British Street Artist Eine Opens Show on the Bowery

Ben Eine Opening on the Bowery

Ben Eine Opening on the Bowery

The Judith Charles Gallery on the Bowery will be the site of street artist Ben Eine’s first solo show. In anticipation of the opening of the show Eine has put up striking murals around town, including on Riker’s Island. Eine’s calling card is his brightly colored typographic writings.

Eine first became interested in graffiti art in 1984, when he was 14 years old. The next 20 years he spent tagging everything he could, and painting walls and trains. This was about the same time that street art was being recognized as a legitimate artistic undertaking, allowing graffiti artists more freedom to leave their marks without fear of imprisonment.

When picking sites for Eine’s murals around New York before his solo show, he looked for locations that were accessible, easy to view, and prominent. His main mural was painted at the former chocolate factory at 325 West Broadway.

Ben Eine’s first solo show, Heartfelt, will be held at the Judith Charles Gallery at 196 Bowery at Spring Street and will run until March 16, 2014.

Learn About the Immigrant History of NY at the Tenement Museum

Learn about the immigrant experience at the Tenement Museum

Learn about the immigrant experience at the Tenement Museum

A visit to the Tenement Museum is a unique experience which will bring the history of the Lower East Side and its surrounding environs to life.

There are three ways of visiting the museum:

•    Visitors can tour the building and explore the restored apartments and businesses of those who lived and worked here at the height of the immigrant experience.

•    Interpreters in costume take on the role of former residents who once inhabited 97 Orchard Street.

•    Get to know the neighborhood up close and personal as you take a walking tour and discover the real Lower East Side and the many ways that immigrants influenced the neighborhood, city and beyond.

A visit to the Tenement Museum will enlighten visitors to the importance and depth of the influence immigrants had on the development of the region and became the foundation of America as we know it today.

The Bowery Revival Has Not Hurt the Area’s Historic Charm

Over the past ten years the Bowery has transformed itself almost unrecognizably from a skid-row, impoverished neighborhood, to a trendy, up-scale destination for artists, tourists and others just exploring the more interesting sites around town.

The Bowery Hotel Today

The Bowery Hotel Today

Just walking down the famed street which the neighborhood takes its name from and pedestrians will see high-brow restaurants, glittery night spots, high-end art galleries, luxury hotels and condos, and the world famous New Museum, all clamoring for your dutiful attention. It is hard to believe, let alone remember, that this street was the home to scores of homeless, alcoholics, addicts and other unfortunates.

Yet, the historic nature of the area has not been lost with the danger and grime. The 18th and 19th century buildings are still standing, lending an aura of authenticity to the surroundings. A poetry club brings to mind the Beat poets who used to gather here, writing love-notes to the neighborhood. A few family-owned businesses, including restaurant supply and lighting shops are still around, reminding us that despite the quick gentrification, the neighborhood still has a soul.

The Bowery of Old

The Bowery of Old

“You feel like you’re in a part of history still,” said real estate agent Larry Carty of Corcoran. “When you step out, you have old-school places along with new institutions. People see the culture and the restaurants as amenities to their spaces.”

iMentor Spring Benefit at the Bowery Hotel

iMentor isholding their annual Srping Benefit this Wednesday, June 12, from 6:30 to 9:30 at the Bowery Hotel, 335 Bowery, NYC. iMentor is an organization that helps high school students to stay in school and succeed there utilizing the special support which is provided by a caring and dedicated mentor.

iMentor Spring Benefit 2012

iMentor Spring Benefit 2012

This vital organization works with low income families to keep the students on the path not only through high school, but hopefully onward through college, and achieving their dreams.

The Spring Benefit, which will be held on the large indoor/outdoor terrace of the Bowery Hotel, will be an opportunity to meet iMentor’s community of mentors, learn more about the mentoring program, drink some amazing signature drinks and taste some fine, delicious hors d’oeuvres. There will also be a fun auction where people can bid on exclusive objects and services, while drinking in the sounds of great music by Cameron Smalls.

