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‘The New Allen’ Moves to Samy Mahfar-donated Gallery Space on Delancey Street

Posted September 26, 2016 at 5:17 am

SMA Equities (aka Samy Mahfar) is headlong into its conversion of 104 Delancey into a multilevel gallery dedicated to “low brow” art. The storefront is now enveloped in paint, as street artists UR New York spent the weekend buffing and spray-painting the exterior. You’ll recall that property owner Samy Mahfar donated the available real estate […]

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Revisiting the ‘Rebel Cultures’ Photographed by Janette Beckman [RECAP]

Posted September 23, 2016 at 5:06 am

Our regular readers know that we love to cover the early punk, new wave and hip hop music scenes in New York City. Most people who were around during the early days, were also obsessed with the bands coming out of the UK. This reporter remembers going to East Village record stores (remember when there […]

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Making History at Night with Photographer David Godlis [RECAP]

Last modified September 21, 2016 at 5:15 pm

Growing up in NYC in the 1970s, the images of the music scene inside, outside, and around CBGBs, are permanently imprinted on this reporter’s mind. But for those of you who weren’t there (or for the many of you who were, and maybe due to some illegal substances, really don’t remember much of it), be […]

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In Celebration of 30 Years of the ‘East Village Eye’ [PHOTOS]

Posted September 19, 2016 at 10:14 am

A 30th anniversary calls for a celebration, which was exactly what the East Village Eye did on Friday night. It started with an exhibit of artwork, images and pages from the “Eye,” held at the Howl! Happening Gallery, and it was, well, pretty happening indeed. The crowd, with many familiar faces from back in the day, […]

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Celebrating Nearly 30 Years of ‘The East Village Eye’ with the Howl! Happening Gallery

Posted September 16, 2016 at 9:32 am

If you were a denizen of the downtown scene in the ’80s, you probably couldn’t wait to get your hands on the latest issue of the East Village Eye. Or maybe you came here because of what it vividly described. Published from May 1979 to January 1987, the monthly magazine featured extensive coverage of pop […]

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Hated Landlord SMA Equities Donates 104 Delancey for ‘Low Brow’ Art Gallery

Posted September 15, 2016 at 5:11 am

Controversial landlord Samy Mahfar (aka SMA Equities) is in dire need of some good press these days. Perhaps that explains the so-called donation of 104 Delancey Street (former Washington Mutual bank and exhibition space) to become a multi-level gallery dedicated to “low brow” artists. The New Allen Art Foundation is curator in residence, an art program […]

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Street Artist Duo Sheryo & Yok Stop Impart Mural onto Fung Tu

Posted September 7, 2016 at 5:18 am

Three-year-old Chinese-American restaurant, Fung Tu, recently tapped the street artist duo Sheryo & Yok to spray paint the premises for some added crab-themed flare. This front-of-house mural is the result. Fung Tu (meaning, “hometown flavor”) is throwing a shindig tonight at 22 Orchard Street to celebrate the new artwork. Stop by between 5pm and 7pm, if […]

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Logan Hicks’ Mural at the Bowery Graffiti Wall Vandalized, then Quickly Scrubbed

Posted September 2, 2016 at 5:13 am

The above shot was taken yesterday morning. Logan Hicks’ new stencil-mural at the Bowery Graffiti Wall is barely three weeks in the wild, and already netted its first hater. A silver scrawl the length of the canvas remained intact until the afternoon when it was scrubbed clean. We’re told that the taggers were the duo Mq […]

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Down at 190 Bowery, Aby Rosen Says Stay off My Lawn

Posted September 2, 2016 at 5:00 am

Stooping is no longer welcome on the doorstep of the recently-cleansed 190 Bowery, the Germania Bank Building. Not under the ownership of Aby Rosen. Before a fire consumed a portion of the roof and its crowning copper cheneau, this hand-painted sign appeared at the front door. “Don’t sit down on the stairs,” the sign pointedly reads. […]

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Fleeing SoHo, Westwood Gallery Gets up and Running on the Bowery

Posted August 31, 2016 at 5:08 am

The slow-boil transformation from restaurant supply shop to contemporary art gallery is now complete after six months. Westwood Gallery, a refugee from SoHo, is about ready on the Bowery. And it’s a move likely to keep up with cool. Westwood Gallery, known for exhibiting contemporary artists and photographers the last twenty-one years, took 6,000 square-feet […]

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