This giant mural is the work of FAILE, a Brooklyn-based artistic collaboration between Patrick McNeil and Patrick Miller. It covers an entire side wall of a building that happens to be The Record Plant, a legendary recording studio on 44th St. in Hell’s Kitchen, active from the late sixties until 1987, when it closed.
Imagine bumping into Aretha Franklin, Frank Zappa, Jimmy Hendrix, John Lennon, Cyndi Lauper, among others – they all recorded here; these are but a few of the names that emerged when I looked up the address.
Today, it is a high-tech business centre and I am desperate for a time-machine.
October 27, 2016
Waking up in shades of warm pink.
The beginning of a beautiful day.
Snapshot from October 13th, 2016
Monday morning in New York
Tuesday morning in New York
Not the twenty inches of snow predicted but adding the sleet, freezing rain and gusty whistling wind, the day had cocooning written all over it.
March 14th, 2017
Landed in Hell’s Kitchen on October 5th, 2016.
I could get used to these views.
I think I will.
October 1st, 2016
And the City woke up in a haze. Dreaming still.
Meanwhile, at street-level, business as usual.
Real life was going on.
With a touch of salt, melting the snow and turning it dark brown with patches of grey.
Just another Saturday in winter in the City.
January 7th, 2017
A Toast to the Total Wheaties Champion…! He will always be my Fiber One…!
Here he is taking an inward pike dive into the warm pool of spicy Cinammon Chex! He’s no Vanilla boy, our Greg.
Oats! I’m being a bad girl now… Oh, go on then, Crunch-a-tize me Cap’n!
Games with Names (and four-time Olympic champion and the greatest diver in history, Greg Louganis) under the Triple Bridge Gateway, Port Authority of New York, Hell’s Kitchen.
December 30th, 2016
Harmonious lines, soft palette in ochre and blue, a visual delight; it could have been a cubist painting. Solid yet airy, playful urban architecture. Hanging cables letting a fleeting glimpse behind the facade. In a little while it will be masked, its beauty lost to ignorant passersby forever.
57th Street, between 11th & 12th Avenues, walking towards Hudson River Greenway.
August 29th, 2016