Tribute to Robin Williams (Meres One via Instagram)
Graffiti artists and former curator of the now gone Queens graffiti landmark 5 Pointz Meres One, collaborated with fellow graffiti artist SeeTF to paint this tribute to Robin Williams in Brooklyn. The actor, famous for his roles in Aladdin, Dead Poet’s Society, Good Will Hunting, The Fisher King, Good Morning Vietnam and more, passed away early Monday. The outpouring was immediate on social media, as fellow actors and fans expressed remorse over the passing of a comedian who made us laugh on television, and on film, for over thirty years.
The quote on the street art piece comes from Williams’ character on Dead Poet’s Society: “No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.”
We expect more tributes to start popping up around the city and around the world. We will update them as they go up.
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Who doesn’t love a timelapse film? And of Paris, no less! Following up our previous features on Paris timelapse videos from the great Luke Shepard, we present Paul Richardson’s pretty epic video of Paris. Based in Manchester, England, this was Paul’s first visit to Paris and it’s clear it made an inspiring impact on him. Over the course of three weeks, Canon 6D camera and home built dolly in hand, he traversed the city. He writes, “My aim was to capture the classic sights; ornate buildings and typical Parisian activities, and contrast that to the modern business side, towering glass clad skyscrapers and fast paced life.”
A glimpse of the aircraft parked in clear view behind the Aviation High School in Queens. Image via Flickr: Matt Green
Anybody who has ventured through western Queens can attest to having a “What the heck!?” moment when they first witness the array of airliners and World War II-era bombers parked behind Long Island City’s Aviation High School. Not surprisingly, the activities that go on behind the walls of this unusual institution are just as remarkable as its eye-catching exterior. From steel welding to arithmetic, we’ve got the lowdown on the Aviation Career & Technical Education High School in Queens.
Marilyn Monroe & Thomas Ewell on The Seven Year Itch (Photo via Art-Stew)
A breeze, a pair of famous legs, and a couple thousand horny onlookers all drove director Billy Wilder insane. Almost 60 years ago, on September 15, 1964, Billy Wilder was shooting a scene that would push the boundaries of Hollywood in the 1960s and would be the most iconic moment in the career of superstar and sex symbol Marilyn Monroe. What most do not know however, is that because of the raucous Marilyn Monroe’s legs (and other parts of her body) did to young men surrounding the set, a bit of movie magic had to be done so the scene could play as it did on screen. As a result, not all of it was filmed in New York City as it seems.
When you enter into the subway at the Eastern Parkway-Brooklyn Museum stop, perhaps after seeing the monumental Swoon sculpture in the Brooklyn Museum, you may notice something a bit out of the ordinary for a subway station. There are artifacts embedded into the walls, many with faces peering out at you.
Photographer Bruce Davidson tells the story of how his stunted endeavor in feature films sent him back to his “roots in still photography.” He grabbed his camera and took to the dimly lit and graffiti-strewn New York City subway cars, taking photos of riders, waiters, lovers, and more. The photos he uncovered have popped back up on sites like Imgur, so we put together this small selection of his photographs from 1980, which are featured in his book, Subway.