Posts Tagged as: nyc

October 3, 2008

Banksy in SoHo

Today I spotted what looks to be another Banksy painting in SoHo, on Broadway and Howard (it’s facing the green patch on this map). Click on the thumbnail to view it larger.

I wonder what he’s trying to say?

August 22, 2008

Why don’t we do it in the road?

As the guy who designed the original NYC Condom, my heart sank this afternoon when I saw about a hundred new NYC Condoms strewn across the street by Broadway and Broome. Let’s show a little more respect for our rubbers, New York.

August 11, 2008

Death Trap

I spotted this on Broome Street today. For whatever reason, these pieces of wood were covering an open doorway in the sidewalk outside a Chinese welding company. It’s quite possibly the funniest thing ever.

July 31, 2008

A pig’s eye!

Living in Chinatown has been fun so far. But having to watch the butcher deliver pig carcuses to the Chinese food place across the street? Not so fun.

July 24, 2008

DeLorean Dreaming

I spotted this DeLorean on my commute yesterday. Even though it’s a simple design, I still think the LeLorean is one of the coolest looking cars around. But I can’t decide if I’d like the DeLorean as much if it wasn’t featured in Back to the Future. Is the car that awesome looking, or is my opinion tainted?

Thinking about the DeLorean also reminds me of one of my first original (and semi intentionally-cheesy) songs I made on my Mac. It’s a throwback to the magic and wonder that is the 1980s. I called it “DeLorean Dreams” and you can listen to it here.

July 9, 2008

Slim Shots

I saw this little bit of high-brow billboard modification while waiting for the B train in Chinatown yesterday, and what fascinates me is the sheer transparency of the artist’s process. It’s hard to tell where he (and I’m sure it’s a he) began, but in looking at his work it’s easy to decipher his artistic intentions.

“See that cup of white liquid? Well that’s going to need a cock-n-balls right there. And the word ‘Appitite?’ Easy. Now it says ‘tit.’ This is working out GREAT so far!”

My only critique is that I would have gone with “ho” instead of “hots” up top. But I guess everyone’s a critic.

What would YOU have done to enhance this ad? To the comments!

July 8, 2008

DCF Advertising’s NYC Teen Mindspace Campaign

Yesterday marked the official launch of our teen-focused social marketing campaign for the NYC Department of Health. The campaign centers around a MySpace page and several fictitious NYC teenagers all involved in common yet dangerous situations, such as experimenting with drugs and depression.

It wasn’t easy making the website appealing while also dealing with subject matter usually relegated to after school specials and cringe-inducing PSAs. But with the help of actual NYC high school kids who weighed in during the creative process, I think we managed to make something that’s not “lame.” Hopefully it will do some good.

What I find ironic is the fact that even though the campaign is for mental health awareness, I was about ready to go batshit insane while coding that MySpace page. If anyone’s ever tried to make a customized MySpace page, you know what I’m talking about. It’s not pretty.

Check out the campaign here.

July 1, 2008

The journey to and view from Manhattan’s Nelson Tower

I had a pretty exciting adventure yesterday afternoon. While taking pictures for an upcoming project I found myself at one of New York’s most visible yet rarely visited landmarks. I say rarely visited because in order to get there you need to take two elevators, enter a private penthouse office, climb up a 20 foot vertical ladder, have the building’s super struggle to push aside a wooden hatch cover for 5 minutes, and prop a workman’s ladder against a 12 foot parapet.

The most amazing thing about being on the roof of 450 7th Avenue, (also known as Nelson Tower, the tallest building in NYC’s Garment District), is that when you look up, pretty much the only thing you can see is sky. This is a strange feeling knowing you’re in the heart of midtown Manhattan. The roof itself isn’t flush with the top of the building, instead it sits about 12 feet below a retaining wall, cobwebbed with decades of unused or ailing electrical wiring and other rusting things I couldn’t identify.

It’s not until you prop up a ladder against the wall and start to climb before the expanse of the city takes shape beneath you. Being at the top of the ladder is a strangely exhilarating feeling that the photos don’t do justice to. Basically you’re balanced between two falls. Fall backward and you’ll break some bones. Fall forward and you’ll die. Bitchin.

In a related note, the super told stories of the roof’s popularity during the depression as a great place for forelorn businessmen to commit suicide. He even showed me the ladder they’d use, laying on the ground covered in rust and mold. I’d never seen a “suicide ladder” before, but I’ll be damned if I see ever another ladder that looks more suicide-y.

The building’s super climbing…

…and opening the hatch.

Setting up the ladder on the roof.

Bringing the ladder to the parapet.

Keep reading for more photos…

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June 29, 2008

Is that a camera on your taxi or are you just happy to see me?

I wish I’d gotten a better picture of this, but on Saturday I saw a taxi with a digital camera left accidentally sitting on its roof. This was especially poignant considering I’d recently re-visted the movie Raising Arizona, during which something of a little more value is accidentally left atop a moving vehicle…

May 9, 2008

Yes it works!

I saw this printer sitting out on the street a few weeks ago. I love the subtle irony here, assuming that the sign was actually printed with the printer being tossed. It’s decent irony, but not perfect irony. (For the record, this is perfect irony – Billionaire roofing exec dies after fall through roof.)

As a sidenote, when I was processing the photo for the web I noticed that there was something printed on the back of the sign. After flipping the image and bumping up the contrast, (as well as saying the word “ENHANCE” a few times), we’re offered a fascinating glimpse into the first draft of this sign. It basically just said the word “WORKS” broken up onto two lines. Why do you think they changed it?