Archive for October, 2013

5 Pointz Part 2

Posted in Uncategorized on October 28, 2013 by Pat Regan

5 POINTZ 2

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I returned to 5 Pointz again today, this time without my lovely girlfriend, Jillian. She did however send me this photo she took on Saturday.

Thanks babe!

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I wanted to see 5 Pointz without the weekend crowds and in the light of a different hour.

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I have stopped by this side of the building a number of times. This time I wanted to see more.

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I cut through the parking lot in back and all I can say is, damn!!! I had been missing out on a lot.

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The work in the courtyard and up and down the street is phenomenal.

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Here’s a tribute to Jimi Hendrix below. And I would like to express my sadness at the passing of the great Lou Reed.

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The elevated subway rattles overhead adding to the urban ambiance of this place.

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Here you can see the subway passing in the background and the giant Citi building beyond that.

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This piece below is tremendous!

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Meet Baxter the cat as he checks out one of Fumero’s pieces.

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I was talking to this dude Fume for a bit about the fate of the building. You can barely see Fume in the photo below sitting in the womb of the giant figure. He didn’t seem to know much more than what I had read about, but he did introduce me to Baxter the cat.

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This one’s for my Uncle Fritz. He’s a Notre Dame man.

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I want to go back for more before it’s gone! Hopefully 5 Pointz will stick around for a while!

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5 POINTZ

Posted in Uncategorized on October 27, 2013 by Pat Regan

5 POINTZ

Yesterday Jillian and I hopped on the bike and headed to Queens. For a Saturday, traffic was a mess. One artery of the Queens Midtown Tunnel was closed. As a result I thought about not going to Queens, but we were feeling groovy so we crossed on the 59 Street Bridge instead and headed to 5 Pointz.

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5 Pointz is a building in Queens which has been the canvas for world renowned graffiti artists. The building has been covered from top to bottom creating a spectacular aerosol art exhibit.

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Sadly 5 Pointz is scheduled to be torn down to make way for a $400 million residential project.

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5 Pointz is just across Jackson Avenue from PS 1 in Long Island City, Queens.

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Before that demolition begins I highly recommend checking it out (if you haven’t already).

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We were having a great time exploring this visual extravaganza when a beautiful blast from the past came rolling in completely distracting me.

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A 1964 Chevy Impala.  What a classic beauty! I could have spent hours shooting this baby alone.

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This car is clean. It’s customized but adheres to it’s original vintage design and color.

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This 64 Impala drove and hopped around to various positions around the building. It’s owner Mike patiently took photos as numerous people (over enthusiastic to get a photo of their own) would block his shots .

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This car commanded each space it occupied. When the car pulled up and stopped behind Bonnie, I felt bad to be obstructing any opportunity to photograph this bad ass machine.

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This Chevy Impala is a member of the Tekniquez Auto Club, a group of custom low riders whose motto is Friends Dont Let Friends Drive “Stock”.

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No matter what part of this car you focus on it screams “Take my picture!”

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The hydraulics on this ride were smooth. At one point he was backing up toward a curb while riding way low, hugging the pavement. Just inches from hitting the curb he clicked the car into motion and the rear elevated for easy clearance as he drove up onto the sidewalk.

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The Impala rode off and we got back to checking the building. Below is a portrait of Alex from A Clockwork Orange.

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My man Sinxero has a few pieces up on the columns.  His masked figure stands strong vertically supporting the floors above. Unfortunately it may not be strong enough to prevent the building from crumbling down in the very near future. There has been a temporary stay put on the demolition while a judge hears from the artists, but it’s fate remains uncertain. You can check out more of Sinxero’s work here: http://www.sinxero.com

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The shadow of my 007 girlfriend goes creeping by on the wall beyond.

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A great day had for all!

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Johnny Redd

Posted in Uncategorized on October 9, 2013 by Pat Regan

I recently went to the Brooklyn Invitational Bike Show. It is a two block mish-mash of  tattoos, thunderous pipes and vintage bikes. One bike in the showroom at Root Studios brought me back to my childhood.

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This grand old Harley was done up with lots of bling. I remembered a guy I used to see when I was a young kid growing up in NYC who rode a similar bike.

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He rode around on a huge Electra Glide that was as ornate as a Fabergé egg. All I knew as a boy was that this cat was cool and now I couldn’t remember his name. He was hard to miss back in the seventies. He had his name all chromed out behind his throne of a seat. It was Redd something. I remembered the Redd with two d’s but that was it.

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Then today I was looking through an old box of assorted papers and magazines. There he was. Johnny Redd, “King of all Kings”.  I used to look in awe as he rode around town. He would sometimes stop at a busy corner just to sit and bathe in the envious stares that showered him.

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I am surprised to find so little about this man who was once a common icon of the NYC streets. Especially puzzling is that there are no pictures of this gleaming machine he used to ride. It was phenomenal. The only information I have found is an article in New Yorker Magazine from the eighties. I don’t have a subscription so I can only read the beginning. But yup, that’s him. Too cool, Johnny Redd. Thanks for the inspiration!

If anyone out there has any more information about Johhny Redd or has any photos of that wild, lit up bike, I’d love to hear about it.