I am Jimmy Justice and your days running around this city like a cowboy are over
! [video | 2:45]. "He calls himself 'Jimmy Justice,' a self-styled 'cop-arazzi,' armed only with a video camera as he prowls the streets of New York looking for law enforcement officers who are breaking the law. His targets are illegally parked city government vehicles -- particularly cars of traffic cops blocking bus stops, sitting in 'no parking' zones or double-parked. Cop cars blocking fire hydrants make him particularly incensed....He posts his best videos on YouTube
and sends regular e-mail to the union representing the city's traffic enforcement agents, pointing out the most egregious parking offenses. And he has gotten results, he said, with some parking enforcers being fined because of his videos. "* [more inside]
posted by ericb
on Aug 3, 2008 -
P.F.1 (Public Farm One)
is a project designed by WORK Architecture Company for MoMA and P.S.1's Young Architects Program. P.F.1’s intent is to "educate thousands of visitors on sustainable urban farming through the unique medium of contemporary architecture." An artist in Providence, RI developed a similar installation called Green Zone
, "an organic vegetable, herb, and flower garden planted in the detritus of wartime consumption: used tires, shopping bags, shoes, and other repurposed containers" at local venue Firehouse 13
posted by lunit
on Jul 16, 2008 -
The opening shots of 1920s New York City are wonderful, then you get a zany high-speed Harold Lloyd blazing down the avenues, and that's fun to watch, but the real killer is the horse-drawn trolley absolutely tearing-ass
through lower Manhattan, full gallop. Ends badly. Then it's over to San Francisco for one last bit of homicidal vehicular activity with a bus. Well, they sure don't drive like they used to
! [more inside]
posted by flapjax at midnite
on May 25, 2008 -
Max's Kansas City closed 25 years ago this night.
Although Hilly Kristal's CBGB's
is more iconic
and perhaps better known today, Mickey Ruskin's Max's Kansas City
(and its infamous back room
) was every bit as important to fostering the punk scene
of the late 1970s and early 80s. Located a 213 Park Avenue South
, just up the street from historic Union Square
, Max's played host to the Heartbreakers
, Bruce Springsteen
, the Ramones
, Wayne/Jayne County and the Fast
, the New York Dolls
, and quite a few others. What's standing there today? Why, the 213 Park Avenue South Deli
, of course.
posted by psmealey
on Dec 31, 2007 -
SEPTEMBER 14 - SARAH saw He-Man slicking his hair back, using the fountain water at Madison Square Park. The once dull, dirty, water is now a sparkling lush blue, and is filled with rare tropical fish.
posted by Stynxno
on Oct 21, 2007 -
Why New Yorkers Last Longer
. Interestingly, urban theorists believe it is not just the tightly packed nature of the city but also its social and economic density that has life-giving properties. When you’re jammed, sardinelike, up against your neighbors, it’s not hard to find a community of people who support you—friends or ethnic peers—and this strongly correlates with better health and a longer life. [New York Magazine article]
posted by nickyskye
on Aug 15, 2007 -
Haikus made out of pictures of gravestones, being plastered around New York City by a mysterious artist named Nick Beef. (whose name has some mysterious origins
of its own)
posted by fungible
on Jul 24, 2007 -
Downtown Lives On
Are the New Yorkers who lament the passing of cool, outre downtown (victim of high rents and a safer city) just not looking hard enough? Or are Ryan McGinley, Dan Colen, and Dash Snow just punks making bad art? Threat or menace?
posted by dame
on Jan 10, 2007 -
Like old cheese and vomit, mixed with dog food ... Halitosis and aged cabbage ... Rank Swiss cheese ... Sour milk ... Pee in the air every day ... Like an open corpse ... Like a musty homeless person decomposing in musky homeless person urine ... Caramel with a slight undertone of mildly rank underarm ... Rodenticide.
It's Gawker's New York City Subway Smell Map
posted by Urban Hermit
on Sep 26, 2006 -
For those who have moved away and miss the sounds, or for those who have never been and wonder what it sounds like, listen to Folk Songs for the Five Points
, from New York's Tenement Museum. Dissonance in all it's aural beauty.
posted by Framer
on Dec 7, 2005 -
Spots Before His Eyes?
At last, the Paper of Record publishes a story about something I've known and experienced for years. This retired math professor believes that New York is "...a parking paradise." Want a free parking spot, just believe you'll find one, and you will.
When I lived in the SF area and had to go to The City for business, I would visualize parking and something always
How about you? How do you conjure the parking Goddess?
posted by dbmcd
on Jun 17, 2005 -
The New York City Draft Riots:
"As a hot and muggy Monday morning dawned on July 13, 1863, a large crowd of New York working people moved uptown, gathering workers from workshops and factories along the way... They banded together to express their collective outrage at the new draft law. Once they reached the Provost Marshall's office on 46th Street and Third Avenue, the scene of Saturday's first draft lottery, the crowd attacked the building, setting it on fire."
Maps, commentary, history. The main site is pretty cool too: Virtual New York City.
Previously in the blue
: a primary account
from The Brooklyn Daily Eagle archives.
posted by OmieWise
on Jun 6, 2005 -
My lost city: Low Life
author Luc Sante reminisces about a youth spent in the ruins of 1970s New York:
"... when I was a student at Columbia, my windows gave out onto the plaza of the School of International Affairs, where on winter nights troops of feral dogs would arrive to bed down on the heating grates. Since then the city had lapsed even further ... if you walked east on Houston Street from the Bowery on a summer night, the jungle growth of vacant blocks gave a foretaste of the impending wilderness, when lianas would engird the skyscrapers and mushrooms would cover Times Square."
Sante talked about the period a bit more in a 2004 interview
with The Believer
posted by ryanshepard
on Feb 16, 2005 -