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May 18, 2015 Bucky Turco

On Monday, the NYC DOT held a press conference to unveil its “art beautification project” at the 191st Street tunnel in Washington Heights. The agency commissioned graffiti and street artists to paint the passageway that stretches for nearly four blocks… legally. Over the past few days they’ve been doing just that and expect to be […]

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May 13, 2015 Bucky Turco

Over the weekend, the August Martin High School in Jamaica, Queens was transformed into a massive graffiti gallery when over 100 artists such as MERES, CUBA, CYCLE, JERMS, Phetus, POET, YES1, CLAW, Cernesto, KING BEE, Plasma Slug, T-KID, AMUZE, SHIRO, and so many others descended on the massive building and spray painted their work directly […]

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May 6, 2015 Liam Mathews

Cool news on the 190 Bowery beat: the Landmarks Preservation Commission has approved restoration and renovation plans to the building that will retain the iconic graffiti on the building’s exterior, YIMBY reports. On May 5, architect Jørgen Cleemann presented his plan to the LPC, which will restore many fixtures including doors and windows, but will […]

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Bucky Turco

For several years, urban artist Tristan Eaton maintained a studio at 158 Roebling in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn. Although he’s long-gone from that space, he still curates or paints the walls there. This year, he invited graffiti twins HOW and NOSM, as well as Cyrcle, to create an eye-popping mural that stretches around the […]

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April 30, 2015 Liam Mathews

Have you ever read Jonathan Lethem’s novel The Fortress of Solitude? The main characters, Dylan Ebdus and Mingus Rude, have a ring that gives them the power of flight. At one point, Mingus tags a high wall on the Brooklyn House of Detention, and people are baffled, because it appears that the only way to […]

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April 27, 2015 Liam Mathews

Hector Morejon, a 19-year-old resident of the California city of Long Beach, was shot and killed by an officer on Thursday, the Los Angeles Times first reported. He was unarmed. The officer, who has not yet been publicly identified, responded to a report that people were trespassing and vandalizing a vacant home on Thursday afternoon. […]

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April 24, 2015 Bucky Turco

Earlier this week, the Wall Street Journal reported (and ANIMAL and others repeated), that the new tenants of 190 Bowery are cool with the graffiti on the exterior of the building and want it to stay. But unfortunately, that may not matter — Matthew Moneypenny, the CEO of the unnamed creative conglomeration that plans on […]

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April 22, 2015 The Dusty Rebel

Donning a ghoulish white mask and black hoodie, a mysterious figure has been attracting the attention of passersby in Manhattan lately. The poetic harbinger of doom and spokesman for the “rats in the walls” chalks strange occult symbols on the ground and hands out flyers celebrating graffiti writers who “eat trains and live forever.” Other […]

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April 20, 2015 Liam Mathews

The new occupants of the historic graffiti-covered mansion at 190 Bowery will “keep all of the building’s historic touches from its marble wash basins to the graffiti covering the lower part of the facade,” the Wall Street Journal reports. A recently-formed, as-of-yet-unnamed consortium of agencies representing creative professionals has leased 30,000 square feet of office […]

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April 16, 2015 Lainna Fader

Ossining’s historic Brandreth Pill Factory was demolished without permit on Tuesday morning, according to a report from lohud.com. The abandoned factory had become somewhat of a graffiti hotspot in the last few years. Ossining is an easy two-hour train ride from NYC, close enough to attract dedicated artists and urban explorers, but far enough to […]

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