The Groundswell Mural Project is an inspiring organization that works with New York City youths that come from low-income families. Annually, up to 800 young participants, aged 14 to 21, are motivated to join their programs, where they make new friends, express themselves, develop art skills, and work collaboratively all while beautifying neighborhoods around them.
As they say, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Artist Justin Gignac enterprisingly started selling city garbage ‘hand-picked from the fertile streets of New York‘ in 2001 after a colleague questioned the merits of package design.
Having spent the past two months in New York City, Chris Godfrey gives the viewer a personal insight into his trip. A mix of both reportage and portrait photography, a sense of experience has been captured when looking through the photos. Every picture has a little story behind it, with my favourite being Bin on […]
Look what we spotted via Gothamist: a graveyard for disused payphones underneath Manhattan’s West Side Highway at 135th and 12th Avenue. As Dave Bledsoe said on his Flickr page, “At least a one hundred old, battered pay phones were locked behind a fence near the Park’s Department building.” We love how he also healthily noted […]
This might just be the coolest idea we’ve ever heard of. The concept started out with a simple question: how can you make it possible for everyone to swim in clean river water in NYC? A group of NYC-based designers figured out a way to make this happen; create a floating pool that acts as […]
If you haven’t noticed, we’re pretty big fans of unconventional art and artists. Take Andrea Bergart, for example. After noticing that cement trucks are a large, spinning, mobile canvas, Bergart decided to take advantage of this untapped resource. Inspired by Ghana’s vibrant geometric patterns, Bergart transformed these mundane trucks into incredible works of art.
This is paper that you can actually wear as cutting-edge fashion pieces. Back in 2009, Paper No.9: Paper textile set about developing this unique material. There really is no other material like it. Used for everything from stationary to hand bags and clothing to wallets, the wide variety of colours and textures makes this leather-like material an extremely […]
Style shaman Erica Kiang has found a way to turn her closet into a business. A longtime devotee of underground global fashion trends, Kiang has been at the helm of Babel Fair, her eclectic boutique in the Nolita neighborhood of New York City, for almost four years now. Walking through the store, you get the […]
Presented by Sterotank, and in collaboration with the Architectural League of New York and The Pen World Voices Festival, The Little Free Library is a temporary installation that allows passerbyers to read books as often as they please. The weatherproof library stands freely in the street while surrounding tables and chairs are avaliable for you to sit down and, well, read.
Humans of New York is an archive of beautiful photos and touching stories from the Big Apple. The stories range from a sweet old couple arguing about whether today is their 61st or 62nd anniversary, to a young man who never went to college because he was convicted of a murder he didn’t commit at the […]
Cuban artist Alexandre Arrechea’s site-specific public art installation No Limits with gigantic architectural sculptures of some of New York’s iconic landmarks is now showing alongside Park Avenue Malls till June 9. These sculptures of Chrysler Building, Citicorp Center, Empire State Building, Flatiron building, Helmsley Building, MetLife Building, Metropolitan Life Insurance Company Tower, Seagram Building, Sherry […]
Jenni Sparks is breathing new life into the art of hand-drawn cartography. Beginning with her quirky map of London and her follow up for New York, this doodler has been helping tourists get around big cities with her sense of humor and wit. The maps point out contemporary landmarks, such as the 24-hour bagel shop in Brick […]
Thinking about moving to New York? The Worst Room provides the antidote to TV’s spacious and beautiful apartments that normal people can afford. I’d like to see Friends re-set in some of these.
Get ready New York, French artist JR has set out to take your photo and plaster it to the ground in Times Square. The project is called Inside Out and ran from April 22 to May 10. And how does JR get your photo? Don’t worry, it’s not some creepy spy cam thing. Instead, a truck […]
We don’t know how, but somehow, somewhere in New York’s subway system, a secret City Hall subway station lurks. With its tall ceilings and brass fixtures, it looks positively majestic and grand. The station has been closed to the public since 1945 as it was deemed too unsafe for use, but apparently, commuters in the […]