Invader Reportedly Arrested Overnight on Orchard Street

space invader orchard 2

Space Invader piece was short-lived on the facade of 90 Orchard St. Photo by Mark Miller.

The French street artist, Invader, has been making his mark on the Lower East Side in the past few days.  This afternoon we’re hearing he was arrested overnight while putting the finishing touches on a new piece in the neighborhood.

A Year of Transition for the Lower East Side BID

LES BID President Mark Miller, former executive director Roberto Ragone. Photos courtesy: LES BID.

Earlier this week, the LES Business Improvement District held its annual meeting at Mason Dixon on Essex Street. The organization’s leaders looked back on what was really a transitional year — and looked forward to a busy 2011. They honored former executive director Roberto Ragone, who has gone on to run a BID in the Bronx. 

Orchard Street Sidewalk Reopens; Mark Miller Says More Improvements On the Way

Orchard Street in front of the Mark Miller Gallery

You might have noticed the scaffolding that has been in front of Orchard Street’s Mark Miller Gallery for many months has finally come down.  We checked in with Miller this morning for an update on the gallery’s ongoing transformation. It’s no ordinary sidewalk that’s been installed alongside 92 Orchard, the 1901 tenement building that’s been in the Miller family for many years. 

Scenes From the L.E.S. BID’s Grand Opening

L.E.S. BID Executive Director, Bob Zuckerman, Board President Mark Miller and State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (and councilmember Margaret Chin in background)

The LES Business Improvement District officially unveiled their new headquarters (and Visitor Center) at 54 Orchard Street on Tuesday night. They celebrated the long-awaited new space with a ribbon cutting ceremony and remarks from numerous elected officials who were on hand.

Double Happiness Opens at Newly Expanded Mark Miller Gallery

Mark Miller and Kevin Berlin in front of "Steamed Buns #2" at the opening of "Double Happiness"

A well-heeled, international crowd was on hand last night at Mark Miller’s highly anticipated “re-opening” at 92 Orchard Street.   The gallery is still in need of some finishing touches but the visitors attending the opening of Kevin Berlin’s show “Double Happiness” didn’t seem to mind. Berlin’s vivid, large-scale oil paintings arrived directly from a show in Shanghai for their American debut.  All photos courtesy of photographer Jenna Rice.

Good Morning!


Photo by Joel Raskin.

The rain will stick around most of the day and evening. Muggy — with a high of 72.