Blade: King of Graffiti

In all probability, BLADE has painted more subway cars than you have ever ridden on. By 1980, after reaching 5000 or so, the graffiti pioneer stopped counting. In this new 256-page book edited by Roger Gastman, BLADE sits down with Chris ‘FREEDOM’ Pape to reflect on a life of getaways, girls, and the golden years of graffiti. His story is one for the ages, and a must read for those fascinated with the “old” New York.

On a related note for those in NYC: This Friday (8/8) BLADE and Chris Pape will be at the Museum of the City of New York for a presentation and book signing in relation to their new book. More info on that here

“Summer in a Bowl”

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This flower soup at Box Kite in the East Village looks ridiculous. According to the restaurant’s instagram, it’s “a cocktail of fermented tomato & dashi, burpless cucumber, flowers and beach peas.”

photo by Bradley Hawks

Ryan McGinness: Signs, 2014

Working with the New York City Department of Transportation who fabricated and installed each piece, Ryan McGinness’s new project Signs, 2014 features a series of fifty vinyl on aluminum signs posted around the streets of Manhattan. While technically on view until August 30, 2014, these public works of art are slowly falling victim to the underground entrepreneurial mindset of NYC, and disappearing from their present locations. Here, we look through some of the “Notes” about each piece published by Ryan McGinness Studios, as this might be the only chance you have to actually see the works.

Art Tonight (and this Weekend) in NYC

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Starting tonight (7/30) with Nick Sethi’s show on Canal Street and finishing out in Brooklyn on Friday for Kinfolk 94’s inaugural summer group show (REVOK, above), there’s enough going on to give you FOMO satisfaction before taking peace in Summer reclusion on Saturday.

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All Island Solid Concrete

The Sale of Manhattan, a 1962 animated short directed by Fred Crippen that features artwork by Saul Bass & Art Goodman.

Printables

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The Pickpocket’s Tale by Joseph Goldstein

As younger thieves turn to high-tech crimes, one of New York’s old-fashioned wallet snatchers recalls his decades-long career, from behind bars.

Art Tonight in New York

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A bunch of nice things happening
 
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Printables

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Inside the Crumbling 5 Pointz by Tessa Stuart

The Queens Graffiti Mecca 5 Pointz Was Never Just About the Painting on the Outside

The NYPD owns two pairs of Google glasses, neither have ever been used

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Inside the NYPD’s 21st Century Arsenal

Soon with a Bit More ‘Psycho’

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After doing a brief stint in London to mixed reviews, the musical adaptation of “American Psycho” is coming to New York City in February 2015 for a run Off Broadway.

To Anyone Who Has Used the Term “Bae” This One’s For You

Because it is you.

Printables

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Live from the Graffiti Underground by Jamie Maleszka

Decades before street artists like Banksy could ignite an Internet firestorm and fetch millions, three guys with a video camera and a stack of VHS tapes set out to share the gritty story of NYC graffiti.

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