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Premiering on April 14th at 10pm on the Travel Channel is a high intensity new show about NYC bike messengers. Im sure that this show will have some familiar added drama just like all reality shows. However, unlike others show that are out right now, I dont think that this profession really needs too much manufactured drama to make it a white knuckle ride for fans. Personally being a biker in NYC makes me really appreciate these guys to the fullest. When I see them rip by and owning traffic, I have to just pull to the side and admire their skill and fearlessness.
As if people in Brooklyn dont have it bad enough with the stereotypes, a new sticker has been popping up all over the place. Subways, signs, and public phones are getting plastered with what is being called the Williamsburg Waldo. So I guess any cartoon that has a stache and some nice fancy shoes must be the “Williamsburg type.” Designer Daniel Savage is the culprit and shouldn’t be confused with the squarer aesthetics of the “The Tailor,” an artist responsible for slapping up adventurous icons on NYC cabs last year. Nice work Dan, I sure do get a kick out of seeing Waldo on subway stops from time to time.
Ever wonder what riding the train was like back in the day? Here’s what the Times Square station looked like 25 years ago. The footage was shot with a 16mm film camera in June of ’86, about three years before the MTA officially implemented its “clean train” policy and decided to no longer run subway cars that were littered with graffiti. Whats up with the signs for the “K” and “CC” trains? I also really thought it was interesting how no one freaked out or questioned why someone was recording in the subway. The simpler times.
I love when I stumble onto a Craigslist ad like this. Actually, a friend from San Francisco sent this to me, so dont ask me why hes looking for European bikes in Williamsburg NYC, but Im happy that he was because this post rules. Check out the actual post here.
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Date: 2010-03-01, 11:20PM EST
This is a Batavus “PERSONAL” delivery bike. It’s black, has one speed, a coaster brake, a kick stand, chain case, racks, and a dynamo lighting system. I discovered it in the basement of the Smith and Butler boutique in Carrol Gardens last October.
I am selling this bicycle because my therapist suggested I need to come to terms with my attraction to african-american women. No sister is going to date a 34 year old systems administrator riding a european grocery bike. However, when I would cruise slowly down Park Slope’s fifth avenue, panties would literally fly off of every white or asian woman with a stroller and a master’s degree.
I live in Williamsburg now and the bike confuses most of the women here. If I grow my moustache out a little and explain it only has one speed “like a fixie” I can sometimes get to second base. But for the most part I might as well have a soul patch and collect classic cameras. If you want to get some action I’d only take this baby out south of Atlantic Avenue.
Spring is coming and if you like flat-assed waspy moms who went to Vassar, this is the ride you need.
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A graffiti writer in Brooklyn offers up some advice to fellow vandals and New Yorkers in general from a Williamsburg rooftop. I see this every morning while Im waiting for the M train at the Marcy stop in Williamsburg, and each and everytime, it reminds me to keep on pushing. Graffiti is a really funny thing. People either complain about it, or embrace it and when it is a inspiring quote or touching picture, it can mean so much more.
This is Ron English‘s festive own contribution to the South Park tribute art show that he’s curating at Opera Gallery in NYC for next week. Being all up on the Jesus bandwaggon is really in right now, so English went with a biblical Last Supper theme sprawled over a very productive-looking Towelie. The characters are nightmarish and humanoid, just like we like our women. Kidding. Not really. This new chapter in his South Park art is a little less intense than when he killed Kenny. Damn Ron, give the guy a break. Fire. Really?
Not all NYC subway interactions end in the throwing of fists and spaghetti, or having some guy named Bloody Loco scream in your face. Luke Rudkowski filmed this video of real NYC metro riders answering general existential questions and expressing their mistrust of the government. This is truly interesting especially if you live in NYC and you can relate to how the people who ride the subway interact with eachother, or dont.
The impromptu intimacy is touching, but that’s some tricky editing there. Of course, the Amelie soundtrack would make riding the subway with tired and easily-irritable New Yorkers feel like a magical scenario brimming with potential for deep/”deep” conversations with strangers. Not always the case. Take a chance? At 12 minutes its a little long, but the song is enough to rock you to sleep, and the intimacy really is amazing.
The New York City subway is a strange place. Your in this iron box with complete strangers, and most of the time people just read, listen to music, beg for change, or break dance. Other times, you get mixed up in some shit. Some guy calling himself “Bloody Loco” decided for some reason that the guy across from him just didnt recognize his name, and wanted to make it clear, that he was not to be intimidated. He did hurl a lot of threats and mean looks at the other passenger, who sat there unfazed. I cant really figure out what is the funniest part about this video. Some random guy screaming his nick name in a strangers face, said stranger continuing to read like nothing is going on, or the other passengers who are so scared, they look like statues. Ohh, yeah, actually, my favorite part is when Bloody Loco says ASAP a bunch of times in a row with such passion that he almost makes me want to start yelling BLOOODY LOCOOOO!!!!
Walking down Bowery in NYC is pretty much like any other downtown street. Stores, shops, bums, business men, fashion forward dressers, and of course, graffiti. There is no way you can not notice the art that covers 190 Bowery. The building takes up an insane amount of space and at first looks, seems abandoned. The front steps are most nights, filled with homeless people sleeping, or just taking in the sites. The windows are covered, and it is easy to wonder, how, why, would a gigantic building in downtown NYC, the heart of the world, be abandoned. It surprised, and even shocked me to find out I couldnt be more wrong.