, on a Thursday starting at happy hour the place is packed with suits. It's 47th near Madison, so what's that advertising?

Looks like our man 27 has caught a beef

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I saw that one of the Deuce Seven pieces had been defaced so I went out to make sure I had a picture of that big one before it too was gone (again).
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So this guy is accusing him of snitching in 2000? The Village Voice article said he's 21, so in 2000 he'd have been 14... and living in Minneapolis. Are we to believe that a childhood friend has come to New York from Minnesota to harrass the artist by writing lame-ass initials on top of all the pieces? Clearly I'm missing something.

This would appear to be the response:
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While out I saw that others, though not all of them, had also been defaced by the same guy.

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This one says "go home" which makes more sense to me in terms of why someone would resent him. It's pretty audacious to come to Brooklyn and write "Minneapolis" on the wall and be hailed as the new kind of NYC street art. If nothing else, this shows how silly the whole "splasher" drama was. Street Art by its nature is transient and contains elements of this kind of over-writing one-upsmanship. The artist is surely aware of this.

I wasn't the only one who wanted to grab a shot before it's gone...

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Party hats

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Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Everybody's heard about the Word

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It's not exactly breaking news at this point that there's a new bookstore on Franklin near Noble in Greenpoint. I have a before picture somewhere but I'll wait until the neighboring storefront is also occupied before I go hunt for it.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Subway embrace

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E Train, 42nd Street


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