First Street Green

The Centre-fuge Art Trailer has Disappeared from East First Street After 7 Years

Posted August 17, 2018 at 5:00 am

The grassroots art scene on East First Street just sustained a major blow. Indeed, Centre-fuge Public Art Project lost its primary canvas. The rotting mid-block trailer on East First Street was removed from its seven-year perch last weekend. Its fate was inextricably tied to the East Houston Reconstruction Project, which may or may not conclude […]

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Checking on the First Street Green ‘Wasteland’ [PHOTOS]

Posted June 28, 2018 at 5:03 am

Hello friends! As previously reported, our neighbors at First Street Green Park put out an open call for muralist for their “Wasteland” theme. This was the pitch for the open-air street gallery… Picture a time in the not-so-distant future – a “post human” era of apocalyptic proportion. According to geologists, we now live in the […]

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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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When the City Rat is the Star of the Art Show

Posted May 19, 2017 at 9:18 am

It’s time to pay homage to the city’s favorite indigenous wildlife, the street rat. Literally. Centre-Fuge and First Street Green Art Park are teaming up with Fordham University to host a “Street Art for Street Rats” event tomorrow. Yup. There will be live mural paintings by @dentonburrows, @marthalicia, @keydetail, @juliayubaba and @cramcept, inspired by the city’s prolific vermin. Information will […]

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Centre-fuge Returns for its Latest Cycle of Murals on East 1st Street

Posted March 28, 2017 at 5:10 am

Spring is here, and with it, another update to the Centre-fuge trailer on East First Street. Cycle 22 is upon us, and a milestone it is. This is the fifth anniversary of the public art project, which began life in February 2012. Artwork on the front left to right: Hydeon, Sticky Monger, and Jenna Krypell. On […]

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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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MTV Enlists Local Street Artists for VMAs Murals on the LES

Posted July 29, 2016 at 5:15 am

MTV hit the street earlier this week to help promote its annual summer tentpole. The channel enlisted several artists to help promote this year’s Video Music Awards, returning to New York City for the first time in three years. Participants in the commissioned project – Hektad, Queen Andrea, giz, and Damien Mitchell – painted several […]

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Experience a Range of Emotions with this ‘Signpost’ on First Street Green

Posted December 22, 2015 at 9:34 am

We went down to the crossroads and found this signpost. Which is actually what it’s called. The art installation, that is. Last month, Australian-based artist Stuart Ringholt hammered “Signpost” into place on the park space curated by First Street Green. Employing standard street sign design and materials (ex-USA, though) for this “sculpture,” Ringholt prompts passersby […]

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