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This Latest Mars Bar Replacement is a Botanical Dispensary Called ‘Alchemist’s Kitchen’

Posted February 1, 2016 at 5:00 am

Remember that newfangled Mars Bar replacement with the terrible name, NatureEs? Well, the juice bar/wellness center concept officially gave up the ghost back in mid-August and now carries a new identity. Somewhat perplexing this establishment was. The space carries a full liquor license and was long considered to be the second coming of Mars Bar […]

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Centre-fuge Cycle 19 Artwork Gets a Snowy Start on East 1st Street

Posted January 26, 2016 at 5:18 am

Despite the crippling blizzard on Saturday, the three-year-old Centre-fuge Public Art Project soldiers on. The record snow, of course, did cause some delays for cycle 19, but painting is nevertheless underway. Here is a visual update of progress at the trailer. And with work still ongoing, “Centre-fuge” was added to the end cap. As noted, artists […]

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Four Years on, Centre-fuge Plans Another Cycle of Artwork

Last modified March 16, 2016 at 6:50 pm

​Next month marks the fourth anniversary of the successful Centre-fuge Public Art Project on East First Street. With that milestone comes another installment for the rotating art canvas. Cycle 19 just commenced, and features the “class of 2015,” so to speak. Ten artists who painted the trailer last year were asked to return for this installment. Expect […]

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Experience the Coney Island Sideshow at City Lore Gallery

Posted January 19, 2016 at 10:36 am

City Lore is adding another performance to its recent Coney Island-inspired programming. Artist and performer Richard Eagan will showcase his experiences from a side of Coney not often caught by the public eye. His resume includes show barker, weight guesser and game operator – all of which are set to make an appearance in this […]

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40 Years of ‘Punk Magazine’ Celebrated with New LES Exhibit

Posted January 13, 2016 at 9:29 am

Head over to the East Village tomorrow to raise a glass to the highly influential and crucial publication that championed all things NYC punk and then some—Punk Magazine. After all, they hailed The Ramones as the most important punk rock band in the world from the get-go. Legs McNeil was the “resident punk,” and a […]

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Clayton’s Corner: The Radical Bread and Puppet Theater [PHOTOS]

Posted January 8, 2016 at 5:19 am

City Lore, founded in 1986, an organization that specializing in the documenting, collecting information, presenting talks, and having art shows related to folk lore. Last month, City Lore, an organization specializing in documenting, presenting talks, and hosting art shows related to folk lore, presented an event featuring Peter Schumann, founder of the radical Bread and Puppet […]

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Experience a Range of Emotions with this ‘Signpost’ on First Street Green

Posted December 22, 2015 at 9:34 am

We went down to the crossroads and found this signpost. Which is actually what it’s called. The art installation, that is. Last month, Australian-based artist Stuart Ringholt hammered “Signpost” into place on the park space curated by First Street Green. Employing standard street sign design and materials (ex-USA, though) for this “sculpture,” Ringholt prompts passersby […]

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Peep This: ‘Alone at Last’ Peep Show Exhibit to Seduce at Howl! Happening on Friday

Last modified November 9, 2015 at 10:48 am

Peep show seduction is coming to the Lower East Side. Howl! Happening: an Arturo Vega Project is hosting “Alone At Last” this Friday, an experimental peep show installation by Pat Ivers and Emily Armstrong. The interactive video project was born out of their well-regarded punk rock digital archive, and dates back to 1981 when issues […]

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Beloved Mars Bar Owner Hank Penza Dies at 82

Posted November 5, 2015 at 5:03 am

Word came down the pike yesterday that beloved bar owner Hank Penza passed away this week at the age of 82. While you may not have known the man, you most likely knew his establishment. Two words – Mars Bar. Clayton Patterson shared the sad news on social media, and noted simply, “He was one […]

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Coney Island’s Spookhouse Headed to the Lower East Side this Week

Posted November 3, 2015 at 10:28 am

The allure of Coney Island is making its way toward the Lower East Side, in the form of a tribute to the artistic renaissance hatched in the 1980s and 1990s. The creative institutions we now hold near and dear to our hearts – the Coney Island Mermaid Parade, the Spookhouse and Burlesque – will be featured […]

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