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The ‘Supreme Loser’ on the Bowery

Posted November 13, 2020 at 5:04 am

Earlier this week, downtown skatewear company, Supreme, sold for an uncanny $2.1 billion. Now, the street responds. Just up the block from Supreme headquarters in the Germania Bank Building, a new mural at 246 Bowery mocks with the statement – Supreme Loser. Using the red box logo and white Futura Heavy Oblique font the apparel […]

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Salon 94 Bounces from the Bowery

Last modified November 12, 2020 at 5:23 pm

When an art gallery set foot beneath the Sunshine Hotel flophouse on the Bowery, it represented another milestone in the hyper-gentrification of the ancient thoroughfare. A decade on, however, the showroom is gone. Salon 94 is no longer on the Bowery, having vacated its perch at the corner of Stanton Street. Instead, leasing signage holds […]

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When a Popular Chinatown Mural is Vandalized, the Community Steps Up

Posted November 6, 2020 at 5:05 am

The produce warehouse at the foot of a Second Avenue El relic now boasts some fresh artwork. More than six years ago, the former Klughaus collective painted a pair of murals here at the base of the Manhattan Railway Company substation on Allen Street. The first being a Chinatown “postcard greeting,” and the other, a […]

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Inside SoHo’s Frozen Zone: Plywood, Protests, and Paint

Last modified November 6, 2020 at 12:48 pm

On the day after the election, a few locals drinking outside of Fanelli Cafe on Prince Street could be heard debating the reason why SoHo was once again boarded up. One man insisted that the city was headed for another Covid-19 outbreak, and that the stores were preparing that reality; the other man fired back […]

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COVID Has Taken Fineline Tattoo, a Lower East Side Institution

Last modified October 23, 2020 at 10:37 am

Oh, COVID/2020, you’re an evil bitch. Come Monday, you will no longer be able to walk into Fineline Tattoo shop. But the owner and legacy keeper, Mehai Bakaty, wants you to know: We are not closing, we are moving. LES STRONG.  We will be going back to a private studio next door. Appointment only. Rest […]

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Artists Stick Together with ‘We Are All Bowery’

Posted September 28, 2020 at 5:03 am

Hard hit by the pandemic and protests, an art initiative is underway to assuage the struggles currently happening on the Bowery. The “We Are All Bowery” project is helmed by Inside Change From Within, an endeavor supported in part by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. The goal of this project is a seemingly simple one: […]

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International Center of Photography to Reopen Next Week

Posted September 24, 2020 at 5:14 am

The International Center of Photography is reopening in one week. Sidelined for more than six months (almost immediately after its debut at Essex Crossing), the 40,000 square-foot museum and school is making its galleries and gift shop accessible to the public. On tap are four exhibitions to “address this tumultuous time, marked by the effects of […]

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Secondhand Bookstore Comes to Orchard Street

Last modified December 1, 2020 at 10:31 pm

And today, in news out of left field… There is a secondhand bookstore coming to the Lower East Side. Down at 47 Orchard Street, the former home of Van’s General Store boutique. The new store is as yet untitled, but will feature used books, vinyl records, and assorted antique. “I have a large collection of […]

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Subway Tribute to Late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Baden Ginsburg

Posted September 21, 2020 at 5:07 am

Less than 24 hours after Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died, the street memorials started popping up around the city. Indeed, the artist largely known for manipulating city-issued signage (e.g. Aretha Franklin) struck again Saturday afternoon with a tribute to the late justice. This time, at the 50th Street subway station on the Eighth […]

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The New Museum Returns to the Bowery from Pandemic Sidelining

Posted September 18, 2020 at 5:07 am

After being sidelined for six months, the New Museum is back. They reopened their doors earlier this week to the public at large. As previously noted, three new exhibits will grace the space and run through the remainder of 2020; “Peter Saul: Crime and Punishment,” “Jordan Casteel: Within Reach,” and “Daiga Grantina: What Eats Around […]

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