About that Sculpture on the Bowery, and the Woman Encouraging Social Distancing

Posted on: April 22nd, 2020 at 5:05 am by

Photo: Carmen Einfinger

If you’re walking past the southwest corner of East Houston and the Bowery today, you might see a colorful sculpture dangling from a tree. It’s the work of a longtime local artist in commemoration of Earth Day (today is the fiftieth anniversary).

Artist Carmen Einfinger, who has lived at 276 Bowery since 1999, is behind the unsanctioned piece. It’s an interpretation of the Tule Tree, known as the “Tree of Life,” which is an enormous (and ancient) tree located in Oaxaca, Mexico.

“I will be sitting by the sculpture on the street and let passerby enjoy it,” Einfinger tells us in an email. “Guiding them to keep Social Distancing at 6ft and will be wearing a mask. I think it is important we create sightings during these challenging times of Coronavirus for people to enjoy and become aware.”

This isn’t the first street installation for Einfinger outside her home studio at 276 Bowery.

Recent Stories

The City is Demolishing 70 Mulberry Street without Chinatown Input

Four months after a devastating five-alarm fire, it seems the city is content to let 70 Mulberry Street meet the wrecking ball. The Department of Buikdings and Department of Citywide Administrative Services together Plan full demolition, without community input. Roughly a dozen concerned Chinatown residents “attended” the Community Board 3 Land Use committee meeting last […]

Thieves Continue to Target ‘Ginger & Lemongrass’ on Rivington Street

With coronavirus lockdown the new normal, crime is seemingly on the rise around the Lower East Side. And Ginger & Lemongrass, the two-year-old Vietnamese restaurant at 153 Rivington Street, is apparently a ripe target. The business last week fell victim to theft for the second time in as many months. “The Lower East Side is […]

There is Now a Wall of Face Mask Vending Machines on Delancey Street

On Delancey Street, face mask vending machines are multiplying like mogwai in a bathtub. Where there was one, there are now three servicing the neighborhood. As first reported on Bowery Boogie, entrepreneur David Edelman of RapidMask2Go placed a single vending machine outside 156 Delancey in late-April. Its placement went viral, and the story hit the […]

Lower East Side Ferry Route Permanently Reconfigured Due to Poor Ridership

Spring and summer usually see peak ridership for the city’s nascent ferry system. However, as with everything else these days, the novel coronavirus got in the way. In response to the ongoing crisis, the NYC Ferry program is reducing service by an additional 20-percent. Three routes are permanently reconfigured, including the Corlears Hook line, which […]

Scarr’s Pizza Reopens Today for Pickup and Delivery

On the sidelines for two months, Scarr’s Pizza reopens on the Lower East Side today. The popular Orchard Street pizzeria had shuttered in mid-March, just as the COVID-19 pandemic seized control of the city. Customers can order only for pickup or delivery (via Caviar); no slices. Still no word on how this extended closure ultimately […]