Avenue C

Adam Purple Memorial Planned for Saturday at LaPlaza Community Garden

Posted September 22, 2015 at 5:12 am

​Legendary guerrilla gardener Adam Purple died last week of a heart attack while biking across the Williamsburg Bridge. He was 84. Locals have since organized a memorial service for Mr. Purple, planned for Saturday evening (September 26) in Alphabet City. It’ll be held at the LaPlaza Cultural Community Garden at Avenue C and East 9th Street, […]

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Why there was a Subway Entrance on Avenue C Yesterday

Posted July 29, 2015 at 10:42 am

Alphabet City was Brooklyn yesterday. For a brief period, at least. This realistic subway entrance appeared yesterday morning in the abandoned Mobil gas station that will soon sprout new development. Its placement was actually a filming prop for the CBS show Blue Bloods, which often films around the Lower East Side. Naturally. Several readers spotted […]

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Former LES Squat Umbrella House to Hold Open House of Rooftop Garden

Posted July 18, 2015 at 11:49 am

Sustainable green spaces on the Lower East Side are seemingly fewer and farther between, with developmental hysteria pushing out longtime residents and businesses left and right. But there’s still a beat or two left in the community, uniting with the intent to impact the neighborhood in a positive, perpetual manner. In this particular case, it’s the former LES squat Umbrella […]

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Take This Walking Tour to Learn About Surveillance Cameras Dotting the East Village

Posted June 16, 2015 at 5:06 am

Big Brother is most certainly watching your daily life in the East Village. Everyone knows surveillance cameras are everywhere these days, but when you actually see the tally, it’s pretty crazy. According to the latest (unofficial) count by the Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space (aka MoRUS), there are roughly 1,275 in this area of Manhattan […]

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Lower East Sider Files Trademark Suit Against Kanye West Over ‘Loisaidas’ Movie

Posted April 3, 2015 at 5:00 am

Another local is going for the jugular over a trademark of a neighborhood designation. And he’s suing Kanye West. Lower East Side resident Michael Medina filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against Kanye West and Damon Dash (who owns Poppington gallery on Orchard Street) over their episodic Loisaidas film. You see, Medina is part of a two-piece […]

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$32.5M Project Underway to Convert Former Avenue C Mobil Station Into Luxury Living

Posted November 12, 2014 at 6:03 am

The last gas station in the East Village – the Mobil at Avenue C and East Houston – closed for good back in September. All along we knew that a nine-story residential building with forty-five rental units would sprout from this trapezoidal lot (at least according to DOB). There is now confirmation of the project […]

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Channel Thirteen’s ‘MetroFocus’ Segment on the Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space [VIDEO]

Posted January 10, 2014 at 6:10 am

Channel Thirteen’s semi-regular news magazine entitled “MetroFocus” produced a piece on the year-old Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space (“MoRUS”), which aired on TV last night. It’s a quick primer on squatter culture and the C-Squat museum dedicated to preserving that history. MoRUS founder Bill DiPaola did all the explaining…

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FUNKtional Art Fair Kicks Off This Weekend

Posted December 10, 2013 at 11:00 am

With the holiday season in full swing, locally owned businesses and neighborhood artisans are finding ways to provide New Yorkers with holiday cheer that is not Amazon unique and well-disposed within the community. One such gathering is the new FUNKtional Art Fair that’s coming to La Plaza Cultural Community Garden. In addition to creative wares, this holiday fair […]

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That Time When Salt-n-Pepa Posed on Avenue C

Posted June 5, 2013 at 10:11 am

Came across this candid photo the other day. Babyfaced Salt n Pepa chillin’ outside an Avenue C bodega in 1986. The Queens-based rap outfit was in Alphabet City posing for a photo shoot, first in their career. It was apparently for a British mag called Sky. Photographer Janette Beckman states on her website: On a […]

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Recap: MoRUS Brings Sexy Eco-Fashion Show to Avenue C

Last modified February 12, 2013 at 4:54 pm

In the aftermath of snowstorm Nemo, I ventured out last night to check out the Direct Action Fashion Show on Avenue C, hosted by the Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space (MoRUS).

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