New York City
Legendary NYC artist Futura 2000 has globetrotted the world twice over. Though renowned, by those in the art world, for his contemporary art as much as his progressive graffiti, Lenny McGurr is still somewhat of an enigma to some fans and newcomers. The following video explores his latest trip down to Mexico to paint a mural with a local artist collective. While there he also sat down for an interview that explains a bit of his foray into things outside of the “Futura” persona, which, quite frankly, as he proclaims, “…is just as interesting as the celebrity.”
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.
The return of New York City streetwear phoenix, Alife, has gotten more than buzz. Add more fuel to the comeback fire as the brand teamed up with renowned Yonkers rapper Jadakiss for a session and a special collaborative tee shot by photographer Jason Nocito. Guns and New York street credpretty much foolproof for branding success!
Well, looks like those New York Citybased Citi Bikes are good for something other than everyone debating over their use. Check out what happens went local skateboarding madman Billy Rohan and Andy Millien of Acapulco Gold take a bike out for an extreme spin around some infamous Big Apple skate spots. The results are hilarious!
Hypebeast delves into the New York Citybased production factory of Modern Vice, a footwear company that’s reembracing it’s handmade roots. The following short interviews owners Jordan and Jensen Adoni who inherited the manufacturing facilities from their family. The two go on to describe the passion, the commitment, and the family values that make their business what it is.
Mention the South Bronx (New York City) to anyone and we’re pretty certain that they’ll conjure up two imagesHip Hop or poverty. Now while both aren’t necessarily inaccurate, they’re also not representative of the huge skateboard culture that exists among the brown and black local youth. Take the annual Battle For The Bronx competition, for example. While it may not be on the mainstream media, the yearly event, hosted by Indigenous Skateboards, brings out hundreds of skateboarders to compete in a day full of riding and comradery. Here is a visual recap of the 2013 gathering:
What if someone was able to transport an HD camera back in time and capture the past in breathtaking color and clarity? While the idea may not be physically possible, it is an accurate metaphor for describing what the Romano Archives has done to some recently salvaged footage of New York City in 1939. Thanks to the magic of technology viewers can watch the following archival footage in stunning HD color and quality. The scene brings back the past in a way that black and white photo or film never could, as if you can imagine walking right alongside the pedestrians of that past era. See for yourself!
Given the terrible state of New York City’s public education systemwhere many high schools, if not most, operate below the average standardsit’s really quite refreshing to come across independent programs and initiatives that break the stereotype. Take Harlem’s (Manhattan) A. Philip Randolph Campus High School, for instance. Their CCPI (Career and College Preparatory Institute) program was recently feature in an MSNBC short highlighting the great strides that their unique work is doing for enrolled students. This includes expanding their participation in the arts and setting them on a path to fouryear colleges and universities.
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.
With the New York Knicks in this year’s NBA Playoffs a large portion of the Big Apple (all of them sports fans) is ecstatic about the opportunity. You see, it’s been a long time since the nation’s most abundant metropolis has staked its claim in basketball fame past the first round of action. Of course, folks can point out tons of reasons behind the lackluster performance of psst yearsinjuries, distractions, lack of moral support, politics even! Here’s what New York Citybased writer and new República recruit, F. Garcia has to say about some mayoralaffiliated reasons for New York’s recent basketball run.