The New Allen

WWE’s ‘Rowdy’ Ronda Rousey on the Lower East Side [VIDEO]

Posted August 20, 2018 at 5:12 am

WWE took to the Lower East Side last week to impart a hyper-realistic ad mural on Allen Street. Street artist BKFoxx last week lent her spray-painting services to the wrestling federation to plug breakout star “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey (Rowdy borrowed from Roddy Piper). Site chosen was one of the art walls on the facade of 134 […]

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Baby Brasa Shutters Allen Street Flagship After Less than 2 Years

Posted January 24, 2018 at 5:15 am

Baby Brasa, the Peruvian chicken joint that rose to fame on the chiseled back of chef-model Franco Noriega, is down one. Its flagship location on the Lower East Side recently went dark, ending barely two years of service at 129 Allen Street. You may have noticed that the gates have been closed for the last […]

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Here are Some Choice Media Quotes from the Penis Mural Story

Posted December 29, 2017 at 5:08 am

When Swedish artist painted the four-story phallus on the eastern exposure of 303 Broome Street, it became an immediate flashpoint. Complaints about the purple-pink penis reached a head on Wednesday afternoon – three days after the mural was painted – prompting landlord Samy Mahfar to order its erasure. Mahfar was allegedly unaware of the mural […]

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The Broome Street Penis is Gone, but this Pike Street Pussy Remains

Posted December 29, 2017 at 5:06 am

Swedish artist Carolina Falkholt, 40, made international headlines this week by painting an enormous penis on the facade of 303 Broome Street. (Some claim to have seen the face of Donald Trump in the shaft.) Standing erect at four-stories, the shock art was completed shortly before Christmas Eve, and caused more hullabaloo than the vagina […]

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Premature Ejection: 4-Story Penis Mural on Broome Street is Erased

Last modified December 28, 2017 at 10:08 pm

To come upon the mural had been a surprise. A giant dick greeting denizens of Broome Street, which didn’t last very long at all. Workers descended upon 303 Broome Street yesterday afternoon to erase the artwork with gray paint. By night, it was gone. Swedish artist Carolina Falkholt, 40, made international headlines this week by […]

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All Leather Resumes its Perpetual ‘Store Closing Sale’ at Bank Building on Delancey

Posted December 5, 2017 at 5:08 am

There hasn’t been an anchor tenant at 104 Delancey Street since the Chase Bank closed and consolidated with the branch across the street in 2012. Instead, a steady stream of pop-up players, from Gagosian (2012) and Hanksy (2014) to Spirit Halloween (2015), All Leather, and Chabad LES. And now back again. All Leather returned to Delancey […]

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Charles Bradley Memorial Mural Painted on Allen Street

Posted November 1, 2017 at 5:01 am

Late soul singer Charles Bradley is mourned on the Lower East Side with a new mural. Street artist Joe Miller painted the memorial on Allen Street a couple weeks ago, barely a month after the musician passed away from stomach cancer at 68. Miller’s piece is the latest entrant in The New Allen, that “art […]

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Allen Street Hotel Reactivates Partnership with LISA Project for New Mural Series

Posted May 15, 2017 at 10:04 am

For the Allen Street Hotel, the Tristan Eaton mural debacle is firmly in the rearview. Now, two years later, round 2 is upon us. Back in April 2015, the Little Italy Street Art Project commissioned a Guess-integrated mural for the facade of 77-79 Rivington Street. The ad-art, dubbed “Big City of Dreams,” was still in […]

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So Much for Mahfar’s ‘Donated’ Art Space on Delancey Street

Last modified March 17, 2018 at 12:00 am

It’s the former donated art haven that wasn’t. Aside from early press hype and a few exterior murals, the former Chase bank branch on Delancey Street didn’t quite become the destination initially envisioned. So much for “The New Allen” ruling the roost. You’ll recall that landlord Samy Mahfar “donated” the multilevel space to nascent street […]

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Sheryo & Yok Paint ‘Rat Boi’ for ‘The New Allen’ Street Art Project

Posted April 6, 2017 at 5:09 am

The latest rat to join Allen Street is by the hand of Sheryo & Yok. Their “Rat Boi” mural now holds court above the northbound lanes of the thoroughfare. The street art duo spent last weekend painting the north face of 82 Stanton Street (formerly Epstein’s Bar). The mobile lift positioned them just above the […]

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