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Watch the Beastie Boys Freestyle Down Orchard Street in 1986 MTV Spot [VIDEO]

Posted March 27, 2017 at 9:46 am

Licensed to Ill was the first rap album to reach number one on the Billboard charts. That feat happened thirty years ago, in March 1987, barely four months after its release. Coming off this anniversary, it’s only fitting to revisit this classic MTV plug from 1986. It’s a quick, thirty-second freestyle while walking down what […]

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There’s a Britney Spears Mural in this Orchard Street Gallery for the MTV VMAs

Posted August 19, 2016 at 5:09 am

MTV is marking territory all over the Lower East Side. Indeed, just a few weeks after painting murals at First Street Green as category visuals for the upcoming Video Music Awards, the network also rented out an Orchard Street gallery in the name of the event. That would be the Van der Plas Gallery, which abruptly ended its […]

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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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A Tribe Called Quest Kickin’ it in Astor Place, Circa 1990 [VIDEO]

Posted March 28, 2016 at 9:36 am

You’ve no doubt seen the sad news that founding member of A Tribe Called Quest, Phife Dawg, passed away last week. The Queens native, 45, succumbed to complications arising from his years-long battle with Type I diabetes. He had a kidney transplant in 2008. Seemed like a good time to reminisce about the time the […]

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Remember When MTV Created a Virtual Lower East Side?

Posted January 8, 2015 at 10:00 am

Remember that time when MTV created a virtual Lower East Side landscape? Yup. Back in mid-2007, the colossal media company unveiled what it called vLES, a forum for computer-bound folk to explore the “mecca of all things creative” without the need to leave the house. Within this loose interpretation of the neighborhood, avatars could interact […]

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MTV’s ‘Girl Code’ Filming on Essex Street Today

Posted May 12, 2014 at 6:12 am

Fans of Girl Code might relish in the knowledge that the MTV production will be filming scenes on the Lower East Side today. The shoot will be headquartered on Essex Street between Rivington and Stanton, capturing scenes for the upcoming third season of the show. Girl Code is a spinoff of the popular Guy Code […]

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MTV’s Adaptation of R.L. Stine Novel ‘Eye Candy’ Filming on LES Today

Last modified November 13, 2013 at 10:48 am

MTV is adapting the R.L. Stine adult-oriented novel Eye Candy into a new series, and the pilot is currently shooting scenes in locations across the city. Later today, film crews will park themselves in the vicinity of Allen and Stanton Streets. The new thriller stars 20-year-old actress/singer Victoria Justice in the lead role of Lindy, a […]

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Parquet Courts’ ‘You’ve Got Me Wonderin’ Now’ [VIDEO]

Posted October 25, 2013 at 6:27 am

Meet your new buddy, Ricky the Ghost. Dude is a bit more rogue than Casper the Friendly Ghost, and he’s the star of the new Parquet Courts video for “You’ve Got Me Wonderin’ Now,” a punk-tinged number chockfull of plucky riffage, propulsive drumming and singer Andrew Savage’s infectious, shouty vocals. And there’s some Flutophone action! […]

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Beavis and Butt-Head, Daria Change Threads for Fashion Week

Posted September 6, 2013 at 6:00 am

Could it be that Beavis and Butt-head finally grew out of their metal stage and ditched the Metallica and AC/DC tees? Or Daria with her feminist military get-up?

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Walking NYC With White Zombie in 1995 [VIDEO]

Posted July 11, 2013 at 10:18 am

During the late 1980s, before the multiplatinum success, White Zombie was just another struggling Lower East Side band gigging at CBGB and the Pyramid Club.

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