If you live or work in Manhattan, you are bound to see people selling things on the street. Winter-wear, umbrellas or even art. We’ve also seen the shuffle vendors make to gather their wares when a police officer approaches. For New York City artist Robert Lederman, the founder of Artists’ Response To Illegal State Tactics (ARTIST), this shuffle became routine as officers procured him 42 times for selling his artwork without a license or in a restricted area. Newsweek called it “New York City’s War on Artists” because unjust regulations prohibit artists like Lederman to sell in most high-volume areas, but allow street performers, or “buskers,” greater privileges for soliciting money in the city. (more…)
Meres One, the curator of 5Pointz, has created his first work since the whitewashing of 5Pointz. This black and white piece, featuring his signature light bulbs, is located on the wall of rag & bone/JEAN at Elizabeth Street and Houston Street. Untapped Cities writer Rachel Fawn Alban Sunday night right after the mural was completed.
A beautiful tribute to New York City, Mapping Manhattan is a collection of hand-drawn maps compiled by Becky Cooper. Cooper walked the length of Broadway handing out blank maps with the outline of Manhattan and asking people to draw in their associations of the city. The book includes maps by prominent New Yorkers (and non-New Yorkers who love the city) such as David Chang of Momofuku and Vahram Muratyan, creator of Paris v. New York: A Tally of Two Cities. (more…)
The second phase of Hunter’s Point South on Long Island City now has a developer, architect and non-profit partner. Hunter’s Point South is not only the largest development in the Bloomberg administration but also the largest affordable housing project in over three decades, since Co-op City in the Bronx and Starrett City in Brooklyn. Architecture firm ODA has released initial and design evolution renderings (below) for Parcel C, the largest block of the development located along Hunter’s Point South Park. ODA beat out BIG (in association with Related), ShOP Architects and Perkins Eastman for the bid.
We remember the day we sent our writer and photographer Rachel Fawn Alban to 5Pointz for the first time. From then on she went back, regularly. With the sudden whitewashing of 5Pointz and the vacating of artists from the building, the resident cat also had to leave so Rachel took him home with her. Baxter the “graffiti cat” was first introduced in 2007 or 2008, reports DNAInfo, as a way to control the mice. He became so popular with the artists and tourists, he had his own bed in the building.