The F Train station at Second Avenue and East 2nd Street in the East Village was closed for renovations for part of this past summer, which means we had to do without new street art that is known to enhance the wall just adjacent to the entrance. You’ve seen me write about it before here, but really the mural changes every few months. This beautiful mural of a tiger’s face, which is called Power, went up in early November 2019 and it is the work of Key Detail (@keydetail), a muralist who also works with painting, drawing and illustrations. Key Detail is originally from Minsk, Belarus, but he is currently based here in New York City.
Obviously, I took these photos at night, and I am sure the mural looks quite different in the bight daylight. I will make an effort to pass by it again before it gets covered over, so that I can post some contrasting daytime shots! See more colorful artwork by Key Detail on his Website.
If you’ve spent time living in New York City, you’ve likely had more than one night out (and by ‘night’ I mean all night) that will make this week’s Video Clip feel very familiar. The tune is “Might Not Make It Home” — an anthemic, nightlife battlecry as delivered by LPX (aka Lizzy Plapinger). Some may recognize Plapinger as one-half of the enigmatic pop duo MS MR (pronounced Miz Mister), which is currently on hiatus while the singer/songwriter explores this new project. To me, it certainly seems like she has found her groove.
You don’t need me to tell you much about this clip, other than that it takes you on a celebratory nocturnal journey as LPW rocks out all around Manhattan, via subway and limo, from the heart of Times Square, to Harlem, Chinatown and even the Brooklyn Bridge. The highest praise I can give to “Might Not Make It Home” is that it feels like an emotional companion piece to Joe Walsh’s sublime “In The City,” as heard in the classic urban adventure film The Warriors. If you haven’t seen that film yet, you need to. Recommended if you like Swedish superstar Robyn, Florence and The Machine, and Madonna. Enjoy!
On New Year’s Eve Day, I posted this photo with the heading, “Someone Lost a Shoe in The Subway,” and it got about 100 likes overnight — more than most of my photos and certainly way more than the majority of my blog posts that I share on that page. So, I thought that maybe, if re-purposed as a Pink Thing, the photo could work its viral magic on my blog traffic! A girl can dream. Here’s the back story on this photo:
I was out that day with my friend Naomi and I spotted this shoe laying on the sidewalk at around 99th Street and Lexington Avenue, so I snatched it up. Because: Pink Barbie Shoe. When I got into the subway I “staged” it on a remote stairway used only by the subway crew, et voila!
I moved to Manhattan in the fall of 1988, but having made perhaps a half dozen trips to NYC between 1979 and the year I became a resident, I sure do remember when the subway looked like this. Ah, sweet nostalgia. You can almost smell the urine.
This video, shot by Danish tourist “Railroad Pacific,” is ten minutes long, but you can fast forward and get the full effect. If the embedded link above goes wonky – as embedded links tend to do – you can find the video on YouTube at This Link. Thanks to The Awl for the tip!
On Wednesday night of this week, Ute Linhart, a music industry friend of mine for over ten years, was violently assaulted when an insane maniac pushed her into a speeding subway train as it barreled into the station at 28th street and Broadway here in Manhattan. While she thankfully was not thrown onto the tracks, Ute suffered multiple broken bones including three broken ribs, her left arm broken in two places, facial fractures and a punctured lung, among other injuries. The New York Post has the more details on the truly horrifying story online at This Link.
The good news is that Ute is going to be OK and, thanks to witnesses in the subway, the attacker was apprehended and arrested. While what happened to Ute could not have been predicted, and was certainly a case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time, let’s all of us here in NYC who travel on the subway remember that there are some crazy nut jobs out there. Be careful in the subway, stand back from the platform edge and be aware of who is around you at all times. Wishing you a speedy recovery, Ute!
Update: The man who pushed Ute has been Sentenced to 15 Years Prison.
Happy Monday! The 4 and 5 trains were running about 20 minutes behind schedule this morning due to either a stalled number 7 train at 42nd Street/Grand Central or signal problems at Bleecker Street, depending on who you believe. But the delays weren’t anywhere near as bad as these L trains to Brooklyn. Gee wiz. If I had to wait fifteen hundred and thirty four minutes for a train, I’d probably just suck it up and take a cab.
Escalators are stairs. Do your leg muscles cease to function when the steps move mechanically? If the escalator were to stop, would you be trapped half-way? The purpose of an escalator is to move you up or down from one level to another twice as fast as…well, taking the stairs, you dork. If you can make it down stairs on your own, you have NO EXCUSE for standing on the escalator and blocking everyone who is trying to catch their subway train or flee mall security. There should be signs on escalators demanding that people respect the global custom of keeping slow traffic to the right (i.e. stand on the right, walk on the left, you inconsiderate, lethargic slug) so that people who need to get somewhere can walk past you and be on their way. Another thing that bugs me are folks who block the entire escalator by insisting on carrying on a conversation while riding up or down. If you MUST talk to your companion as you STAND on the escalator please, for the love of humanity, stand behind or in front of him or her instead of at their side. If you’re too lazy to walk, take the elevator. Better yet, stay home because leaving the house is probably way too much exercise for you.