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Let’s talk Coneys – The book launch of “Coney Detroit”

Say what? A book all about Coney Island Hot Dogs? You can’t get more Detroit than that.

In “Coney Detroit“, learn all about the traditions, rivalry and history of the restaurants serving this iconic dog from authors Katherine Yung and Joe Grimm.

So, what constitutes a Coney Dog? Natural casing hot dog, all meat chili, white onions and yellow mustard. Simple & delicious!

The book launch is Wednesday April 4th at 5:30 pm, complete with coney dogs from metro-Detroit’s favorite coney islands. This event is open to the public, so RSVP here.

Exploring the Heidelberg Project – Detroit

Heidelbeg Project

Yes, these are stuffed animals hanging on a house. You aren’t seeing things.

I had heard about The Heidelberg Project and decided to go explore it myself. It is named after the street it is on, Heidelberg St. in Detroit. It sits in one of the worst parts of the city. I won’t go into the details of how it came to be and why. You can read all about it on the Heidelberg website & here. I will however invite you to explore it with me, via these shots.

Heidelbeg Project

Some people happened to be shooting a video of sorts that day. It was nice to have company since the streets were pretty void of humans and Detroit has its cast of characters always roaming the streets. It is not necessarily dangerous, but trust your instincts and don’t put yourself in a bad situation. You’ve been warned.

Heidelbeg Project

There was so much to see everywhere. So many details. The street art collection is always changing, with things being added and detracted, but the main structures remain.

Heidelbeg Project

Cars seemed to be represented all over the properties, and they were boards propped up with painted cars on them.

Heidelbeg Project

This was  my favorite house. So much to see. I have photo vignettes with close ups in the 3 photos below.

Heidelbeg Project

Heidelbeg Project

Heidelbeg Project

The street itself was even part of the art. Polka dots painted in the streets and on the sidewalks.

Heidelbeg Project

Heidelbeg Project

A boat full of stuffed animals aptly named Noah. Alot of religious themes are thread through out the different houses and art. It’s interesting to pick up on them.

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The “Penny Car” below, has pennies glued all over. Funny enough, the car also has a Santa inside, and sticking out the back with a toilet seat.

Heidelbeg Project

Heidelbeg Project Heidelbeg Project

Need to make a call? No problem. Pick a phone up. It’s not connected to anything. Reminds me of Alanis Morissette: “Nobody callin’ on the phone, except for the Pope maybe in Rome”.

Heidelbeg Project

Signs with ironic and warning messages are everywhere. Read the one with the lady in the background.

Heidelbeg Project

Numbers anyone?

Heidelbeg Project

Want to go see it for yourself? Get some Directions to the street (not to be confused with the museum address). It really is a must see in Detroit. Lots of amazing art that really gets you thinking. Some tips on visiting are: don’t go alone, go in a group and use common sense. Always follow your gut and don’t do anything stupid, and of course go in the day. While you can see alot of it from the car, you will miss the little details unless you walk up to the houses. I can’t wait to go again soon. It is really a gem, grab your cameras and go!

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