Annie Leibovitz <333
Annie Leibovitz <333
This is going to be a really long post. I am sorry. (I'm not)
Tonight my friends invited me to a rooftop concert, which turned out to be more of a small gathering around a local punk band we know.
But the building it was on was THE COOLEST fucking building ever.
It's called C-Squat because it's on Avenue C in Manhattan, and has historically been inhabited by squatters.
In the '70s when NYC started to go downhill, a lot of landlords abandoned their properties in the East Village, and that area started to really deteriorate into the '80s (that's where/when "RENT" is set), and the East Village residents, mainly comprised of drug addicts, musicians, "punks," artists, etc. started moving into all the abandoned buildings.
10-15 years ago this became a big problem because the city owned all these buildings, and they were completely occupied by people who didn't pay rent or keep the buildings up to code. Mayor Giuliani tried to evict all of the squatters and succeeded in a LOT of cases, but very recently the city ended up selling C-Squat TO THE PEOPLE LIVING THERE FOR ONE DOLLAR under the condition that they properly maintain the building. I don't remember all the details they were telling me tonight, but basically the people had lived there for enough years to qualify as the property owners.
And since I have a huge thing for urban art/graffiti/etc I was completely enthralled with this place. The pictures are relatively shitty because I was drunk, it was dark, and I only had my camera phone, but I did my best to try and capture some of the more interesting elements.
I miss old New York City.
I seriously wish all apartments looked like this.
Last edited by FeedYourHead; 08-04-2012 at 11:41 PM.
^ Nice tour!
Incidentally, one of the pieces you shot is an excerpt from one of the greatest spoken word/music tracks ever made, "Meltdown Oratorio" from the Stinkfist e.p. by Clint Ruin and Lydia Lunch, one of my favorite New York Girls.
Someone there had AWESOME taste.
José Clemente Orozco
I also adore many of the artists that have been rightfully repeated in this thread. :)
I really like Salvador Dalí. He inspired me to try surreal art.
Hazekiah is right, someone in that place had fucking AMAZING taste!
I don't know who did this painting but I love it. I like the two other demons and the two dogs in it. I could do without the Hello Kitty Bullshit tho.
Last edited by OneOfTheBeautifulPeople; 12-21-2012 at 09:59 PM.
i'd like a piece of this artist.