Reading through Gothamist posts yesterday I come to find there is a website devoted to that exact subject : asleeponthesubway.tumblr.com . After an initial wave of disturbance that they stole my idea (*half kidding*), I decided if you can't beat 'em join 'em!
Here are my shots they chose to use on their site.
Go ahead and take some of your own and send them on over.
To test the instant action of the camera, which will prove to be handy when capturing our new baby's magic moments, we took photos of everyone in the family jumping for joy.
Results of said test are below.
So let's begin by heading back to the past!
A few weeks ago Amanda & I hit Los Angeles for a some fun in the sun with a bunch of great friends. Click the link below to check out the pics - I promise there aren't a lot of them. Some highlights include:
- Kicking it with Molly, Mike & Lil' Luca in Silver Lake
- Betting on the ponies at the gorgeous Santa Anita racetrack
- Taking in the landscape at the Getty Museum
- Drinking a martini built for 4 with Zach and Carrie
- Other assorted shenanigans
|L.A. Story - March '08|
While it was another barn burner of a weekend (I guess I'll sleep when I'm dead), the highlight was most definitely the Saturday night Halloween party. We hightailed it up to Queens for the MSLK costume party.
That trip to get there is always a long one, so we decided to spice it up by traveling in our costumes. Which of course was the French robot DJs from the future, Daft Punk.
It was a blast riding the rails incognito. We also went totally non-verbal as we communicated with each other and other riders through hand signals and body language.
Other highlights of the weekend were: Darren's birthday dinner in Fort Green, dim sum in Chinatown, and catching Morrissey at the Hammerstein!
Check the slideshow below for more Halloween shots, and see you on Wednesday for the parade.
We saw 10 sites over two days, and traversed just as many neighborhoods. I won't go into all the details here, I'll let the photo set on this page do the talking. However I will indulge with a few highlights:
• We started the weekend by volunteering at a site. Not only does it feel good to give back for a change, it also feels good to get a pin that lets you cut the line at all the other locations! We were switched at the last minute to the Target Community Garden that just opened in Bed-Stuy (do-or-die, Biggie Smalls baby-baby! Uh.) The neighborhood folk were really excited about this beautiful place taking over what had been a lot "filled with crap" as one local explained to me. Nice.
• The Forbes Galleries were the biggest surprise of the weekend. Housed in the Forbes building just below 14th street, these galleries are the private collection of Malcolm Forbes' childhood relics. I have never seen so many odd things in such numbers! There were easily 5,000 toy soldiers alone, each one more mint than the last. The design of the galleries are as unique as the collection. highly recommended.
• Not a stop you'll find in the Open House event guide, but we couldn't pass up a few sesame pancake sandwiches from the Dumpling House on Eldridge. Perfect when on the go, and quite a bargain at 75 cents each!
• The last stop of the weekend was also the most impressive. We rode the tram to Roosevelt Island (see video below) for a special public art project setup on the normally off-limits south side of the island. Yes, this is the area that houses the small pox hospital that burned down. The exhibit was top-notch and the experience was thrilling.
Don't forget to check the full photo set here!
This shot shows a little bit of old EV, new EV and a whole lot of weird sky.
[Insert standard comment about not posting as much as I want to here]
Good - now that that's out of the way...
Been investigating different online photo sharing services to get some slide shows uploaded to the photo page. Tonight (post-fireworks) I decided to give Picasa Web Albums a go (further signing on to the Google monster that has taken over my tech life).
If their products just weren't so gosh-darn smooth!
Check the new galleries on the photo page and lemme know what you think about the new interface.
Below are a few choice shots.
Fireman accessing a second floor window and inadvertently touching his shadow.
Sleeping gentlemen in Central Park
Glistening candy apples at a street fair on Mother's Day.
Adorned bicycle in Soho.
New word up at A Pictures Worth this week. I'll spoil the surprise and let you know it's: Family
This shot shows the family that can be created when Teen Wolf is hanging out with a hipster vampire. Together at last.
Head on over and show the world what Family looks like to you!
You can find quite a few posts on my site that begin with "Haven't posted in a while" or something to that effect. So my fine feathered friends, how do you overcome procrastination?
Head on over to A Picture's Worth where this week's word is: random
Now I am posting it on Stupidfresh.
I love this photo.
Lot's of posts about to go up. Drink them in - they always go down smooth!
For starters, photos from our last Texas trip are up including shots of chicken fried steak, animals and the venue where we're getting married!
As mentioned a few days ago right here on this very site, and elsewhere, this last weekend hosted possibly the largest and most diverse showing of Street Art to date.
