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‘Mad Hatters’ Revives its Hats History at the City Lore Gallery Space [PHOTOS]

Posted September 15, 2016 at 5:13 am

Wearing many hats takes on a new meaning at “Mad Hatters: New York Hats and Hatmakers,” an exhibit at City Lore. Showcasing a history of hatmaking in our city, there are plenty of hats on display that could have only been created here. New York has always been a hat-lovers town. Amidst our diversity, you […]

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‘Famous Nathan’ Bringing Taste of Coney Island to City Lore Gallery Tomorrow

Posted April 27, 2016 at 10:33 am

Get your hot dogs here! City Lore has added some more Coney Island programming to its lineup.  This time, the advocates for grassroots cultures are presenting a screening of the 2014 documentary Famous Nathan. Directed by famous Nathan’s grandson, Lloyd Handwerker, the film chronicles both the personal and public history of the iconic Brooklyn eatery, Nathan’s Famous of Coney Island. It […]

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The Struggle to Reinstate Jim Power’s Iconic ‘Mosaic Trail’ in Newly Configured Astor Place

Posted February 9, 2016 at 9:22 am

With the Astor Place redesign entering its final phase of development, the famed “Mosaic Trail” is also poised for its comeback. The plans are to re-incorporate Jim Power’s ten existing light poles into the new design as decorative installations (i.e. not powered). But the preservation process carries its own complications. You’ll recall that the tiled […]

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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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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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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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City Lore is Hosting a Screening of Clayton Patterson’s ‘Captured’ on Wednesday

Posted December 9, 2014 at 10:15 am

The protest climate across the country, but particularly around the city, is the perfect backdrop to another screening of a local classic. Documentarian Clayton Patterson is rolling out his crowning achievement – Captured – for a Lower East Side encore. City Lore on East First Street is hosting the event on Wednesday (December 10) as […]

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‘LES is More’ Spins Tales of the Lower East Side’s Past

Last modified November 7, 2014 at 11:25 am

It certainly feels like the Lower East Side is slipping through the proverbial fingers and into the pockets of the more affluent, despite best efforts. Over the past few years, grassroots organizations have sprung up to combat greedy slumlords, battle nightlife juggernauts, and to save the precious few landmarks that tie the glitzy future to an […]

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Learn Ta Tawk: Dissecting a Film About the Disappearing New York Accent

Posted October 10, 2014 at 9:43 am

Hey youse, I’m TAWKIN’ here, ya might learn a little sumptin’! That could be the opening line of If These Knishes Could Talk: The Story of the New York Accent, a new film by Heather Quinlan which screened at City Lore last week. The charming and very funny film features interviews with various New Yorkers, including […]

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Recap: Reliving Fashion Moda and the FUN Gallery at City Lore

Posted June 25, 2014 at 10:02 am

Long before street art was a respected genre, graffiti was considered a scourge on the city. In the late 70s and early 80s, only a few people had the vision to recognize graffiti as art, creating in the process a now-legendary scene mixing art, photography, film, performance and music. “Spray Cans in the Gallery: The […]

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