Happily FAILEd

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

Getting your Wheaties right

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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!wp20161230_172630 wp20161230_172636 wp20161230_173619

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

Behind the facade

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wp20160829_191112Harmonious 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