Welcome to Brooklyn, where the lilacs are in bloom and people are smoking weed in the park, like it was 1985 or something. Remember summer of ’85 in Washington Square Park with rambunctious teens backward skating in the dry fountain on roller skates and people were blasting “Shout” by Tears for Fears on their boxes?
Pro Palestinian supporters were marching through southern Brooklyn this weekend, and New Yorkers are talking about this new conflict daily on the street. New York Mayoral candidate Catherine Garcia looks tough as hell and sounds like some paranormal AI robot in her new ad (Video). Also her “Break Glass” metaphor reminds us of some early 2010s Enzo and Nio street pieces. Remember those? New York City Democratic mayoral candidates Ray McGuire and Shaun Donovan both proved themselves to be blithering fools this week by guessing the median home in Brooklyn costs less than $100,000. When, 1990?
As the COVID positivity rate in New York dove toward 1% this week, we’re all encouraging each other to take off masks, but no one is sure when and where it’s completely safe, except when taking a shower by yourself. On the street and on the Subway the results are mixed, with most New Yorkers opting for being safe.
In graffiti/street art news you might enjoy this great interview by Liz Munzell “Street Art in the Age of Basquiat: Fab 5 Freddy and Lee Quiñones on Post-Graffiti Pop Soup” and this one published in Hyperallergic; The Street Wisdom of Al Díaz, a First-Generation Graffiti Artist.
So here’s our weekly interview with the street, this time featuring: 7 Line Art Studio, Acne, Cabaio, Freakotrophic, G Money NFT, Jet, JJ Veronis, Jowl, Luke Dragon 911, No Sleep, Save Art Space, and Zephyr.