So for those who don’t know, or aren’t really familiar…there is a STRONG, and bubbling skate presence in Uptown, NYC. At the crest of this wave is Mira CoNYo, a clan of creatives and skateboarders, myself included, who’s M.O. is pump out nothing but prime, quality product. They’ve been in the game since 2008 when they put out their first skate video. Since then, there have been many creative endeavors from T-shirts to TV shows. Without giving too much away, Mira CoNYo, and the newest purveyor of fly, uptown’s own The Flagrant Club, are hosting an event tonight with free beer and good vibes. Doors open at 7, premiere starts at 8.
For the first episode of this new series, Mass Appeal hooked up with Jason Goldwatch and 13thWitness two geniuses behind a lens. The two photographers embarked on a road trip through Detroit. The city is the largest in U.S. history to file for bankruptcy and as a result many buildings have become abandoned and is a prevalent site of urban decay.
Uptown, New York Citybased artist, Dister, would rather beg forgiveness than ask for permission. The rebel visionary was recently featured in a short for WNYC about how his “I Love My Hood” project strives to artistically boost the self esteem of his neighborhood and communities around the globe.
Levi’s new foray into the skateboard world has taken the international route thanks to a skatepark initiative in India. Check out episodes one and two of the building of the first official public skatepark in Bangalore, India. Watch out for guest appearances from Nike skate greats like Stefan Janoski and Omar Salazar, both joining in the efforts to bring DIY skate culture to remote parts of the world.
When Australian filmmaker Benjamin Dowie signed up to spend an entire summer working in Uganda, Africa he knew exactly what he was doing by placing himself among such a magnificent landscape and community of people. The resourceful director made his time working for an NGO even more memorable by deciding to film during his travels and daily encounters. The result is a magical edit full of beautiful countryside and elegant locals. Enjoy!
The popular bicycle sharing system used in cities in Europe, Asia, and North and South America that rents bikes to individuals on a short term basis has arrived to the New York City boroughs of Manhattan & Brooklyn. Citi Bike is a privately owned public bicycle sharing system that began 24/7 operation on Memorial Day with 6,000 bikes in over 300 different docking stations. It’s the largest system of its kind in the United States.
Major League Soccer recently announced a partnership between Manchester City FC and the New York Yankees to bring the league its 20th franchise, New York City FC. Manchester City FC will own the majority of the team while The Yankees own the rest. The team will start playing in 2015 and will be the first MLS team to play within the 5 boroughs. A 20,000+ seat stadium currently being planned for construction in Queens’ Flushing Meadows Park with a tentative plan to play in Yankee Stadium while the project is completed. Mayor Bloomberg has already thrown his support behind the plan saying that Flushing Meadows Park is “the best place for it for everybody.”
New York City’s outdated payphones have found new life via a project that connects callers to the city’s infamous history. The initiative, dubbed Recalling 1993, is part of the New Museum’s current exhibition, NYC 1993: Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star, which highlights the social matrix of the 90’s according to artists and storytellers. Callers can dial up from over 5000 designated city payphones and hear personal accounts of what was going on in that particular neighborhood over three decades ago!
There’s a war going on in Baltimore, Maryland and very few are safea war for the survival of expression in some of the meanest streets this side of Eastern border of the United States. 12 O’ Clock Boys is a documentary about that war. Although there aren’t guns and bombs involved there are police and a socalled “enemy”. In the midst of poverty and violence very few things hold together like illegal Baltimore bike gangs. The following is a trailer about a young boy and his numerous encounters with dreams and destiny. Brace yourself.
Jasper Wong’s artist and cultural gathering in Honolulu, Hawaii, Pow Wow, just completed its second year on the island. The result was another successful joining of creative minds and hands that converged to engage the community and each other via murals, panel discussions and social events. From the looks of it the gathering is a success story for Wong, just not one that’s complete yet! You see, Pow Wow needs to be documented and its message needs spreading. Hence a Kickstarter campaign that’s seeking to publicly source a film documentary about the project and a book cataloguing all of the amazing art that it has produced. Not a bad thing at all! Even though they’ve already reached their pledge goal fans can still jump on board to contribute and receive supporter perks as well.