Saturday, May 14, 2011

vindicated vandalism

Twenty-four years ago, three Bronx teenagers began to deface buildings and subway trains and bridges with spraypaint, often tagging them with names like BIO, How and Nosm. 

Today the “TatsCru” has grown into the Bronx’s leading practitioner of “aerosol art”, representing New York City in a competition at the Smithsonian Museum.

Gaining international recognition with assignments for recording artists like Missy Elliot, Nas, Big Pun and Nelly, TatsCru began working with corporate food clients like McDonalds, Snapple, Coca Cola and M&M’s candy. You may remember the mural they did for the BigPun rally back in April.

They’ve done it again, painting over that mural with a new one in support of Nicole Rodriguez, BigPun’s sister, and her Mother in their quest to rename Rogers and 163rd BigPunPlace.

They’ve also created original art for Bronx based promotional campaigns for the HUMMER H3, British Petroleum, Sony and Tommy Hilfiger.

While riding around on my bicycle last weekend I found this painted-over mural, at the intersection of Barretto and Garrison.

A quick websearch for “TatsCruBaretto&Garrison” and this came up, taken before it was covered:

I found that photo here:
So this one is gone but TatsCru work can be found all over the Bronx, often in memorial of fallen “street soldiers” who have met violent or early demise.

They’ve even been invited as special guests to make presentations at Hunter College, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Cortlandt University.

Graffiti’s come a long way.

Yeah baby.

Friday, May 13, 2011

better all the time

maybe Murphy blogged

From Wikipedia:
The fear of Friday the 13th is called Friggatriskaidekaphobia, Frigga being the name of the Norse goddess for whom "Friday" is named and triskaidekaphobia meaning fear of the number thirteen, or...

...paraskevidekatriaphobia a concatenation of the Greek words Paraskeví meaning "Friday" and dekatreís meaning "thirteen", attached to phobía from phóbos, meaning "fear".

Friggin’BloggerFailin’Phobia- fear of Friday the 13th taking Blogger down

Thursday, May 12, 2011

have another hit

But what if air is a psychedelic?

And upon first breath at birth...

we begin a persuasive, lifelong illusion?

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Ja må hon leva

Has it really been twenty-four years ago today that I dressed in a sterile gown and held a pair of surgical scissors at the St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital, preparing to cut her umbilical cord?

What came into my life that morning sure beats anything 
I ever got on my birthday!  

It's ironic. When a new life comes into your own you utterly and irrevocably lose the life you lived just moments before.

But the life you have now is so much better, you can't even remember the old one.

Tempus fugit. Take lots of pictures. 
And Happy Birthday, darling.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011


Hunts Point in the 1800’s was “the country”; a lush, green meadow of woodlands with clear streams of fresh running water. 
Hard to believe, I know.

Hunts Point Road began as an Indian trail but later developed into a supply road during the Revolutionary War. It was used for unloading the ships that docked at Barretto Point, the red marker on the right side of the map. Our ClockTower is at the marker on the left.

Until 1950, the park site housed an asphalt plant and from 1954 to 1978 it was also a dumping ground for fill.

But in 1995 the Tiffany Street Pier opened to the public as a test, a 410-foot pier jutting from Barretto Point out into the East River, just before the Long Island Sound. It was a huge hit.

Alas. A lightning storm burnt that pier to its pilings. But the park was so well liked Mayor Rudy Giuliani found $Five million in his budget to rebuild it.

Begun in Spring 2003 and opened with a bike path just 18 months later, Tiffany Pier in Barretto Point Park is a regular spot for the fisherman.

Although frankly, I don’t think I’d eat much seafood pulled from there. lol

Still, the Floating Pool Lady docks there for the kids to swim all Summer, right across from Rikers Island. The seven-lane, 82-foot pool is scheduled to open June 27, according to the Parks Department.

And LaGuardia Airport is right across the water.

11 flowering acres and a swimming pool just a short bicycle ride from Bruckner and Lincoln. Bring a picnic. It’s pretty out there.

Monday, May 9, 2011

may the torch be with you

photo courtesy

stuffed on fillet of soul


ClockTowerTenants turned out Saturday night to support one of their own, the Greg Smith Group appearing live at Arlene’s Grocery.

“The Greg Smith Group’s new material combines powerful vocal hooks that won’t quit, interlocking even dueling guitars, and synth sounds that range from rippingly robotic to beautifully futuristic! All laid atop a groove-ready, rock-solid rhythm section. A gourmet meal with the tastiest, sweetest dessert to top!”

I’m not a dessert guy but I’d have to agree. 
In the tradition of blue-eyed soul,
...and with a nod towards Daryl Hall of the legendary Hall and Oates, the Greg Smith Group filled the room then blew it down with a satisfying set worthy of a downtown trek on the express train.

You can check his sound out here:

Arlene’s Grocery. Ignore the finger, check their website and hurry down before you can’t see the GSG in a small venue anymore!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Two Lips for Mom

It's not easy being a Mother.  
If it were easy, Fathers would do it.