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Bowery Boogie Uncapped Presents the Golden Gauntlet Graffiti Battle

Posted September 20, 2019 at 5:08 am

Hold on to your hats, kids. It’s all out war on the Bowery! Have you ever wanted to see two graffiti writers battle live? Sure you do! I mean, many of us don’t know what we want until we hear about on the interweb, so you’re welcome. Tomorrow night, PACE SSB and REE MTA will […]

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With Champ Depot Out, Bowery Corner Gains Another Gallery

Posted September 13, 2019 at 5:03 am

For more than a decade, the Champ Depot restaurant supply company occupied 176 Bowery. Now, its former home is completely empty and fetching for a new deep-pocketed tenant. There is a torrent of listings on Craigslist fishing for suitors (“last corner retail in Nolita”), yet one was already found to occupy the second floor. It’s […]

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Tomokazu Matsuyama is the Latest Muralist at the Bowery Wall

Posted September 11, 2019 at 5:03 am

The next artist to grace the Bowery Art Wall is revealed. Brooklyn-based Japanese artist Tomokazu Matsuyama began painting the two-story canvas last night, dispensing with the work of Queen Andrea. If past is any indication, the new mural will be on display for roughly the next four months. Tomokazu Matsuyama is a contemporary artist who […]

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Bowery Wall Readies Next Artist Mural

Posted September 10, 2019 at 5:03 am

The arrival of a mobile boom at the corner of Bowery and East Houston is as sure a sign as any. For the last decade – since Tony Goldman’s reboot of the Bowery Art Wall – the vehicle let neighbors know a new artist was on the way. And so it is this week. Two […]

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Relive the Early 2000s LES Music Scene with ‘Meet Me in the Bathroom’ Exhibit

Posted September 6, 2019 at 5:08 am

Once more into the bathroom, dear friends… An art show commemorating New York’s beloved gritty indie music scene circa 2000s just set up shop, fittingly, on the Lower East Side. That’s right, this particular visual retelling, based on Lizzy Goodman’s 600-page oral history Meet Me in the Bathroom: Rebirth and Rock & Roll in NYC […]

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Post-It Solidarity in Chinatown for Hong Kong Protesters

Posted August 19, 2019 at 5:03 am

The splintered plywood on the perimeter of 282-286 Grand Street is now a makeshift statement of solidarity with protesters in Hong Kong. Within the last few days, a display of colorful Post-It notes appeared atop the weather-worn flybills, each with a message in Chinese or English. The stunt includes two small baskets stocked with stickies […]

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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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