Sunday, February 15, 2015

LOVE IN THE STREETS: DOWNTOWN ROMANCE

When your phone tells you that the wind chill makes it -2 outside, you stay in. YOU DON'T LEAVE. Unfortunately for me, I have a boyfriend who happens to love the cold. After compromising and staying inside all day yesterday, we ventured out today for shopping, errands, pizza and street art. A day full of love indeed! 

at L'Asso Pizza, by James Goldcrown
After some shopping in SoHo in the freezing wind and cold, we made our way through NoLiTa and Little Italy to check out the latest street art in the neighborhood. I always love seeing a new Bradley Theodore piece, and Anna Piaggi's pink fur stands out from a block away. 

by Bradley Theodore
I was rebelling against the cold today by wearing white pants. Clearly shown in this picture, the cold is winning. Hey, Anna--can I borrow your scarf?! 

Also spotted were a few tags by Cyclops. His iconic one eyed figures can be seen all over NYC and London, and interestingly enough I saw him in action last night while watching Banksy's "Exit Through The Gift Shop." 



by Cyclops

The wind was blowing so hard I didn't even want to look up to find any more art. I wanted pizza and I wanted it NOW! Prince St. pizza was the glorious choice of the day, and the steamy pepperoni slice made me feel much better about going outside again. 

On our way back to the train, we spotted one last piece. Yeah, a different kind of love but it's love nonetheless, and blends into the streets like it's Fashion Week every week. 
by Gumshoe Art
That's right--the love of shoes! 

As cold as it was today, (and as much as I complained!) I'm glad I made it out my apartment to absorb some of the downtown romance. From the pizza to the sale at Zara, I am reminded of how much love there is in this city. 




A photo posted by @nyc_naomi on

 Until next time...

xx
Naomi 



Sunday, February 8, 2015

JMZ WALLS & THE WINTER BLUES

My last post in Bushwick reminded me of how much the street art scene in Brooklyn has really integrated itself into the community. As more projects are being curated in the neighborhood, and the streets become more beautiful with each and every mural, it's hard for me to imagine that there are those who disagree with the positive messages and love these walls have to offer. The JMZ Walls mural project is self-described as "helping to make the JMZ lines more colorful--one wall, one gate, one space at a time." Now that's a mission I love. But not everyone shares my views. 
As I'm getting off the subway at Flushing Ave this weekend to see more of JMZ Walls' mural art, I notice it has mostly all been painted over. After an hour on the train to get to Bushwick, you can imagine my disappointment. Whitewashed walls?! Turns out that in the week prior, graffiti artists from the neighborhood had tagged up the murals that covered the sides & parking lot of Lin's Laundromat on Broadway. The concrete walls of the laundromat were painted over in reaction to the defaced murals, with plans to start from scratch in the coming months. So for today, I enjoyed what was left at Broadway and Park, and look forward to seeing the transformations yet to come! Now I present to you, "Winter Blues". 
These larger than life jellyfish are not only more colorful in person, but they're 3D like and absolutely beautiful. Work by BK Foxx! 
Mural by BK Foxx
With at least a 6 inch ice platform, the bottoms of these murals are cut off. Charming enough for a laundromat parking lot, though! See below for defacing as described....at least with this painting it almost blends in (almost). 



Mural by Shiro One




For any of you that don't live in New York (and in case it wasn't already obvious), JMZ Walls is an art project that curates murals and art pieces along the J-M-Z subway lines. My last post started deeper in Bushwick, and ended near the Myrtle Ave stop to cover the Dodworth Street murals. This trip, I went the opposite way and walked from Flushing Ave back to Myrtle. Here's a glimpse of what I saw in between!






Taking it back to the east side of Broadway and Myrtle, these pictures are from my adventure to Bushwick in January...noted by the lack of white and brown icy snow. :) Also part of JMZ walls, these murals are visible from the JMZ stop just above. A beautiful and lively street, enhanced by stereos and street art living in perfect harmony. Whether it's carefully curated streets filled with women street artists, or freestyle graffiti, Bushwick has so much to offer the art lovers of the world. I can only hope that one day we'll all work together instead of fighting over territorial differences. 
Mural by BK Foxx
Mural by Miss Zukie 
Mural by Lexi Bella
And with that, it's a wrap. Back to Manhattan I go. 

Until next time! 

Xoxo,
Naomi


Outfit pictured: Coat by BB Dakota. Leather leggings by Mimi Chica from Nordstrom. Combat boots by Zigi Soho from DSW. Scarf from H&M.