Faith 47, Os Gemeos, JR, FAILE & Danielle Mastrion
In our monthly showcase, Untapped Cities Street Art Columnist Christopher Inoa highlights the top five New York City graffiti and street art pieces found on the city’s walls, rooftops and tunnels.
The summer is getting ready to draw its final hot, humid breath. The Untapped Cities team have been making every last summer minute count, and the same could be said of the artists featured this month coming from around the world to leave their mark on the walls of New York City. So if you are looking for one last adventure before Labor Day, we have some pieces here that are worth applying that sunblock for, one last time. Here are our top five favorite street art pieces for August 2015.
Call for Submission, 1983. Image Courtesy of Storefront for Art and Architecture.
In 1983, as the centennial of the Statue of Liberty dedication approached in 1986, the Storefront for Art and Architecture launched an open call competition to reimagine the New York City landmark for the contemporary era. This type of provocative competition is part of the DNA of Storefront, founded in 1982 to present innovative work at the intersection of art and architecture. More than 30 years later, with a distinctive location at 97 Kenmare Street in Nolita, and the opening of an archive at Industry City tomorrow, Storefront continues to present cutting-edge exhibitions and serve as a resource to architects, academics, and journalists alike.
This past weekend, on a predominantly unguided but fully sensory tour, 20 intrepid explorers headed out with Daniel Campo, author of The Accidental Playground and artists Ellis Irons and Chris Kennedy, to take in Hunters Point South, one of the the city’s last accidental waterfront wild spaces. This post-industrial edge condition is a last holdout before encroaching development overtakes the Queens border with the East River. For many, even those that may live in Long Island City, this little patch of wilderness, with its stunning views of the Manhattan skyline, may come as a surprise. And as the leaders of this expedition showed, its presence is an important reminder of our relationship with the city’s natural environment as well as its long, complex history of development.
Map via The Economist
As reported in a recent article in The Economist, Ron Gonen, New York City’s former Deputy Commissioner for Recycling and Sustainability (commonly referred to as the “Recycling Czar”) is hoping to launch a program called Sparky Power, to turn dog poop into energy for the city’s dog parks. Some (less than fun) facts about dog poop in NYC:
In an ever-evolving city like New York, it is often dangerous to get too attached to the history around you. The struggling century old pub that still serves $3 bottles will inevitably become your neighborhood’s third Dunkin Donuts. The pre-war walkup that just priced its residents out will be razed and replaced by some sky scraping architectural marvel. Even the brand new salad spot down the street will be swapped for a brand newer salad spot in a matter of months. That’s just New York.
Occasionally, however, something else happens. Defying all odds, small bits of our city’s history get preserved. Rarer still, they get preserved in such a way that the public can still experience them. Ever since we first caught wind of The Knitting Factory’s plans to restore and convert a 20th century carriage house on Metropolitan into a restaurant extension of the venue, we’ve been waiting anxiously for the reveal. Last week, we finally got the chance to stop by and drink in the space. Brooklyn, meet The Federal Bar.
Ruff Club in the East Village
Tomorrow, August 26th is National Dog Day. A time to celebrate those that love us unconditionally, never talk back, and rarely have an opinion contrary to ours. We primp them, dress them, quaff them, and walk them at our pace. They are all around us, on leashes, off-leashes, in strollers and body-slings held close to our hearts. New Yorkers are as intense about their pets as they are about everything else, and there are no shortage of shops and services to choose from. Some are outrageously over-the-top, and some are just pretty. For tomorow and any time of the year, here are 10 places in New York City to treat your pup.