Boo-Hooray Gallery Pays Tribute to Barbara Rubin’s “Christmas on Earth”

Barbara Rubin’s film Christmas On Earth was shot at 56 Ludlow Street, the Lower East Side apartment of John Cale. Now, it is being projected onto the walls of Boo Hooray Gallery, a short hike from the long vacant apartment where it was filmed. Grainy, sexual, alluring, disturbing images flicker across the white gallery wall: Rubin’s camera captures a sexual tableaux — straight and gay — bodies coming together without care for gender in a tumult of limbs enhanced by Rubin’s decision to superimpose two separate reels of film over each other, with additional lighting effects layered on these images.

Elected Officials Urge Archdiocese to Keep St. James & Joseph School Open

Shortly after Thanksgiving, the New York Archdiocese released a list of 26 schools “at risk” of closing at the end of this year. Included on that list was St. James & Joseph Elementary School at 1 Monroe Street.  This afternoon, State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and State Senator Daniel Squadron are out with a plea to keep the school open.

In a letter to Timothy McNiff, superintendent of the Archdiocese’s schools, they wrote, “we ask that you please explore all possible options to keep (the school) open or at least offer families a comaprable choice for their children.”  They noted that two years ago St. James School faced closure and, at that time, the Archdicese merged it with St. Joseph.

In the past couple of months, schools on the “at risk” list have been given the opportunity to present evidence in favor of keeping their campuses open. The Archdicese is expected to make final decisions this month.

 

On the East River: David Wander Oil Painting, 2012

Image by David Wander, 2012; 28 x 36 oil painting.

Artist David Wander occasionally finds inspiration along the East River.  Here’s a recent oil painting he shared with us.  You can learn more about his work here.

221 East Broadway Sold For $11.3 Million

The Mayflower Building, 221 East Broadway, sold last week for $11.3 million.  The six story, 1907 Beaux Arts apartment house with ground-floor retail was previously owned by David Slaven of Red Brick Properties.  This morning, he confirmed the sale, saying the transaction went through on December 27.

According to property records, 221 East Broadway last sold for $6.3 million in 2008.  In the last couple of years, new retail businesses, including Pushcart Coffee (originally Dora), Malt & Mold and Eastwood (a bar opening any day now) have taken over ground-floor retail spaces.  Slaven said he had been willing to keep commercial spaces vacant, holding out for better retail in an effort to “help gentrify” the building.  Many of the 26 apartments were renovated (14 are rent stabilized). Sleven indicated his company typically holds on to properties for three or four years.  He was motivated to close the deal before the end of the year for tax purposes.

The Mayflower had most recently been listed for $12,250,000.  The sales brochure noted that the building is only a block away from the big Seward Park development site.

The sale hasn’t hit the city’s online database just yet.  A representative for the new owner has scheduled  meetings with retail tenants in the next few days.

 

Morning Reads: Sandy Aid Stalling, New Bowery Gallery, Bank Replaces mars Bar

Local political leaders fuming following Sandy aid stalling (NYT).

A new gallery, Garis & Hahn, opens next week at 263 Bowery (Artinfo).

The former Mars Bar site becomes a TD Bank (Post).

Four East 4th Street buildings listed for $32 million (EV Grieve).

 

Good Morning!

East Broadway Stroll (Lomo)

East Broadway near Essex Street. Photo by Roey Ahram.

Partly cloudy today with a high of 32.

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