25 December 2006 - 9:34Greetings from Asbury Park, NJ
I have always thought that the Northeast Corridor– the stretch of railroad tracks from Trenton to New York– had some of the best graffiti i’d ever seen. Of course, I’m not afficianado, and I’m sure the snobs will turn up their noses. But I’ve seen stuff accross the US and Europe– and I have to say that I’m still always impressed by the Northeast Corridor. It’s not as flashy as some of the things encountered elsewhere, but it is more visually inventive and daring. I love riding that train; there’s always new pieces to see, and always old things to see again. (After all, from a train, you only see them for a split second.)
The other day at the Court Tavern, New Brunswick’s most established (and most authentically Jersey) concert venue/bar, I talked to a friend of a friend who agreed with me, and, it turned out, knows a thing or two about graffiti. He keeps a blog, here: www.oxenofthesun.net, where he occasionally posts photos of stuff taken along the Corridor and environs.
The guy who runs this website says he likes pieces that are dangerous and difficult to put up; I’m not very sensitive to those factors, I just like how they look. But this inspires me to join the photographing project, as there are many pieces I would love to be able to preserve for posterity. I wonder how many days it would take to walk the length of the Northeast Corridor? I think it would be a wonderful summer pilgrimage. Any takers?
Here’s an intruiging piece which I’ve noticed many times and was happy to find the website:
The author has also been documenting the long, sad decline of Asbury Park, NJ; this shot is especially poignant:
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