The owners of the Bowery Mural Wall have commissioned contemporary artists to paint gorgeous murals at this location since a Keith Haring piece in 1982. Currently, Brooklyn street artist Swoon has a piece on display–a Hurricane Sandy tribute–at Houston Street and Bowery. Last week Animal New York covered a cool app called Re+Public which uses your smartphone camera to visualize historical murals and street art. ”
Consider this a public service announcement with a twist. We’ve come across various departments of New York City that have developed fun apps, ranging from condom finders, to drunk driving prevention and NYC history!
For those that suffered through classes in planning school in order to hack Illustrator and Photoshop to show streetscapes, behold Streetmix. You can drag and drop transit elements like light rail, streetcars, buses and bike lanes. You can add street furniture like benches, way finding signs, transit shelters, parklets and trees. You can adjust the width of the lanes and change the type of plantings.
Our new favorite online urban eye candy, Manhattan Sideways, makes us reconsider the less documented parts of the grid system. The site is part of an ongoing project to document numbered side streets, starting with 1st street and moving northward; so far, they’ve made it up to 22nd Street. It aims to comprehensively document every business and place of interest on each side street–and we mean every one. Exceptional or particularly interesting businesses get write-ups that read like stories are far more intimate than the average review. Its featured stories explore the history and secrets of parks, gardens, museums, and art galleries–as well the people behind them. All of the accompanying photography gives the idea that Manhattan is constantly under perfect lighting, and that every inch of its side streets could either be part of a fairytale or a magazine shoot.
New York, as seen through the eyes of a 1980′s teenager.
8-Bit City maps look like 80′s video game maps: blocky, pixelated, and uniformly colored. But that’s totally the point, says creator Brett Camper. He explains on his Kickstarter page that he got the idea from his childhood love of adventure video games. The Brooklynite has now transferred this passion to his interest in cities. He hopes that these maps will “evoke the same urge for exploration and abstract sense of scale that many of us remember experiencing on the Nintendo Entertainment System, the Commodore 64, or any other number of 8-bit microcomputers.”