Within a couple of days of appearing as part of pop singer Katy Perry’s concert at the 2015 Super Bowl half-time show, “Left Shark,” an errant dancer dressed in a cartoonish shark costume, appeared as a chalk drawing in the lobby of an advertising agency.
We recently spotted this truck painted with a graffiti art homage to Oscar the Grouch on West 47th Street in New York’s Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood. The trash can-dwelling Oscar is one the iconic group of puppet characters from the long-running and popular children’s television series Sesame Street. Graffiti and street artists have often made made use of characters from pop culture, as in this example inspired by South Park.
This signage made our day. It’s in front of the Jolly Goat, a tiny espresso bar in Hell’s Kitchen, in New York City, and reads: “Water is the Most Essential Element of Life Because w/out water you can’t make coffee.” True.
This somewhat cryptic message on this billboard in New York’s Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood would seem to be largely meaningless to most people who might see it. But for the 2,000 or so people who work at the global advertising agency Ogilvy (a.k.a., Ogilvy & Mather) and its worldwide headquarters, which occupies an entire building across the street form the billboard, the message is clearly aimed at them. The billboard is a click-baity type ad driving to a website for Intridea, a technology development company that’s pitching its services to major ad agencies.
In celebration of the annual Mexican holiday of Cinco de Mayo, our ad agency threw a rooftop party complete with a mariachi band atop its global headquarters building in New York City. Happy Cinco de Mayo, everyone!
These cats stencils can be found all over New York City, but we see a lot of them in the Hell’s Kitchen and Chelsea neighborhoods for some reason. Of greater significance is the “Army of One” graffiti, which is work and moniker of New York-based artist Jef Campion, a.k.a., JC2, who we heard sadly passed away last week. Campion was the artist responsible for some very powerful street art, especially an artwork that remixed that famous Diane Arbus photo of a boy holding a hand grenade. The artist Fumero, who was an occasional collaborator, has written a brief, moving piece about Campion.
The main dining space at Room Service in New York’s Hell’s Kitchen. Room Service is probably the most beautiful, sparkly and glamorous casual-neighborhood-type Thai restaurant in New York City or anywhere.
We just got back from a viewing of the most recent street art by British street artist Banksy as part of his “Better Out Than In” October residency in New York City. Banksy’s latest work was put up earlier today on a roller shutter covering the entrance to Larry Flynt’s Hustler Club & Lounge, a strip club in the NYC neighborhood of Hell’s Kitchen, on Manhattan’s west side. The street artwork is titled “Waiting in Vain at the Door of the Club.”
Today marks Banksy’s 24th Day in NYC, where he has released a new artwork every day of the month except for Wednesday October 23rd, when it was reported on his website Banksyny.com that that day’s street art event had been cancelled “due to police activity.”
There was a bit of a circus and mini-mob scene at the site of the strip club street art piece as dozens upon dozens of people angled themselves in a scrum of bodies and iPhones to get a view of the stencil street art piece and snap photos. A trio of bouncers stood by protecting the artwork (and/or the club property), and it wasn’t clear if they were affiliated with the club, the artist or both. At one point, one of the bouncers got really surly with a viewer who was clearly trying to overstep the bounds to get a close-up photo. Meanwhile a reporter and his crew shot a video report nearby. And down the block, a guy was selling what seemed like unofficial Banksy merchandise (Banksy magnets) out of a garage.
The location of this Banksy street art is the northeast corner of W. 51st Street and West Side Highway (a.k.a., 12th Avenue).
The espresso machine and cute, colorful collection of coffee cups at Je & Jo Comestibles in New York City’s Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood. When the espresso machine breaks down at our offices, we head over to Je & Jo for a triple espresso brewed with beans from Cafe Grumpy.
A pic of the the High Line elevated railroad tracks where it disappears into the Hudson Rail Yards (a.k.a., the West Side Rail Yards, the Hudson Yards) in the no-mans’s land border area next to the Hudson River between Hell’s Kitchen and Chelsea in New York City. The area is about to undergo a massive urban re-development on a scale rarely seen. The area has been branded the “Hudson Yards” (sans “Rail”) and here you can see the classic MTA logo and an elegant gray wall surrounding the area. This section of dis-used elevated railroad will be developed as an extension of the High Line Park.
We stumbled upon this tiny, droll example of sticker street art on W. 47th Street in New York’s Hell’s Kitchen. The sticker art is a Sharpie-styled illustration of a laptop computer with audio lines emanating from the device.