How Jeffrey Gamblero/Vanchiro – aka Korn – did NOT kill himself.

December 15th, 2014


This morning, news broke online that Jeffrey "Gamblero" Vanchiro, (know to many as a Brooklyn Nets 'superfan' and from his graffiti name: Korn, of Smart Crew) passed away as a result from injuries sustained when he jumped out of a second floor window. The sudden manner in which he died has lead to a lot of confusion by many who either knew him directly or respected his art & style. How did he die? Why would he apparently kill himself?
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Backpack ban? #MTAOffMyBack !

November 18th, 2014


On November 17, 2014, MTA board member Charles Moerdler stated "I’d like to ban them, frankly",

Facebook demands legal ID, shuts down main LTV account.

October 16th, 2014


Earlier this week, I was notified that the main LTV presence on Facebook, an account at this url: https://www.facebook.com/control.ltv (don't bother copy and pasting, it now leading to a fraudulent "broken link" page) was taken down. They claimed the name in use was not a 'real name'. (The name at the time read 'Conntrol LTV Abbadon'). So I said to myself, fine. Who cares. When I logged in, it prompted me to add my 'real name'. I did just that (forgetting to add a middle initial, which it wouldn't let me add a minute later). It let me back in, and I posted a (justified) pissed off post about it. A few hours later, the account was again shut down. Only this time, Facebook was demanding that I send them an actual copy of government identification. I'm not kidding. See the attached screen grabs.
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The Brooklyn Bridge white flags & exploring.

July 25th, 2014


Earlier this week, someone changed the American flags on the Brooklyn Bridge - replacing them with white flags of surrender. I don't care who did it or why. I think it is awesome that they did. It's a fun prank that harmed absolutely no one and is certainly not worth all the slow-news-week press it has been getting.
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10 years ago today we took on the MTA & NYPD and won.

June 5th, 2014



In the late spring of 2004, the NYC MTA considered banning all photography in and around the subway system. They did so at the request of the NYPD, who grew afraid that terrorists were documenting the subway system to plan future terror attacks.

We found this notion to be paranoid and dangerous - an infringement upon our constitutional rights. Criminalizing photography? No way. We immediately decided to hold a protest.
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Q Cars

April 1st, 2014



In 2001, I came across a set of 3 old wooden subway cars parked in Sunset Park, across the street from the old Davidson Pipe storage facility (which today is a Costco store). As luck would have it, they were parked in a small former SBK yard with no fence. These were the last wooden subway cars in use within the NYC subway system.
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5 Pointz Explored

March 25th, 2014


5 pointz. It's more than just a name of a building in Long Island City. It is an idea, a symbol, and unfortunately, soon to be nothing but a memory. As explorers, it was our sworn duty to explore and document its interiors before it was gone. As an L.I.C. native with a lifetime love of graffiti, there was no way in hell I would be stopped. Before I get into our unabated hours of adventure in 5 pointz, let me drop the history for anyone that doesn't know.
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Certified Concrete, Harlem (The Mafia in NYC’s Ready Mix industry)

March 18th, 2014


Growing up in NYC in the 70s and 80s, kids would joke about what would happen if you crossed the mafia. 'You'll end up in the east river, with concrete shoes, sleeping with the fishes'. As with all humor, the jokes were based in reality. The ready mix industry in NYC was, for decades, closely tied to the mob.

One of those mobbed up companies was Certified Concrete.
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Astoria Mountain Park: An idea whose time has come.

March 10th, 2014


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.

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Phreights Phlicked in Philly XV (Philly Juice special!!!!)

January 23rd, 2014