Entering the ‘Douche Zone’ Outside Soho House on Ludlow Street

Posted July 15, 2016 at 5:12 am

For about an hour Wednesday night, the Soho House on Ludlow Street was pranked. All it took was a little bit of sidewalk chalk and a pair of insults. An anonymous prankster tagged the concrete on either side of 139 Ludlow Street with two warning messages. Heading north – “warning, bullshit zone ahead.” And heading […]

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Mark Panzarino’s Chalk Artwork is Apparently a Threat to Union Square

Posted July 10, 2014 at 6:05 am

Mark Panzarino is exonerated, yes, but the city still has a bone to pick with the Union Square chalk artist. We received an email from Panzarino regarding some real-time harassment at his usual stomping grounds earlier this week. Apparently the Park Supervisor Barbara Vaccaro mobilized a cleanup crew a second after polishing off this “Louis […]

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Artist Mark Panzarino Arrested for Chalking the Grounds of Union Square

Last modified May 12, 2014 at 3:18 pm

Chalk? Childhood past-time. Each piece with a lifespan of pretty much a couple days, or until it rains. It seems that despite the various chalkings of the Lower East Side as recently as last week, and also in tribute to the victims of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory for a decade, chalk artist Mark Panzarino was […]

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Chalk/LES to Kick Off Lower East Side History Month with Sidewalk Chalkings

Posted May 1, 2014 at 10:00 am

Starting tomorrow, the local streets will be chalked with memories as part of the first annual Lower East Side History Month. Just in time for the end of this deluge. Chalk/LES is a three-day community engagement project that encourages passersby to sketch trivia, memories, or random musings about the neighborhood in open spaces. It’s certainly […]

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10 Years of the Chalk Project’s Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire Tributes

Posted March 25, 2014 at 6:06 am

Each year on March 25, the names of 146 people are chalked onto the streets of the Manhattan, but mainly the Lower East Side. These are the identities of the doomed garment workers (mostly teenaged young women) who perished in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire of 1911. The citywide memorial project, now it its tenth year, […]

Ellis Gallagher Chalks His Trademark Sidewalk Shadows in Hell Square

Posted December 31, 2013 at 10:07 am

Ellis Gallagher (aka Ellis G) paid a visit to the Lower East Side late Friday night for the first time in a while. Known for his engaging sidewalk chalkings, the artist added his trademark faux shadowing to trash cans and fire pumps around Hell Square. The three temporary pieces were signed and dated a year […]

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Chalkboard Wisdom: How Are Things on East Houston?

Last modified June 27, 2012 at 1:16 am

The brick storefront of 137 East Houston has recently become a breathing street-level discussion board.

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Early Edition: May 13

Last modified June 27, 2012 at 1:01 am

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Felix Morelo Brings Faces to Allen Street Hotel

Posted March 31, 2011 at 6:09 am

Felix Morelo hasn’t really been too active on the Lower East Side of late, but he recently made an appearance.

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Sidewalk Chalkings Commemorate Triangle Shirtwaist Victims

Last modified March 25, 2011 at 2:23 pm

Volunteer chalkers fanned out across the neighborhood this morning, as they do each year, to commemorate the anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire.