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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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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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