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Jim Power, Mosaic Man

I finally met Jim Power, the Mosaic Man of the East Village. For the past 22 years, and without any official support (read: funding), he’s been decorating the lamp posts of the East Village with elaborate mosaics. This is not just a decorative exercise: the mosaics contain detailed references […]

Who is this robot?

I saw this robot embedded in the pavement, on 4th Street in Greenwich Village. I’ve also seen one like it on Lafayette, near Astor Place, and other places. What is his story?

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Google reality

Google Earth has just added a hugely detailed database of 3D buildings to a lot of cities, including New York. Careful examination suggests that they’ve used imagery from their Street View project to fill in a lot of the facades. However, at a broad scale, the results are impressive:

New York from Google Earth


Something different about NY cabs

One more video in my ongoing series:

Check out the rest of the daily videos in my One Minute Per Day project.

History of the Internet business in New York

Fred Wilson at the Web 2.0 name checks ITP, at 4:27. In fact, not only does he mention ITP, he attributes a lot of the interesting aspects of the ‘net business in NY to ITP.

A video used to be embedded here but the service that it was hosted on has shut down.

Lehman Brothers Deathwatch

TV trucks lined up in front of Lehman Brothers headquarters, interviewing anyone they could find coming out of the building.

It’s become a tourist attraction – people from all over the world getting their picture taken in front of the sign.

My synth in concert, at No Fun Festival

My friend Nancy Garcia played an outstanding duet with Thurston Moore (of Sonic Youth fame) at the No Fun Festival, on May 16th. I enjoyed the show, and was especially pleased because Nancy played one of my musical instruments, the Rhythmic Synth!

You can hear the synth very clearly in this song…

The No Fun […]

New York Art Beat launches!

My friends from Tokyo Art Beat have now launched New York Art Beat! I’ve always enjoyed TAB for the convenient way it groups events by medium and location, and the smart lists that keep you posted on upcoming openings (or shows that will soon close).

Don’t just visit – you can contribute to this […]

Adrift on Third Avenue

The Lost Ducks

Art of Hacking

I scored some nice art at Giant Robot!

This piece by William Buzzell is a nice little homage to classic old-school hacking. Many influential figures from my formative years are there: Emmanuel Goldstein, Captain Crunch, and even the Morris Worm!