Graffiti taggers and artists have been putting Krylon to all sorts of vehicles all over New York City for years. But for some reason these ubiquitous delivery trucks in Chinatown seem to get “bombed” the most. This vehicle, parked on the Bowery near East Broadway, sports a large, colorful “throw-up”Continue Reading

The sides of tenements and lofts along Houston St. in downtown NYC are perfect for hanging building-size ads. Not only is the street one of only a few major crosstown traffic arteries, but it cuts through the city’s hippest shopping and entertainment districts. Location in part explains this gargantuan sexed-upContinue Reading

Last week, Bloomingdales, the grand, old New York City department store, went downtown–way downtown–to lower Broadway in SoHo, where it opened a second Manhattan store in a cast-iron, loft-style building. The decor of the new retail-fashion palace is a mix of Bloomingdales’s dependable uptown restraint and high-style downtown chic. OneContinue Reading

There seems to always be some kind of major building renovation in progress in Lower Manhattan, where today’s sweat shop is being gutted and turned into tomorrow’s luxury condo. The result is that all sorts of junk from the turned-out or torned-down structures end up on the street like theseContinue Reading

Some street art on Ludlow Street just south of Delancey on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. These paintings are terribly weathered but the worse-for-wear condition only enhances the overall beauty of the portraits, which are of actual Chinese and Puerto Rican immigrants who live(d) in the neighbohood. Below theContinue Reading

This row of French-looking shops is actually one business, a French restaurant and bar called Epicerie Charbon on Orchard Street just south of Stanton. The kitschy faux French street-scape is an acrhitectural and decorative bit of whimsy from the Disneyland playbook. Ivan Corsa Photo

Our favorite Japanese restaurant in New York. Bond St., which takes its name from its address in NoHo, is one of the sexiest, chicest downtown restaurants. The sushi menu takes the fusion concept to the extreme. The sushi bar in back is constantly in motion with a team of chefsContinue Reading

The view from the observation deck of the Empire State Building, looking south toward Lower Manhattan, the East Village, Lower East Side, the East River and beyond it Brooklyn and the Atlantic Ocean. Ivan Corsa Photo Kicks on our Feet: Puma “Easy Rider” Sneakers On Our IPod: Kraftwerk – “TourContinue Reading