As the pix below show, Tuesday was a “snow day” here in New York City due to the massive winter storm, dubbed Juno, that started hitting the city Monday afternoon. But while the blizzard started out big, blustery and with very heavy snowfall Monday, the second wave of the storm that arrived later that night and on Tuesday morning was fairly mild and didn’t live up to the epic snowpacalypse (or snowmaggeddon, if you prefer) that was forecast for the city. We were surprised how little snow at piled up in a bowl we had left outside on our balcony overnight. Still, NYC effectively shut down Tuesday and most of us spent most of the day at home with an official day off from work at the office. We took some time out to wander around and go for a long walk in our downtown Manhattan neighborhood, enjoying the relative tranquility that comes with such an occasion. We made some stops along the way for Chinese steamed dumplings and a coffee.
New York City Chinatown has a high volume of small truck traffic ferrying goods to and from the many small warehouses, wholesalers and workshops that call the neighborhood home. Many of these trucks have elaborate graffiti art pieces, like this one we caught turning the corner at Ludlow and Grand streets in the Lower East Side.
This street-art mural of giant lips on a storefront roller-gate on Grand Street in New York’s Chinatown looks like a work in progress, but it may actually be the finished work. In any case, it’s rad and we like the use of dollar signs for each “S” in the word “Ki$$.”
The graffiti and street artist Moody is currently is exhibiting at the Woodward Gallery’s Project Space on Eldridge Street in New York’s Lower East Side. The triptych artwork is a parody and hijack of Coca-Cola’s iconic brand logotype and seasonal advertising style.
We recently visited the Canada Gallery in the Lower East Side to check out artist Lily Ludlow’s show titled “Pereidolia.” The exhibition includes a collection of her recent abstract paintings and an installation piece made of long strung-out tree branches that fill an entire gallery. Good stuff.
Fresh street art by artist Calen Blake on the old Bowery Bank building, a.k.a., the Jay Maisel Building, at the corner of Bowery and Spring streets in New York’s Lower East Side. This wheat-paste artwork is yet another portrait of a woman with an intriguing body of hair — it’s a densely packed school of small fish.
This #ELLEThugLife street art paste-up at the old Bowery Bank Building (a.k.a., the Jay Maisel Building) in downtown New York is filled with diverse religious symbolism and compelling imagery. It depicts a naked woman wearing only a head-scarf and partial face veil and sporting many tattoos as she stares directly at the viewer. The image is powerful, mysterious and evocative.
Beautiful street art portrait by TYNK on Orchard Street south of Canal Street, on the edge of Chinatown in New York’s Lower East Side. The mural depicts someone who could be the late, great painter Jean-Michel Basquiat.
We went gallery hopping in New York City on the weekend, which meant we did a lot of walking around the Lower East Side. This gave a member of our crew, Kay Dot, to break in some brand new Converse sneakers. Her Chuck’s-styled kicks are in a shade of hot pink that is practically unmissable from 50 meters away.
In this recent street art piece titled “Chandlerier,” the increasingly prolific Hanksy has made pun-tastic reference to the TV series “Friends” and one of its lead characters, Chandler (played by actor Matthew Perry). Here Chandler is portrayed comically dressed in a one-piece leotard and ballet slippers. The wheat-pasted artwork is on a utility door next to the entrance of the Untitled Gallery on Orchard Street in New York’s Lower East Side.