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Thievin’ Stephen Street Art to Benefit Non-profit, Reconnect Rochester

Sunday, November 9th, 2014

Street artist Thievin' Stephen has donated some of his work to benefit Reconnect Rochester, a 501(c)3 non-profit group working to improve transit alternatives in our area. [PHOTO: Thievin' Stephen]
By Mike Governale

You may recall waaay back in 2010 a group of RocSubway readers got together with the intent of drumming up support for transportation alternatives in Rochester. In a town where the car is king, that was to be no easy task. But we’ve been making measurable progress. Find out how you can help, AND get some original Thievin’ Stephen artwork as a thank-you…

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Sunday, November 9th, 2014
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Amazing! Virtual Tour of Rochester Subway on Google Street View

Friday, November 7th, 2014

A local photographer has begun capturing the abandoned Rochester subway for viewing on Google Street View. [PHOTO: Mark Goho]
By Mike Governale

Okay urban explorers and subway fans, lay down some newspaper and get ready to have your minds blown. A local photographer, Mark Goho, has made it his mission to capture 360º panoramas of Rochester parks external link to share with the world on Google Views. Mark’s latest project took him deep underground and, with a few clicks of a camera and mouse, he has given the general public unfettered access into the abandoned Rochester subway…

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Friday, November 7th, 2014
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Rochester (& Other) Landmarks

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

Rochester (& Other) Landmarks' is a collaboration between local photographer Jonathan White, and NYC graffiti artist Antonio 'Chico' Garcia. [IMAGE: Used with permission from the artists]
A new collaborative art exhibit will open Sunday, May 11, at ARTISANworks external link. “Rochester (& Other) Landmarks” features the work of local photographer, Jonathan White, and graffiti artist, Antonio “Chico” Garcia.

To the average viewer the work may come across as a bit of a train wreck; seemingly random doodles, awkwardly juxtaposed against a familiar urban landscape. But like any good wreck, once it catches your eye, you’ll find it impossible to look away…

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Thursday, May 1st, 2014
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FUN FOTO FRIDAY: RachBarnhart Makes the Men’s Room Wall

Friday, September 20th, 2013

Writing on the wall of the men's room at the Rochester Public Market. [PHOTO: RocPX.com]
My friend over at RocPX.com external link snapped this photo in the men’s room at the Rochester Public Market. Now, I know Rachel Barnhart and I consider her a good friend. So I really don’t want to spread rumors… NAAAH! That’s what the internet is for. Here’s what it says..

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Friday, September 20th, 2013
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The Walls of El Camino

Friday, August 9th, 2013

Art from the Wall Therapy project along Rochester's El Camino Trail. [PHOTO: RochesterSubway.com]
I went to a big expensive university to study art for four years. I’ve traveled to Italy and marveled at the work of the great masters. I’ve gone out of my way to tip-toe through all the fancy art museums and galleries in New York and Toronto.

Earlier in the week I rode my bike down Rochester’s El Camino Trail. I’m not sure why, but art has never taken my breath away quite like this…

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Friday, August 9th, 2013
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Manhattan Square Park Mural Erased

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

The City recently painted over this mural, a fixture in Manhattan Square Park for probably 30 years. [PHOTO: Kristen Cavanaugh]
I haven’t been able to find anyone who knows exactly when this mural was painted, but it’s been a fixture in Manhattan Square Park external link for at least 30 years, says Charles Moreland, Executive Director of Rochester Parkour external link. The outdoor venue has been mostly abandoned for the past 10 years, but its concrete walls and irregular geometry make it ideal for practicing the fine art of Parkour. Charles’ group can often be found moving throughout the park. Yesterday Charles noticed the mural had been covered with a fresh coat of gray paint…

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Tuesday, May 14th, 2013
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Spencerport Rail Bridge Removed

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

This old railroad bridge over S. Union Street in Spencerport was removed last week. [PHOTO: RochesterSubway.com]
Remember this portrait of Bob Ross we spotted on a rail bridge in Spencerport a while ago? Built in 1924, that bridge once carried freight trains over South Union Street external link. The Democrat & Chronicle external link tells us tractor trailers have been hitting the bridge repeatedly for years. So it’s time to come down. Sorry Bob.

Daniel Azzolina has sent in a few photos of the bridge being dismantled. Enjoy…

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Wednesday, April 24th, 2013
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The Old Barber House

Monday, February 11th, 2013

The old Barber House at the corner of Short Tract and Oakland Road in the Town of Portage. [IMAGE: Emily Stauring]
John Failings Barber settled in the area of Portage, NY during the pioneer days. He struggled with tragedy and hardship and eventually became a prosperous farmer and banker. He built this home—which he called, “Chestnut Place”—on the corner of Short Tract and Oakland roads external link. Before I continue, please be advised, this house is on posted private property.

