Seward Park

Here’s Looking at James & Karla Murray’s ‘Mom-and-Pop’ Installation in Seward Park

Posted June 27, 2018 at 5:06 am

Acclaimed husband-wife photographers James and Karla Murray last week completed the installation of their Lower East Side mom-and-pop throwback inside Seward Park. “Mom-and-Pops of the L.E.S.” is a large-scale public art installation situated in a garden triangle beside the children’s playground. It consists of an 8-foot-high-by-12-foot-wide-by-8-foot-deep rectangular wood-frame, and includes four nearly-life-size photographs of family-owned […]

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‘Mom & Pop’ Art Installation Underway in Seward Park

Posted June 19, 2018 at 5:03 am

Husband-wife chroniclers of New York City storefronts, James & Karla Murray, have begun construction on the new outdoor exhibit for Seward Park that pays homage to disappearing mom-and-pop shops. “Mom-and-Pops of the L.E.S.” is a bittersweet large-scale public art installation that consists of an 8-foot-high-by-12-foot-wide-by-8-foot-deep rectangular wood-frame. The sculpture includes four nearly-life-size photographs of family-owned […]

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James & Karla Murray Fundraising for ‘Mom & Pop’ Installation in Seward Park

Posted May 24, 2018 at 5:11 am

Three months after first revealing their homage to the vanishing city, two prolific storefront chroniclers are raising money for its installation later this summer. Indeed, husband-wife artists James and Karla Murray just unveiled a Kickstarter campaign to help fund their Lower East Side mom-and-pop throwback. “Mom & Pops of the L.E.S.” is a bittersweet large-scale […]

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Artists Sought for Summertime Residency Inside Mobile Studio at Seward Park

Posted March 30, 2018 at 5:03 am

Seward Park continues its path toward showcasing more art programming. We’ve already seen the placement of the “Constellation” seating arrangement outside the libary, and news of an artistic homage to vanishing storefronts by photographers James and Karla Murray. Add one more… The Seward Park Conservancy (park stewards) this week announced its participation in a community-engaged […]

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‘Randall’s Barbecue’ Gears up for Springtime Debut on Grand Street

Posted February 1, 2018 at 5:05 am

The Seward Park environs will soon welcome its first barbecue joint. Randall’s Barbecue is on the precipice of opening a new restaurant in the Grand Street retail strip. The first semblance of its arrival now sits in the windows as teaser signage. Get ready, folks, for more congestion at the corner of Grand and Essex Streets. […]

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NYPD Rolls Out Flood Lights in Seward Park in Response to Homeless Hangout

Posted November 8, 2017 at 5:06 am

Is Seward Park returning to its scruffy past? It’s not uncommon to see junkies shooting up in Schiff Fountain these days. Not to mention, the area homeless population has also taken up residence at the southwest corner of the park in recent months. So it comes as no surprise that two NYPD flood-light trailers rolled […]

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Resurfaced Straus Square Torn Apart by Con Edison Roadwork

Posted October 30, 2017 at 9:45 am

Figures that Canal Street through Straus Square would be torn up so quickly after its resurfacing. That granular rumble-strip coating – meant as a skateboard deterrent – lasted three months before a utilities crew completely decimated the block. Con Edison workers on Saturday embarked on a project to repair the subterranean grid in and around the […]

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Big Belly Trash Compacting Bins Arrive in Seward Park

Posted October 11, 2017 at 5:09 am

The upgrades keep coming at Seward Park on the Lower East Side. Most recently, the arrival of nearly a dozen new tech-savvy trash cans. Of the Big Belly sort. Big Belly receptacles are solar-powered “smart waste” machines that cost upwards of $4,000 apiece. In other words, garbage is compacted. Up to 150 gallons of refuse, […]

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When an Essex Street Sidewalk Becomes a Runway for New York Fashion Week

Posted September 12, 2017 at 9:49 am

At the outset of Fashion Week last Thursday evening, the Essex Street sidewalk just below Hester transformed into a runway of sorts. Not for random pedestrians showing off their latest threads, but for a new fashion brand. According to Out, the “queer design house” Nausicca was forced into an audible when inclement whether ruined its Seward Park […]

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Refurbished Seward Park Basketball Court Finally Reopens, Just in time for Summer’s End

Posted August 28, 2017 at 9:44 am

The unofficial end of summer is upon us. Perfect timing for the debut of the rehabilitated Seward Park basketball courts, which was supposed to have been finished already. Three months after our last follow-up, the courts are finally complete, repainted (with Parks Department logo), and realigned. There are seven brand new hoops with fabric nets […]

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