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Parks Department Installs Fence at Allen Mall Bathhouse in Response to Nadja Rose Madder

Posted September 23, 2021 at 5:02 am

The Parks Department is upping the ante on deterring a homeless artist from painting and gathering at the Allen Street Bathhouse. Earlier this week, the city began assembling an eight-foot chain-link enclosure to (partially) fence in the sidewalk plaza. It is on this spot that transgender artist Nadja Rose Madder has been transforming the brickwork […]

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Revisit Martha Diamond’s ‘Urbanist Art’ and Life on the Bowery Since 1969

Posted September 20, 2021 at 5:03 am

In case you missed Martha Diamond’s show at Magenta Plains on Allen Street back in January, the career-spanning exhibit at the Lower East Side gallery is now online. For a limited time, visitors to independent.org online viewing room will gain access to not just the past exhibit, but also an overview of Diamond’s career. There’s a […]

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Woodward Gallery Honors 9/11 Anniversary with Monthlong Exhibition

Posted September 13, 2021 at 5:09 am

Amidst the many twentieth anniversary observations of 9/11, the Woodward Gallery is presenting a different type of tribute. It’s current exhibition, which is designed to be easily seen from the street even when the gallery is closed, consists of prescient works of art. “Observing 9/11: Breen, Bridges & Corn September 2021” showcases three poignant artworks, […]

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The Transgender Artist Battling the City at the Allen Street Bathhouse

Posted September 10, 2021 at 5:00 am

For months, the historic bathhouse situated in the median of Allen and Delancey Streets has been a battleground between city and street artist. The long-dormant building itself – erected as a bathroom for Second Avenue El passengers in the 1930s – has been a target of taggers and graffiti artists for years. Along came Nadja […]

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On the Bowery, a Memorial Mural on the 20th Anniversary of 9/11

Posted September 7, 2021 at 5:06 am

With the twentieth anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks just days away, a tribute mural is now on display on the Bowery. Prolific photographer and artist Adrian Wilson used his perennial roll-down canvas at 246 Bowery as dedication to the fallen victims of 9/11 and the war in Afghanistan. “I wanted to commemorate the […]

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Henry Street Campers Paint Community Mural on Ludlow Street

Last modified September 1, 2021 at 8:27 am

It’s nice to see a grassroots, community-led mural go up for a change. Indeed, the With the coordination of the 7th Precinct, the Henry Street Settlement this month teamed with the Thrive Collective youth art program – under leadership of Toofly – to impart some color on the Ludlow Street wall popularized by a Nick […]

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Puppets Take Manhattan this Week

Posted August 9, 2021 at 5:10 am

The puppet masters are coming! This week marks the second International Puppet Fringe NYC Festival. The imaginative event features a combination of in-person and virtual performances, workshops, exhibits, and symposia by emerging and veteran puppeteers and troupes from around the world. It’ll take place at La Plaza inside the Clemente Soto Velez Center on Suffolk […]

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Flower Pop Mural on Grand Street for the Benefit of LES Organizations

Posted August 4, 2021 at 5:06 am

A bouquet of life for the southerly corner of Grand and Suffolk. This flowery pop of color on the Seward Park Co-op retail complex is courtesy of artist Morgan Everhart. As it were, the mural is a blooming homage to the community’s perseverance through the struggles and hardships of the pandemic. And it directly supports […]

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Shakespeare in the Parking Lot Wraps its Summer Season

Posted July 29, 2021 at 5:09 am

Shakespeare in the Parking Lot is wrapping up its latest affair with a lesser known production from the Bard’s canon. Continuing the Lower East Side tradition, the Drilling Company is back at the Clemente for three final performances this week – to perform Two Noble Kinsmen. For this iteration, director Hamilton Clancy has taken the […]

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‘New York, New Music’ and Old ‘80s Stories from those Who Lived It

Posted July 15, 2021 at 5:08 am

We recently wrote about the new exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York, “New York, New Music: 1980-1986.” Filled with videos, photographs, and memorabilia, the show documents the period’s cross-pollination of the diverse musical genres exploding at the time. We decided to talk to some of the people who were part of […]

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