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Spike Press Studio Visit


Spike Press Studio Visit, originally uploaded by juggernautco.

In July 2006, I visited John Solimine in his basement wonder-poster studio. John's Spike Press is one of the most kick-ass outfits in Chicago, the city that kicks the most ass of the custom poster world.

He was making a poster for Flatstock 2006-- a gorilla sitting in a booth selling his custom posters. Every poster has a banana in it. Poster makers can be a little obsessed.

The cool thing about this photo set is that it documents a place and a process that John doesn't use anymore. He now shares space with another poster outfit in East Garfield Park.

See the entire set here. All hail John Solimine of Spike Press.

Winfield Mounds, January 13, 2009

After fresh snow, in the crisp noon cold.

Los Angeles Police Permit Review Panel Looking to Deny a Tax Exemption on a Rental, Swap Meet and Antique License

According to the February 4 Agenda of the Los Angeles Police Permit Review Panel, they're looking to do some "discussion and consideration of Commission Investigation Division’s report recommending that the Police Permit Review Panel DENY the exemption" of Laurel Place West Hollywood, Inc of 3460 S. Broadway from the payment of business taxes associated with rental/swap meet/antique (LAMC Section 21.43).

Newly Constructed Apartments for Rent in the Harlem Section of Manhattan

News near 1401-1417 5th Ave., Manhattan | EveryBlock New York City_1233289441720 Here's some news from our friends in NYC City government:

1405 FIFTH AVENUE LLC is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for 17 affordable housing rental apartments now under construction at 1405 Fifth Avenue, 3 East 115th Street and 6 East 116th Street in the Harlem section of Manhattan. These buildings are being constructed through the Low-Income Affordable Marketplace Program (LAMP) of the City of New York’s Housing Development Corporation and the Cornerstone Program of New York City’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development. The size, rent and targeted income distribution for the 17 apartments are in this PDF.

If you're interested in these apartments, heed these directions:

Applications may be requested by mail ONLY from: 1405 Fifth Avenue, LLC (LAMP), c/o The Wavecrest Management Team, 87-14 116th Street, Richmond Hill, NY 11418. Please include a self-addressed envelope with your request. Completed applications must be returned by regular mail only (no priority, certifi ed, registered, express, or overnight mail will be accepted) to a post offi ce box number that will be listed with the application, and must be postmarked by March 26, 2009.

Newly Constructed Apartments for Rent in the Mount Hope Section of The Bronx

News near 1748-1764 Walton Ave., The Bronx | EveryBlock New York City_1233288811088 Here's some news from our friends in NYC City government:

Walton Henwood Apartments is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for 104 studio, 1-bedroom, and 2-bedroom affordable housing rental apartments now under construction at 1752 Walton Avenue and 112 Henwood Place in the Mount Hope section of Bronx. These buildings are being constructed through the 421-a Affordable Housing Program of New York City’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) and the Low Income Affordable Market Place Program (LAMP) of the Housing Development Corporation (HDC)The size, rent and targeted income distribution for the 104 apartments are in this PDF.

If you're interested in these apartments, heed these directions:

Qualified applicants will be required to meet income and family size guidelines and additional selection criteria. Applications may be requested by mail from: Walton Henwood Apartments C/O The Wavecrest Management Team, 87-14 116th Street, Richmond Hill, NY 11418. Please include a self-addressed envelope with your request. Completed applications must be returned by regular mail only (no priority, certified, registered, express, or overnight mail will be accepted) to a post office box number that will be listed with the application, and must be postmarked by March 27th, 2009.

Possible New Street Signs in Philadelphia

If BILL NO. 090026 passes in Philadelphia City Council, there's going to be a new street sign on the north side of the Taker street from Tasker Street and 11th Street to Tasker Street and 12th street as follows:

Two-Hour parking
8:00 A.M. to 6:30 P.M.
(Except Saturday and Sunday)

From Darrah Street and Brill street to Darrah Street and Bridge street.

