1st Avenue

Supreme Angers by Defacing Street Art with ‘Blessed’ Flyposting

Posted November 13, 2018 at 5:07 am

Call it supreme street drama. Skatewear brand Supreme upset at least one street artist over the weekend by spreading its flyer campaign across every surface of the Lower East Side. Among others, the handbills, which advertise the new “Blessed” skate video, were wheat-pasted along the facade of 26 First Avenue. The landlord had reportedly commissioned […]

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Penny Arcade’s ‘Bitch! Dyke! Faghag! Whore!’ Returns to the Lower East Side

Posted May 16, 2018 at 5:10 am

She’s often considered one of the creators of performance art (to which she has jokingly said, “I’m sorry”). Arising a handful of decades ago from the raw and creative Lower East Side, Penny Arcade’s shows, as she takes on the world around us, are honest, insightful, hilarious, emotional, brilliant and unapologetic. Arcade recently brought one […]

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Shepard Fairey ‘Rises Above’ with Completed 1st Avenue Mural

Posted October 4, 2016 at 5:11 am

Shepard Fairey just completed his latest mural on 1st Avenue in the East Village. It took longer than expected thanks to excessive rain the last several days, which complicated paintwork. The Little Italy Street Art Project sponsored the Shepard Fairey mural. “Rise Above,” it says. Like the Black Flag song. The piece includes the likeness […]

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Fineline Tattoo, the Oldest Tattoo Shop in NYC, Celebrates 40 Years in Ink

Last modified August 15, 2016 at 11:13 am

Fineline Tattoo just reached the significant milestone of forty years in business. Quite the achievement in a city that hasn’t always welcomed tattooing. From 1961 up until 1997, there were no “legal” tattoo shops in New York City because the City Health Department banned tattooing due to an alleged series of blood-borne Hepatitis-B cases linked […]

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Sutra Successor Swaps ‘Bar Akuda’ for The Grayson on 1st Avenue

Posted June 22, 2015 at 5:17 am

Guess the owners of Mercury Bar and Tonic East in Murray Hill had a change of heart with regard to their new East Village haunt. Until earlier this month, name ascribed to the Sutra successor at 16 First Avenue was Bar Akuda. Illuminated signage even went up in mid-May. However, a few short weeks later, on the […]

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What Else but ‘Fancy Juice’ to Replace Burkina (aka Got it 4 Cheap) on First Avenue

Posted June 16, 2015 at 9:23 am

Another longstanding Lower East Side business is replaced. For Burkina, the long and winding road led to 69 First Avenue, where it expired earlier this year. The urban outfitter had peddled apparel on East Houston for seventeen years before the ill-conceived waste of space, Preserve 24, chased it north of the border in 2011. (That nightclub […]

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Sutra on 1st Avenue Transformed to Murray Hill-Style Sports Bar Called ‘Bar Akuda’

Posted May 5, 2015 at 5:00 am

What you’re look at is the former location of nightclub Sutra, completely transformed after months of gut renovations. Stripped bare and put back together again as a full-on sports bar. The First Avenue nightspot, founded by Community Board 3 member Ariel Palitz, closed last fall after ten years on the block. The establishment was boxed […]

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Rumor: Nightlife Advocate Ariel Palitz is No Longer on Community Board 3

Posted April 14, 2015 at 5:10 am

Word on the street is that Ariel Palitz, who owned and operated Sutra on First Avenue for ten years, is no longer a sitting member of Community Board 3. Not due to any particular action, but rather, her inaction. The staunch nightlife advocate, previously on the SLA subcommittee, allegedly failed to submit re-application materials by […]

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Black Seed Bagels Will Open New Location in the Old De Robertis Space

Posted February 4, 2015 at 5:15 am

In the ground only a couple months, De Robertis Pasticceria now has its commercial replacement. It’s not a bar. Instead, the upscale, albeit polarizing, Black Seed Bagels is set to take over the First Avenue bakery in a few months. According to Flo Fab at the New York Times, co-owners Noah Bernamoff (Mile End) and […]

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A Brooklyn Bridge Elopement, with Help from De Robertis Pasticceria

Posted December 8, 2014 at 11:22 am

We have spent much of the past week mourning the closing of the wonderful De Robertis Pasticceria and Caffe, a family business that managed to stay open for 110 years. Not an easy feat in this town. This reporter has many great memories of the place, and wanted to share a favorite story… When my […]

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