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Enter the ‘Lion’s Den’ with Lee Quinones on Delancey

Posted November 15, 2019 at 5:05 am

An iconic handball mural from one of the local greats is again on display. Strolling down Delancey Street this past week, you may have noticed the fifteen-foot replica of Lee Quinones‘ “Lion’s Den” mural. It’s fastened to the facade of the James Fuentes Gallery as part of his one-man show there. The “Lion’s Den” dates […]

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Guerrilla Plaques Document Offbeat LES Cultural Spaces of the ’90s and ‘00s

Posted November 8, 2019 at 5:08 am

We’ve written a lot of articles in recent years about how one has to look a bit harder to find underground art, performance and just plain wonderful weirdness in the hyper-gentrified Lower East Side climate. Recently, anonymously made plaques appeared with the histories of some beloved performance and art spaces from the 1990s and early […]

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Togo to go: Bronze Dog Statue in Seward Park is Relocated

Posted November 8, 2019 at 5:02 am

The bronze dog sculpture near the East Broadway entrance to Seward Park is easy to miss. Before its relocation last week, he had been buried in the brush, guarding the small children’s playground (i.e. the tot lot). Now, as part of the ongoing $6.4 million “Parks Without Borders” renovations, he’s on the move. So this […]

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Street Art Duo ASVP Just Began Painting 8-Story Mural at Essex Crossing

Posted November 8, 2019 at 5:00 am

Tapped two months ago by Essex Crossing, street art duo ASVP is already headlong into its massive mural near Grand and Suffolk Streets. As previously reported, the piece daubs the western exposure of The Rollins (aka Site 5), and measures 10,600 square-feet — 220 feet long and as high as 79 feet tall. When complete, […]

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Facade Work Erases Shepard Fairey Stencil on Rivington Street

Posted November 7, 2019 at 5:09 am

After eight years of holding court on the Bowery, one of Shepard Fairey’s “Obey” stencils is gone. Erasure of the street art relic – painted in June 2011 – is owed to repair work on the north-facing exposure of 213 Bowery. Department of Buildings records show that the landlord (Nourieli Machiah) was hit with a violation […]

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‘27 Club’ Mural on Rivington Street is Defaced Again

Last modified November 5, 2019 at 10:16 am

For the second time in the last six months, the popular “27 club” mural at Rivington and Forsyth Streets was vandalized. This time, the desecration is way worse. A string of Batman-inspired tags lines the base of the two-story brick building. The last incident – back in July – sparked a response from neighbors who […]

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A Shovel Graveyard and the American Dream on Ludlow Street

Last modified October 31, 2019 at 7:32 am

More art for the vacant lot at 159 Ludlow Street. This time, it’s a collection of colored shovels arranged to mimic a cemetery. The headstone of the middle shovel carries the loaded message of “American Dream.” It’s a dual commentary on gentrification and on the billion-dollar indoor amusement park that opened at the Meadowlands this […]

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‘GoNightclubbing’ Punk Exhibit Comes to the 72 Gallery

Posted October 24, 2019 at 5:03 am

The duo behind the GoNightclubbing punk rock canon are dusting off the archives for another public viewing. This time at the 72 Gallery on Orchard Street. It’s the perfect match, given the gallery’s milieu is punk. Dubbed “She Got a TV Eye on Me,” the exhibit is a curation of video, photographs, and ephemera shot […]

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5-Story Bugs Bunny Mural on Ludlow Street

Posted October 23, 2019 at 5:17 am

Here’s what’s up, doc. A new Bugs Bunny mural underway on the facade of 161 Ludlow Street, overlooking the vacant lot next door, The artist – the city’s own, Jerkface (aka Incarcerated Jerkfaces) – began work on the portrait yesterday afternoon. He is apparently aiming for Friday completion. Jerkface is known for reinterpreting classic characters […]

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Lower East Side Children’s Halloween Parade Marches this Weekend

Posted October 18, 2019 at 5:09 am

Time to test run those kiddie costumes! The Henry Street Settlement’s second annual children’s Halloween costume parade and party is happening this weekend, and promises plenty of spooktacular fun for all ages. The parade route starts at Abrons Arts Center (466 Grand Street) and follows the beats of the NYPD marching band through the streets […]

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