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So Much for Mahfar’s ‘Donated’ Art Space on Delancey Street

Posted May 11, 2017 at 5:06 am

It’s the former donated art haven that wasn’t. Aside from early press hype and a few exterior murals, the former Chase bank branch on Delancey Street didn’t quite become the destination initially envisioned. So much for “The New Allen” ruling the roost. You’ll recall that landlord Samy Mahfar “donated” the multilevel space to nascent street […]

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5-Story Os Gemeos Mural Disappears Behind Rising Residential Construction

Posted May 8, 2017 at 5:12 am

After a two-year reign, the Os Gemeos B-Boy mural on 2nd Avenue is disappearing into history. Covered up by the rising residential development on its backside. It’s the second mural by the Brazilian twin artists to be hidden by speculation. The other, of course, being their 2009 painting on the original graffiti wall slab at East Houston […]

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Hanksy Takes on Child Refugees with Mickey Mouse Mural on Orchard Street

Posted April 17, 2017 at 5:16 am

On the Orchard Street wall space where anti-Trump sentiments are du-jour, a new mural with another political statement just materialized. Street artist Hanksy, who basically owned this spot for months with his poop-themed “Dump Trump” piece, took a different tack. It’s a collection of life jackets – one of which branded with Mickey Mouse – […]

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Sheryo & Yok Paint ‘Rat Boi’ for ‘The New Allen’ Street Art Project

Posted April 6, 2017 at 5:09 am

The latest rat to join Allen Street is by the hand of Sheryo & Yok. Their “Rat Boi” mural now holds court above the northbound lanes of the thoroughfare. The street art duo spent last weekend painting the north face of 82 Stanton Street (formerly Epstein’s Bar). The mobile lift positioned them just above the […]

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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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Dick-Faced Trump Paster Appears at Hanksy’s ‘Dump Trump’ Wall on Orchard Street

Posted March 24, 2017 at 5:07 am

It was a beacon of anti-Trumpism for more than a year. Until this past January when Hanksy’s Dump Trump Mural was whitewashed. The narrative at the time suggested that the building owners received a letter from the city last summer to clean up this shit or face fines. But the real reason was that they […]

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New Harold Hunter Mural Goes up on Essex Street

Posted March 9, 2017 at 5:05 am

Skater-idol Harold Hunter gets a life-size tribute mural down on Essex Street. Streetwear brand Homies Wonderland decided to dispense with the three-year-old Haculla artwork on its roll-down gate, and instead go with a portrait of fallen comrade, Harold Hunter. Street artist behind the mural is Trihumph, who spent three days last week painting. The memorial […]

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‘Muslims are People Too’ Protest Mural Appears above Canal Street

Posted February 23, 2017 at 5:11 am

In a neighborhood as historically diverse as the Lower East Side, a mural like this seems appropriate. The organization People R Us emblazoned the unity statement, “Muslims are People Too,” at the corner of Canal and Essex Streets earlier this week. It’s a rally cry often heard at Trump protests. The message was painted in large […]

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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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