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The David Bowie Takeover of Broadway-Lafayette Station (and Return of ‘David Bowery’)

Last modified April 17, 2018 at 10:13 pm

On his old turf, a massive advertising undertaking celebrating the life of David Bowie. Mere yards from his former residence, his likeness looms large. Both at street level and beneath. An enormous advert above the Broadway-Lafayette subway station – sponsored by Spotify – promotes the new exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum (i.e. David Bowie is”). […]

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What will Become of the Red Square Sidewalk Art?

Posted April 13, 2018 at 5:05 am

The following guest post was written by longtime East Villager Abdiel Munoz. For the nearly twenty years I’ve lived in the East Village, the strip that covers the north side of Houston between Avenues A and B outside the residence formerly known as Red Square has been a main walkway for the residents of this […]

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Open Call for Muralists to Paint ‘First Street Green’

Posted April 11, 2018 at 5:03 am

First Street Green, the long-running open-air gallery along East Houston Street, is inviting artists of all media to submit mural proposals for a springtime art display. The request for proposals – due by April 23 – includes the following theme: Picture a time in the not-so-distant future – a “post human” era of apocalyptic proportion. […]

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OddFellows to Open its 5th Ice Cream Shop on Wednesday

Posted April 9, 2018 at 5:12 am

OddFellows is a few days from cutting the proverbial ribbon on its latest location. The corner of Mott and East Houston Streets. The Brooklyn-based ice cream shop has been readying the space for the last couple months in the second half of what was formerly Second Time Around. (The other half of the store went to […]

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Permits Filed for 9-Story Sunshine Cinema Replacement

Posted April 2, 2018 at 5:05 am

The Sunshine Cinema is headlong into its next life as a bougie boutique office building. Developers filed the permit application materials to the Department of Buildings on Friday for the new nine-story construction. The $9.5 million job will result in a 65,000 square-foot glass tumor at the rebranded 141 East Houston Street. Demolition of the […]

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How the New Owners Really Feel About the Demolition of Sunshine Cinema

Posted March 23, 2018 at 5:08 am

The wrecking ball is coming for the Sunshine Cinema – which closed down at the end of January – and the new ownership couldn’t care less about it. In a Q&A with the Commercial Observer this week, Gregory Kraut, a managing partner at K Property Group, exhuded a rather flippant attitude toward the 1898-era building. Kraut’s […]

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OddFellows is Opening a New Ice Cream Shop on East Houston

Posted March 23, 2018 at 5:00 am

Without craning your neck upward, you would probably have no idea that OddFellows is opening a new outpost on East Houston Street. Six months after its autumnal “carnival” stunt nearby in SoHo, the Brooklyn-based ice cream shop is readying something new at the corner of Mott Street. Interior build-out has been underway here for the […]

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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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