My friend Liz who is the happy companion of three happy Social Tees rescue cats wanted me to do a piece on Social Tees a local no-kill pet rescue organization.
Dennis Edge is a long-time neighborhood resident, birder and a photographer. He’s working on getting his book about the birds of Tompkins Square Park published. His photos are amazing, you will be astounded by the variety and beauty of the birds he has photographed in the park. I interviewed him the other day as part of my project documenting the people and the natural habitat of the park. TompkinsTrees.org
After being cancelled by Hurricane Sandy last year, the Greenwich Village Halloween Parade ran a Kickstarter campaign and raised $55,000 to make up for reduced sponsorship. And despite the threat of rain a huge crowd came to Sixth Avenue to participate and watch. Featured in the video are Superior Concept Monsters (The giant skeletal puppets that lead the parade), The Edward Morgan Ballet, The Hungry March Band, and Sir Turkey.
Also on Spring Street. Could be Mark Jenkins but I don’t think so. It is not as meticulously done as his work.
I got there at 5 to mingled in the set-up area and avoid being trapped in the incredibly crowded pen for the non-organizational participants. I exited at 4th Street around 8 when my camera’s battery was dead. If I remember right the pen is not even opened until 9, it is absolute hell if you are in an elaborate costume.
The eye-gazing battle in the name of universal love.
Here is the portal right after it was unveiled. The photo is a capture from my video. I should have waited around to get a good shot of it. When I came back the next morning it was ripped down. The same thing happened last week to portal 8. I’m not sure if they are being torn down by haters or street art scavengers. I think they are only pasting paper prints now because of this. Originally they were pasting up the original paintings, and for the most part they were unmolested
The Unveiling of Portal 7, part of the 13 Portals project. This one was at 161 Essex Street the home of Clayton Patterson’s Clayton Gallery and Outlaw Art Museum.
The participants (the people knocking on the door) submitted photos to the project and the photos were selected by Clayton.
Sirens and pirates clash in Tompkins Square Park. The Pirates added the dramatic tension. The Sirens sang “go to sleep little baby, go to sleep little baby, go lay your bones on the alabaster stones and be my everloving baby” and the Pirates went right to sleep.
The unveiling of the 6th Portal on Avenue A.
Seductive dancing singing Sirens.
Times-Up provided the pirates. The 5th Portal shown behind him was stolen, this is a printed replacement (which was also stolen the next day). Boxcutter Design printed the replacement shown.
Video of a walk around the neighborhood with my video camera. Its low-light capability was not that great, but I got some interesting footage of the spontaneous party that broke out as restaurants had to sell or give away their refrigerated meats, etc. This is combined with interviews I did with people sharing their remembrance of the occasion.
A large branch cracked off an American Elm in Tompkins Square Park on Friday around 4 in the afternoon. That bench is normally occupied by people seeking the shade provided by that elm at that hour.
A black squirrel sits on the spot where the branch was once attached. You can see one of the pitiful small metal straps that were screwed into the branch to keep it from falling. They obviously did nothing. The day was still, with very little wind at all.
Removing the branch was tricky business. Check the video above.
I asked one of the arborists about the tree. He said that it was unlikely to survive such a wound.
Sewage ends the annual punk concert commemoration the 1988 riot in Tompkins Square Park.
The 13 Portals project continues. I was playing my guitar in Tompkins Square Park when they entered. I always have my camera with me so I recorded the event. I always seem to be about when the Portalers are on the loose. It was awkward for me videoing with my guitar on my back. I wasn’t optimally mobile trying to get good shots.
The 13 Portals riff on many world cultures and religions. This one is based on the Kamasutra statues around some Hindu temples. So far the portals have remained relatively free of tagging and vandalism, except for a small tag on the one on the Bean at 3rd and Second. But I wonder how the neighborhood will react to this relatively explicit art work. 13 Portals is a project of The Free Art society
The panel is canvas, painted elsewhere and glued to the wall.
Houston Village Farms Deli
First and 4th.
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