dim lights big city
looking up 2nd Avenue in the mist last night…
been snapping lots of street shots lately. here’s a bunch of tags n’ street art snapped in a short walk…
for amazing street art from NYC and around the world, stay tuned to the Wooster Collective.
wanna know what it’s like to live in the East Village?… the GammaBlaBlog does a great job of capturing little snips of daily life that are raw and real. and there’s a KILLER Street Art collection, that’s nicely organized in categories for viewing (Marker, Messages, Murals, Paint, Pasted Paper, Sidewalk Art, Stencils, Stickers, etc)
and on the Gothamist.com today there’s a report on the Graffiti crack down in NYC
everyone’s got a little post holiday family drama to deal with. an old sore, or maybe some forgetten ig-nor-ant trait or off putting touch of google-eyes in a cousin you’d surpresssed nicely for years – thrown in your face all of a sudden…
we’ll eBaum has just the cure for you. a page called “My Family Photos” that’s so dam hilarious you’ll forget you even have a family! (oh sorry, do we sound angry?) even if you’re a lucky freak and love everyone in your family go to this page and laugh your ass off!
“hurry, we’re almost there”
kickin’ it up
gettin’ some love
history behind walls
we’ve been in the same apartment in the LES for over 17 years. but it wasn’t until 1996, after over 8 years there, that we discovered the fireplace.
reading The Alienist at the time (a GREAT book by Caleb Carr about a series of child murders in the late 1800’s, primarily set in the Lower East Side), and immersed in a part where Carr vividly describes tenement life, we realized “all the apartments had fireplaces back then.” noting the section in the center of our wall that jutted out slightly – it hit us!… there’s something behind there!!! we quickly started knocking about the wall … knock, knock, knock, THUNK! there was a hollow spot! grabbed a hammer, and a minute later we’d bashed a baseball size hole in the wall. a “whoosh” of musky, ancient air filled the room. got the flashlight out and we could see it was a really old and really dirty fireplace (but with great potential.) next day we rented a reciprocating saw from Ace Hardware and started cutting down the wall. the fireplace was filthy. we spent days wiping it down, and weeks repointing the bricks (the cement made today is much brighter and didn’t match so we hand mixed in some of the old mortar we’d scraped off to maintain the old look.) later we finished off the edges with sheetrock.
and today we have a beautiful fireplace that really speaks to the history of our apartment and the LES. it’s very tall, the hearth area is almost 4 feet high. which fits the LES tenement scene painted by the Alienist. these fireplaces provided warmth but just as important, they were used to cook in. there’s also a small square hole towards the top that served as a flue. the interior still has remains of a blue ceramic that covered the surface. and our favorite part is the massive hand cut granite hearthstone that supports the bricks above the opening.
it seems it was fashionable back in the 30-40’s to cover these old fireplaces when they became obsolete (due new fangled heating and cooking methods coming on the scene.) but it’s time they were brought back in the open! our fireplace is beautiful and adds a touch of magic to the apartment, with it’s warm look and interesting history. we’ve spent many hours wondering what life was like at the turn of the century and it’s given us a wonderful sense of the history we live in. so if you live in an old building in NYC and have strange architectural angles, grab a hammer and see what’s behind it! (just a little warning, start with a small hole, our downstairs neighbor followed our idea and his fireplace was a cracked and smashed up mess.)
the beautiful white snow, fresh air, pine tress, sparkling powder… we’re not sure what makes this snow boader and skiier go at it, but this isn’t your usual snow fight
and since we haven’t gotten much snow in nyc this season, here’s a very addictive and cool little snowball fight game to get your freak on.
scoop of the day!
Mary’s Dairy, the fabulous dessert and ice cream place that hit the west village by storm this summer is opening an east village branch! it will be located on 1st Ave between 9th and 10th Streets. unfortunately they won’t make it in time for tomorrows warm weather, but we’re told it should be open sometime in the next week or 2! stay tuned for a visit. we scream for ice cream.
east village dog fashions
the streets of the east village are filled with cutting edge fashionista’s, but it’s the dogs that rule the scene…