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Hanging with the ‘Neighbors’ at First Street Green Art Park

Posted May 2, 2018 at 5:15 am

Dozens of life-sized portraits are now on display along the southern perimeter of First Park (aka First Street Green). The close-up shots together comprise an exhibit by photographer John Raymond Mireles called “Neighbors.” “Neighbors” has been a three-year artistic quest for Mireles, who traveled all fifty states (plus Tijuana) and publicly exhibited from his 3,000+ […]

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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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Someone Ripped up all the White Roses in First Park Last Week

Posted May 1, 2017 at 9:45 am

Some miscreant visited First Park multiple times last week and allegedly ripped up the beautiful bed of roses that bloomed here for some seven years. Always a photogenic sight, yet no more. An upset reader sent us the following dispatch regarding the “White Rose Massacre of 2017.” Apparently last Tuesday some maniac came into the […]

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‘Birdhouse Repo’ Now on Display in First Park, Reminds us that Even the Animals Can’t Afford the City

Posted January 30, 2017 at 5:08 am

Sorry, Mr. Pigeon, you’re broke, and this birdhouse is now repossessed. An allegory for what’s happening on the Lower East Side – where hyper-gentrification and over-speculation collide (and collude) to crowd everyone out – this new artwork channels the trend. On Saturday afternoon, city native Aaron Schraeter installed his aptly-named sculpture, “Birdhouse Repo” in the […]

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‘Birdhouse Repo’ Reminds us that Even the Animals Can’t Afford to Live in NYC Anymore

Posted January 17, 2017 at 5:14 am

To live in New York City is so expensive, even the birds can’t afford it. This truth is the creative mojo behind a new temporary art project coming to First Park this month. The incoming sculpture, aptly entitled “Birdhouse Repo,” is the work of city native Aaron Schraeter. Simple yet brilliant, his goal was political […]

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Centre-fuge Collaborates with First Street Green for New Plywood Murals

Posted September 30, 2015 at 9:22 am

The fruitful collaboration between the Centre-fuge Public Art Project and First Street Green continues this week with some new artwork. Weather held out long enough for two street artists to decorate the unsightly plywood in the woods behind the main space. Centre-fuge is currently between cycles at its East First Street trailer, so project organizers […]

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‘Black Rock Negative Energy Absorber’ Planted in First Park

Posted May 22, 2014 at 6:09 am

You were waiting with bated breath, and now it’s finally here. A strange, ten-foot sculpture that feeds off negativity like that painted freak Vigo the Carpathian (and his pink slime) from Ghostbusters 2. As expected, artist Rudy Sheperd’s “Black Rock Negative Energy Absorber” is now planted firmly by the Second Avenue entrance of First Park. […]

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Christopher Walken Rex Sculpture Debuts in First Park

Posted October 29, 2013 at 6:10 am

No, that green giant in First Park is not Godzilla. Nor is it the latest Banksy piece to hog headlines. Behold, the sixteen-foot-tall “Christopher Walken Rex,” created by a gaggle of Lower East Side teenagers. The crew reportedly spent the summer working on the freak sculpture; completed product was installed in the pocket park on […]

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‘Black Rock Negative Energy Absorber’ Proposed for First Park

Posted October 4, 2013 at 6:03 am

This “black rock” will absorb all the negative energy on the Lower East Side (and there’s a lot of it these days). That’s the goal, anyway. Artist Rudy Shepherd is on the Community Board 3 docket to pitch his proposal to sculpt a “Black Rock Energy Absorber” for First Park. First Street Green, the organization […]

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Proposal on Deck for First Park ‘Water Bench’ Irrigation System

Posted October 2, 2013 at 11:10 am

Ever since BMW and the Guggenheim brought the polarizing pop-up Lab to First Park in 2011, the public space has thrived. There’s new artwork, new greenery, and renewed interest. Now the lab is returning to the neighborhood with its Water Bench concept. Conceived and developed in Mumbai, the Water Bench is a functional seat that […]

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