We asked Rhiannon Platt, street art expert extraordinaire, about the myths held by many new artists. Here she debunks the commonly held beliefs and gives us the facts about how to safely create art in the shadows.
Remember back in August when we wondered about who controlled the lights on the top of the Empire State Building?
At least for tonight we know that it’s CNN.
The media powerhouse will be broadcasting election results in real-time using the beams of LED lights at the top of the Empire State Building. Red signifies Romney, blue for Obama.
As the electoral college votes roll in, the bars on the top will move accordingly, tallying the competition up to 270.
Photo courtesy of CNN.
There’ve been a slew of eerie photos and videos coming out of New York the last few days but this photo series taken by Randy Scott Slavin is one of the best we’ve seen. Captured with long-exposure times, the resulting shots of downtown Manhattan are both beautiful and powerful.
You can check out more photos on his Facebook album.
In what has to be one of the coolest artistic interpretations we’ve seen this year, the latest rAndom International installation is an interactive Rain Room.
Visitors are invited to walk through the thousand square foot indoor space as the rain reacts to their “movements and presence,” meaning they don’t get wet even though they’re surrounded by a downpour.
Made possible by a series of tracking cameras, we can only hope that this choreographed experience makes its way across the pond when it closes at the Barbican Centre in London next March.
Check out the beautifully produced video announcing the concept:
“TURN THE RADIO DOWN!” pleas are unsurprisingly most common in Manhattan while litter and graffiti complaints dominate most of the other boroughs.
We want to know what’s going on over in that little concentration of noise out by Little Neck Bay near Bayside though. If it’s house boat parties you can count us in.
Living in a city, we’ve definitely seen impressive acrobatic park or train performances, but parkour takes gymnastics and athletics to a whole other level.
Parkour’s nothing new - there’s always been a need or desire to get from one point to another in the fastest and most efficient way possible.
But city parkour is so much more than that.
Almost like a beautiful and dangerous dance, the athletes that train for the types of scenes featured in Will Sutton’s latest video are incredibly talented and inspiring.
Even more inspiring is that for this parkour video, Will directed, filmed, starred and edited the entire thing.
Shots like the ones that start at 2:38 are almost too incredible to be believable:
Gothamist ran a post today that included a selection of videos from New York City in the 1960s. See familiar landmarks, a candid clip of Marilyn Monroe, and a montage of the Village where the narrator announces:
The Village is an island of color and calm. Self-reliant and not easily influenced. Age doesn’t matter here. Because most who live here wander and search. But in the Village, everybody’s young inside.
Our favorite video is an old Dreyfus Fund commercial that features a lion sauntering out of the Wall Street subway station: