The Sanitary Luncheon in Staten Island is really a set from the Boardwalk Empire now in historic Richmond Town. It was a bustling place back in the 1700’s and by the time Staten Island became absorbed by NYC in the 1890’s it declined but resurged in the late 1950’s as Historic Richmond Town with about 30 historical structures- kind of a Colonial Williamsburg.
Bushwick is a neighborhood that suffered from urban decay now been gentrified and what were abandoned old factories are resurgent as fancy apartments for the noveaux rich. I found gold here; I mean graffiti or street art. I go all over the world photographing graffiti, and some of it could be exhibited in the MOMA as art priced in the millions. The one below looks as a prison because of the concertina wire above it. The contrast of the paintings in the two sides of the building is totally different in style; I prefer the one on the dark side (what you see is not what it looks like since I applied HDR changes and darkened the sky. Below is an active poultry store and if you get close, it really smells like a chicken coop. The third and fourth images are the walls of a rundown apartment but the paint job really makes it appealing.
I leave it at that. What was an artist subculture has become established with unique styles such a “Bubble Lettering” initially associated with crime. It started as paintings on the side of railroad and subway cars resulting in the authorities “war on graffiti” that eventually migrated to the walls of buildings. For a time there was legislation controlling the sale of spray paint to ages of 18 to 21. But the battle against graffiti was lost and it became street art and the defacers became art gallery owners.
After having a great pizza at the microbrewery accompanied by a strong IPA, it was time to head home as the sun faded. How did I start in Staten Island and end in Bushwick and named this blog New York City? Only the IPAs know.