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Bowery Mural Wall Gets ‘Woke’

Posted September 4, 2020 at 5:00 am

With turnover imminent at the Bowery Mural Wall, a familiar street artist tagged the space into submission. It happened in broad daylight yesterday. Dude going by Pork New York once again brought out the fire extinguisher. This time spraying the word “Woke” in script lettering atop the remains of Tomokazu Matsuyama’s piece. (Woke meaning alert […]

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Chinatown Mural Project Brings ‘Noodles’ to Mosco Street

Posted August 6, 2020 at 5:02 am

After tossing around the idea of a neighborhood street art program the last few years, I can finally say the Chinatown Mural Project is live. In the face of gentrification I had wanted for years to put up culturally appropriate murals around Chinatown depicting Chinese culture and the everyday life of Chinatown residents. (The “88 Gates” […]

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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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Sixteen Years on, Quality Mending Bids Farewell to Prince Street with a Blue Cap Salute

Last modified June 24, 2020 at 10:44 am

Vintage clothing shop, Quality Mending, is moving on from Prince Street with a Blue Cap salute to the neighborhood, as well as one last artwall project that they hope will inspire the community to get out the vote and, as their new project promotes, #BlueHatsforChange. Like many long-standing small businesses around the city, Quality Mending owner Oliver […]

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The Mechanics Alley Mural Tribute to Soccer Legends

Posted June 16, 2020 at 5:08 am

Mechanics Alley? Call it Maradona Alley, as it now has a flair for football. European, that is. The grungy, de-mapped street alongside the Manhattan Bridge is now a bit cleaned up with some stunning mural work. Street artist BKFOXX imparted portraits of some soccer greats on the facade of The Ground. There are a total […]

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Street Art Duo ASVP Completes 8-Story Mural at Essex Crossing

Posted April 8, 2020 at 5:09 am

ASVP just put the final touches on arguably its most ambitious mural. The eight-story treatment on the backside of 145 Clinton Street. The duo spent nearly six months painting the expansive artwork, which is dubbed “Figure No. 6.” This past Sunday saw some of the final brush strokes, so to speak. Despite the COVID-19 quarantine. […]

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This Sixty-Foot Horse Mural Painted on Broome Street Facade

Last modified January 17, 2020 at 7:53 am

Where a giant veiny penis mural once held court, a Broome Street building facade now boasts some new art. Swedish street artist Shai Dahan painted a sixty-foot horse on the side of 303 Broome Street. It’s a reimagining of the traditional Dala Horse (aka Dalecarlian Horse), which is often used as a national symbol of […]

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Enter the ‘Lion’s Den’ with Lee Quinones on Delancey

Posted November 15, 2019 at 5:05 am

An iconic handball mural from one of the local greats is again on display. Strolling down Delancey Street this past week, you may have noticed the fifteen-foot replica of Lee Quinones‘ “Lion’s Den” mural. It’s fastened to the facade of the James Fuentes Gallery as part of his one-man show there. The “Lion’s Den” dates […]

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Street Art Duo ASVP Just Began Painting 8-Story Mural at Essex Crossing

Posted November 8, 2019 at 5:00 am

Tapped two months ago by Essex Crossing, street art duo ASVP is already headlong into its massive mural near Grand and Suffolk Streets. As previously reported, the piece daubs the western exposure of The Rollins (aka Site 5), and measures 10,600 square-feet — 220 feet long and as high as 79 feet tall. When complete, […]

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Facade Work Erases Shepard Fairey Stencil on Rivington Street

Posted November 7, 2019 at 5:09 am

After eight years of holding court on the Bowery, one of Shepard Fairey’s “Obey” stencils is gone. Erasure of the street art relic – painted in June 2011 – is owed to repair work on the north-facing exposure of 213 Bowery. Department of Buildings records show that the landlord (Nourieli Machiah) was hit with a violation […]

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