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Missed Paradise: Street Art Gets Buffed as Billboard Rises on Prince Street

Last modified August 4, 2020 at 10:26 am

Those anti-looting plywood barriers are coming down as stores are finally reopening. For street artists, though, it’s a mad scramble to reclaim the work they created to beautify the blight. Many artists continue to petition management of buildings, store owners, or simply salvaging them from the trash. Others are still producing work on the storefronts that […]

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Protestors on the Lower East Side Vandalize NYPD Vans

Last modified July 28, 2020 at 11:05 am

Citywide protests are again turning violent. Protestors on the Lower East Side Saturday night were caught on video vandalizing three NYPD vans, slashing tires, spray-painting graffiti, and smashing windows, police said yesterday. The footage – released by cops – shows hooligans damaging the vehicles stationed on Essex Street, just north of Delancey. One man is […]

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The Brewing Turf War over Plywood Protest Art in SoHo [PHOTOS]

Last modified June 29, 2020 at 2:39 pm

A turf war is brewing in the SoHo art world. To wit, who owns the art of rebellion that ensconced the commercial plywood in the aftermath of protests and looting? SoHo looked like a toy town in pristine condition during most of the Covid-19 shutdown. For many residents, the minimalist sense of calm harkened back […]

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Racial Justice and Remembering Black history on the Bowery

Last modified June 12, 2020 at 7:42 pm

The following guest piece was written by David Mulkins from the Bowery Alliance of Neighbors. African Americans have endured hundreds of years of slavery; another 100 post-Civil War years of segregation, Jim Crow laws and terror; and in the last 50 years since the Civil Rights era, varying degrees of de facto segregation, exclusion, and […]

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Street Artist Fumero Paints Mural of George Floyd on the Bowery

Posted June 9, 2020 at 5:01 am

It was only a matter of time before the George Floyd tribute murals began popping up on the streets. Street artist Fumero is seemingly one of the first to put his spin on the victim’s profile. The new piece is in a spot known for graffiti and other street discourse – the cornershop left vacant […]

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Melting Moment: Museum of Ice Cream Paints Black Insensitive Pink Protest Signage on Broadway

Last modified June 8, 2020 at 10:06 am

There was a sudden and abrupt change in color tone at the Museum of Ice Cream in SoHo over the weekend. That pink protest signage that had outraged locals and received swift backlash was subsequently painted black, the names of African-Americans who died from police brutality later reapplied. Yet this time without the “I SCREAM […]

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The Reason You Don’t See Trash Cans on the Lower East Side

Posted June 5, 2020 at 5:02 am

You may have noticed the lack of trash cans on street corners around the Lower East Side this week. Vanished seemingly overnight. As a precaution this week, the city quietly removed receptacles from neighborhoods overwhelmingly hit by unrest and looting following the killing of George Floyd. It’s estimated that roughly 2,000 were temporarily towed citywide, […]

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Pink Protest Signage Screams Poor Taste at the Museum of Ice Cream

Last modified June 5, 2020 at 11:50 am

When New York City begins its reopening on Monday, SoHo will be boarded up as if for a hurricane, and the streets emptier than when the COVID-19 shutdown began. Signage of the luxury retailers has also been erased by the appearance of bare plywood, Black Lives Matter graffiti, or both. But the Museum of Ice […]

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Lower East Side Businesses Boarded up their Storefronts Amidst Citywide Looting

Posted June 4, 2020 at 5:00 am

When the pandemic hit, it was mainly the luxury stores in SoHo that began boarding up the windows for fear of looting. It’s now a reality in the atmosphere following the controversial death of George Floyd, an African American man who died in Minneapolis police custody. For days, looters took to the streets, oftentimes piggybacking off […]

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Chinatown Mom-and-Pops Hit by Vandals and Looting [PHOTOS]

Posted June 3, 2020 at 5:00 am

The rioting and violence has clouded (and overwhelmed) the national protest movement formed in response to the controversial death of George Floyd by Minneapolis cops last month. It’s what dominates the narrative now. And no neighborhood is immune. Chinatown was also hard hit by looters this week. Mom-and-pop shops Buy Rite Pharmacy (215 Grand Street) […]

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