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Awesome New Wheatpastes Under The El by Ephemeroh

May 3, 2016

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LOVE these little pastes by relatively new (as far as I can tell) artist, Ephemeroh, on Front Street in Northern Liberties!

Creative Ideas for PHL: Let’s Hire Artists to Paint Our Bike Lanes!

April 27, 2016

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(Photo via MTL Blog)

What if we employed artists and graffiti writers to paint Philly’s bike lanes?

Currently, Philadelphia is already paying to paint many of our bike lanes green, so why not use that money to make them even more eye catching!

According to this article on the MTL Blog, which I saw today on Facebook (shared by Marcus Ferreira), it looks like Montreal is thinking about doing just that, and I think Philly should borrow the idea.

And before people start freaking out, I’m not suggesting that we paint every bike lane. Just a handful around the city in key spots, like on The Parkway, along 13th street in the Gayborhood’s restaurant district, on Spring Garden in Northern Liberties… I mean, really any stretch of bike lane where the community wanted it! I’ve just named these spots in an effort to think of places with less residential homes and more businesses, etc., assuming some home owners would probably put up more of a fight against something like this.

What are some possible benefits and drawbacks to such an operation? Let’s explore…

Benefits:
-Philly continues to solidify itself as THE East Coast city for artists, as an innovative city, and a city that supports a 21st Century creative community/economy
-Tourism! In our Instagram and Snapchat centered world, you’ll now have every tourist in the city showing all their friends and loved ones just how cool and colorful the streets of Philly are on social media
-We’d be the first city in America (and only the second city in the world, behind Montreal if their proposals pan out) to have artist-painted bike lanes!

Drawbacks:
-The people who park in bike lanes will now also be ruining everyone’s Instagram photos in addition to forcing bikers to veer into traffic
-Literally can not think of another one

Ok, now does anyone know anyone at the other Streets Department? Let’s do this, Philly!

Creative Ideas for PHL, a new Streets Dept series exploring creative opportunities for the City of Philadelphia. Have a creative idea for Philly? Email me at StreetsDept[at]Gmail[dot]com!

New Work by Mike Smith in the Art Museum Area

April 25, 2016

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Mike Smith (formerly of Nom Now) is back after nearly four years with this LOVEly new wheatpaste on 23rd, between Green and Fairmount, in the Art Museum Area!

Side note: Wait, are ‘Fairmount’ and ‘Art Museum Area’ synonymous, or are their actual boundaries? Please comment if you know :p

Either way, welcome back Mike!

Inside NYC’s Abandoned 1964 World’s Fair Pavilion

April 21, 2016

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This past weekend, I had the pleasure of visiting Flushing-Corona Meadows Park in Queens, New York. A truly beautiful park filled with lovely people that none of these photographs document (aside from that first photo).

I went because 1) I had a free car, 2) I’m a 90s kid who immortalized the Men In Black franchise, among many other pop culture things, and 3) This particular scene from Men In Black II always had a strong hold on me.

The site of the 1939 and 1964 New York World’s Fair, the park was created from a former dumping ground – seriously though, take a few minutes to read the Wiki article on this park it’s fascinating!

Designed for that latter 1964 World’s Fair, the New York State Pavilion consists of three components: the “Tent of Tomorrow”, the Observation Towers, and “Theaterama”.

And while the Theaterama is now where the Queens Theatre resides, the rest is still unused and looks like this… Read more…

Giappo Flexin’ on Front

April 20, 2016

New Giappo on Front street in Fishtown/Kensington!

Sun’s out, nails out!

April 20, 2016

New work under the El on Front street in Fishtown/Kensington by Matty Geez… LOVE this!

NDA Installs Mural Inside Honeygrow’s New Fishtown Headquarters!

April 19, 2016

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And Philly-based, Fast Casual experts Honeygrow are quickly contending for the title of most supportive local company for local artists… Not only have they recently bought a handful of my photos to display in their University City location and hired Kid Hazo to paint this April Fools’ Mural, but are now aiming to have their new Fishtown Headquarters painted by local artists inside and out!

Fellow Philly businesses take note: Supporting Philly’s burgeoning creative community is just simply good business!

And while they’ve yet to announce who will be working on the outside of their new headquarters, Honeygrow has hired local artist NDA to paint a pair of murals inside… More photos to come as they’re completed, but wanted to share these in-progress shots in the meantime!

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