FAB’s ArtUp Program Presents “Groundbreak” Exhibit at Extra Place

Posted on: November 18th, 2011 at 6:09 am by

There’s a little extra something going on at Extra Place.

This Saturday, November 19, the Fourth Arts Block’s (FABnyc) ArtUp will be presenting an exhibit called “Groundbreak,” featuring a street art installation by New York-based artists Jon Burgerman, Ellis Gallagher, and Abe Lincoln Jr.

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We scored a preview of the vibrant art-in-progress, which stood out on a dreary gray day. Looks like it’s going to be a unique show, a bit of East Village art in an area which is swiftly becoming dwarfed by high rises. The official opening is 2pm at the year-old Oaxaca Taqueria (the dead-end of Extra Place), and it runs through March 18, 2012.

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As a refresher, here’s the brief history on Extra Place, thanks to Kevin Walsh, creator of Forgotten New York:

Situated between the Bowery and 2nd Avenue, Extra Place was a former thru street that once connected East 1st Street to East 2nd Street. In the 1800s, it was an extra street that was leftover from The Minthorne’s family land. Around the 1900s, this small street became a Place where garages and speakeasies were found. In the late 70s through the 90s, Hilly Kristal’s Country Blue Grass and Blues venue, known as CBGB on the Bowery, became a hangout for New York City’s Punk, No Wave, beatnik, activist, video, pop and feminist art spheres.

These days, Extra Place is flanked by new and renovated buildings. (One of the last remnants of the previous era, the Mars Bar, is slated for demolition, as reported previously) As a teenager, playing in bands at CBGBs during its heyday, this reporter remembers Extra Place being, well, extra scary. Now it’s just extra expensive. Amazing what a few decades will do.

For more information, visit the websites of both Fourth Arts Block and ArtUp.  Click thumbnail below for full gallery:

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Writeup and photos by Lori Greenberg

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