Daily photographs by HANS VON RITTERN, with humorous, artistic and social commentary on life in the big city.

Posts tagged “gentrification in Long Island City

Photos of the day! 5 POINTZ “WHITEWASH” GRAND OPENING TONIGHT! Come meet Hans 6-9pm

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Photo event of the day!: “WHITEWASH” OPENING TONIGHT! – Saturday April 5, 6-9pm. Jeffrey Leder Gallery. Sixteen of Hans’ photos are on display along with the great artists Auks, Cortes, Jerms, Meres One, Orestes Gonzalez, Poem, Shiro, See TF, Topaz and Zimad.

It is a mourning yet celebration of the perseverance of art! Curated with passion by Marie Cecile Flageul. COME JOIN US! I hope to see all my friends there 🙂 It’s “the” art event of the season!
(I might be hanging out mostly upstairs where mom can sit by my photos.)

Leder Gallery: 2135 45th Road, on the street of the Court Street #7 and G subway station.

I block away from 5 Pointz and PS1 MOMA.
Jeffrey Leder Galler 2137 45th Road, LII.C.
Click here for more photos and directional map. CU 2NiTE ! ! ! !

Photo of the day: LEARNING TO WRITE

5 Pointz Graffiti Museum

5 Pointz Graffiti Museum

Photo of the day: LEARNING TO WRITE – August 21, 2011 a class of grade school children was brought to the 5 Pointz street art museum and learned about hip hop culture, the history of graffiti art in NYC and then they were shown how to stylize their names. Once they had perfected their names they were allowed to write them on the lids of the dumpsters in the loading dock area, taking great care to leave their new artistic names with pride.
Come see my photos exhibited in the PHO-TO-GRAFFS exhibit at the Gold Coast Arts Center, March 16 opening reception.
113 Middle Neck Road, Great Neck, Long Island. 516-829-2570, see you  there !


October 13, 2013

October 13, 2013

Photo of the day: THE DETERMINED PHOTOGRAPHER – I am going to post vintage photos of the 5Pointz graffiti museum this week, in honor of my upcoming participation in the ‘PHO-TO-GRAFFS’ gallery exhibit opening this Sunday, March 16, 3pm at Gold Coast Arts Center in Great Neck, Long Island.
This photo was taken Sunday afternoon, October 13, 2013, thirty-six days before the unexpected destruction of all the artwork. Little did this aspiring and determined little photographer know, he was capturing a piece if history.

Photo of the day: LOST IN PROGRESS


Photo of the day: LOST IN PROGRESS – Early Sunday (March 9) morning Artists gilf! and BAMN (By Any Means Necessary) collaborated on the banner making their statement felt to the glee of art lovers everywhere at 5Pointz arts center in Long Island City, Queens. It was quite a struggle to attach the banner is they came to realize it was much heavier in weight than they  had anticipated. The original plan was to hang it from the roof, but with strong winds, weight and time issues against them it was finally placed in the ‘plan B’ position around the bottom of the building like the crime scene it is. The impact worked perfectly as people seemed to be enveloped and some lost in the message.


5 Pointz, Jakson Avenue, Long Island City. March 9, 2014. 9am

5 Pointz, Jakson Avenue, Long Island City. March 9, 2014. 9am

Photo of the day: GENTRIFICATION IN PROGRESS GENTRIFICATION IN PROGRESS – Daylight savings time greeted Long Island City this morning with a surprise. 5 Pointz has been gift wrapped by the artists gilf! and BAMN (By Any Means Necessary) who collaborated on the banner making for the lobotomized zombies that will one day move into the glass towers that will replace the greatest street art museum on earth. Even as I was photographing it at sunrise this morning, the workers were on the roof doing ‘asbestos abatement’, ripping the roof apart as the dust particles flew everywhere, irritating my throat as I photographed. This is gentrification?  This is destruction.
How the Grinch stole 5 Pointz
Welcome progress. Bring your greed,
Art is stronger, we will succeed.
A better city is in our grasp
So long as we have art that makes us gasp.
Gentrification will always be
Just as long as we have we.
Welcome progress with a gentler hand
Heart to heart and hand in hand.