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Uncapped: For Whom it Tolls, Japan’s BELX2

Posted August 27, 2015 at 9:33 am

This lady is so dope. I barely know how to introduce her, so how about a huge Uncapped welcome to BELX2. Straight from Japan. It’s about to get a little tricky up in here. (I’ve left the Japanese lettering so friends in Japan can enjoy as well.); translation here we go… BOWERY BOOGIE: BELX2, thank you […]

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Hanksy Dumps on Trump, Slight Return

Posted August 27, 2015 at 5:10 am

Street artist Hanksy is jumping into the political conversation again, targeting Donald Trump for the second time in the last month. On this go-round, the prolific pun-master employs a fecal rhyme to get his point across. Behold, here at the bottom of Orchard Street, in Hanksy’s usual spot, the Trump Dump. Basically, the message painted on this […]

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TBD Gallery Goes Belly Up on Allen Street

Posted August 26, 2015 at 5:17 am

TBD is now DOA. The gallery has officially terminated its tenure at 97 Allen Street. If you’re keeping score, that’s nine months at this location before the shutter. There is no indication as of yet that the showroom relocated; seems permanent. The TBD showroom debuted in November 2014. We caught one of its more popular […]

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Metrograph Cinema Opens Next Year on Lower Ludlow Street

Posted August 25, 2015 at 5:00 am

One month ago, we exclusively broke word that fashion retailer Alexander Olch, known in these parts for selling ties at 14 Orchard Street, is opening an ambitious new movie theater project for the Lower East Side. Metrograph, as it’s called, has been in the works for many months at 7-11 Ludlow Street. The 5,400 square-foot warehouse is […]

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This Useless ‘Inutilious’ Store on Ludlow Street Sells Nothing

Posted August 21, 2015 at 5:10 am

Inutilious is an obscure trivia word that essentially means “useless.” That’s the type of retail awaiting 151 Ludlow. Photographer Adrian Wilson will open a new store at 151 Ludlow Street in a couple weeks. Unlike its trendy predecessor, Portia & Manny, this quirky shop will sell nothing. A retailer that gives everything away. The Inutilious […]

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Uncapped: From the Rotten Core of the Big Apple with Zephyr

Posted August 20, 2015 at 10:33 am

We’ve mentioned before that graffiti is a 2,000 year old pastime (at least); it’s been found in tombs in Ancient Egypt. But some might say that graff as we know it today started in New York City during the “Golden Age” with this man and his crew. The west wind himself, Zephyr. BOWERY BOOGIE: Thanks again […]

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Buff Monster Paints Cycloptic Mural for Rag & Bone

Posted August 20, 2015 at 5:12 am

Buff Monster is on a roll. Within the last month, the popular street artist has imparted at least three high-profile murals on the walls of the Lower East Side. A week after painting an enormous piece on the warehouse at 125 Chrystie Street – one block from his artist studio – the street artist returns […]

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Cecil the Lion Gets a Memorial Mural in Little Italy

Posted August 19, 2015 at 10:44 am

While not a Lower East Side resident, Cecil the Lion nevertheless gets the memorial mural treatment. Artist J. Morello painted this lion king on the enormous gate of 142 Mulberry Street in Little Italy (formerly the Super Five Gift Shop). The orange-filtered piece was commissioned last week as part of the first annual LoMan Art […]

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Stepping ‘Into the Dangerous World’ of the 80s Graffiti Scene

Posted August 18, 2015 at 10:31 am

Few books have tried to capture the energy and excitement at the height of the New York City graffiti era. For some, graffiti was a blight on an already depressed city. In the eyes of others, it was an opportunity to be an artist of the streets. For this reviewer, seeing whole cars covered in […]

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Os Gemeos Completes New B-Boy Mural on 2nd Avenue

Posted August 17, 2015 at 5:10 am

Os Gemeos completed another epic mural in the East Village over the weekend. The Brazilian artists – twin brothers – spent the end of last week on a boom lift painting one of their token characters on the southerly facade of 26 Second Avenue. The art is no doubt hip-hop influenced. This dude looks like […]

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