Elsewhere in the world they may be known as corner stores, delis and groceries but in New York, these sell-everything party stores are famously (and fondly) referred to as bodegas. They are a vital institution of the city, stretching all five boroughs and selling New York’s roughly 8.3 million residents everything they need from milk to magazines. Their heritage may vary between neighborhoods- Italian, Spanish, Polish and Korean- but the product offering remains more or less the same. Shelves lined with rows of dusty cracker boxes, canned soups with thirty days until expiration, half-ripened produce and a refrigerated section of Good Humor ice creams and single-serve beer cans of an assorted variety are all familiar staples. No matter if your vice is alcohol, gambling, nicotine or sugar, bodegas have a fix for every kind of fiend. You may go for garbage bags but you’ll leave with a few scratch-offs, a new lighter and a bag of chips too.
Even more than the wide selection of goods and local delivery service offering for a nominal fee, it is their 24-hour operation that makes bodegas most convenient. This is also the reason why store owners and register clerks end up getting to know their neighborhood residents on a personal level- because it is those purchases made in the harsh, early hours of the morning that can be most revealing of one’s identity. Most New Yorkers aren’t embarrassed by this phenomenon though, instead they come to trust these people, know them by name, and look forward to seeing them… even if only to talk about the score of the Knicks game last night and find out if anyone hit the Powerball jackpot. Put simply, bodega employees develop into the most comforting kind of friends who remember the way you like your turkey sandwich, have no problem letting you owe them a few dollars from time-to-time and are happy to serve you.
The next issue of Steady titled “Embark” is all printed, and what better way to celebrate the release of this issue than with a PARTY! Come join us this Saturday, February 2nd at Present Company Gallery, Located at 101 North 13th Street, Brooklyn NY. The Party starts at 8pm and goes to 11pm. Free Beer and Zines available, and music by Bessedof. Hope to see you there. Check out the video below filmed by Brandon Kuzma showing a little behind the scenes of the making of this issue.
The Upcoming issue of Steady titled “Embark” will be available soon in a printed edition of 1,000 and available for a digital download at steadyzine.com. Check back soon for more information and release date.
Steady Zine Issue One “Subways” Now Available For Download! Get It Here!!!
Over the last couple months now, Justin Hogan, Dan Zvereff, and myself have been developing a photo zine titled “Steady“. As the reign of digital media continues to rule, Steady was founded on the desire to see photography printed. In the age where photography has been so far removed from its original, manual process, we seek to bring back the analog nature of the medium. The first issue is now available in retail stores across the city. Check the Steady site for a Retailer List. The Zine will also be available for a digital download on December 7th, so check back then if you dont get your hands on a copy.
After The storm had passed, and I finally had internet again, Brooklyn seemed almost untouched, but from what I saw on facebook and instragram, Manhattan had gotten worked. So Hogan, Dan, Bellerud, Solveig, and I hopped in the car and headed over to the city. The LES defiantly saw the worst of it, and downtown near wall street. With out power anywhere, meaning no street lights, you could basically drive wherever you wanted. We didnt do to much exploring, but enjoy the photos from Hurricane Sandy.
Last night was the release party for the newest issue of “VICTORY”, a Doubleday & Cartwright and NO MAS production. With an abundant amount of free zines, beer, and food the party was full of good vibes and people. After the party came to an end, we all made out way over to the Ear Inn where we continued to fill our stomachs with more food, and loads of damn good whiskey. Thank you for the good memories everyone. Enjoy the photos….
HELL OF A GUY
Just about 5 months ago now, I was on a little adventure through Eurasia. I was asked by Patrik Wallner to be part of another Visual Traveling trip. This time starting in Shanghai and making our way to Almaty, Kazakstan. The trip would continue further, but that was all I was able to go on. One part of the trip that I was looking forward to the most was a 36 hour train ride starting in Urumqi and ending in Almaty. After buying tickets, and some slight complication with visas, the whole crew was set and ready to start our long ride. Stocking up on snacks, and alcohol, to get us through the long adventure and finally boarding…. we were off! One part of the ride that was a little annoying, was an 8 hour boarder crossing. and you really weren’t allowed to leave your cabin, which got a little uncomfortable. We passed the time, with long games of Uno, and heavy drinking. We ended up meeting some locals on the train, and tried to communicate though broken english, and in the end we just ended up sharing our alcohol with them and our whole car basically was drunk. It was probably one of of my favorite parts of the trip, and cant wait to get on a train again. Enjoy the photos from my adventure through Eurasia…
End of the line for us.
Check out the trailer for documentary HERE.
Patrik just updated his site with some of his photographs from his recent trip to Mazar-i-Sharif, Balkh & Kabul. Head on over to Visual Traveling to check out the rest of them.