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Tour the Historic Bialystoker Synagogue Tonight

Posted July 13, 2017 at 5:08 am

Tonight, the historic Bialystoker Synagogue is once again hosting a special tour of its house of worship. Originally built in 1826 as a Methodist Church, the synagogue is also believed to have been one of the stops on the Underground Railroad. Hosted by the non-profit Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy, “Bialystoker The Beautiful” will illuminate area history and other such […]

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A Conversation with Clayton Patterson and ESOPUS’ Tod Lipy Tonight

Posted July 12, 2017 at 10:29 am

Lower East Side artist and community activist Clayton Patterson has been documenting the fabric of the neighborhood since the eighties. Now, he’s diving into his archives to share his photographs of those who performed at the East Village’s legendary Pyramid Club. Patterson is often cited as a notable pioneer in capturing the evolution of drag in the […]

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This Might be Hanksy’s Last Show as Hanksy [PHOTOS]

Posted July 10, 2017 at 5:14 am

For street artist Hanksy, the pop-up show at the Krause Gallery on Orchard Street this week might be his last under the pseudo-anonymous moniker. Thereafter, the street artist is expected to retire the puns and transition to a new direction. In the meantime, fans visiting the new weeklong exhibit at 149 Orchard can enjoy 29 paintings […]

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‘Mega-Galleries’ Spell the End for Smaller Area Showrooms

Posted June 30, 2017 at 5:04 am

Small galleries on the Lower East Side are closing left and right. For the last decade, headlines ad nauseum described an influx of smalltime galleries defecting from Chelsea and landing in the neighborhood. Critical mass has apparently been reached, where only the big box can now survive. Galleries with deep pockets apparently make it impossible […]

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Seward Park Library Gets its New ‘Constellation’ Sculpture

Posted June 27, 2017 at 5:11 am

The gated pathway in front of Seward Park Library – what was once part of Jefferson Street – now boasts some public artwork. Dubbed “Constellation,” the wooden seating arrangement is the first cycle of artwork by Cheryl Wing-Zi Wong for the year-long project. It was installed at the end of last week. The new sculpture […]

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‘Writing On It All’ Reclaims Space For Community Arts On Governor’s Island

Last modified June 23, 2017 at 11:55 am

There’s one more week to write and draw on a Nolan Park House. Just a short ferry ride away from the LES, Governors Island is an adventure that we should all take, and regularly as weather allows. For one more week you can catch the community-oriented interactive installation, ‘Writing On It All.’ Nolan Park House […]

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Hanksy Brings ‘Market Surplus’ of 10 Artists to Paint Vacant Essex Market Warehouse

Posted June 23, 2017 at 10:00 am

Street artist Hanksy this week continues the tradition of hosting art shows in buildings doomed for demolition. With the Lowline Lab months in the grave, he’s gathered a gaggle of creative friends for a group exhibition inside the vacant Essex Street Market building at 140 Essex. The show – dubbed “Market Surplus” (get it?) – […]

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Traipsing Around Town with Ugo Rondinone’s ‘I ♥ John Giorno’

Posted June 23, 2017 at 5:11 am

Imagine having been part of the Beat Generation and Pop Art era. You could go to a phone booth (remember those?) and dial a poem; You could be filmed by Andy Warhol for hours – while sleeping; You might even be neighbors on the Bowery with William Burroughs. Or be a fly on the wall, […]

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New 50-Foot ‘STIK’ Figure Appears on Allen Street

Posted June 22, 2017 at 6:36 am

With the COST and Dain collaboration no longer in play at Allen and Delancey Streets, another revered street artist is at bat. UK-based STIK has been on the block since Tuesday to impart a token stick figure to the west-facing exterior of 55 Delancey. The mural was apparently commissioned by Fat Free Art Gallery (not The […]

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Protesting Rape Culture at the Bowery Mural Wall Yesterday [PHOTOS]

Posted June 19, 2017 at 5:08 am

Father’s Day yesterday, during the late evening hours, more than a dozen activists sidled up to the recently whitewashed Bowery mural wall to protest previous artist, David Choe. Protestors organized to make a visual statement condemning Goldman Properties (property owner and curator) for alleged endorsement of “predatory rape culture by commissioning the work of a popular artist […]

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