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Football Cafe Seeks Further Appreciation with its Sidecar Gallery Space on Forsyth Street

Posted June 28, 2016 at 5:00 am

Opening a soccer-related coffee shop on lower Forsyth Street was an exercise in synergy. The Football Cafe, as it’s officially known, is a popular pit stop for local club players on Lions Gate Field across the street (at Grand). Ten months deep, the refueling station is increasing its visibility on the block. Indeed, that antique-looking […]

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Atop the Hotel on Rivington, Street Art Takes Hold

Posted June 24, 2016 at 5:18 am

It’s not just nightlife tune-ups, the Hotel on Rivington is seemingly trying to reinvent itself. Last month, we noted the nightlife reboot on premise. The Shanghai-themed lounge, Jia (formerly Viktor & Spoils), and an as-yet-unnamed Mediterranean restaurant in the adjacent space. Both are by the collective hand of Roberto Buchelli (Beautique, Provocateur) and Corey Lane (partner […]

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Still with Nothing to Sell, Popular ‘Inutilious Retailer’ Seeks Donations to Stay Afloat

Posted June 21, 2016 at 5:19 am

Not surprisingly, a store with nothing for sale is tough on the bottom line. Nevertheless, the Inutlious Retailer soldiers on, forever beckoning customers to the Lower East Side for (bartered) free art. Now its owner, Adrian Wilson, seeks monetary assistance to stay afloat for at least the next six months. Wilson signed a lease at […]

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Brooklyn Artist RAE Installs New Sculptures Behind Glass Case on Ludlow Street

Posted June 21, 2016 at 5:10 am

Brooklyn-based street artist RAE upped the ante last week with a new Lower East Side piece. This installation is, in fact, protected from the elements. The artist-sculptor embedded two of his robot-looking creatures in the well-weathered Ludlow Street facade of the dormant Loews Canal movie theater. Both are enclosed behind a fancy glass case imported for […]

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Behind an Eldridge Street Gate is this “Peek Hole” Gallery

Posted June 17, 2016 at 5:18 am

Chinatown has a unique gallery on its hands. Rather than some glass-faced store with white walls and little art, this two-month-old showroom resides behind shuttered security gates at 113b Eldridge Street. Take a peek through the holes in the grate to view the exhibit, which is an elaborate display of candles. A shrine of sorts, […]

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Kenny Scharf Paints New Gate Murals at TOTAH Gallery on Stanton Street

Posted June 16, 2016 at 5:16 am

The TOTAH Gallery – a newcomer on the Lower East Side arts scene – is making a big splash with its latest exhibition. Ownership tapped the creative muscle of iconic street artist Kenny Scharf for a one-day-only party that kicks off tonight. Scharf spent the last couple days painting murals on the twin security gates […]

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Three Years on, the Garis & Hahn Gallery on the Bowery Folds

Posted June 15, 2016 at 5:17 am

When new condos open up – this could be anywhere – the typical tenant is oftentimes a gallery of some kind. Usually with two surnames separated by an ampersand. And with limited shelf life. Like Garis & Hahn at 263 Bowery. The 2,422 square-foot gallery debuted in the first half of 2013, joining Takamichi Hair […]

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Essex Street Market Coated in Colorful New Mural to Help Visibility Woes

Posted June 14, 2016 at 5:12 am

The Economic Development Corporation is now banking on street art to help solve visibility issues for the Essex Street Market. Facade makeover began over the weekend and remains ongoing. As you can see, approximately one-third of the masonry is now painted like trippy wallpaper. This new mural is the latest attempt by the city, and […]

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‘Galerie Perrotin’ Announces Massive 5-Level Gallery at Beckenstein Building on Orchard Street

Posted June 14, 2016 at 5:00 am

It looks like that controversial bait-and-switch proposed for the Beckenstein Building (b. 1902) – Orchard Street Social – hit a dead end. Word came down the pike yesterday afternoon that the three-year-old Galerie Perrotin is moving to the Lower East Side (“the city’s most dynamic arts neighborhood”) from the Upper East Side. The Paris-based Galerie Perrotin […]

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The International Center of Photography Unveils New Signage on the Bowery, Opens June 23

Posted June 13, 2016 at 9:19 am

Let’s take a peek inside 250 Bowery. It is here that the International Center of Photography planted a flag last year, moving the museum from its longtime midtown perch. The plywood shed was removed from the facade a couple weeks ago, and new lettering affixed to the marquee. Inaugural exhibit – “Public, Private, Secret” – is […]

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