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Riding the tube

Posted in NYC by Andrew Spender on July 23, 2009

As you would imagine, there are a lot of skateboarders in the city. I’m fascinated by them. There’s something about the simplicity of a skateboard as a means of urban transport that really appeals to me. I also admire the graceful action of an experienced skateboarder as s/he skims along a street at high speed. It was that fluid, almost rhythmic motion that made me stop and watch the skateboarders at this tube park on the Hudson River.

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Cop convoy

Posted in NYC by Andrew Spender on July 23, 2009

Fiction usually parodies real life, but sometimes it’s the other way around. I can’t help thinking that the sergeant in charge of this New York City Police shift change had watched a ’70’s movie in his childhood and thought to himself; “one day, I’ll have my own cop car convoy!

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PS1

Posted in Uncategorized by Andrew Spender on July 19, 2009

Modern art; love it or hate it? I enjoy a tumultuous affair with it. Often, it jars me, evoking strong feelings or causes me to think about something entirely differently. Sometimes, I just see a load of rubbish. Sadly, PS1, in Queens, is like a landfill full of it. The space is evocative due to it’s prior life as a school, but the limited range and quality of the art meant that it was a very quick visit. I also carried a negative feeling with me into the building because I couldn’t help but get the message of “oasis of culture within; people of Queens keep out” from it’s 10 feet high reinforced concrete walls that surround the gallery. I’ll keep an eye out to see who exhibits at the gallery in the future, but it’ll take a good reason to carry me back over the Manhattan bridge.

PS1 Stickers on Bike Stand

PS1 Stickers on Bike Stand

Roller Park

Posted in Uncategorized by Andrew Spender on July 9, 2009

Central Park is an incredible place. Unlike a lot of things that bear absolutely no resemblance to their name, it is central and it is very much a park. What’s special is that is also big enough to be different things to the 8 million people living in the city; it’s a jogging route, a boating lake, a horse riding trail, a cycling track, a baseball park, an ice hockey rink, a fairground, a wedding spot (mine included!), a sun-lounging mecca and even a roller-disco!

Roller-Disco with added tricks

Roller-Disco with added tricks