Photography Journal, end of 2017 edition. Of Brand Loyalty and Bad Customer Service

Electric gear under an abandoned passenger train car Fuji Superia ISO 100 Welcome to my first entry of what I hope will be a monthly or bi-monthly journal chronicaling a year of experiments, misfortunes and maybe epic wins as I strive to up my photography game this year.

Astoria Mountain Park: An idea whose time has come.

On the northeast border of Astoria, there is a forest covered urban mountain whose origins are shrouded in mystery. This would make a great location for a very unique new park. Unfortunately though, this forest and ‘mountain’ may be bulldozed soon.

Chinatown Subway Party: What Comes Next?

Thus past weekend, the legendary Jeff Stark organized a party that was held in the Chinatown segment if the second avenue subway. The NYPD is likely to arrest him and potentially all guests to this event in the coming days, months and even years, depending of course on how bored and desperate they are to […]

The Country of No

When we were growing up, we were always told no. No, you sit across the street from school waiting for friends (cops would chase you away). No you can’t get a car. No you can’t grow your hair out, or wear those pants. No you can’t have this, drink that, or smoke the green stuff. […]

Freight Rail ‘detour’ in Queens: A Bad Idea.

Over the last few years a group of NIMBYS in central Queens have been basically advocating for the eradication of rail freight through Queens. The people behind this campaign seem to live close to Fresh Pond Yard (which has been a rail yard since at least 1906). After years of freight rail decline and the […]

Don’t Talk to the Police

No, seriously. Don’t talk to the police. I’m not saying that in an angry punk rock middle-finger-in-the-air-fuck-you-pig kinda way (though not everybody here at LTV is above such behavior). Any good lawyer will tell you not to talk to the police under any circumstances. Though there is plenty to be said for the “Playing stupid” […]

“UE”, just what the hell is it, anyway?

A rip roaring look into what a ‘UE” is, and to whom it means what.

Maksim Gelman’s many Flickr accounts and YouTube appearance.

All week I’ve been getting reports of Maksim Gelman’s various flickr accounts. In the graffiti world, he was slightly known by his tag names: Max, Wes, and WS. In 2007-2008 he created at least 4 flickr accounts: “Couch Bombay’ – (Created: March 2008) ‘Maxwell’ – (Created: January 2008) ‘MaxerBlaster’ (Created: February 2008) […]

How much does it cost to arrest a graffiti writer?

Low flying helicopter leads to graffiti arrests Many Sunnyside residents were awoken in the early hours of Monday morning by a low-flying police helicopter. The helicopter was flying over 42nd and Queens Blvd at 2:00am as police were pursuing three teenagers who were tagging the building above Dunkin’ Donuts. The police tracked them down and […]