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Shuttered ‘Sunrise Glass & Aluminum Warehouse’ Anchoring Allen Street is Under Renovation

Posted April 21, 2017 at 5:13 am

Sunrise Glass & Aluminum, the anchor occupant at the corner of Allen and Broome Streets (aka Hy Genee Way), lost the fight last year. It’s now out of business, a fact signaled by the significant store remodeling underway. The letters spelling “GLASS” down the facade of 91 Allen Street were removed, and now a corner-hugging sidewalk […]

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Daredevil Tattoo Celebrates 20 Years on the Lower East Side

Posted April 19, 2017 at 9:45 am

For Daredevil Tattoo, this month is milestone. An impressive twenty years on the Lower East Side. The ink spot was founded by Brad Fink and Michelle Myles, and debuted in 1997, the year the artform was finally re-legalized in New York City. Thanks to a 50% rent gouge at 174 Ludlow Street in 2013, though, […]

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Donald Trump’s ‘Chocolate Cake’ Quote Appears on Seward Park Fence

Posted April 19, 2017 at 5:18 am

It was revealed last week that President Trump was scarfing down the “most beautiful piece of chocolate cake that you’ve ever seen” when he ordered the air strike (59 Tomahawk cruise missiles) on a Syrian airfield earlier this month. He was dining at his Mar-a-Lago country club with Chinese president Xi Jinping at the time. […]

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Hanksy Takes on Child Refugees with Mickey Mouse Mural on Orchard Street

Posted April 17, 2017 at 5:16 am

On the Orchard Street wall space where anti-Trump sentiments are du-jour, a new mural with another political statement just materialized. Street artist Hanksy, who basically owned this spot for months with his poop-themed “Dump Trump” piece, took a different tack. It’s a collection of life jackets – one of which branded with Mickey Mouse – […]

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With UNIQLO Grant, Public Art ‘Constellation’ Coming to Seward Park this Summer

Posted April 13, 2017 at 9:33 am

If all goes to plan, Seward Park will soon boast a year-long public art exhibit. The new project is one of ten such “Art in the Parks” installations around the city, sponsored by UNIQLO and the Parks Department. Cheryl Wing-Zi Wong won the $10,000 grant to impart “Constellation” to the “underused” plaza outside the New York […]

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Sheryo & Yok Paint ‘Rat Boi’ for ‘The New Allen’ Street Art Project

Posted April 6, 2017 at 5:09 am

The latest rat to join Allen Street is by the hand of Sheryo & Yok. Their “Rat Boi” mural now holds court above the northbound lanes of the thoroughfare. The street art duo spent last weekend painting the north face of 82 Stanton Street (formerly Epstein’s Bar). The mobile lift positioned them just above the […]

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‘Gatsby’ Goes Big with 5-Story Mural on its LES Hotel

Posted April 4, 2017 at 5:05 am

That nascent street art endeavor (nay, developers’ tool), The New Allen, tagged its biggest mural to date, yet not even on the namesake street. They strayed two blocks west to Forsyth Street. Project Organizers commissioned Tony “Rubin” Sjoman to paint the west-facing exposure of the Gatsby Hotel on East Houston. Site chosen for the mural […]

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Artist Ai Weiwi to Install Provocative Fences at Essex Street Market as Part of Citywide Project

Posted March 31, 2017 at 5:10 am

Provocative Chinese artist Ai Weiwei will construct more than 100 fences and installations around the Five Boroughs this fall as part of his “Good Fences Make Good Neighbors” project, one of his largest to date. And the Lower East Side will benefit. The four-month artistic endeavor, which begins on October 12, was commissioned by the […]

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‘Protocinema’ Installation Takes Over Embattled G&S Sporting Goods Space on Essex Street

Posted March 30, 2017 at 5:04 am

For the first time since G&S Sporting Goods departed the Lower East Side three years ago, 43 Essex Street boasts a new retail occupant, albeit temporary. It’s a pop-up gallery, naturally. Protocinema is not as it sounds, rather a roving arts program with dual headquarters in New York City and Istanbul. It now occupies a space […]

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Centre-fuge Returns for its Latest Cycle of Murals on East 1st Street

Posted March 28, 2017 at 5:10 am

Spring is here, and with it, another update to the Centre-fuge trailer on East First Street. Cycle 22 is upon us, and a milestone it is. This is the fifth anniversary of the public art project, which began life in February 2012. Artwork on the front left to right: Hydeon, Sticky Monger, and Jenna Krypell. On […]

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