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Strictly NY 2

January 12th, 2015

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Warriors, come out and play-yeaay!

Come on out and check out some photos that are a cut above (or in my case, a slice of life below…).

January 23, 2015 @ 7:00 pm (opening – photos will be up all weekend)

Pandemic Gallery
22 Waverly Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11205


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

December 15th, 2014

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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

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On November 17, 2014, MTA board member Charles Moerdler stated “I’d like to ban them, frankly”, while speaking of people carrying backpacks on the subway.

One could say the MTA was overdue for proposing something completely stupid. Fortunately for them I’ll happily remind them of what happens when they propose completely ridiculous things.

The main problem with this backpack idea is the victim blaming. Ridership on NYC’s subways continues to grow, and the service is absolutely not scaling with growth. 8 to 12 minute wait times during rush hour are routine. When the train does show up, it’s packed, and it moves slow if it moves at all. At least once a week there seems to be a catastrophic service change during the height of rush hour. The infrequenty, slow service results in stations like 59th & lex, that are packed to a point of being dangerous. Homeless people can be found all over the system these days, laying on seats and carrying carts full of junk during rush hour. Kids swipe people’s phones all day, and never seem to get caught. We are basically back to the service experience of the 1970s, only without the graffiti.

Maybe the MTA should focus on fixing the tracks and increasing service instead of talking down to its customers.

Maybe the MTA should focus on fixing the tracks and increasing service instead of talking down to its customers. Yes, people should be careful not to bump people around with their bags. Yes they should take them off and hold them if it is really crowded… but what’s next? Banning wheelchairs? Banning baby strollers? Service animals? And who is going to enforce this ban? Is the MTA going to hire a few thousand cops to put on bag patrol? (Here’s a hint: increasing service would probably cost less).

School kids have to carry books in bags. NYC’s high schools don’t generally offer bus service, and a student in any boro can go to specialized schools anywhere in NYC. Workers have to carry laptops, and frugal workers such as myself carry their lunch and other work supplies in a bag. People carry gym bags. Bags are a way of life in NYC. Just like nathans hot dogs and jaywalking. Good luck trying to change that. It’ll never happen.

Let me ask this: If I can’t carry a bag on the subway, is the MTA going to pay for my lunch every day? Is it going to buy me a second and third laptop to leave at my clients offices?

The answer is No. Just the same, the public’s answer to this ridiculous ban idea is No.

It’s bad enough you want to charge more every 2 years for this garbage ‘service’ – now you want to play dictators and tell us what we can and cannot carry? The answer is No.

Starting immediately, we can all start voicing our disgust via social media. Go ahead, use and abuse hashtag #MTAOffMyBack, and we’ll make sure these clueless clowns get the message. If they don’t, maybe we need a million backpack commute in protest. (Oh wait – that happens every day).

The solution is more trains, not more unenforceable, completely ridiculous rules.

Facebook demands legal ID, shuts down main LTV account.

October 16th, 2014

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Earlier this week, I was notified that the main LTV presence on Facebook, an account at this url: (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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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