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Viral Post-it Piece, ‘Subway Therapy,’ Goes Above Ground on Norfolk Street

Posted January 24, 2017 at 9:29 am

The kaleidoscopic walls of the Union Square subway stop are coming to the Lower East Side. Temporarily. The myriad Post-its splashed all over the tiles of 14th Street station have drawn enough attention to warrant NYC creator, Mathew “Levee” Chavez, to take his vision on the road, via pop-up installation. This iteration of “Subway Therapy” is […]

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Despite the Storm, Art Duo PichiAvo Begins Decorating the Bowery Graffiti Wall

Posted January 24, 2017 at 5:19 am

The Lower East Side will get its mural, come hell or high water. Indeed. Despite the advent of a soaking Nor’easter yesterday afternoon, Spanish artist duo PichiAvo began work on a new mural at the Bowery Graffiti Wall. The team braved steady rain and whipping wind gusts to install the first layer of their piece. PichiAvo […]

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Educational Alliance Advocates Inclusiveness with ‘We The People’ Mural Unveiling

Posted January 24, 2017 at 5:17 am

The “We The People mural” has officially been unveiled, and with it, a new initiative to stand behind the diversity of the Lower East Side. Stand behind its many inhabitants, some of whom having been targeted by a rise in hate crimes and speech following the 2016 presidential election. A brave new world. As such, the Educational […]

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Educational Alliance Targets Hate Speech and Crimes with New ‘We the People’ Mural

Posted January 20, 2017 at 5:18 am

As a means to combat the recent spike in hate speech and hate crimes, a new mural is coming to the Lower East Side, and with it, the launching of a new “for-the-people” initiative. The Educational Alliance has devised a “We the People” initiative, which intends to promote inclusiveness, and protect people from offensive words and actions, as […]

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Bronx Graffiti Writer ‘NEAR KGB’ Dies

Last modified January 20, 2017 at 12:21 pm

The graffiti community lost another one of its own this week. Bronx-based graff writer NEAR KGB (i.e. “Kings Getting Busy”) died on January 14. Another tragic loss to what?  We don’t know. A reader sent in the following message and suspects that drugs may have played a part. This has not been verified, though: Sadly […]

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The Essex Street Gallery Moves to 55 Hester, Joins ‘Art Strike’ Against Trump’s Inauguration

Posted January 20, 2017 at 5:00 am

The Essex Street Gallery is returning home. For the last five years, the showroom held court on Eldridge Street, having been forced from its namesake. And it’s happening just in time for a coordinated “gallery strike” against Trump’s inauguration. Moving to 55 Hester Street, formerly home to the Tracy Williams gallery, provided a massive opportunity […]

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Before PichiAvo Paints the Bowery Graffiti Wall, Taggers Go Crazy

Posted January 19, 2017 at 5:13 am

The lame duck session at the Bowery Graffiti Wall has proven an opportune moment for taggers. In the week since Goldman Properties whitewashed the two-story encasement ahead of the next artist design, the fresh canvas has been attacked several times. Especially thanks to the perfect storm of inclement weather and lack of the usual security. […]

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‘Birdhouse Repo’ Reminds us that Even the Animals Can’t Afford to Live in NYC Anymore

Posted January 17, 2017 at 5:14 am

To live in New York City is so expensive, even the birds can’t afford it. This truth is the creative mojo behind a new temporary art project coming to First Park this month. The incoming sculpture, aptly entitled “Birdhouse Repo,” is the work of city native Aaron Schraeter. Simple yet brilliant, his goal was political […]

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Bowery Graffiti Wall is Being Whitewashed Ahead of Spanish Art Duo Pichi & Avo

Posted January 11, 2017 at 5:19 am

Logan Hicks’ now-weathered mural at the Bowery Graffiti Wall – the SoHo street scene dubbed “Story of My Life” – is is undergoing removal as we speak. The mobile booms are out; let the erasure commence. Spanish street art duo Pichi & Avo is reportedly next in line. The artists confirmed their participation in an email, albeit […]

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Just for One Day: When I Painted ‘David Bowery’ as Tribute to David Bowie

Posted January 10, 2017 at 3:48 pm

Today, on the first anniversary of David Bowie’s death, the anonymous artist behind the now-infamous “David Bowery” tribute street sign tells all. This is the real story of how it came to pass, in his own words.  Like most great ideas, it wasn’t mine. Stuart Wilson went to pay respects to the David Bowie tribute […]

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