Graffiti

Graffiti and Exploring in NYC have been joined at the hip since the very beginning. Graffiti writers explored tunnels to find trains to tag, and industrial areas for buildings to practice painting in.

While we document this relationship, we also specialize in following graffiti on NYC's freight trains and tracks - an aspect of the hobby that was virtually ignored by photographers and blogs until we released 'Brooklyn Queens Freight' and 'Yard Job NYC'.

FR8 Chronicles 19 – Island Acid Drop


The problem with these god damned acid trains is that tanker cars ain’t got many tags…
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Tomb of the Unnamed + Repent Tunnel


The end of this tunnel was once filled with the ashes of many unnamed victims. Ashes of those who met a horrid death that I watched with my own eyes and could smell and taste for days beyond. You don’t forget something like that, ever.
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FR8 Chronicles 18 – Island Stomp 4


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Pulp Fixion #17


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FR8 Chronicles 17 – Island Stomp 3


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Pulp Fixion #16


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Fact: NYC’s Graffiti artists were the original U.S. “urban explorers”.


Occasionally we here at LTV get snarky, extremely ignorant comments tossed in our direction from ‘urban explorers’ for the ‘hideous’ crime of posting Graffiti related content to this site, and for having published 2 highly regarded books exclusively about NYC Graffiti, and a 3rd that covers both exploring and graffiti within NYC’s subway system. What these ‘urban explorers’ don’t realize is one clear simple fact:
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The RKO Keith


The RKO Keith is one of NYC’s most infamous abandoned buildings.

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New York Dock


Red Hook contained one of NYC’s tallest abandoned industrial buildings, with one of the best graffiti galleries and a rooftop view unparalleled in awesomeness. Today, it is being converted into apartments.
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FR8 Chronicles 16 – Island Stomp 2


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