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Banksy Makes a Statement with ‘Free Zehra Dogan’ Message at the Bowery Mural Wall

Last modified March 15, 2018 at 11:08 pm

A change of the guard just happened at the Bowery Mural Wall. London-based artist Lakwena is no longer on display. Her #KindComments marketing stunt, in conjunction with Instagram, was scrubbed clean earlier this week after holding court for six months. Banksy took over. The high-profile canvas was scrubbed of its message – “lift you higher” […]

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Street Artist Faust on His Sunshine Cinema ‘Sunset’ Mural [GUEST POST]

Posted March 6, 2018 at 5:03 am

Landmark’s Sunshine Cinema closed at the end of January after a sixteen-year run. In its place will rise a nine-story commercial office building more befitting midtown environs, as reported. Nevertheless, prolific street artist Faust dropped by two weeks ago with a sanctioned send-off on the roll-down gate (not commissioned). Sunshine, sunset. The artist penned the following […]

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The Neon Lights of Sunshine Cinema Have Gone Dark

Posted February 22, 2018 at 5:12 am

The Sunshine Cinema on East Houston is one step closer to its grave. While the brickwork of the building remains bathed in orange glow, the marquee lettering was not as lucky. As of this week, its token neon signage has gone dark. Shadows are now cast on the sidewalk below. Demolition is nigh. This latest action […]

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‘Ariel’s Bistro’ at Clinton and Houston Calls it Quits

Posted February 21, 2018 at 5:06 am

Ariel’s Latin Bistro, which arrived on the Lower East Side nightlife scene in June 2014, is down for the count. The bar-restaurant closed last week with little notice to the neighborhood. And while the decorative lights still gleam within, leasing signs in the windows cancel it out. That Ariel’s shuttered isn’t out of the blue. […]

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When Salt-n-Pepa Filmed a Music Video Inside a Derelict Sunshine Cinema [VIDEO]

Posted February 15, 2018 at 5:07 am

Back in 1994, seven years before the Sunshine Cinema debuted for a second time, 143 East Houston Street was just another derelict Lower East Side building. Photogenic fodder for two local girls who reached stardom. Long after its stint as the Houston Hippodrome (Yiddish Theater) and, later, the “Sunshine Cinema” nickelodeon, the building itself fell on […]

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Developers Celebrate Destruction of Sunshine Cinema with ‘Preview’ Party Next Week

Posted February 9, 2018 at 5:00 am

Sunshine Cinema closed exactly three weeks ago after seventeen years on East Houston Street. The contents of the movie house – seats, appliances, sundries – were quickly expunged and discarded in two curbside dumpsters. Gung ho about its new nine-story office development, the nascent property owners at East End Capital and K Property Group want […]

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Saying Goodbye to the Sunshine Cinema Before its Imminent Demolition

Posted January 23, 2018 at 5:02 am

Ain’t no sunshine when it’s gone. Nor light from that fabulous marquee. Landmark Theaters’ Sunshine Cinema ended its Lower East Side tenure Sunday night after nearly two decades on East Houston Street. We paid a visit on the penultimate night, and it was mobbed with moviegoers getting their last licks before another neighborhood favorite meets the wrecking […]

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Twofold Rent Increase Forces Mexican Mainstay ‘El Maguey y La Tuna’ to Close

Last modified January 22, 2018 at 9:20 am

This is how the elder statesmen of the Lower East Side are treated. Pushed to the curb. El Maguey y La Tuna on East Houston Street, the mom-and-pop restaurant serving Mexican cuisine to the neighborhood since 2002, has two months to live. It’s apparently closing at the end of March. The culprit, but of course, […]

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This is the 9-Story Glass Office Tower Replacing the Sunshine Cinema

Posted January 22, 2018 at 4:21 am

With the Sunshine Cinema now dark – the theater closed for good last night – we have the first look at the monstrosity to replace it. A nine-story glass tower that boasts 65,000 square-feet of commercial office space and ground-floor retail. The New York Times has the scoop on the first rendering of the project, […]

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City Approves 12-Story Provident Loan Bank Development on East Houston

Posted January 16, 2018 at 5:00 am

Any fading hope for a landmarked Provident Loan Society building on East Houston was dashed two weeks ago when the city approved plans for its redevelopment. Despite grassroots support to protect the century-old structure – and backing from Community Board 3 in December 2015 – no such designation ever transpired. Instead, its longtime owners, Elsa and […]

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