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Doyers Street ‘Asphalt Art’ Ahead of Chinatown Seasonal Streets Closure

Last modified July 18, 2019 at 8:45 am

The third annual “Chinatown Seasonal Streets” initiative is upon us. As part of the program, select streets are closed to traffic to create public pedestrian space. The temporary plazas are also decorated with so-called Asphalt Art. Doyers Street had been the pilot, but this year sees the inclusionof a 5,370 square-foot area of Mott Street […]

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DOT Announces More ‘Asphalt Art’ for Chinatown Seasonal Streets

Posted May 22, 2019 at 5:08 am

For the second year running, Doyers Street is the recipient of the alliterative Asphalt Art. The Department of Transportation’s Temporary Art Program (DOT Art) is again joining forces with the Chinatown Partnership to paint the former “Bloody Angle.” Hangzhou artist Chen Dongfan was the first to paint the area last July, imparting a 4,851 square-foot mural […]

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Art-Driven Pedestrian Plaza to Seal Doyers Street Next Month

Posted July 16, 2018 at 5:06 am

For the second year running, the so-called “Bloody Angle” is temporarily closed to traffic. The Chinatown Partnership (a business improvement district) sealed Doyers Street during daytime hours to create a pedestrian plaza. As part of the initiative, the Partnership tapped Hangzhou artist Chen Dongfan to paint the 4,851 square-foot street mural – so-called “Asphalt Art” […]

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Division Street Pedestrian Plaza is Also Getting Refurbished

Posted July 20, 2017 at 5:08 am

Much like its newer sibling down the block (at Straus Square), the small median triangle of Division Street at the confluence of Ludlow and Canal, is likewise ready for a makeover. Closed to traffic for nearly a decade, the 1,000 square-foot roadway is receiving some refocused attention from the Department of Transportation this month. Indeed, […]

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Kim Sillen’s Artistic Homage to Immigrant Lower East Side Now Complete on Orchard Street

Posted May 11, 2015 at 5:09 am

Okay, so that blue paint on the extended sidewalk outside the Tenement Museum was actually the base coat of an art project. Looks familiar, right? Taking a page from Division Street, the Lower East Side BID has again commissioned local artist Kim Sillen for the second coming of “Asphalt Art.” This time around, Sillen’s location-specific […]

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First Look at Kim Sillen’s ‘Asphalt Art’ on Division Street

Posted June 16, 2014 at 10:00 am

The Division Street traffic triangle is now getting its long-planned makeover. Artist Kim Sillen began painting the asphalt a couple weeks ago as part of another “revitalization” push by the Lower East Side BID (even though this spot technically falls outside its jurisdiction). “Modern Tapestry,” as the piece is called, boasts plenty of colorful geometry. […]

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Division Street ‘Asphalt Art’ to Debut Springtime

Last modified June 14, 2014 at 8:20 pm

The sequestered triangle at the eastern terminus of Division Street will bloom come springtime. In a few short months, artist Kim Sillen will decorate the 1,000 square-foot traffic void with her vision. Her road mural – “Modern Tapestry” – was chosen winner by the Lower East Side BID, which held a grassroots contest three months […]

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Artists Sought for ‘Asphalt Art’ in Division Street Median

Posted October 2, 2013 at 6:01 am

The long-closed lane of Division Street at the intersection of Ludlow/Canal is the focus of a new art project spearheaded by the Lower East Side BID and ArtHere. There is currently an open call for artists and graphic designers to submit “Asphalt Art” proposals that will temporarily transform the derelict traffic triangle into public art. […]

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