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‘The First Time I Saw The Ramones’ at the 72 Gallery on Orchard Street

Posted May 17, 2019 at 5:03 am

Photographer Tom Hearn spent the night of July 22, 1976 at the Acadia Ballroom in New Haven, Connecticut. Attending at the behest of friend Legs McNeil, co-founder of Punk Magazine, that was the first time he saw the Ramones play live. And he captured it on film for posterity. Now, those images are on display […]

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Red Square Rooftop Clocks Erased (but will Return)

Posted May 13, 2019 at 5:00 am

If you look up, you may have noticed that the rooftop clocks are gone from the building formerly known as Red Square. Its erasure, as reported by EV Grieve, is part of the overall renovation plan implemented by the Dermot Company, which purchased the upscale residential complex for $100 million in 2016. Other modifications at […]

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This is the 720 Square-Foot Mural at the New Essex Street Market

Posted May 10, 2019 at 5:02 am

Back in January, the Essex Street Market announced an open call to artists for a mural in the new headquarters across Delancey Street. Now, four months later, the winning design is hanging inside the 26-story Essex Crossing development. The artist chosen by the curators at the Lower East Side Partnership was Aaron Meshon, a Brooklyn-based […]

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Standing Tall with Curt Hoppe’s ‘Downtown Portraits’

Last modified May 8, 2019 at 8:42 pm

They’re larger than life. Literally and figuratively. “They” are the subjects of “Downtown Portraits,” a series of photographs and large-scale paintings by Curt Hoppe, which recently opened at both Howl! Happening and Bernarducci galleries. This nine-year project depicts artists, writers, musicians, activists and art entrepreneurs who Hoppe befriended when he first came to downtown New […]

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‘Bluestockings’ Celebrates 20 Years on the Lower East Side

Posted May 6, 2019 at 5:05 am

This month, the venerable Bluestockings celebrates a momentous milestone. Twenty years selling books from a storefront on Allen Street. Bluestockings – named for the 18th century intellectual women in the Blue Stockings Society – opened at 172 Allen in 1999. Its current model as a collectively-run, worker-owned bookstore and activist center followed a brief closure […]

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The New Faces of ‘Beastie Boys’ Square on Ludlow Street

Posted April 29, 2019 at 5:06 am

Here is the new face (or, faces) of what may eventually become “Beastie Boys Square.” Street artist Danielle Mastrion, who’s painted the rap trio several times since Adam Yauch (MCA) passed away in 2012, reprised her role over the weekend outside Wolfnights on Ludlow Street. The mural is likely an attempt to refocus attention on […]

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Fight for ‘Beastie Boys Square’ Resumes with New Mural at Ludlow and Rivington

Posted April 26, 2019 at 5:08 am

Hype for “Beastie Boys Square” is re-energized. Artist Danielle Mastrion is currently painting a new Beastie Boys mural outside Wolfnights at Rivington and Ludlow. This is the third such paint job by the muralist in five years on the spot made famous by the cover of Paul’s Boutique. The work (and documentation) began yesterday afternoon. […]

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Uplevel Your Art Game: Superfine! Art Fair in Soho May 1-5 [SPONSOR]

Last modified April 29, 2019 at 10:06 pm

Punk rock spirit meets art market innovation at the third annual Superfine! Art Fair at 107 Grand Street in SoHo, from May 1-5. Not just any other art fair, Superfine! is a place of discovery. Hand-curated by art collector power couple James Miille and Alex Mitow, expect top emerging contemporary art in a friendly, welcoming […]

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Rivington Tattoo Calls it Quits After 8 Years

Posted April 17, 2019 at 5:02 am

Thanks to Essex Crossing and the Matzo Factory condos, the east end of Rivington Street is turning tony real quick. The upscaling doesn’t leave much room for a place like Rivington Tattoo, which is closing down after eight years in business. “After 8 years, we are moving on, another victim of a changing city,” ownership […]

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For the Lower East Side, ‘Where Goes the Neighborhood?’

Posted April 12, 2019 at 5:03 am

“There goes the neighborhood” is probably the most common cliche when discussing neighborhood gentrification. Each generation tends to label game-changing events as so cataclysmic that the end of status quo is predicted (e.g. Marshalls opening next to Katz’s Deli). But where? Artist and street commentator Adrian Wilson posed the statement above the Cheese Grille on […]

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