All the money raised during the benefit, from the entrance tickets to the bids on the items, will go supporting iMentor’s efforts to keep at-risk kids on the road to success. To learn more about the iMentor Spring Benefit contact Stacey Gorman at 646-797-4438 or

NYC Presence

Shimmie Horn

Checking out Shimmie Horn hotel and NYC fashion stores

The Paul Frank Store located at the corner of Kenmare at 195 Mulberry Street has closed down.  Brown paper covers the windows along with the announcement: “Closed Forever.”  For those staying at Shimmie Horn’s Cosmopolitan Hotel – Tribeca who are disappointed at this closure, there are a whole slew of other impressive fashion stores in the area.  These include: Duncan Quinn, Ports 1961 and Christos Dovas New York Co. to name but a few.

Unfortunately, the Paul Frank Store just didn’t make it and, following around 8 years in business in NYC, had to close its doors in the area.  Still, for those who only want Paul Frank fashion, there are around 20 others that remain throughout the world spanning: Southern California, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Dallas, Chicago and New York City, London, Amsterdam, Berlin, Dubai, Qatar, Bangkok, Athens, and Taipei.  Paul Frank Stores was established back in 1995 as a venture between Paul Frank Sunich, Ryan Heuser and John Oswald.  The three businessmen started off by producing vinyl accessories as gifts for their friends in a garage.  It expanded to wallets and handbags and ultimately a global grand, boasting its own stores.  In 2010 Saban Brands purchased Paul Frank Industries.

Zarsha Leo Making Its Way Into the Hearts of New Yorkers

The well-known and trendy upscale bar/restaurant Zarsha Leo has been expanding like crazy in recent months. With one establishment in mid-town Manhattan and a few others around the country, this sports bar/restaurant has finally managed to cross the East River and join us Brooklynites.

“I must say this is a dream come true for me,” exclaimed Evan Burschkopf, CEO of Zarsha Leo. “I was born in Brooklyn, so having a franchise here fills me with joy.”

The crowds have been coming to this exciting destination not only for the great drinks and fine bar cuisine, but mostly for the plasma TVs set to broadcast the world’s greatest sporting events. “My customers feel like they are really there, and have a great time at our place,” added Burschkopf.

New Bowery Eatery Nods to Times Gone By

Wise Men Bar and Restaurant

Wise Men is a collaborative effort of three talented, creative women; photographer Danielle Levitt, creative director as ‘S’ magazine Christina Chin, and expert restaurateur Carolyn Ng. Together they escaped the neighborhood’s usual “post-modern” environments and took the décor back a notch or two to good times gone by.

The bar-restaurant has a capacity of 74 and has a 20-foot bar created by set-designer Andy Harmon. Dark mirrors, red banquettes, gorgeous marble flooring and exotic chandeliers add to the feel of an old-time New York meat and cocktails venue.

Duane Fernandez Jr, one of the head bartenders at Acme is the cocktails consultant, while executive chef from Frankies 570 Ryan Bartlow consulted on the Wise Men menu. The planned menu will be small, offering mostly meat plates with approximately 15 choices.

It can be confusing finding Wise Men, as there are no signs outside indicating that you have arrived at your destination. We suppose that adds to the charm, but if you would like to check out the premises yourself, head on over to 355 Bowery, near E. 4th St.

New Museum Installs 28-Foot Tall Rose on Facade

If you’re walking down the Bowery on Manhattan’s Lower East Side this week, you may notice something different on the facade of the New Museum. A 28-foot tall steel, aluminum and lacquer rose now stands on the museum’s ledge where Ugo Rondinone’s Hell, Yes! rainbow used to be.

German Post-war Contemporary sculptor Isa Genzken created Rose II, her first piece of public art to be installed in the United States. It was installed on Saturday and will remain on view through 2011. (Genzken made her first Rose in 1993.)

Rondinone’s Hell, Yes! was put up on the facade of the New Museum in December 2007 to celebrate the contemporary museum’s first freestanding building on the Bowery.