Here’s another instance of one of those stencil street art images of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln we’ve been stumbling upon occasionally in New York City over the past year. This one is on a wall along Crosby Street near Howard Street across from the Mondrian Hotel in SoHo.
A big snowstorm dubbed “Hercules” hit New York City late Thursday night and Friday, dumping 3 – 5 inches of of fine, powdery snow on the city and bringing with it fierce winds and a deep-freeze temperatures of around 7 Fahrenheit ( -13 Celcius)!. The city glowed beautifully in the blanket of white snow, but we’re freezing here. Pix posted here are of the area around Grand Street Station in the Chinatown neigborhood of the Lower East Side (LES).
This recent wheat-paste street art piece in New York’s Lower East Side depicts a man in what appears to be traditional Arab headwear. The artwork has been partially peeled off and destroyed in a short time. The street art — if it’s still there — is on Broome Street, on that block between Bowery and Chrystie Street where there a handful of influential art galleries and the offices of fashion label Band of Outsiders.
Merry Christmas! Happy holidays! We’re in NYC this Christmas day and although we don’t usually get caught up in the holiday traditions — it’s just not our thing — it’s nice to see a Christmas tree as we sip a hot Blue Bottle cappuccino on this very cold Christmas afternoon in New York’s Lower East Side. It’s also really nice to see the downtown streets so quiet, as most businesses are closed, except for this recent cafe addition to the LES espresso coffee scene called Whynot on Orchard Street.
The restroom at Miss Lily’s — a Jamaican-and-reggae-themed cafe and shop in downtown New York City — is decorated with the framed record covers of roots reggae and dub music classics from the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s. Our favorite is the cover for Dr. Alimantado’s “Best Dressed Chicken in Town” record pictured above.
The ubiquitous Adam Cost put up these Space Invader wheatpaste posters recently in the Lower East Side of New York. The iconic, classic videogame graphic images is a subtle nod to the presence of French street artist Invader who was visiting New York that week for a film launch and putting up a lot of his famous Space Invader mosaic street-art installations around downtown.
This new street art mural by artist Bradley Theodore just went up last week on the commissioned wall space at L’Asso in New York’s Lower East Side. The images show the colorful profiles of a skull-faced Vogue magazine editor Anna Wintour literally facing off at legendary Chanel and Fendi fashion designer-photographer Karl Lagerfeld (she with the iconic bob haircut, he of the iconic white hair and ponytail). A heart symbol appears in the space between them. The images are simultaneously grotesque and playful.
This black-spray-paint stencil street art image of a girl’s face is on a brick wall at a spot on Bond Street near Lafayette Street in New York City’s NoHo that has been getting hit up with a lot of street art in recent months.
We stumbled upon this political-labor protest this morning outside the Grand Street subway station in Chinatown while on our way to a meeting at our offices uptown. What really struck us was the style of the the placards and signs, especially the hand-drawn illustrations depicting restaurant delivery men on their bicycles.
The new commissioned “Choose Not To” street art mural at Rag & Bone’s flagship store in New York’s Lower East Side is by acclaimed artist Joe Wardwell. The painting consists entirely of words in the phrase “Choose to believe or not to believe” loudly painted in all caps. We continue to be impressed by the variety, curation and frequency of art Rag & Bone is commissioning for their space. Keep it up, dudes.
These painted mannequin legs were mounted on a manhole cover by an unknown artist at the intersection of Crosby and Prince streets in SoHo, in New York, last week, to the amusement of many passersby who couldn’t resist an fun, easy photo opp.
Pulino’s on the Bowery is our downtown go-to weekend spot for Italian-style brunches in New York City. The food and atmosphere are great. And its location at the corner of Bowery and Houston streets means it’s in a prime spot for taking a break during our usual weekly art circuit and close to the action. The Deitch Wall is across the street. The New Museum is a block away, as is Rag & Bone, Banksy’s recent “Grim Reaper” installation, and a few other often-changing commissioned street art spaces. A dozen or so of the nearly 100 galleries now in the Lower East Side are two or three minutes away on foot. Like so many restaurants these days, Pulinos delivers its check to your table with a postcard, which we love.