Tag Archive | Spring Street

Legless Cow Mural on Spring Street

Legless Cow Mural
Photo By Gail

Hey, check out this fun Graffiti Wall, which I spotted on Spring Street just west of Hudson Street, where the works of various different street artists are represented, including CON$UMR (Love Spray) and Libby Schoettle (Phoebe New York), and child street artist Ethan Armen (who is currently 9 years old!) among many others. What I want know though is who make this awesome Legless Cow? Tips in the Comments, Please!

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Peanuts Street Art Mash Up By André

Snoopy and Mr A
Photo By Gail

Swedish graffiti artist André (André Saraiva, AKA Monsieur André or Mr. A) revists a classic Peanuts comic strip scenario as Snoopy interacts with  Saraiva’s signature stick-figure doodle, Mr. A, on the wall of a downtown parking lot.

Part of The Peanuts Global Artist Collective, This Piece was Spotted at 304 Hudson Street at Spring Street in SoHo, NYC.

Shark Attack Murals!

Shark Attack Mural
Photo By Gail

This fierce predator of the deep was photographed while menacing the Smokers’ Patio out back at the Double Down Saloon on Avenue A near First Street.

Shark with Beer

This thirsty Shark was spotted on Mott Street near Spring on the exterior of the Spring Lounge. Shark Attack!

Inside The Germania Bank Building at 190 Bowery

190 Bowery
All Photos By Gail

When we showed up outside the former Germania Bank Building at around 6:30 PM on Saturday, May 16th, fully expecting to be admitted to Vito Schnabel’s First Show Last Show one-night-only art event taking place inside this mysterious landmark, we found the sidewalks adjacent to the corner of Bowery and Spring clogged with disappointed scenesters who already knew what we were yet to be told: that the much hyped-up-the-ass event had been cancelled.

Fortunately, we had been at Frieze all day and were too exhausted to give much of a shit. Plus, there were other things going on — this being New York City — and we ended up having a pretty fun night on our own.

Front Door

The following Monday, I read online that those wishing to view the exhibit could email Schnabel’s office and request an appointment for the hours of Noon to 6 PM, Monday through Friday, with Monday May 25th being closed for the holiday. Pretty non-user-friendly hours for anyone with a day job, but I sent off my request for “5 PM on Friday May 22nd” and then promptly forgot all about it, until I saw an email in my box at 10 PM on Thursday, saying that I had an appointment for 2:15 PM the next day. Let’s just say, I made it work. And Geoffrey came along with me, because a once-in-a-lifetime experience like this really needs to be shared.

Misc Graffiti

For those of you who don’t live in NYC, and therefore don’t know the legend of this iconic building, 190 Bowery was originally built in 1898 to house Germania Bank. The century old building is known for its neo-Renaissance detailing, such as the arched windows and ornate outer facade, which, for as long as I can remember, has been covered in graffiti and street art.

Hands with Tongues

This is, I think, the main reason that everyone who has walked past it assumed that the building was long abandoned. Who imagined that this was once NYC’s largest private residence?

Exterior Wheatpastes

Photographer Jay Maisel bought the building in the mid 1960s and has lived in it with his family ever since. In the decades that I’ve lived in NYC, the building has appeared lifeless and was perpetually shuttered, shrouded in deep mystery — until Masiel sold the place last year to real estate developer Aby Rosen, and it suddenly started making the local news. Rosen’s plans to lease it out as office space or turn it into Condos has made everyone who aches for the preservation of old New York a bit sick to their stomachs. It was Rosen, along with Julian Schnabel’s son, Vito who hosted the show.

Art By Dylan Egon
Art By Dylan Egon

Here’s what we saw once we got inside.

Main Room View from Door

This large room was used by the Maisel family as a basketball court, hence the yellow and black tape on the floor.

Basketball Court Detail

The hoop formerly hung above the door, but has now been taken down. The floor is a mix of natural polished wood and its original ceramic tile mosaic. The wood “court surface,” I imagine, was added to facilitate game play, but maybe not. The largest pieces of art in the show were in this room.

Art By Joe Bradley
Untitled (Diptych) By Joe Bradley

The above painting was installed at the top of a small fight of stairs that lead, well, nowhere, really.

Stairway

Vault

But doesn’t this look like some kind of vault? I think so.

Staircase Finish

The interior’s original finishes and fixtures look like they haven’t been updated in fifty years: like the owners moved in and lived in the building “as is.” That tells such a rich story right there.

Art By Julian Schnabel
Art By Julian Schnabel

Art By Dan Colen
Art By Dan Colen

Art By Dan Colen
Art By Dan Colen
Art By Dan Colen

Dream Machine
Dream Machine (For Brion Gysin) By Jeff Elrod

 Arched Window Detail
Arched Window Detail

Between Two Rooms

Art was also displayed inside a smaller, access area between the large front space and in one small room, in which three large pieces by Author/Film Director Harmony Korine were displayed

Entry to Second Gallery

Art By Harmony Korine
Art By Harmony Korine

Art By Harmony Korine

As I looked at the art, I felt so excited to be inside this cool old building that the general public had not been inside of in fifty years. It was like being in a haunted house, or something.

Wall to Floor Detail

Here is a close up detail of the marble walls and tile mosaic floor, which is still in excellent shape.

Bars on Window

Check out the Lion Heads embossed on the Radiator.

Lion Head Radiator

Window Detail at Staircase

“Exhibit Continues” promised a sign at the foot of these stairs.

Art By Ron Gorchov

Upstairs, we found this tiny alcove room with three pieces by abstract painter Ron Gorchov. We just saw his work at MOMA last weekend!

Rose

Somebody left this rose.

Molding Detail
Molding Detail

Romeorim, one of the best in this field, provides you the details of the process required to manufacture parts larger that the usual sizes, without losing the quality and the strength your product needs.

It was a thrill to check out the First Show Last Show inside the old Germania Bank Building before they scrub away all its character and it just becomes another New York story.

Tile Hummingbirds

These tiny hummingbirds are affixed to the cement just outside the front door. Soon, they will be gone.

First Show Last Show Sinage

190 Bowery

Update October 2017: There’s a Fancy Mens’ Clothing Boutique in the First Floor Now. Fancy!

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More Of Mr. OneTeas’ Wack Donald’s Project: Yoda and Pooh Bear

Mr OneTeas Yoda and Pooh Bear
Photo By Gail

Mr. OneTeas Wack Donalds-ized version of Yoda and Winnie the Pooh were found still clinging to the exterior of the former Germania Bank located at 190 Bowery (Corner of Spring Street), which was the private residence of photographer Jay Maisel for the past 5 decades before being sold to developer Aby Rosen, despite claims that the building had been Buffed of its Graffiti, in preparation for being turned into the World’s Largest Starbucks.

Buff Monster Mural, Soho NYC

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Photos By Gail

I spotted this cute Sad Ice Cream Sundae mural by Mohawk-sporting street artist Buff Monster on Spring Street near Mott Street in Soho. Too bad it is mostly obscured by a security gate and a dumb store sign. Dumb sign! No wonder the Ice Cream Sundae is sad!

Buff Monster Spring and Mott

Buff Monster Mott and Spring

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