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Futura has always been an artist able to elevate his work above what can simply be dismissed as graffiti despite continuing to use many of the same tools. As he’s gotten older his work has gained an impressive craft and complexity that has saved him from the pitfalls often associated with the term “graffiti artist”. This new mural on NYC’s Bowery and Houston is the latest example.

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This is another brilliant project from French artist JR in partnership with the New York Times. JR has gone from a so-called street artist, really only because his work appeared mostly in the streets instead of in the confines of a gallery, to one of our most important and visionary thinkers. This guy never seems to run out of good ideas and doesn’t mind that most of them are inevitably temporary.

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Anyone like me, who dreams of traveling to Japan but can’t quite afford a plane ticket would be well-advised to make a trip to Yopparai. This hidden gem located on the upper level of a nondescript building on New York City’s Lower East Side is the perfect sake bar, which is fitting since the name translates loosely to drunkard. From the attentive, all Japanese staff, to the classic jazz on the speakers, to the shaved ice and wooden boxes that house your sake, to the beautifully minimal design with features like built-in bar benches that double as storage lockers for bags and coats you will feel like you were transported directly to Tokyo. The draw is their expansive sake collection, featuring some delicious unfiltered selections, but the food is worthy of high praise by itself. It’s unlikely Yopparai is going to find itself on any Cheap Eats lists but given the quality of both service and ingredients (Yopparai is Michelin guide 2014 recommended) you will definitely get your money’s worth from this unique experience. I can’t wait to go back.

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As a person who has no choice but to brave the MTA’s subway system on a daily basis improvements are never expected but always appreciated. It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of James Murphy and I love his brilliant idea to enhance the sound for commuters in New York City through a basic modification that would make the card swipe entry sounds infinitely more pleasant. Somehow I think it’s a little bit too smart and obvious to ever actually happen but we can hope. Apparently his long-discussed coffee is now available at Blue Bottle too. I’m going to have to make a trip over there and try that.

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maya-hayuks-bowery-mural-2I was already a fan of Maya Hayuk’s work before I even knew her name (I love her piece at Wynwood Walls in Miami) and her hyper-color takeover of the wall space at Bowery and Houston in NYC may be my favorite mural there yet.

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amber_marriage_fresh_any_graffiti_high_lineYou’ve got to love these types of stories in New York. These photos were taken by my buddy Evan who treks all over the 5 boroughs grabbing graffiti shots that he posts on his Instagram feed.

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