Michael DeNicola


The Centre-fuge Public Art Project continues its mission to transform the Department of Transportation trailer on First Street and First Avenue into a vibrant open-air gallery. These past few wintry weeks, its 16th cycle has brought an infectious energy to an otherwise cold and stark site. Here are a few close-ups:

Moody at work in mid-December — at the beginning of the current cycle

"Moody Mutz"

Joshua David McKenney at work

"Joshua David McKenney"

And to the right of Pidgin Doll — Marthalicia MatarritaMichael DeNicola, Basil and Lexi Bella

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Foxx FacesRaquel Echanique and Marthalicia Matarrita

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Vernon O’Meally, Lelex and Fade, AA Mobb

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ArbiterMiss Zukie, Foxx Faces, BK and Sest2

"Centre-fuge Public Art Project"

Pebbles Russell, who co-founded the Centre-fuge Public Art Project in 2012, reports that Cycle 16 will remain in effect for a few more weeks. If you would like to participate in future cycles of this project, send a sketch, along with reference images to other works, to centrefuge@gmail.com.

Final photo by Lois Stavsky; all others by Dani Reyes Mozeson


Early last month, on some of this year’s coldest days, a group of dedicated artists — once again — transformed the exterior of East 1st Street’s once-neglected trailer into an intriguing outdoor canvas. Here are a few of the images that will continue to greet passersby through April 10:

Michael DeNicola’s tribute to the late actor Philip Seymour Hoffman




Col Wallnuts

"Col Wallnuts"

Vernon O’Meally, Edapt, Foxxface and Numb DSI


Vernon O’Meally

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Edapt and Foxxface

"Centre-fuge Public Art Project"

Numb DSI

"Centre-fuge Public Art Project"

Photos by Dani Reyes Mozeson and Lois Stavsky


"Danielle Mastrion & Bishop203 artwork on trailer in NYC"

While walking along East First Street off First Avenue early this year, we were delighted to come upon a huge trailer transformed into a vibrant outdoor canvas.   In the past few months, this same trailer has featured the works of some of NYC’s best-known street artists such as Claw Money and Optimo Primo, along with images fashioned by artists who rarely paint or exhibit in public spaces.

Last week we had the chance to observe some of NYC’s most active street artists at work on the trailer and meet some others whose work was new to us.  We also discovered that these artists were at work on Cycle 3 of The Centre-Fuge Art Project conceived by First Street residents Pebbles Russell and Jonathan Neville in memory of their friend, Mike Hamm.

Here are some images from Cycle 3:

Brooklyn-based artist Danielle Mastrion pays homage to Adam Yauch aka MCA, a founding member of the legendary Beastie Boys.

"Danielle Mastrion paints MCA portrait"

Local illustrator and graphic designer Michael DeNicola brings an eerie family abroad.

"Michael Denicola characters on NYC trailer"

Thanks to Bishop203 and Elle, Brooklyn’s iconic character arrives on the scene.

"Bishop203 character on NYC trailer"

The prolific Fumero whose distinct aesthetic can be seen on walls throughout NYC brings a slice of paradise to First Street.

"Fumero street art on NYC trailer"

Brooklyn-based visual and performance artist Jade Fusco, aka DMZL, graces the trailer with an array of quirky creatures.

"Jade Fusco characters on NYC trailer"

And designer, graffiti writer and fine artist CRAM Concepts (center) honors all moms — just in time for Mothers Day.

Cycle 3 of Centre-fuge will be on view until July 12th, 2012.

Photos by Lenny Collado, Tara Murray & Street Art, NYC

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