You see a lot English signs in downtown New York City in front of shops offering acupuncture, massage and East Asian medicinal and health treatments. The closer to Chinatown one gets, the more frequent the signs appear, until, in Chinatown itself, the English mostly disappears from such signs altogether. InContinue Reading

Within a couple of days after salsa-music singing queen Celia Cruz passed away last year, this memorial mural went up on a wall facing East Houston Street near Avenue B. The area has quickly gentrified in recent years, but still retains the flavor of the Puerto Rican community that stillContinue Reading

Like characters out of a children’s book, these illustrations of anthropomorphic animal characters look like they were drawn with a Sharpie pen. They appear without any context other than a graffiti-covered surface. We haven’t seen these critter drawings anywhere else so they may be a one-off attempt at artistic expressionContinue Reading

For the graf writer, a clean storefront shutter is a tempting blank canvas just asking for Krylon. The shutters pictured here look fairly new, so you’ve got to pity the owner who’s just had them installed. There may be debate about whether or not this kind of graf is art.Continue Reading

On Rivington Street in lower Manhattan, we saw this advert promoting a new album release by Utada Hikaru, a major Japanese pop star. She rose to fame with a series of chart-topping dance pop tunes four years ago. But unlike most young J-pop idols, Utada wrote her own material andContinue Reading

Snapped this fresh piece of street art pasted on a vertical I-beam on Spring Street near the southwest corner of Lafayette St., right where SoHo begins to morph into NoLIta. So, let’s deconstruct a bit, shall we? Here we’ve got a disembodied head of a middle-aged man wearing an armyContinue Reading

Walking towards SoHo along Grand Street through Chinatown, we spotted this piece of graf about a block or so west of ever-shrinking Little Italy and Mulberry Street. “Suicide Bomber” is an ominous enough tag, but one that in New York City, before 9/11, would have been written off as justContinue Reading

Imagining the future. A scale architectural model of lower Manhattan that features the Freedom Tower and surrounding buildings as envisioned by Daniel Libeskind to replace the former World Trade Center. This model can be seen at the Center for Architecture in Greenwich Village, in New York City. Typhoon Photo

The stencil is the massage. Here’s another one of those stenciled catchphrases you see around lower Manhattan. These slogans are sometimes ironic plays on words, tweaks of well-worn idioms, and sometimes stabs at political commentary. “Pray for Pills” is one of the more ominous and darkly comic turns at street-artContinue Reading

Returning to Manhattan from upstate New York, we snapped this shot from a Hudson River Line train looking west over 125th Street. The thoroughfare is the main cross-town artery running through Harlem. It was a cool and quiet Sunday of a long holiday weekend, but that didn’t stop the adContinue Reading

It was a hot, muggy summer day in New York City. We were on our way cross-town to Pier 45 to lie on the grass and cool off by the Hudson River and while cutting through the East Village we spotted this garage door covered with a collection graf–two large,Continue Reading

The innovative and design-savvy maker of the iPod and Macintosh, Apple Computer Inc., has been planting Apple Stores around the world in the past couple of years. In 2004, it opened stores in Japan, the first in Tokyo. The second shop opened in Japan’s second city, Osaka, on August 28.Continue Reading

These black-and-white photos of a woman wearing large 1970’s-style sunglasses were pasted up on the side of a large building across from St. Ann’s Warehouse in Dumbo, in Brooklyn, in area filled with street art. The photos are in all sorts of sizes and are cropped in many different ways.Continue Reading

“Can control” is a key among the graf writer’s skill set and can make all the difference between a messy tag and a clean one. This large tag by “Skrew” on Rivington Street, in the Lower East Side of New York City, is a good example of bold, crispy grafContinue Reading