Centre-fuge ‘Heroines of the Lower East Side’ Include Debbie Harry, Rosario Dawson, and the Russ Daughters

Posted on: April 28th, 2014 at 6:00 am by

This image has been archived or removed.

Rosario Dawson, the Russ Daughters, and Debbie Harry

Artist Lexi Bella has undertaken the monumental task of decorating the entire Centre-fuge trailer in honor of the first annual Lower East Side History Month. As part of Cycle 13, Bella is painting the corrugated mid-block box with the so-called “Heroines of the Lower East Side.” So far, only Debbie Harry and Rosario Dawson are legible to the masses.

This image has been archived or removed.

Lexi Bella giving Debbie Harry some makeup

Other notable female figures to grace the Centre-fuge trailer are the Russ daughters (Hattie, Ida and Anne of first-generation ownership), Hell-cat Maggie (female fighter of the Dead Rabbits gang), Ellen Stewart (theater director and founder of La MaMa), Catherine Ferguson (African American social pioneer who founded first Sunday school in New York City), and a personal touch for the artist, her daughter Roxy.

Work will continue in the coming days, with hopes of completion by the weekend.

This image has been archived or removed.

And here is Centre-fuge co-founder Pebbles Russell posing with her Debbie doppleganger:

This image has been archived or removed.

Pebbles Russell, co-founder of Centre-fuge

Recent Stories

COLORS Comeback Closes After Less than a Month on Stanton Street

It was supposed to have been a grand return to form for COLORS restaurant. The venue, which reopened with plenty of hype at the end of December, closed again after a comeback of less than a month. The New York Post reported that the nonprofit in charge of the establishment, which previously championed staff diversity […]

Grand Street Pickpocketer Arrested for Robbing Off-Duty Officer

Maybe don’t pickpocket the police officer… Police arrested a man last Tuesday afternoon (January 14) who attempted to pickpocket an off-duty cop. The perp snatched the officer’s phone outside 500 Grand Street (near East Broadway), and ran off. But he was caught, arrested, and charged with robbery. (The 7th Precinct station house is around the […]

Stanton Parkhouse Bathrooms will Open by End of Month

And so begins the long road back for the Stanton Storehouse. Decades displaced from community hands, the facility partially reverts to neighborhood use this month with the debut of public bathrooms. With such a grand entrance, the proverbial throne inside the building teases. Behind those fresh cut archways are bathrooms for men and women, each […]

Full GovBall Lineup Announced for Summer 2020

This year marks the 10th anniversary of The Governors Ball Music Festival on Randall’s Island, and Founders Entertainment has tapped some big names to kick off the celebration. Headliners for this year’s festival are GovBall veterans Tame Impala, alongside New York indie darlings Vampire Weekend. New additions to the top slots include venerable Fleetwood Mac […]

International Center of Photography Launches at Essex Crossing Next Week

For the International Center of Photography, four years of transition come to an end next week, as the institution plans its inauguration at Essex Crossing. The 40,000 square-foot museum and school, reunited for the first time since the midtown move, will debut on January 25 with a free “Opening Community Day.” Visitors on day one […]