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‘Muslims are People Too’ Protest Mural Appears above Canal Street

Posted February 23, 2017 at 5:11 am

In a neighborhood as historically diverse as the Lower East Side, a mural like this seems appropriate. The organization People R Us emblazoned the unity statement, “Muslims are People Too,” at the corner of Canal and Essex Streets earlier this week. It’s a rally cry often heard at Trump protests. The message was painted in large […]

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How to Get Your Paws on Hanksy’s Poop Portrait of Trump and Help the Lower Eastside Girls Club at the Same Time

Posted February 23, 2017 at 5:09 am

For the past six years, the Orchard Street Runners club has organized a silent auction to benefit the Lower Eastside Girls Club. And this year is no different. The fundraiser goes down tonight at Ludlow Studios on Ludlow Street, and the highest bidder will walk away with Hanksy’s poop portrait of Fuhrer Trump (feces collected outside […]

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How about this New Essex Street Funhouse?

Posted February 17, 2017 at 5:15 am

In the years since its sale, 3 Essex Street has remained remarkably intact. No demolition. No changing hands. No real activity. Until this week, when the tenement became a funhouse of sorts. In a display more befitting Halloween than Valentine’s Day, each of the upper windows dons a ghoulish mask. Topping it off is a […]

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Uncapped: Connecting with New York Street Bomber ‘Easy’

Last modified February 10, 2017 at 10:33 am

Finally. An interview almost a year in the making for a man whose name currently sells on canvas for $5,000. He is easily (no pun intended) the most prolific bomber in NYC. Boogie faithful please welcome, EASY to our Uncapped series. Bowery Boogie: Thanks for joining us.  I cannot think of one person in the graffiti […]

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Goldman Properties Tags Bowery Graffiti Wall with New ID Plaques

Posted February 10, 2017 at 5:15 am

Goldman Properties finally made the Bowery Graffiti Wall into a proper gallery last week with the installation of subtle identification nameplates. Indeed, the latest mural on the Bowery – “Urbanmythology” by Spanish duo PichiAvo – is now official thanks to the advent of two plaques bolted to the facade. One details the story of the […]

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Flower Guy Michael De Feo Joins Forces with J. Crew for T-Shirt Line

Posted February 3, 2017 at 9:27 am

Artist Michael De Feo has been planting his iconic flowers all over the New York City and beyond for well over twenty-five years now. During this time, he has enlisted the help of college students with wheatpastes of his trademark flower around the Lower East Side. He’s written a children’s book called Alphabet City: Out on the Streets, introducing […]

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Market Crossings: Essex Street Market Unveils New Illustrated History Display

Posted February 1, 2017 at 5:05 am

The Economic Development Corp. completed installation of its “history display” inside the Essex Market this week. More flow chart than mural, the new addition, located in the northern extreme of the building, illustrates the history of the Market vis-a-vis the pushcart economy of the Lower East Side. The story begins in 1900, cataloging the rise of […]

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Artists PichiAvo Complete their ‘Urbanmythology’ on the Bowery

Posted January 31, 2017 at 5:11 am

The Bowery Graffiti Wall is now decorated with its latest mural. PichiAvo wrapped up work on the horse-driven piece yesterday afternoon, capping a week of painting activities. Indeed, despite driving rains, a Nor’easter, and overall inclement weather the last several days, the Spanish duo worked through it unfazed. As PichiAvo’s first work in New York […]

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The Market Line Throws ‘Shade’ on Delancey Street with New Mural

Posted January 30, 2017 at 9:35 am

The nascent Market Line billboard on Delancey Street is now pitching something different altogether. It’s now an art space, apparently. Some artist named “Adam” wheat-pasted a blocky image of a bespectacled woman with only the word “Shade” attached. As in throwing shade? Perhaps it’s an open-ended commentary on the anti-immigrant Trump era of politics. Or maybe we’re […]

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‘Birdhouse Repo’ Now on Display in First Park, Reminds us that Even the Animals Can’t Afford the City

Posted January 30, 2017 at 5:08 am

Sorry, Mr. Pigeon, you’re broke, and this birdhouse is now repossessed. An allegory for what’s happening on the Lower East Side – where hyper-gentrification and over-speculation collide (and collude) to crowd everyone out – this new artwork channels the trend. On Saturday afternoon, city native Aaron Schraeter installed his aptly-named sculpture, “Birdhouse Repo” in the […]

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