Friday, January 25, 2013

New Year, New York

 New York...when civilization falls apart, remember we were way ahead of you.
David Letterman
Nick Walker

 I haven't commited a crime. What I did was fail to comply with the law.
David Dinkins, former NYC mayor

The world is grand, awfully big and astonishingly beautiful, frequently thrilling.
But I love New York.
Dorothy Kilgallen

 I went to see a band in New York. The lead singer got on the microphone and he said "How many of you people feel like human beings tonight?" then he said "How many of you feel like animals?" And everyone cheered after the animals part. But the thing is, I cheered after the human being part because I did not know there was a second part to the question.
Mitch Hedberg

Although it was constructed in 1536, the New York subway system boasts an annual maintenance budget of nearly $8, currently stolen, and it does a remarkable job of getting New Yorkers from Point A to an indeterminate location somewhere in the tunnel leading to point B.
Dave Barry

Every true New Yorker believes with all his heart that when a New Yorker is tired of New York, he is tired of life.
Robert Moses

When it's three o'clock in New York, it's still 1938 in London.
Bette Midler

There is something about this ceaseless buzz, and hurry, and bustle, that keeps a stranger in a state of unwholesome excitement all the time, and makes him restless and uneasy, and saps from him all capacity to enjoy anything or take a strong interest in any matter whatever--a something which impels him to try to do everything, and yet permits him to do nothing. He is a boy in a candy-shop--could choose quickly if there were but one kind of candy, but is hopelessly undetermined in the midst of a hundred kinds. A stranger feels unsatisfied, here, a good part of the time.
Mark Twain

Chapter 1.
He adored New York City. He idolized it all out of, make that: he - he romanticized it all out of proportion. Yes. To him, no matter what the season was, this was still a town that existed in black and white and pulsated to the great tunes of George Gershwin.'
Er, tsch, no, missed out something.

Chapter 1.
He was too romantic about Manhattan, as he was about everything else. He thrived on the hustle bustle of the crowds and the traffic. To him, New York meant beautiful women and street-smart guys who seemed to know all the angles...'. No, no, corny, too corny for a man of my taste. Can we ... can we try and make it more profound?

Chapter 1.
He adored New York City. To him, it was a metaphor for the decay of contemporary culture. The same lack of individual integrity that caused so many people to take the easy way out was rapidly turning the town of his dreams in ...'
No, that's a little bit too preachy. I mean, you know, let's face it, I want to sell some books here.

Chapter 1.
He adored New York City, although to him it was a metaphor for the decay of contemporary culture. How hard it was to exist in a society desensitized by drugs, loud music, television, crime, garbage...'
Too angry, I don't want to be angry.

Chapter 1.
He was as tough and romantic as the city he loved. Behind his black-rimmed glasses was the coiled sexual power of a jungle cat.'
I love this.
New York was his town, and it always would be...”

Woody Allen

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Election Day 2012

Thinking isn't agreeing or disagreeing. That's voting.
-Robert Frost

Monday, October 8, 2012


For the execution of the voyage to the Indies, I did not make use of intelligence, mathematics or maps.
Christopher Columbus
Miss Me
By prevailing over all obstacles and distractions,
one may unfailingly arrive at his chosen goal or destination.
Christopher Columbus

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Amsterdam Cycle of Street Art




So you might say "that is a real nice pot".
To have a great idea, have a lot of them.
Thomas Edison


 Some art supporting the recent miners strike in the Asturias.

 And I have a deep, dreamless sleep, I decide that tomorrow they will be gone.
Laser 3.14
 Laser 314 is an Amsterdam native artist who has been around since the 80's and has been tagging streets with his poems since the late 90's.  
Laser 3.14
 Laser 3.14

Laser 3.14

Street Art Made Me Poor

Live Long
Die Poor
Who told you?

Michael De Feo
Stop the clear button. Take action.




Street art doesn't make everyone poor:

Friday, September 21, 2012

Dutch Street Treat

A portrait of a street art compilationist in Amsterdam. I'm not a bald man with a tripod, but you get the picture. The cobble stoned bike paths of this city are bordered by water and art at every turn. There was such a plethora of art to be found on the streets of my New York ancestors, it's impossible to share it all in one post. Consider this a small amuse-bouche with a Dutch proverb accompaniment.

Irish street artist Karma leaves his stencil marks all over Amsterdam. His signature pieces mostly involve children interacting with their environment.


 I wish they would only take me as I am.
Vincent Van Gogh


 Every man thinks his own owl a falcon.

What's the use of candle and glasses if the owl doesn't want to see?


You've got to stare the cat down out of the tree.

Fact: In the Netherlands, cats were not allowed in rooms where private family discussions were going on. The Dutch believed that cats would definitely spread gossips around the town.
 If they knew anything about cats, they would know that they're the only animals who always have better things to do than gossip.


For the cat's violin.

A bird never flew so high, but it had to come down to the ground for food.

Birds of a feather flock together.

Fine feathers make fine birds.

Every bird sings as it is beaked.


 Seven years isn't enough, give us 18!
-Lyrics from Putin Lights Up the Fires

These miniature wheatpastes are pretty self-explanatory once you've seen a few. They feature all sorts of historic characters (peasants, soldiers, and Karl Lagerfeld) carrying a boom box.
Hero De Janeiro

Hero De Janeiro

Hero De Janeiro




To put a spoke in someones wheel.

A bad craftsman blames his tools.

Never believe someone who carries fire in one hand and water in the other

If you give him a finger, he will take the whole hand.

 I said it in Hebrew
I said it in Dutch
I said it in German and Greek
But I wholly forgot
(And it vexes me much)
That English is what you speak.
Lewis Carroll

 Cupid's arrows fly a hundred miles.

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