Emily Stauring external link is a photographer from Arkport, NY. She took most of these photos while out for a drive with a friend…

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Monday, February 11th, 2013
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The Man Behind ‘Spaceman’

Monday, December 10th, 2012

An interview with the man behind Spaceman.
Recently I asked, “Who is Spaceman?” This guy’s work has been showing up in unexpected places around town for a while now. Although I’m still not sure who the guy in the space suit is, the actual artist did come forward. And I had a chance to sit down with him at Boulder Coffee in the South Wedge. Among other things I asked him what he thought about people who call his work “trashy” or “criminal.” With the Geico Gecko watching us from the billboard across the street, he pointed to it and said, “Would you rather see a Geico ad at every four-way stop? I’m just trying to make people smile.”

For two hours we talked about his work, what motivates him, life in Rochester, keeping our waterways clean, philosophy, Tibetan monks, and other stuff. For obvious reasons he wishes to remain anonymous, so I’ll refer to him in this interview as “Spaceman Artist”. Here’s a taste of our conversation…

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Monday, December 10th, 2012
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Who is Spaceman?

Friday, November 30th, 2012

This half nude lady by an unknown artist appeared on the Averill Avenue 490 overpass a few months ago. She was removed soon after channel 10 put her on the 5 o'clock news.
A few months ago this woman caught the attention of motorists external link on I-490 near downtown Rochester. The image immediately made me think of early works by Banksy external link or Shepard Fairey external link, artists who catapulted themselves into pop culture stardom by plastering their towns with often graphic and politically-charged poster art. I wondered, was this Rochester artist making a political/social statement? Or is this half-nude character with the peace sign pasty simply a random piece of visual titillation?

A few people on Facebook claimed to know the artist, but my attempts to track him (or her) down were fruitless. Then yesterday a friend* of mine spotted a similar image stuck to a 490/590 support column at the Can of Worms interchange…

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Friday, November 30th, 2012
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New Images of Rochester’s Subway Tunnel Speak Volumes

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

Rochester subway tunnel. [PHOTO: Lizz Comstock]
“And the sign said, The words of the prophets are written on the subway walls.” If Simon & Garfunkel are right, these photos could be considered divine. They were taken over the past 2 years by local photographer Lizz Comstock and shared with us today via RocSubway’s Facebook pageexternal link.

It was abandoned by Rochester Transit Corporation over 55 years ago, but as debris piles up and messages are written on top of other messages, the walls of Rochester’s subway tunnel seem to echo with indelible voices. And these photos are wonderful illustrations of the life that can still be found beneath our streets.

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Wednesday, July 20th, 2011
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BBoy BBQ 2011

Thursday, January 13th, 2011

This Youtube video was posted to the RocSubway Facebook page yesterday. Something big may be in the cooker for BBoy BBQ 2011.

Every year the BBoy BBQexternal link showcases some of the best graffiti crews anywhere in the world—right here in Rochester NY. Live graffiti art, live music, DJs, breakdancing artists, food, etc etc… all free and open to the public. This year rumors are swirling around the Rochester Subway that something big may be brewing…

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Thursday, January 13th, 2011
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Two Upcoming Subway Tours… and a Dinner Party??

Sunday, August 8th, 2010

The World Canals Conference will be hosting a cocktail/dinner party inside the abandoned Rochester subway tunnel and it's being billed as a 'once-in-a-lifetime' opportunity. That it is.
Once-in-a-lifetime opportunities don’t come along very often—that’s why they’re referred to as such. So clear your calendar, put the dog out, and grab your coat and hat… preferably a hard-hat.

After our subway excursion was squashed last Spring, many of our readers feared that they had missed their last chance to see the inside of the Rochester subway tunnel with their own eyes (and smell it with their own quivering noses). But this Summer the stars have aligned. Here come not one, not two, but THREE rare opportunities to go inside Rochester’s seldom seen subway… legally!

Oh, and did I mention, a lucky few* will get to enjoy cocktails and a catered dinner party INSIDE the tunnel? Yummy! Okay, here we go… these may be your final chances to experience the Rochester subway tunnel…

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Sunday, August 8th, 2010
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Summer Subway FREEBIES! Free Rochester Wallpapers

Saturday, July 31st, 2010

Dress up your PC with free Rochester wallpapers.
I’ve never shared this with anyone before… but I have a disorder. I’m an excessive wallpaper changer. I’m in therapy (and doing a little self-medicating) but still, I have a hard time keeping one background graphic on my computer desktop for more than a day or two (at most). Maybe I have ADHD? Or maybe I just need a life. I CAN’T HELP IT! I just get bored staring at the same image for too long. I tear through so many wallpapers I’ve had to start making my own…

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Saturday, July 31st, 2010
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Graffiti: Rising Up From Rochester’s Underground

Friday, March 26th, 2010

The story of the Rochester Subway is not complete without at least mentioning Rochester’s deep-rooted hip hop culture. If you’re less than familiar with Rochester, I assure you, this shizzle is fo’ real. The “Flower City” has street cred, and our abandoned subway tunnel has long been used as a canvas to show off some of our best underground talent…

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Friday, March 26th, 2010
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