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The Netflix Original Series The Get Down, brings the birth of the Hip Hop movement to life. Set in the summer of 1977 in the South Bronx, the series highlights the tense social climate of a decaying New York City, and the emergence of one of the most creative periods in American history.

The show focuses on Bronx high schooler Ezekiel “Zeke” Figuero, played by actor Justice Smith, and his group of neighborhood friends as they navigate their way through a broken city and stumble into the world of Hip Hop. Although most of the characters in the series are fictional and many locations are now gone, executive producer Baz Luhrmann does his best to pay homage to the era by selecting pivotal people of both the Hip Hop and street art movement, as well as using archival footage of New York City during that time. According to a Yahoo! interview with producer Nelson George, about 50% was filmed in the Bronx and the rest in a factory in Queens. Regardless, the show does a great job in telling the surprisingly unknown story of how Hip Hop came into the scene.

Here is a look at some historical film locations and settings so far seen in The Get Down: 



Since the 1980s the MTA Arts & Design Program has brought art underground by installing over 300 works of art throughout New York City’s subway system. The program has commissioned hundreds of artists that range from kids to the world famous, and for only $2.75 you can see all of them. With summer almost over and the heat index still climbing, here are 8 aquatic-themed subway stations for you to dive into.


Bowery Mural at Houston St Logan Hicks Untapped Cities AFineLyneThe mural, not yet completed, was garnering a great deal of interest with locals and tourists

All summer, we have enjoyed a plethora of new outdoor murals throughout our five boroughs, but none is more hotly anticipated than the next artist up on the Bowery Wall. Artist Logan Hicks, known for his intricate stencil murals, will be creating a seventy-foot-long mural entitled “Story of My Life.” He began the project by inviting friends, family and fans to Greene Street in Soho one afternoon, where he asked them to simply walk down the street. Perched high on a ladder, he took hundreds (or was it thousands) of photographs that he would ultimately composite into one. The images include people who have most influenced his life during his ten years in New York, now clearly in view within his mural. (more…)


This morning, a nude state of Donald Trump was unveiled in Union Square. Trump’s campaign has drawn a lot of controversy since it began, particulrly in these last few months. Yet nothing he said has proved to truly shake up his seemingly “invulnerable” campaign. Members of the anarchist collective INDECLINE, who are responsible for the statues, chose to depict this bombastic, overly confident, aspiring president in the most vulnerable and mortal way possible: naked. (more…)

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Even before something like the Brooklyn Strand gets put into action, a unique greenery installation is coming to downtown Brooklyn: a miniature redwood forest. At 1:100 scale, the Brooklyn artist Spencer Finch will install a living, micro forest representing 790 acres of the Redwood National Park in California at MetroTech from October 1st this fall to May 13, 2018. Trees that in real life range from 98 to 380 feet will be 1 to 4 feet, and supported by a special irrigation system made for the urban landscape.


Jim Power Mosaic Man – Version 3Jim Power, the Mosaic Man, at a recent fundraiser at T D Bank in the East Village

The East Village and its eclectic history is a topic of music, books, documentaries, and those who are left to keep it alive. This week, we visited with Jim Power, also known as The Mosaic Man, and one of the East Village’s most eclectic treasurers. Ten of Power’s historic Mosaic Trail light poles will be used in the Astor Place redesign, which is scheduled to conclude next month. Last week, the Village Alliance, City Lore and several community friends and activists held a “Meet the Artist” in the East Village TD Bank in an effort to gain the necessary funds to finish the restoration and bring the rest of the mosaics back.