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About Those Ai Weiwei Lamp Post Banners All Over

Posted October 9, 2017 at 5:10 am

Ai Weiwei continues the urban takeover. Aside from new installations last week, the dissident artist also imparted two hundred banners to line area light poles. As part of the “Good Fences Make Good Neighbors” public art project, the two-dimensional, hole-punched banners that feature portraits of immigrants from different eras, among them historic images from Ellis Island […]

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Tricks of the Trade: Bogart Bowery Power

Posted June 22, 2012 at 6:28 am

That old-school street ingenuity reminiscent of early hip hop still surfaces every now and again. Like yesterday morning on the Bowery. Caught on the Bowery without a phone charge is no problem. Just head over to the second lamppost just south of Prince Street and steal a little juice from the city. The screw-in flap […]

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Light Pole Swap Along Allen Street

Posted April 18, 2012 at 6:09 am

The on-again-off-again capital works project for rehabilitating the battered Allen Street Mall is still a few furlongs from the finish line.

CB3 Approves Essex Street Lighting Plan

Posted January 27, 2012 at 6:09 am

Despite outcry from the Essex Street Block Association, Community Board 3 roundly approved the Essex Street lighting plan proposed by the Lower East Side BID.

Lower East Side BID Proposing New Essex Street Lighting

Posted November 11, 2011 at 6:09 am

In an attempt to promote safety and neighborhood business in one fell swoop, the Lower East Side BID is proposing a new lighting scheme along the entire length of the Essex Street corridor.


Early Edition: January 5

Last modified June 27, 2012 at 1:02 am

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Weekend Edition: June 12

Last modified June 27, 2012 at 1:12 am

[Photo Credit: Robert Carmona]

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Miami Advertises on Houston

Posted February 9, 2010 at 6:18 am

There’s a big promotional push happening in the neighborhood right now for travel to Miami. Taped to light poles along the Houston corridor, from east to west, are dozens of advertisements with the tagline “express yourself.”  As if people here really needed to be told to visit Florida.

A Bizarre Sell

Last modified December 5, 2010 at 11:21 pm

Whether it’s material possessions or services for hire, people will use neighborhood street furniture as a marketplace to sell anything. The tear-away-tab fliers taped to lightposts, magazine boxes, and the like seem to get more bizarre over time.  Take, for instance, one such posting on Essex Street which is trying to hawk stick shift lessons to a population […]