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‘Illuminating’ the Bowery with COVID-19 Stats

Posted February 3, 2021 at 5:15 am

Looks like quarantine has been keeping the art community, ahem, enlightened and we love to see it. Allow me to introduce the Illuminate Cities Project Collective: Alexandra Payne: Project Manager, Urban Planner and Policy Specialist (Amplify) Domingo Abrusci: Project Lead, Designer and Architect (licensed in Italy) Elisa Forlini: Lighting Design, Chartered RIBA Architect Robyn Squires: […]

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In Conversation with Crimefaces: The Definitive Interview

Posted January 5, 2021 at 5:09 am

Today, we chat with AC, the founder, and the voice of Crimefaces. You may recognize him from Instagram or his feature in Maxim magazine. He also co-sponsored our last Golden Gauntlet Graffiti Battle, and today is here to discuss the past, present, and future of Crimefaces. I visited AC at Crimefaces HQ – an undisclosed […]

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Of Saints and Sinners: In Conversation with Jose ‘Cochise’ Quiles

Posted December 29, 2020 at 5:07 am

Boogie fam, it is with great fanfare that I introduce you to our newest interview subject. Cochise – an artist, a lifelong Lower East Sider, and a man with a powerful message. Cochise recently opened his first solo show at Public Access, Leo Fitzgerald’s new gallery on St. Mark’s Place. The art exhibition was titled, […]

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Disposable Icons: Zito’s Coffee Cup Portraiture

Posted December 9, 2020 at 5:01 am

Antony Zito has been a fixture of the Lower East Side art scene for decades. But it’s one of his more recent artistic pursuits that strikes a chord. Discarded paper coffee cups are the canvas on which Zito imparts profiles of downtown luminaries. The effort began four years ago as part of the annual Acker […]

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The ‘Supreme Loser’ on the Bowery

Posted November 13, 2020 at 5:04 am

Earlier this week, downtown skatewear company, Supreme, sold for an uncanny $2.1 billion. Now, the street responds. Just up the block from Supreme headquarters in the Germania Bank Building, a new mural at 246 Bowery mocks with the statement – Supreme Loser. Using the red box logo and white Futura Heavy Oblique font the apparel […]

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Salon 94 Bounces from the Bowery

Last modified November 12, 2020 at 5:23 pm

When an art gallery set foot beneath the Sunshine Hotel flophouse on the Bowery, it represented another milestone in the hyper-gentrification of the ancient thoroughfare. A decade on, however, the showroom is gone. Salon 94 is no longer on the Bowery, having vacated its perch at the corner of Stanton Street. Instead, leasing signage holds […]

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When a Popular Chinatown Mural is Vandalized, the Community Steps Up

Posted November 6, 2020 at 5:05 am

The produce warehouse at the foot of a Second Avenue El relic now boasts some fresh artwork. More than six years ago, the former Klughaus collective painted a pair of murals here at the base of the Manhattan Railway Company substation on Allen Street. The first being a Chinatown “postcard greeting,” and the other, a […]

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Inside SoHo’s Frozen Zone: Plywood, Protests, and Paint

Last modified November 6, 2020 at 12:48 pm

On the day after the election, a few locals drinking outside of Fanelli Cafe on Prince Street could be heard debating the reason why SoHo was once again boarded up. One man insisted that the city was headed for another Covid-19 outbreak, and that the stores were preparing that reality; the other man fired back […]

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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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