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First Look at Shepard Fairey’s Mural of Rosario Dawson Atop 190 Bowery

Posted August 8, 2019 at 5:06 am

Here is the first unencumbered look at the new Shepard Fairey mural atop the Germania Bank Building on the Bowery. (Craning of the neck not necessary.) The iconic street artist – currently celebrating thirty years of his Obey Giant brand – hit the rooftop of 190 Bowery last month to (legally) install his latest piece. […]

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Flowers (and Other Things) for Clinton Street

Posted August 6, 2019 at 5:04 am

It was once one of the scruffiest addresses on Clinton Street. Now, the five-story tenement at number 84 adds a touch of floral to its retail ranks. Serial Lower East Side business owner Bill Fraser – the man behind Flowers on Essex and Flowers Cafe – is helming another related project. This time at Clinton […]

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Shepard Fairey Paints Portrait of Rosario Dawson on Water Tower Atop 190 Bowery

Posted July 31, 2019 at 5:06 am

The graffiti Mecca of the Lower East Side is further legitimized this week with the stroke of Shepard Fairey. The iconic street artist – currently celebrating thirty years of his Obey Giant brand – hit the rooftop of 190 Bowery to (legally) install his latest piece. Dubbed “Power & Equality,” the water tower paint job […]

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Report: Spring Studio to Close After Nearly 3 Decades of Art Lessons

Posted July 30, 2019 at 5:04 am

For nearly three decades, artist Minerva Durham has been offering art lessons to the community through her Spring Studio. Now it’s about to end. At the end of this week, Durham will give up her shoebox-sized (550 square-foot) home at 293 Broome Street. The Wall Street Journal confirmed last Thursday that the 80-year-old artist can […]

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About that Mammoth Matador Mural on Allen Street

Posted July 23, 2019 at 5:09 am

Muralist Conor Harrington returned to the Lower East Side two weeks ago to impart one of the larger murals in the neighborhood. The five-story artwork, located on the Allen Street facade of 266 Broome – outside the Emma Peel Room – is striking and hard to miss. What appears to be a matador in stance […]

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Doyers Street ‘Asphalt Art’ Ahead of Chinatown Seasonal Streets Closure

Last modified July 18, 2019 at 8:45 am

The third annual “Chinatown Seasonal Streets” initiative is upon us. As part of the program, select streets are closed to traffic to create public pedestrian space. The temporary plazas are also decorated with so-called Asphalt Art. Doyers Street had been the pilot, but this year sees the inclusionof a 5,370 square-foot area of Mott Street […]

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Shakespeare in the Parking Lot Celebrates 25th Season with ‘Romeo and Juliet’

Posted July 17, 2019 at 5:04 am

On fair Norfolk Street, where we lay our scene… Last weekend, the 25th season of the ever-so-popular “Shakespeare in the Parking Lot” commenced at La Plaza @ the Clemente. This season, the bard’s tale of woe is none other than Romeo and Juliet. Director Lukas Raphael will set the play in New York in the […]

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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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