Last night, psychedelic reigned supreme as artists Jonah Freeman and Justin Lowe took over Liberty Hall at the Ace Hotel for a blacklight-filled basement installation in promotion of the film Inherent Vice. Accompanied by a performance from Psychic Ills, the intimate gathering proved to be a worthy trek for attendees on an otherwise frozen night.
For those who missed the opening party, the installation is open to the public at Liberty Hall from 12-8pm until January 11th.
Photos by Max Serota
The art world gets back into the swing of things.
FREEDOM reminisces on his first visit to what would become the “Freedom” Tunnel.
“In 1974 (at the tender age of 14), my older brother took me to the Freedom Tunnel for the first time. The location wasn’t named that back then, it was just a freight train tunnel that ran for 3 miles beneath Riverside Park from West 72nd to West 122nd Streets. We entered through a Parks bathroom that had a gaping hole in its floor—an entrance that had been created by Steve 161 with a stick of dynamite and subsequently covered with a large piece of plywood. After climbing through the blasted area, we slid down an embankment of dirt and landed at the base of the train tracks. The two of us spent the day climbing up and down the sides of parked trains, practicing our tags with the small can of spray paint we had with us until it ran out, then we headed home. I had no idea how significant an event that day would become.”
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The Voice of The New York Subway System.
This past Friday, a creative crowd packed into The Standard, High Line to celebrate artist Romon Yang’s (a.k.a. ROSTARR) mural commission for the rooftop at Le Bain. Christos Katsiaouni was at the hotel to capture the scene.
Recommended openings for the week ahead.
On view until January 1, 2015
Home Alone 2
208 Forsyth St.
New York, NY
Weekdays 10 am – 6 pm
Weekends 12 – 6 pm
For the next couple of months, in collaboration with the upcoming film A Most Violent Year, we are publishing a culture site about New York City in 1981. From the East Village to Esplanade, we’ll tell some of the stories that shaped the year, and add in some pop culture to the mix for the fun of it. So check it out here and enjoy, there’ll be new stuff up daily.
Photo by Christopher Morris
Especially if one of those things is a floating performance island in the Hudson River which will surely become overrun with all the exact people you detest being around. You’ll survive though, because that’s what’s called “Living in New York” and being a misanthrope. But seriously, LET THE RICH BUILD US THINGS, they’re just spending their money to make your life better.
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