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MUD Quietly Closes First Park Coffee Kiosk

Posted October 2, 2020 at 5:00 am

MUD Park, the seven-year-old kiosk cafe inside First Park, is silent. The coffee offshoot closed recently without any explanation. Neighbors tell us the coffee counter closed in early September due to lack of business. The gates on either end of the park pass-through are now padlocked. However, a return is apparently still considered. When reached […]

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Hit Hard by Coronavirus Closure, Punjabi Deli & Grocery Crowdfunds to Stay on the Lower East Side

Posted August 31, 2020 at 5:00 am

Punjabi Deli & Grocery is struggling, and recently launched an online fundraising campaign to help keep it afloat. The bodega had remained shut for nearly four months. Sidelined at the outset of COVID-19, and returning only in mid-July. The round-the-clock operation at 114 East 1st Street took a massive hit during the closure, aggravating an […]

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Open Call for Muralists to Decorate First Street Green Art Park

Last modified May 23, 2019 at 6:31 pm

Centre-fuge, whose popular art trailer was deposed last summer after seven years, is seeking muralists to paint part of the First Street Green Art Park. The group put out the official request for proposals yesterday morning. There are seven fence-canvases available for the taking. Artwork is curated on a rotating basis, so this next batch […]

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The Centre-fuge Art Trailer has Disappeared from East First Street After 7 Years

Posted August 17, 2018 at 5:00 am

The grassroots art scene on East First Street just sustained a major blow. Indeed, Centre-fuge Public Art Project lost its primary canvas. The rotting mid-block trailer on East First Street was removed from its seven-year perch last weekend. Its fate was inextricably tied to the East Houston Reconstruction Project, which may or may not conclude […]

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Checking on the First Street Green ‘Wasteland’ [PHOTOS]

Posted June 28, 2018 at 5:03 am

Hello friends! As previously reported, our neighbors at First Street Green Park put out an open call for muralist for their “Wasteland” theme. This was the pitch for the open-air street gallery… Picture a time in the not-so-distant future – a “post human” era of apocalyptic proportion. According to geologists, we now live in the […]

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Hanging with the ‘Neighbors’ at First Street Green Art Park

Posted May 2, 2018 at 5:15 am

Dozens of life-sized portraits are now on display along the southern perimeter of First Park (aka First Street Green). The close-up shots together comprise an exhibit by photographer John Raymond Mireles called “Neighbors.” “Neighbors” has been a three-year artistic quest for Mireles, who traveled all fifty states (plus Tijuana) and publicly exhibited from his 3,000+ […]

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Clayton’s Corner: Of Generations and Gentrification [PHOTOS]

Posted March 21, 2018 at 5:16 am

As the unrelenting winds of the international corporate gentrification keeps eroding away the deep, rich, soil of our culture, it also disposes of “neighborhood” and “community.” It affects both collective memory and history. For example: changing the name of PS 122 into Performance Space New York obliterates the connection to the previous 30-year history. Another […]

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Photographer Toyo Tsuchiya Memorialized at Howl! Arts Gallery Tonight

Posted February 12, 2018 at 9:39 am

Toyo Tsuchiya, the esteemed local artist and photographer who documented the Lower East Side art scene of the 1980s, died in his East Village residence on November 23. He was 69. Now three months later, the community is again coming together to memorialize the fallen icon. Howl! Arts is hosting an event later this evening […]

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Clayton’s Corner: At Samoa’s ‘Candy Coated Evil’ Opening [PHOTO]

Posted January 15, 2018 at 5:12 am

In a poisoned, jaded world, this show is a limitless panacea. Samoa’s vocabulary is so innately understandable by anyone with a heart that still beats. And loved by those of us who understand that art and music and performance can create change, rather than just swell our pockets or decorate our rooms. It’s art that […]

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Centre-fuge Public Art Project Kicks off 23rd Cycle on East 1st Street Trailer

Posted August 7, 2017 at 5:02 am

It’s been nearly five months, and now the Centre-fuge Public Art Project returns with another round of artwork. Painting commenced this weekend, thus kicking off Cycle 23 at the decrepit East First Street trailer. Current class of creatives includes Evan Paul English, Gongkan, Lexi Bella, Cekis, and Ces. The Cycle 23 art installation also includes […]

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