Tag Archive | Houston Street

Double Mickey Mural By Jerkface

Double Mickey Mural By Jerkface
All Photos By Gail

Jerkface is one of my favorite street artists for his use of popular, easily recognized cartoon characters in his sightly skewed cultural visions. This double-vision mural of Mickey Mouse went upon May of 2018 and it still looks pretty good!

Double Mickey Mural By Jerkface

While people will tell you that this piece is at Houston and Mott, you can see from the above photo that it is set quite far in on Mott Street, between Houston and Bleecker.

Double Mickey Mural By Jerkface

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Darth Vader Mural

Darth Vader Mural
All Photos By Gail

You can see this colorful mural of the Sith Lord Vader (by Street Artist Huetek) in First Street Green Cultural Park, which  is located on the north side of E. Houston Street, between 1st and 2nd Avenues in the East Village neighborhood of Manhattan. You can also enter at 33 East 1st Street, which is  the official address. The murals change frequently, so if you want to see this one, don’t wait too long!

Darth Vader Mural Installation View

The Weeknd’s Face Projected on the Side of a Building

The Weeknd
Photo By Gail

Traveling home from Coney Island late Friday night, I decided to get off the F Train at Second Avenue and Houston Street and walk the rest of the way home. It was an absolutely gorgeous and mild late summer evening and there won’t be too many more of those at this point, before the seasons change, and I want to enjoy it while it lasts.

As I moved to cross over Second Avenue going east, I could not help but notice that, just north of where I was standing (on a small traffic island, just so you can be assured I wasn’t standing in oncoming traffic to get this shot) an apartment building had a man’s face projected about four stories high onto its facade. “Who the hell is that,” I thought to myself, “I should take a picture,” and so I did. Then I forgot all about it until the next day, when I passed a construction site on my block and noticed a flock of concert tour posters for some dude called The Weeknd, and I recognized that face. Apparently, he is famous.

If you are like me, and have no fucking clue who The Weeknd is, despite seeing his face plastered everywhere — now including, it seems, on the sides of apartment buildings in Manhattan– you can read a very interesting article on his astronomical increase in popularity at This Link.

Buff Monster: I Love NY Mural

Buff Monster I Love NY
Photo By Gail

I see this mural every time I take the M15 Select Bus home from work and it stops at the First Street and First Avenue stop, because it is right there, basically.

A couple of days ago, I got off the bus at that stop and took this photo, because Buff Monster is awesome.

Buff Monster I Heart NYC

Hektad Loves You

Hektad Loves You Distribution Box
All Photos By Gail

The street artist known as Hektad has left this message of love for all NYers in the form of a colorfully painted alternative weekly distribution box located on the western traffic island at the intersection of Houston and Bowery (where I stood to photograph the Ron English Mural currently on display).

Hektad Loves You Distribution Box

Please Don’t Steal It, OK?

Happy Birthday, Kenny Scharf!

Contemporary Pop Artist Kenny Scharf was born on this day, November 23rd in 1958. It was almost a year ago today as well that Geoffrey and I were walking up Houston Street on a cold Black Friday evening when we passed Kenny as he worked on his amazing Houston Street Mural, (see image above or click on link) which has sadly been replaced several times since then. Happy Birthday, Kenny!