Black, bitter, and full of spite.
The “books” are actually tiles printed with sepia-toned photos of bookshelves at a local travel bookstore that ring the room, including the floor, walls and ceiling. In addition to painting unusual surfaces with intriguing patterns — whoa, you’re standing on books! — it gives an Alice in Wonderland-esque sense that the room has been suddenly upended.
Punny Coffee Shop of the Day: Dear Starbucks: If this place goes out of business because you moved in next door I will never forgive you.
On a completley unrelated note, if anyone knows of a halloween tattoo day in nyc, let me know.
Also, this is amazing.
Hellshock’s Prisoner from that one split 7”.
My buddy Ian introduced this band to me. They’re rippers from PDX that have been around for awhile. They’re playing the Knitting Factory this saturday.
You should go to the show. Age, Perdition, Cervix, and that one band Attake is playing.
Death of a Cyclist
Jasmine Herron was killed on Washington and Atlantic avenues, a five-way intersection inhospitable to cyclists and pedestrians.
Image courtesy Andrew Hinderaker
A cyclist is struck, a cyclist is killed, a driver isn’t charged, everyone is complacent and the city rolls along.
It’s a narrative we hear so often it has become rote. Then last month, Jasmine Herron was killed on her bicycle on Brooklyn’s Atlantic Avenue, and Community Council President James Caldwell stood up. NYPD Captain Elvio Cappoci stood up. The 77th Precinct stood up. It stopped us all in our tracks.
After a blindly opened car door threw Jasmine Herron into the path of the B45 bus, the 77th Precinct Community Council and Community Clergy joined with Community Board 8 and Council Member Letitia James to host a streetside prayer vigil. Captain Cappoci of the 77th Precinct began a Committee for Bicycle Safety, a pilot program to improve how police can make cyclists safe. Senator Eric Adams introduced legislation to mandate cyclist awareness in motorist education.
These community leaders drew a line in the asphalt and set a precedent: This is what can happen when a cyclist is killed. At T.A., we’re waiting to see how word becomes bond.
To bring cyclist safety to the forefront, Senator Adams and the 77th Precinct have pledged to host a bike ride through Brooklyn’s 20th Senate district. You can stay tuned to T.A. for details, or if you don’t live in or travel through their strip of Brooklyn, consider what has happened in honor of Jasmine Herron a model for your community.
The best place to spread the 77th’s good example is at your precinct Community Council meeting, which happens every month. Your precinct could take care of cyclists too. Find out the where and when of talking about it here.
I got this from the Transportation Alternatives newsletter. I cross this intersection pretty much every week and it is CRAZY. Drivers and passengers, look before you open your door, and cyclist, ride safe!<
This evening I went to Bluestockings Books for a presentation by the Beehive Collective and their new The True Cost of Coal poster. It was GREAT. You should support these artists by purchasing their posters, patches, clip-art, or setting them up for a show. I remember my friend Mandy in Bloomington was part of the collective and did a ton of work with them.
I have a lot of mixed feelings about mountain top removal and mining in general, but the way they presented the interconnection between military spending, consumerism, neo-colonialism, and environmental destruction made me see things in terms of a bigger picture (no pun intended). People in appalachia need jobs. I don’t know if alternative energies has enough work to provide on a scale as coal does. I also see corporate interests having more control over that region of the country because of the rural isolation, the brain-drain, poverty, and sadly, drug abuse.
Anyhow, the picture above is massive and is currently over my bed. Each section, each animal, and each plant has a story to tell. The Beehive Collective is able to put larger global problems into visual metaphors. For instance, there is a fox writing on a piece of laundry on a line. She writes “Who’s Side Are You On?” which is a very famous union song. The fox represents a union activist who would cross racial divides to organize against the coal barons of the 30s and 20s. It’s images like these that tell a very fascinating story…and there’s so much, it’s overwhelming. However, what social movement isn’t?
Even if you don’t buy any of their arts, do yourself a favor and check out the Beehive collective.
Camel Launches Williamsburg-Brand Cigarettes
Cigarettes are hip – or at least that’s what the folks over at RJ Reynolds who just designed a box of Camel smokes specifically for Williamsburgers want you to think.
As part of its 10-week “Camel Break Free” campaign, the company redesigned its Camel Blue (nee Camel Lights) packaging to mirror the skylines of 10 “cool” places across the nation, including Austin, Texas,Seattle, and, naturally, the hipster’s mecca Williamsburg.
While Camel’s website refers to Williamsburg as “the most famous hipster neighborhood,” it stops short of outright calling smoking the cool thing to do. “It’s not about hip, it’s about breaking free,” RJ Reynolds explains on the site.
The promotional material says, “It’s about last call, a sloppy kiss goodbye and a solo saunter to a rock show in an abandoned building … It’s where a tree grows.”
Now that last one’s original.
And if you’re looking to boost your rep around the neighborhood, Camel urges you to try one of its Williamsburg smokes and assures you you’ll earn “serious street cred.”
The campaign asks customers to buy the cigarettes and sign up for prizes on the website, which at least one blogger says Williamsburgers are much too cool to do.
“The campaign might do alright with the 17-year-old poseur set inToledo, but Brooklynites will not be interested,” Andrea Bartz, co-author of “Stuff Hipsters Hate,” told the Brooklyn Paper. “After all they roll their own, or bum Parliament Lights off whomever’s outside the bar.”
I LOVE EVERYTHING ABOUT EVERYTHING AND I HATE EVERYTHING ABOUT WILLIAMSBURG. FUCK YOU.
Wow, this is some dumb shit. Marketing campaigns like this makes me hate my generation.