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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

Posted September 24, 2020 at 5:00 am

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 Anna Sheffield’s eponymous jewelry boutique. The new store is as yet untitled, but will feature used books, vinyl records, and assorted antique. “I have a large collection […]

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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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The ‘Mahjong Social’ Mural on Orchard Street

Posted September 16, 2020 at 5:05 am

The brick space made famous five years ago with Hanksy’s “Dump Trump” mural now carries a different message. The nascent Chinatown Mural Project imparted a new artwork – its second – at the corner of Orchard and Canal Streets. Dubbed “Mahjong Social,” the piece shows four pigeons playing the game together. It honors the Chinese […]

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Painting Begins Anew at the Bowery Mural Wall [Updated]

Last modified September 15, 2020 at 5:08 pm

As the seasons change, so too does the artwork at the Bowery Mural Wall. As previously reported, Raul Ayala with Groundswell is the current artist decorating the Goldman Properties marketing vehicle. He and his crew began working on the piece this week. (Our prior intel had confirmed the artist as Mojo.) So far, a backdrop […]

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‘OPEN’ Light Art Installation Enlivens East Village Storefronts

Posted September 11, 2020 at 5:06 am

While the city slowly reopens, we continue searching for signs of creativity returning to the neighborhood. It turns out we’re not the only ones who wanted to see something uplifting on our streets. “OPEN,” a series of temporary light art installations, will be occupying eight storefronts in the East Village starting tomorrow. Visitors are invited […]

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Bowery Mural Wall Gets ‘Woke’

Posted September 4, 2020 at 5:00 am

With turnover imminent at the Bowery Mural Wall, a familiar street artist tagged the space into submission. It happened in broad daylight yesterday. Dude going by Pork New York once again brought out the fire extinguisher. This time spraying the word “Woke” in script lettering atop the remains of Tomokazu Matsuyama’s piece. (Woke meaning alert […]

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