Vandalism

Shepard Fairey Gets Four New Holes

Last modified June 27, 2012 at 2:19 am

Within the last 48 hours, the Shepard Fairey mural at the corner of Bowery and East Houston was the lucky recipient of four large puncture wounds (plus, a tiny one for good luck).  And these holes are epic.

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Hey Vans, Punk Was from NYC

Posted June 3, 2010 at 6:18 am

In its latest ad campaign, Vans is claiming that punk was a “UK movement that took over the world.”  Umm, what about the Ramones?  Even though the statement is somewhat true, it will nevertheless be debated ad infinitum.  Indeed, as this tagger points out, “Punk was from NYC.” Spotted near the corner of Sullivan and […]

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153 Essex Sheds its Plywood and Netting

Posted May 17, 2010 at 6:18 am

For a solid few years, 153 Essex Street has been an eyesore of a building, encased in dark netting and cordoned off by rotten sidewalk plywood.  It was essentially a push-up job – adding a small tumor to the original five-story building – but never appeared to have a clear completion date in sight. In the […]

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Jim Joe Tags 103 Orchard Street

Posted March 12, 2010 at 6:25 am

Not too long ago, Jim Joe, the street writer with two first names, vandalized the facade of 103 Orchard Street.  It seems as though the city, but our neighborhood in particular, has seen an uptick in such tags.  They’re everywhere – in subways, on scaffolding, street furniture, and building facades.

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More Broken Glass at White Slab Palace

Posted March 8, 2010 at 6:26 am

It’s three times a charm for White Slab Palace and their broken window situation.  Last summer, we reported on the two busted glass panes in the Delancey facade, which, to date, have not been replaced.  This third act of vandalism occurred in the last few weeks and, like its brethren, will probably remain unfixed.

Sunflower Video at 119 Essex Street

Posted February 11, 2010 at 6:28 am

In a post last week, Jeremiah discussed the trajectory of smut along the Deuce (if it can even be called that anymore).  Adult bookshops sprang up in the thirties, and became increasingly more hardcore over the years.  As technology changed, so did the industry, and peep shows, video, and DVD shops eventually took control. The […]

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128 Hester is No More

Posted November 10, 2009 at 6:35 am

The beleaguered tenement which stood at 128 Hester is no more.  Just like that.  All that remains now is an empty lot deep in the shadow of the ever-rising Wyndham Garden Hotel.  So it wasn’t too surprising to see some anti-gentrification vandalism around the corner at 91 Bowery.

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Corporate Vandals Not Welcome

Last modified June 27, 2012 at 2:19 am

Last month, Jeremiah raised the question over whether sanctioned graffiti is still considered graffiti if it no longer defaces public property.  After all, that’s the whole point, right?  Whatever your stance, the argument will always boil down to age-old notions of selling out, whether it’s Warhol or Fairey.  It’s a fact of life. This sticker […]

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Tucker Max Backlash on Ludlow

Posted September 23, 2009 at 6:09 am

Backlash from the controversial Tucker Max posters around town continues.  Little Italy was seemingly the first to respond to the campaign with a rather cordial DIY note pasted to the ad.  Now some folks on Ludlow are weighing in on the matter.  And it still isn’t pretty.  This particular reaction says, “Dead men don’t rape.”

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Weekend Edition: September 20

Last modified June 27, 2012 at 1:13 am

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