If BILL NO. 090025 passes in Philadelphia City Council, there's going to be a new street sign as follows:

Two-Hour parking
8:00 A.M. to Midnight
(Monday through Sunday)

If BILL NO. 090024 passes in Philadelphia City Council, there's going to be a new street sign on the north side of Packer avenue from Packer Ave and 16th Street to Packer Ave and 17th Street as follows:

Two-Hour parking
8:00 A.M. to Midnight
(Monday through Sunday)

If BILL NO. 090023 passes in Philadelphia City Council, there's going to be a new street sign on 7th street, both sides, Carpenter street to Christian street as follows:

Two-Hour parking
8:00 A.M. to Midnight
(Monday through Sunday)

Alternate Side Parking in NYC, Tomorrow

In case you were wondering:

Alternate Side Parking Rules Are IN EFFECT on Thursday, January 29

Alternate Side Parking (ASP) regulations are IN EFFECT citywide for Thursday, January 29. This is a correction of a previous notice. To repeat, ASP regulations are NOT suspended on Thursday. We apologize for any inconvenience.

For updated information, visit the DOT Web site at www.nyc.gov/dot or call 311.

Poop on Central Park West?

I've heard from a tipster that there are some issues with defecation near 105th & Columbus and 106th & Amsterdam. No confirmation from the kids from Gossip Girl.

we've got lots of dog poop problems on sidewalks, with people not picking up....and messes that follow inevitably. terrible especially on 105 and 106th b/w columbus and amsterdam, and school kids everywhere stepping into it

In Praise of Hallwatch

Last week I received a one-line statement in my RSS reader: "The Hallwatch web site will cease operations on Thursday, February 26, 2009 at 11:59 pm." This is the end of an essential, ground-breaking Web site and I can't let it pass without praise.

As I was preparing to help launch EveryBlock Philadelphia, I did what I do in all of the cities we work in. I searched around, looking for data. When I found Hallwatch, and read the simple About page, I knew I had stumbled across something special. Here's the explanation of Hallwatch:

This site was originally intended as a resource for those who deal with Philadelphia's City Council. It grew out of my frustration obtaining reliable information about:

  • The results of council votes, both present and past.
  • Information on where a bill is in the legislative process, when hearings will be held, etc.
  • Where Councilmembers get their campaign money, how they spend it and who they owe.
  • How to get in touch with Councilmembers via fax, phone, and mail
  • Background information on Councilmembers: what they've done with their lives, how well they did in the past election, etc.

    Ed Goppelt
    webmaster@hallwatch.org

  • That's a pretty worthwhile project.

    This is a place where you can find every Notice of Hearing in the Philadelphia City Council going back to December 2001. Where you can find complete text of every Bill before the Council, including "An Ordinance establishing a parking regulation on Hirst Street, west side, Arch Street to Market Street."

    In short, it is a place after my own municipal obscurantists' heart. Hallwatch is a great example of what you can get if you care about what's going on with you and you're willing & able to use technology to make it better.

    Thanks, Ed.

    Environmental Permits in Miami-Dade County, January 25, 2009

    Permit: Water - ERP Exemption Permit
    Project name: KLEIDERMACHER DOCK
    Location id: 293938
    Location name: KLEIDERMACHER, PAUL
    Address: 1801 CLEAVLAND RD, MIAMI BEACH, 33141
    County: Miami-Dade
    Application number: 293938-001

    For further information, please contact the Southeast District permitting office in West Palm Beach at (561)681-6600Permit: Stormwater - Small Construction (1-5 AC)
    Project name: AVENTURA ARTS & CULTURAL CTR
    Location id: FLR10HW71
    Location name: Aventura Arts & Cultural Center
    Address: Not available
    County: Miami-Dade
    Application number: FLR10HW71-001

    For further information, please contact the Tallahassee Npdes Stormwater permitting office in Tallahassee at (850)921-9382Permit: Water - ERP Exemption Permit
    Project name: VEGA INVESTMENTS DOCK AND LIFT
    Location id: 293937
    Location name: VEGA INVESTMENTS II, LLC
    Address: 2095 NE 120TH RD, NORTH MIAMI, 33181
    County: Miami-Dade
    Application number: 293937-001

    For further information, please contact the Southeast District permitting office in West Palm Beach at (561)681-6600

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