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Shepard Fairey Stencils Debbie Harry Mural Across from Long-Gone CBGB

Posted August 23, 2017 at 5:05 am

As first reported here yesterday, artist Shepard Fairey took to Bleecker Street yesterday to impart a new punk rock mural. The two-year-old Joey Ramone treatment – what some have called a subtle advertisement for Overthrow Boxing Gym – had been erased the day before in preparation for the next in line. The piece is a […]

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Shepard Fairey will Replace Joey Ramone with a Debbie Harry Mural on Bleecker Street

Last modified August 22, 2017 at 11:25 pm

Yesterday afternoon, the two-year-old Joey Ramone mural was whitewashed from the Bleecker Street facade of Saxon + Parole. Two dudes were spotted erasing the artwork with a bucket of beige paint. But it apparently won’t stay blank for long. Word on the street is that Shepard Fairey is on deck to paint the replacement over […]

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DBGB, Harbinger of Bowery Gentrification, Closing After 8 Years; Cites Changing Neighborhood

Posted July 31, 2017 at 5:09 am

Like its long-gone namesake inspiration, DBGB Kitchen & Bar will soon be dust in the proverbial wind. The Daniel Boulud restaurant circled August 11 as its final day in business after eight years on the Bowery. Of its decision to close down, DBGB – itself a harbinger of Bowery gentrification – told Eater that the […]

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‘Who The F**ck Is That Guy’ Documentary Premieres in NYC and LA

Last modified July 19, 2017 at 10:39 am

At the CBGB Film Festival a little while ago (remember that?), we attended a talk and saw the raw cut of a documentary directed by Drew Stone, called Who the F**k Is That Guy: The Fabulous Journey of Michael Alago. Tracing the story of a Puerto Rican gay teen who grew up in Hasidic-heavy Borough Park, […]

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Making History at Night with Photographer David Godlis [RECAP]

Last modified September 21, 2016 at 5:15 pm

Growing up in NYC in the 1970s, the images of the music scene inside, outside, and around CBGBs, are permanently imprinted on this reporter’s mind. But for those of you who weren’t there (or for the many of you who were, and maybe due to some illegal substances, really don’t remember much of it), be […]

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In Celebration of 30 Years of the ‘East Village Eye’ [PHOTOS]

Posted September 19, 2016 at 10:14 am

A 30th anniversary calls for a celebration, which was exactly what the East Village Eye did on Friday night. It started with an exhibit of artwork, images and pages from the “Eye,” held at the Howl! Happening Gallery, and it was, well, pretty happening indeed. The crowd, with many familiar faces from back in the day, […]

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Photographer David Godlis Takes us Back to the 1970s Bowery

Posted June 22, 2016 at 5:15 am

It’s mid 1970s gritty New York City and you’re perusing through the Village Voice when a large ad for a bar you’ve never heard of catches your eye. Night after night you find yourself heading down to this seedy part of town which has drawn you in with its sweaty air, loud punk music, and […]

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Visiting the Intersection of Hardcore Punk and Architecture at ABC No Rio

Posted May 23, 2016 at 10:21 am

Before the interwebs and before PayPal, if you wanted to hear an underground band or read a fanzine about them, you did it the old-fashioned way: sending an envelope with a check or cash to the band’s address. More often than not, the address on that envelope was the home of one of the band […]

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Opening Day of Ramones Exhibit at Queens Museum [RECAP]

Last modified April 11, 2016 at 2:28 pm

Yesterday afternoon, the Queens Museum turned into a mosh pit. The official opening of “Hey Ho! Let’s Go! Ramones and the Birth of Punk” kicked off with four hours of live bands in the middle of the museum. Thousands of museum-goers stopped by, many sporting the Ramones uniform of a motorcycle jacket, ripped jeans and […]

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Hey! Ho! Let’s Go … to the Ramones Exhibit at the Queens Museum

Posted April 8, 2016 at 9:23 am

Unless you liked spending time in elevators or supermarkets, the music scene in the mid-70s was not terribly exciting. Mainstream radio specialized in “Lite FM” tunes and bubblegum pop songs. Concerts were headlined by “arena rock” bands, specializing in 30 minute drum solos. During this time, there was also nothing terribly exciting going on in […]

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