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DOT is Out of Touch with Chinatown ‘Gateway’ Art Installation [OP-ED]

Last modified July 16, 2019 at 9:45 am

From Dogman to the new Gateway, the city and its chosen artists don’t seem to get Chinatown. The DOT unveiled the “Gateways to Chinatown” design last week to a stunned audience at the transportation subcommittee meeting of Community Board 3. The proposed marker, to be installed in the triangle at the confluence of Canal, Baxter, […]

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The Faux Rag & Bone Video Store Ad Mural

Posted July 15, 2019 at 5:07 am

With hipsters and millennials fiending for analog media like vinyl and cassette tapes, it wouldn’t be all that surprising if VHS movies were to stage a comeback as well. But no, there’s not actually a “video store coming soon” here. It’s Matt Starr’s contribution to the Rag & Bone mural wall on Elizabeth and Houston […]

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Trashed Pizza Plates Repurposed for Supersize Scrabble Game on Orchard Street

Last modified July 13, 2019 at 8:55 am

From hardscrabble to scrabble, Orchard Street has now seen it all. Beginning tomorrow morning – when traffic is blocked for the pedestrian mall – Artist Adrian Wilson will chalk an enormous scrabble board on the asphalt between Pizza Beach and Hair of the Dog. The supersize replica is accurate down to the last Triple Word […]

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Locals Unhappy about Defacement of ‘27 Club’ Mural on Rivington Street

Posted July 11, 2019 at 5:09 am

The tagging of a popular mural on Rivington Street has angered some of the local populace, it appears. The so-called “27 Club” mural at the corner of Forsyth Street – painted last October by Brazilian artist Eduardo Kobra – was recently defaced. Some graffiti crew tagged over the artwork with several white scrawls. However, a […]

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‘Mom-and-Pop’ Installation in Seward Park Dismantled, Headed to Philadelphia

Posted June 28, 2019 at 5:03 am

The photographic tribute to mom-and-pop businesses on the Lower East Side is now gone. Acclaimed husband-and-wife photographers James and Karla Murray this week dismantled the “Mom-and-Pops of the L.E.S.” installation, which had been seated in a Seward Park plant-bed for the last year. The duo has plans for a permanent revival, though. Yet not in […]

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New Museum Union Protests on the Bowery as Contract Negotiations Continue

Posted June 26, 2019 at 5:07 am

Members of the nascent New Museum workers union congregated on the Bowery yesterday evening to protest alleged mistreatment by management. The vocal stunt went down as the institution’s summer exhibitions opened to the public. The disgruntled distributed leaflets alleging the New Museum had “disparaged” the group’s health care and wage proposals, and that the museum […]

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BIRDLINK Installation on Lower East Side Provides Habitat for Local Wildlife

Posted June 13, 2019 at 5:05 am

Local wildlife is happy with a new artist installation in the northwest corner of Sara D. Roosevelt Park. Artist Anina Gerchick introduced her newest BIRDLINK last weekend beside the East Houston Street basketball courts. It’s a seven-tier, sixteen-foot “deployable habitat” that overflows with native plants. Each of the “towers” together provide a home for nineteen […]

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Artist Files Suit Against the Hole Gallery and Mamacha Cafe for Unpaid Fees and Lost Artwork

Posted June 11, 2019 at 5:02 am

Mamacha (née MoMaCha) is again facing legal action. This time from an exhibiting artist who alleges that the arty cafe – and The Hole gallery in which it resides – failed to pay on art sold, failed to return unsold pieces, and damaged others. According to Artnet News, Dallas-based Dan Lam filed a lawsuit this […]

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Already with NYPL, Seward Park Gains a ‘Little Free Library’

Posted June 10, 2019 at 5:09 am

Seward Park just gained a new library … in the shadow of another. And one that won’t nab you for late fees. Over the weekend, the Seward Park Conservancy unveiled the Seward Park Little Free Library. It’s a wee weatherproof cubby next to the small children’s playground inside the park, and operates on the standard […]

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Con Artist Collective Relocates After 9 Years on Ludlow Street

Posted June 10, 2019 at 5:07 am

At nine-years-old, the Con Artist Collective is on the move. And upsizing in a big way. The community-based art workshop is trading Hell Square for 329 Broome Street, by the Bowery, in what was previously the White Box Gallery (the last seven years). This sudden relocation marks the first major undertaking for new owner, and longtime […]

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