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‘P&T Knitwear’ Indie Bookstore Joins Hotel Indigo Retail on Orchard Street

Posted October 7, 2021 at 5:07 am

A new indie bookstore and cafe is on the way to the Lower East Side. The retail vacancy at 180 Orchard Street has been snatched up by P&T Knitwear, and plans to open early next year. The owner is venture capitalist and philanthropist Bradley Tusk – founder of the Gotham Book Prize. He’s partnered with […]

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Stranger than Nostalgia: Jim Jarmusch Collage Art at James Fuentes Gallery

Last modified October 1, 2021 at 8:46 am

Back in 2016, Jim Jarmusch donated one of his rarely seen collage art pieces for an auction to benefit the Film-Makers’ Cooperative. The online auction at the time included other artists, as well as filmmakers from the director’s “No Wave” generation showcased in a group show on the Lower East Side. Since then, the filmmaker, […]

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Parks Department Repaints Allen Bathhouse to Erase Months of Artwork

Posted September 29, 2021 at 5:03 am

For Nadja Rose Madder, a summer of artwork at the Allen Street Bathhouse is abruptly erased. Parks Department repainted the doors and brickwork in its token burgundy red. The erasure happened on Monday, and followed one week after the city erected a chain-link enclosure around the bathhouse plaza in the middle of Delancey Street. That […]

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The City’s Battle to Keep One Artist from Reaching the Allen Bathhouse

Posted September 28, 2021 at 5:10 am

One street artist remains a thorn in the Lower East Side of the city. Nadja Rose Madder will not be deterred from her artistic muse – the Allen Street Bathhouse at Delancey. Parks Department claimed the chain-link enclosure installed last week was a “safety mechanism” to protect spillover of art and belongings into traffic. But […]

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Late Photographer Corky Lee Gets Mural Treatment on Doyers Street

Posted September 24, 2021 at 5:02 am

There is a new tribute mural in Chinatown that honors the memory of beloved photographer Corky Lee. The nascent Chinatown Mural Project is behind the new artwork, which stretches along a 35-foot wall on Doyers Street, the nerve center of Chinatown. The mural is two-toned – blue and off-white – and meant to resemble “Ming” […]

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Parks Department Installs Fence at Allen Mall Bathhouse in Response to Nadja Rose Madder

Posted September 23, 2021 at 5:02 am

The Parks Department is upping the ante on deterring a homeless artist from painting and gathering at the Allen Street Bathhouse. Earlier this week, the city began assembling an eight-foot chain-link enclosure to (partially) fence in the sidewalk plaza. It is on this spot that transgender artist Nadja Rose Madder has been transforming the brickwork […]

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Revisit Martha Diamond’s ‘Urbanist Art’ and Life on the Bowery Since 1969

Posted September 20, 2021 at 5:03 am

In case you missed Martha Diamond’s show at Magenta Plains on Allen Street back in January, the career-spanning exhibit at the Lower East Side gallery is now online. For a limited time, visitors to independent.org online viewing room will gain access to not just the past exhibit, but also an overview of Diamond’s career. There’s a […]

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Woodward Gallery Honors 9/11 Anniversary with Monthlong Exhibition

Posted September 13, 2021 at 5:09 am

Amidst the many twentieth anniversary observations of 9/11, the Woodward Gallery is presenting a different type of tribute. It’s current exhibition, which is designed to be easily seen from the street even when the gallery is closed, consists of prescient works of art. “Observing 9/11: Breen, Bridges & Corn September 2021” showcases three poignant artworks, […]

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The Transgender Artist Battling the City at the Allen Street Bathhouse

Posted September 10, 2021 at 5:00 am

For months, the historic bathhouse situated in the median of Allen and Delancey Streets has been a battleground between city and street artist. The long-dormant building itself – erected as a bathroom for Second Avenue El passengers in the 1930s – has been a target of taggers and graffiti artists for years. Along came Nadja […]

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On the Bowery, a Memorial Mural on the 20th Anniversary of 9/11

Posted September 7, 2021 at 5:06 am

With the twentieth anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks just days away, a tribute mural is now on display on the Bowery. Prolific photographer and artist Adrian Wilson used his perennial roll-down canvas at 246 Bowery as dedication to the fallen victims of 9/11 and the war in Afghanistan. “I wanted to commemorate the […]

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