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Under Fire, Gerber Group Responds to Criticism over ‘Mr. Purple’ in the Hotel Indigo [UPDATED]

Last modified November 25, 2015 at 3:46 pm

​Under fire for naming its trendy rooftop hang after the late Adam Purple (aka David Wilkie), Gerber Group is certainly on a defensive footing at the Hotel Indigo. And it only just opened. Pretty much everyone in the community is calling them out on Mr. Purple. So much so, that it requires an official response […]

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Invader's Warhol on the Standard East Village

Andy Warhol, Woody Allen, and Ninja Turtles Get Invader Mosaics on the Lower East Side

Posted November 23, 2015 at 5:10 am

​Invader wasn’t done with the Lower East Side, after all. The French-based street artist embedded at least four more 8-bit mosaics of interest around the neighborhood the last few days. Andy Warhol received the video game treatment with a piece on the south-facing exterior of the Standard East hotel. Aged, with tufts of white hair. […]

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Tanja Grunert Gallery Fades from Orchard Street Gallery Scene

Posted November 20, 2015 at 9:23 am

The gallery district of lower Orchard Street sustained a casualty last week. Tanja Grunert Gallery – which formerly included Klemens Gasser – is officially kaput. The team had relocated to 33A Orchard Street exactly two years ago as refugees from the Chelsea gallery scene. Guess the Lower East Side wasn’t as hospitable, either. A simple […]

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Seasonal Holiday Lighting Installed Along Orchard Street

Posted November 19, 2015 at 5:16 am

It’s not even Thanksgiving yet, but holiday cheer is already on the streets. The holiday lights returned to Orchard Street on Monday for another go-round of season’s greetings. As in years past, the decorative snowflake orbs are now suspended above the roadway between East Houston and Hester. The designated area under the jurisdiction of the […]

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Desperate Brokers Pimp Former Sixth Ward Space on Orchard Street with Open House

Posted November 16, 2015 at 5:12 am

Tower Brokerage certainly seems desperate to unload the former Sixth Ward space on Orchard Street. There is a constant flurry of emails from company brokers and related real estate listings on Craigslist. All trying to sell the 2,900 square-foot space for $32,500 in monthly rent in an area battle-hardened with liquor over-saturation. But desperation kicked […]

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Hotel Indigo Bar ‘Mr. Purple’ – Named for Adam Purple – Opens on the 15th Floor Tonight

Posted November 16, 2015 at 5:10 am

Mr. Purple – the new fifteenth-floor bar inside the Orchard Hell Building – debuts tonight. Its early-week opening is timed to coincide with the launch of the Hotel Indigo LES, an event ten years in the making. And, if you’re wondering, the watering hole itself is a posthumous homage to David Wilkie, better known as Adam Purple, […]

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KAI Sticks Adhesive Artwork Around the Lower East Side

Posted November 11, 2015 at 9:22 am

KAI is on a roll. Currently amidst a “world tour,” the Los Angeles-based street artist made an obvious stop in New York. Within a matter of days, the streets were dotted with his adhesive artwork. KAI installed more than a dozen of what he calls “relief sculptures” around the downtown environs. Much of the output […]

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Hotel Indigo Unveils Signage in Hell Square, Opening Delayed to December

Posted November 5, 2015 at 5:10 am

Ten years into construction and the Orchard Hell Building finally boasts its true identity to the public. Signage for the long-in-the-making Hotel Indigo arrived a few weeks ago on both sides of the 23-story structure. Of both the paint and illuminated variety. Don’t be fooled, though. Official opening is still about a month out. Corporate confirmed to us […]

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Ben Shaoul Rolls Out the Pile Driver for New 10-Story Condo Development on Orchard Street

Posted October 27, 2015 at 5:17 am

With destruction complete, the Sledgehammer is now in construction mode. Ready to deliver ten floors of luxury condos steps west of Katz Deli. Excavation work just resumed at the project site within the last couple weeks, including the arrival of a backhoe and three-story pile driver. The dirt pit at the corner of Orchard and […]

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JR’s 2-Week Residency at 130 Orchard Street to Showcase Ellis Island Artwork

Posted October 23, 2015 at 9:23 am

Much like the immigrants of yore, popular street artist JR is coming to the Lower East Side from the Ellis Island compound. Well, rather his artwork. As previously mentioned, the Frenchman was commissioned to decorate the abandoned hospital complex with wheat-paste images derived directly from authentic immigrant photos. The tour route – which is open […]

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