Monthly Archives: August 2013

Urban Life … Coffee with NYC Surf Report

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It’s Saturday in New York’s Lower East Side on a hot, steamy late summer day and we’re enjoying our iced “New Orleans”-style cup of Blue Bottle at Lost Weekend NYC, which has the benefit of giving us the surf report at Far Rockaway Beach, NYC. As the chalk board reads, conditions are “flat,” so it’s a good thing we didn’t go surfing this morning.

Hanksy’s “Bald Eagle” Mashup with Bryan Cranston

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This recent work by Hanksy (a portmanteau of Banksy x Hanks, as in Tom Hanks) on Orchard Street in New York’s Lower East Side is a mash-up of graphics and illustration featuring a bald eagle with the head of actor Bryan Cranston, the star of the American television series “Breaking Bad.”

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On the Scene … Back at Miss Lily’s NYC

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We’re fans of Jamaican-styled Miss Lily’s, a roots reggae record shop and Internet radio station that’s also a cafe and “juicebox” — a place that makes fresh smoothies and juices — on Houston Street, on the border of SoHo and Greenwich Village, in downtown Manhattan, NYC. The full name is Miss Lily’s & Melvin’s Juicebox and Record Shop. (Melvin makes the smoothies.) Readers of this blog may recall we’ve posted about Miss Lily’s before and published images of the interior. Here are some pix of the exterior and some of the yummy food.

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On the Scene NYC … “Vandal” by Nick Walker Revisited

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The “Vandal” street art painting by influential and pioneering (he was an inspiration to Banksy) U.K. stencil artist Nick Walker on Eldridge Street, deep in New York’s Lower East Side-Chinatown interzone, has quickly become a neighborhood landmark. The artwork was put up in the summer of 2012. These fresh images show some recent additions to the work, namely a wheatie by the ubiquitous Cost layered on the front page of the newspaper depicted in Walker’s artwork.

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Style … Vanilla Van’s

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We replaced our favorite pair of salmony-red Van’s lace-up sneakers after the canvas got torn on the edge of a bike pedal on a ride last week. We couldn’t find the exact same salmony-red model so we decided to change things up and bought this classic pair of vanilla Van’s instead. We’ve only had these a few days and already we love ’em. So much so we took a photo and wanted to share. Our inspiration for the photo was the cover of the band Sleigh Bells’ 2012 album “Reign of Terror.” It’s one of our favorite album covers of recent years.

“I Will Miss You …” Hits NYC Billboard

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We first saw this handwritten-styled, street-artsy graffiti message “I will miss you …” a couple of months ago next to the famous Deitch Wall art space at Bowery and Houston streets in NoHo, in downtown New York City. Our post of images of that graffiti on Global Graphica seemed to resonate with a lot of viewers given its myriad possible meanings, especially in NYC, a city where there is always a constant influx and outflux of people traveling and choosing to live in or leave the city. To our pleasant surprise “I will miss you …” just popped up again this past week on a massive, blank vertical billboard on Lafayette Street in the same downtown neighborhood. We love it. We will miss it.

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At Rockaway Taco NYC

This colorful Mexican taco stand in New York City’s Far Rockaway beach neighborhood is called, aptly enough, Rockaway Taco. It arguably has the best fish tacos in NYC, quite possibly the best along the eastern seaboard. The place is a magnet for NYC beach-hipsters and urban surfers from Manhattan and Brooklyn, but popular with Rockaway locals, too. Get there early, as the line is often long at peak times of the afternoon and early evening.

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“White Noise” Mural at Rag & Bone Shop

Artist Henry Samelson is the latest painter commissioned to put up a mural at Rag & Bone’s showcase flagship store in New York’s Lower East Side. This beautiful street artwork is titled “White Noise.”

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