Weekly Recap: 9/4 - 9/10
This past week brought some new sounds and an exciting announcement. On Labor Day I took you to the border of the East Village and the Bowery for a Shepard Fairey mural on the side of the Cooper Square Hotel. On Wednesday we strolled down into the Bowery and stopped by the former Deitch wall on Houston. There we discovered JR’s photographic mural which is a part of his Inside Out Project. On Thursday, I made the exciting announcement of my trip to couple of cities in the next couple of months, the first one being Montreal! Finally on Friday, we had some fellow love as Katie featured my sounds for her Sounds of My City Project.
Today marks the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11th attacks. As a native New Yorker and with the heart of this project in New York, I would like to say that this project serves as a reminder of how resilient and vibrant the city is. The sounds paint a contemporary portrait of the city I have and will always love. My prayers and thoughts are with everyone and anyone affected by this great tragedy.
As always check out the maps below to look for the finds yourselves and always remember you can become a part of the project as well! Also Montrealites (is that the right word?) send me your tips before my trip this Thursday!
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Weekly Recap: 8/21 - 8/27
It’s Post-Irene Sunday here on the East Coast. I hope everyone here kept safe during the rather windy and rainy conditions. So here’s something to look forward to, the weekly recap! So this week was all about user submissions as I featured the two of the first submissions I have received. On Monday I featured Jeff’s sounds from Athens Square Park in Astoria. A rousing rendition of Cascada is always a great way to get your work week going. On Wednesday we went across the pond with Peter as he showed us the power and potential behind public art through an excerpt of the “Hopes and Fears” Project. I’ve enjoyed receiving these submissions and would like to remind all of you that you can always send me sounds, just check out the Participate page for more information! The more, the merrier. For this week, expect recordings to come a little later in the week than usual from me. I’m in Pennsylvania for the time being, and won’t be in the city until later this week. Until then enjoy the maps of Astoria and England below!
So this is a new little feature I’ll try out, a weekly recap. In the weekly recap, I will just simply talk about the finds of the weeks and include the lovely neighborhood maps. So let’s get started. The first find this week was a mural by Dima on the side of L’asso, a pizzeria in NoLita. This was followed by the boisterous sounds of Le Bain at the Standard Hotel in the Meatpacking District. Finally, yesterday I took you to the edge of SoHo and NoLita for an innovative public art forum known as the Storefront. Down below you’ll find your guides to these neighborhoods and where you will find these specific locations. Have a great weekend!
A very late but welcome hello to everyone from a sweltering New York City. Although there looks like there won’t be a shower in sight for the week it would probably be a welcome sight. It should be close to 100 degrees by the end of the week! Of course what do I do in this heat? Go out and record. Now the heat is hindering my stamina a bit but I’m powering through and making sure to hit up some of the bigger public art spots in the city. One of the first places I went to was Union Square, the temporary home for Rob Pruitt’s tribute to Andy Warhol. To say Mr. Warhol is a major influence of pop culture would be an understatement. From his early graphic design work to his infamous Campbell Soup Cans we see references to Warhol in our everyday lives.
(Photo Credit: James Ewing)
The monument Pruitt erected depicts Warhol in the manner in which many saw him and still see him. The slick and silver Warhol is clutching a Bloomingdale’s bag as he’s wearing his wayfarer glasses and is slinging around his Polaroid camera. The monument can be found on the busy intersection of 17th St. and Broadway. In a way its an ode to how much the artist loved New York and the surface value of the city. Since its Summer the city has placed numerous seats and tables on a plaza right behind the sculpture where you can sit and lunch as the majestic Warhol overlooks the city below you. The sounds around Warhol capture the essence of New York on a summer afternoon. Go ahead and take a listen.
After I had a lunch with a friend I decided to take a stroll up to Madison Square Park, home of the scrumptious Shake Shack. The awesome thing about New York is that the city finds ways to incorporate art into everyday life. At Madison Square I found Jaume Plensa’s “Echo”.
(Photo Credit: James Ewing)
I’m not going to lie to you when I say the sculpture is kind of trippy. The young woman’s head is elongated which makes for a double take. The sounds around the sculpture are very different from those around Mr. Warhol. The city fades away as nature and people themselves become clearer.
That was the scavenging I did yesterday in the city, that is before the sun won and I had to run and take cover. Next up I’ll be posting my finds in the Meatpacking District and the always amazing High Line. Ciao!