First Street Green

When the City Rat is the Star of the Art Show

Posted May 19, 2017 at 9:18 am

It’s time to pay homage to the city’s favorite indigenous wildlife, the street rat. Literally. Centre-Fuge and First Street Green Art Park are teaming up with Fordham University to host a “Street Art for Street Rats” event tomorrow. Yup. There will be live mural paintings by @dentonburrows, @marthalicia, @keydetail, @juliayubaba and @cramcept, inspired by the city’s prolific vermin. Information will […]

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Centre-fuge Returns for its Latest Cycle of Murals on East 1st Street

Posted March 28, 2017 at 5:10 am

Spring is here, and with it, another update to the Centre-fuge trailer on East First Street. Cycle 22 is upon us, and a milestone it is. This is the fifth anniversary of the public art project, which began life in February 2012. Artwork on the front left to right: Hydeon, Sticky Monger, and Jenna Krypell. On […]

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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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MTV Enlists Local Street Artists for VMAs Murals on the LES

Posted July 29, 2016 at 5:15 am

MTV hit the street earlier this week to help promote its annual summer tentpole. The channel enlisted several artists to help promote this year’s Video Music Awards, returning to New York City for the first time in three years. Participants in the commissioned project – Hektad, Queen Andrea, giz, and Damien Mitchell – painted several […]

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Experience a Range of Emotions with this ‘Signpost’ on First Street Green

Posted December 22, 2015 at 9:34 am

We went down to the crossroads and found this signpost. Which is actually what it’s called. The art installation, that is. Last month, Australian-based artist Stuart Ringholt hammered “Signpost” into place on the park space curated by First Street Green. Employing standard street sign design and materials (ex-USA, though) for this “sculpture,” Ringholt prompts passersby […]

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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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Scratchbox Interactive Art Project Happening This Weekend at First Street Green Art Park

Last modified August 15, 2014 at 8:48 am

Nothing like a little collective storytelling to engage the community and throw a little more outdoor eye candy into the summer mix. Propelling off the first ever Lower East Side History month, and all of the cultural celebration that came with it, is a new interactive installation to check out. This weekend, the design studio […]

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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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‘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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