Author Archives: Matt Draper

Need Art? Call The Mural Kings

Bio, an artist from the Bronx, is one of five graffiti gurus who make up Tat’s Cru, Inc., or Top Artistic Talents, a company of street artists-turned-professional muralists. Known as “The Mural Kings,” these innovators of urban advertising have been … Continue reading

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UES Xmas 101: Where to find a Christmas tree in Yorkville

With t-minus 10 days until Christmas, there’s not much time to find a tree to accompany the stockings and yule logs adorning your Upper East Side apartment. If you’re in need of a tree — or just enjoy large plants … Continue reading

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Graffiti, Inc.

Bio, an artist from the Bronx, is one of five graffiti gurus who make up Tat’s Cru, Inc., or Top Artistic Talents, a company of street artists-turned-professional muralists. Known as “The Mural Kings,” these innovators of urban advertising have been … Continue reading

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Survey Says: NYC Subway Riders Don’t Like Surgery Ads

New York City straphangers have spoken — and they’re not fans of medical/surgery advertisements on subway train cars. In a survey of the worst NYC subway ads, “plastic and/or cosmetic surgery ads” ranked No. 1, garnering 38 percent of the … Continue reading

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NYC Comic Book Craze: Midtown Comics Expands Downtown

Despite a less-than-robust economy, the comic book industry in New York City is thriving. New York Comic Con, the East Coast’s largest pop culture event, welcomed an estimated 100,000 people at its 2010 convention in October. And then there’s Midtown … Continue reading

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Worst MTA Subway Signage? NYC Straphangers Share Their Least Favorite Subway Ads

Subway advertisements sometimes blend into the background of our train commutes. Other times, they add grotesque and/or annoying reminders about bunion surgery, alcohol products, pun-heavy “New York” taglines, sex-focused images, and religious or spiritual viewpoints. Which subway ads irk New … Continue reading

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Beware of the closing doors: Which NYC subway ads bother you the most?

Given the uproar surrounding the latest round of MTA fare increases, it’s reasonable that New York City trains, buses and subways be used as advertising space to generate revenue. In general, staring at a print advertisement for a few minutes … Continue reading

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NYC Subway Grades: How do you rank your train?

The MTA recently unveiled grades for each of its 21 subway lines. The “N” train ranked 10th, but straphanger Channon says it should have done better: Channon_MTA_Interview by MDraper Tierney McAfee’s said overall she agrees with the rating on her … Continue reading

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Charles Rangel: Fit to represent New Yorkers?

Incumbent New York Congressional Representative Charles Rangel continues to spark debate about both the longevity of politicians and the power they wield. This summer, Rangel, who has served 20 terms, was accused of 13 House rule violations. Shortly thereafter, a … Continue reading

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