Opening Day of Fourth Arts Block “Groundbreak” Exhibit at Extra Place

Posted on: November 21st, 2011 at 11:05 am by

Over the weekend, we checked out the opening of the Fourth Arts Block’s (FABnyc) “Groundbreak” exhibit on Extra Place.

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There was a healthy turnout of newcomers to the neighborhood, along with seasoned chroniclers of the East Village scene (writer Carlo McCormick and  East Village documentarian Clayton Patterson, amongst others, were spotted).

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The crowd viewed (and walked on) the sidewalk art installation of works by New York-based artists Jon Burgerman, Ellis Gallagher, and Abe Lincoln Jr. (The latter told stories of his mid-90s hardcore band called “The Gettysburg Express” which also featured bandmembers Mark Twain, John Wilkes Booth, and Ben Franklin).

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Amidst cafe tables and Tequila Sunrises, attendees swapped recollections of Extra Place as a pretty uninviting spot. Several searched for the beat-up back door of the late CBGBs, thrown off by the shiny glass door in its place, now leading to the back of the John Varvatos store. Sigh. Hilly may be gone, but there’s still art to be found right outside the door.

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Writeup and photos by Lori Greenberg

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