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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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‘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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Centre-fuge Collaborates with First Street Green for New Plywood Murals

Posted September 30, 2015 at 9:22 am

The fruitful collaboration between the Centre-fuge Public Art Project and First Street Green continues this week with some new artwork. Weather held out long enough for two street artists to decorate the unsightly plywood in the woods behind the main space. Centre-fuge is currently between cycles at its East First Street trailer, so project organizers […]

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‘Black Rock Negative Energy Absorber’ Planted in First Park

Posted May 22, 2014 at 6:09 am

You were waiting with bated breath, and now it’s finally here. A strange, ten-foot sculpture that feeds off negativity like that painted freak Vigo the Carpathian (and his pink slime) from Ghostbusters 2. As expected, artist Rudy Sheperd’s “Black Rock Negative Energy Absorber” is now planted firmly by the Second Avenue entrance of First Park. […]

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The gang, Photo: RHG Productions

Christopher Walken Rex Sculpture Debuts in First Park

Posted October 29, 2013 at 6:10 am

No, that green giant in First Park is not Godzilla. Nor is it the latest Banksy piece to hog headlines. Behold, the sixteen-foot-tall “Christopher Walken Rex,” created by a gaggle of Lower East Side teenagers. The crew reportedly spent the summer working on the freak sculpture; completed product was installed in the pocket park on […]

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‘Black Rock Negative Energy Absorber’ Proposed for First Park

Posted October 4, 2013 at 6:03 am

This “black rock” will absorb all the negative energy on the Lower East Side (and there’s a lot of it these days). That’s the goal, anyway. Artist Rudy Shepherd is on the Community Board 3 docket to pitch his proposal to sculpt a “Black Rock Energy Absorber” for First Park. First Street Green, the organization […]

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Proposal on Deck for First Park ‘Water Bench’ Irrigation System

Posted October 2, 2013 at 11:10 am

Ever since BMW and the Guggenheim brought the polarizing pop-up Lab to First Park in 2011, the public space has thrived. There’s new artwork, new greenery, and renewed interest. Now the lab is returning to the neighborhood with its Water Bench concept. Conceived and developed in Mumbai, the Water Bench is a functional seat that […]

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Setting up the Happiness Lab installation. Photo: Lori Greenberg.

Recap: ‘What’s Your 12×12’ Installation at First Park

Posted August 16, 2013 at 10:11 am

We New Yorkers are used to cramming (er, living) in smaller spaces than most people in the rest of the country.

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First Street Green Holding Open Call for Mural Artists

Posted July 29, 2013 at 11:29 am

First Street Green, a cultural arts park, is currently seeking “ideas and volunteer support” for an initiative to paint murals on the plywood walls installed within First Park.

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Centre-fuge Art Partnership with New Museum Underway on 1st Street

Posted May 3, 2013 at 6:20 am

The eighth cycle of Centre-fuge artwork is now upon us.

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