High Line Opens Today

This day has been 10 years in the making.

If you’ve ever been to the Chelsea Galleries, or the west side of the Meatpacking District here in New York you may have noticed an old timey train track standing above the streets. This is the High Line: an elevated freight train line that has been out of service for nearly 30 years. In 1999 the line was coming closer and closer to demolition when two locals, Joshua David and Robert Hammond, founded the Friends of the High Line. Their mission: to transform the High Line into a one of a kind elevated city park. After ten years of working at full steam, their day has finally come.  The first phase of the High Line park opens to the public today.

If you are in Manhattan be sure to check out this exciting, unique project.

[High Line – Visitor Info]

Dan Deacon Under the M Train

I always find myself watching videos on YouTube of various DIY subway events in envy of the attendees.  This time, though, I was able to make it to a pretty cool subway show.  The same night as the Crash/Daze gallery opening, a bit deeper east into Brooklyn, Dan Deacon and friends put on a very energetic electro show under the M train at Myrtle Avenue.  Check out the video they put together above.

Crash/Daze at Ad Hoc Gallery

Photos by Tuten Keser

This past Friday, The Subway Art Blog attended the opening of the Ad Hoc Gallery’s Crash/Daze exhibition.  The show features never before seen works by legendary street artists Crash and Daze, including some collaborative works.

From the Ad Hoc site:

A contemporary of Keith Haring and a modern-day master of this present day art form, CRASH has shot his metaphorica arrows and dizzying flashes into subway cars, walls, and galleries around the globe.  His work celebrates the movements of an ever-changing world and is a lavish gift to the eyes as well as a bold statement in time and space.

DAZE began painting New York City subway trains, the canvas of choice for the serious graffiti artist, in the late 1970’s. Since moving from subway trains to gallery walls, he has exhibited in Paris, Stockholm, Tokyo, Florence and many others. His work is in public collections such as the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Museum Ludwig in Aachen, Germany, and the Brooklyn Museum, where he was also featured in the 2006 “Graffiti” exhibition.

The show is open through June 14th.  We highly recommend checking it out.  This is a must-see for all you graffiti aficionados out there!

[Ad Hoc Art – Crash/Daze]

The Future Beneath Us: 8 Great Projects Under NY

The MTA currently has a two-part exhibition up at the Transit Museum’s Gallery Annex at Grand Central Terminal and the New York Public Library Science Industry and Business Library.

From the official site:

Examining 8 mega underground infrastructure projects that will dramatically change how we move around New York, including the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s East Side Access, Second Avenue Subway, 7 Subway Extension and Fulton Transit Center; the New York City Department of Environmental Protection’s Croton Water Filtration Plant and City Water Tunnel No. 3; New Jersey Transit’s Trans-Hudson Express (THE) Tunnel Project and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s World Trade Center Site.

The show is up through July 5th.  You can expect photos from the exhibition soon!

[MTA Transit Museum – What’s New]

Live Music on 1 Train Tonight

Here is your chance to be part of one of those cool subway events that appear on YouTube from time to time. SleepWhenDead NYC is throwing their 4th Subway Show, a musical event that takes place on a subway car!

Three groups are set to perform on the 1 train from South Ferry Station.  People are meeting up at the end of the platform at 5PM sharp.  The lineup includes The Eskalators, Graffiti Monsters and The Mighty Handful. Check out this link for all the details.

[SleepWhenDead NYC – Subway Show]