The mysterious building has been bought recently and the developers will be turning the location into condos - no surprise there. However, the new owners are aware of the buildings artistic significance and wished to celebrate it.
After collaborating with Street Art aficionado group the Wooster Collective, a one weekend only show was conceived, setting up works by artists inside the empty building.
With camera in hand, I went to experience this moment in time.
When I arrived at 11:30 am (the doors opened at 11) the line had already snaked down Elizabeth, clear across Spring, and was about a quarter of the way down the Bowery. I lined up behind a large group of students with a few chaperones. In all, it took about two hours of shuffling along before entering the threshold to the building.
It was nice having that time to appreciate the building and its architecture from the outside - 11 Spring is huge taking up about half of that entire city block. From my starting point there were only traces of Street Art to be seen - a few tags here, some stickers there. But as I worked my way around the building the art started to creep closer. This was due, in part, to the continuing stream of artists who were installing works on the building as we waited.
The air was filled with excitement. I began chatting it up with some of my neighbors and exchanging predictions of what we would see once inside. Crowds were forming in, around and across the street. Before long, I was at the entrance. TV crews and reporters started to show. Free water was being given out. A real sense of community had developed in that short time.
Right before I passed through the entrance, a blind man and his assistant asked if they could come in and see the show. The guard let them through - and I got to catch glimpses of him as he felt his way through the show.
The first floor was overwhelming. The space was raw - wooden boards on the floor, no heat, jacked up lighting to allow some vision. Large panels covered the interior walls with imagery , painting and graffiti. I spied a larger than life version of the Street Art campaigns that cover the Walk/Don't Walk signs with miniature people that light up from the mechanics of the sign (see inset photo). I found long colored rubber bands, strung together sneaking between the floorboards above me (I would find later these extended up the fifth floor where you could still pull on the and feel their elasticity through the building. ) There were also gigantic letters that covered most of the ceiling which read: YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL
There were still a ton of people inside on the ground level, but many were on yet another line to go up to the above floors. The guard only let the same number of people come up that would go down, which maintained a low number of attendees on the higher floors, which was great after being shoulder to shoulder for the past few hours!
As opposed to talking through each floor and the works they contained I'll leave that to the photos. I'd rather concentrate on a feeling.
As I ascended from one floor to the next, taking my time to absorb the works that were covered everywhere (literally everywhere - stuck in the rafters, underneath the staircases, painted on the windows), I was overwhelmed with that feeling. That feeling one gets living in New York City, being a part of something that will only happen once, in this town at that time.
This is an age where there is corporate sponsorship of just about everything you can be a label on, and a city hellbent on squashing creativity in the interest of raw profits. This special "it can only happen in New York" feeling is becoming more and more rare.
On a grander scale, this was a moment for street art - a celebration for a medium that has existed outside of the law, outside of galleries and traditional methods of distribution. This is art for the people.
This is art for you.
This is almost better than you could imagine it.
View this slideshow of photos from the Lucasfilm holiday party and then submit your resume to work there.
There's even a photo of Darth Vader pulling the raffle tickets. I can't imagine what the winner gets!
Link originally from BoingBoing
Song: from Music for Robots, The Gossip - Listen Up (mstrkrft remix)
Just straight up funky. For real. Press the lil' green button to listen.
Photo: from Gothamist, Light Waves in Brooklyn
"We've been admiring some gorgeous pictures of last night's start of the Prospect Park in Lights installation on Gothamist Contribute. We love this photograph by Atomische, showing ocean waters created out of lights. According to Prospect Park, "more than half a million light emitting diodes (LEDs) will be used to illuminate four gateways to the Park: Grand Army Plaza, which encompasses the historic Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch and the Bailey Fountain; Bartel-Pritchard Circle; Park Circle; and the Parkside and Ocean Avenue entrance to the Park."
Skate Deck: from turntablelab, Iron Mike
With the proliferation of DVR, Tivo and Netflix it is inevitable that traditional brick and mortar video stores are going to bite the dust.
On a personal note, now when I give directions to people on how to get to my pad I'll have to say " near where the Blockbuster used to be"
After much hemming and hawing, I've got the photo page up and running. I'm going with embedded slideshows from my Flickr account. Just click through - you'll see what I mean.
Because the slideshow starts right when you hit the page, I've elected to only leave the most current post up. For ealier slideshows you'd need to click on the permalink for that group.
There is also a post that shows where all the old photos are.
This is all nerd background (of which I have much more to offer). Go enjoy the photos!