In New York City in the 1890’s, on the corner of Mulberry and Houston Streets, an extraordinary handful of people held forth from their various corners.

At the same place this show, here until September 15th, is intended to bring attention to some of the remarkable individuals who once worked in this neighborhood and had outsized positive influences over our lives.

In Press:

Daily News New York, September 13, 2017:
VIDEO: Steve Stollman and the ‘Mulberry Street Gang’

Meet Steve Stollman.

A longtime resident of downtown Manhattan, he lost his home near Mulberry street. Now he’s erected a gallery of sorts honoring historic residents of the area as he is forced to leave behind the place he called home.

Video by Pavel Ezrohi.

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Atlas Obscura:
The Mulberry Bend

During the 19th century, you could pay for violence off a prix-fixe menu on this Manhattan street. Read all at

Untapped Cities, July, 19. 2017:
“The Mulberry Street Gang” Exhibit Sits in an Empty Lot on Houston Street in NYC

We love finding quirky pop-up exhibits in New York City, and we were recently excited to discover one in an empty lot at 49 East Houston Street! The exhibit, created by Steve Stollman, is small but honors something big—people who have shown bravery in challenging some of the most pressing social and political issues of their times. The exhibit will be there until September 15, honoring the “Mulberry Street Gang” consisting of Jacob Riis, Teddy Roosevelt, Nikola Tesla, Mark Twain, and Joseph Keppler (founder of the barrier-breaking, satirical Puck magazine)… Read all at

Bowery Boogie, May, 05. 2017:
This Fallow East Houston Lot Pays Tribute to Tesla, Teddy, and Twain

Steve Stollman spent the last month fine-tuning his open-air museum exhibit at 49 East Houston Street. The wall of fame composed of dated clippings, posters, and portraits is an attempt to foist an appreciation of neighborhood history onto unsuspecting pedestrians… Read all at

The New York Times, April, 30. 2017:
In NoLIta, a Tribute to Forgotten History

When Steve Stollman talks about the energy that once pulsed around the intersection of Houston and Mulberry Streets, he is not indulging some touchy-feely sensibility (even if he did make a living in the 1960s distributing hippie-friendly underground newspapers). He’s being literal… Read all at

Larry Evene, March, 26. 2017:
The Mulberry Street Gang

In New York City in the 1890’s, on the corner of Mulberry and Houston Streets, an extraordinary handful of people held forth from their various corners. The means they used to project their feelings and aspirations were all radically different from one another and also a departure from anything the world had ever seen before. They were each also preoccupied with the inequalities and injustices that characterized life for the average person in their time and they were each determined to change the course of their society’s history. What is amazing is, they each did. Each needed to re-define what could be, even should be. What they each realized was, that making such a breakthrough required them to invent a new medium, so fresh that it could convey their fierce determination to their fellow creatures, where mere words could never work. What a crew they were… Read all at

Bowery Boogie, March, 31. 2017:
Fallow for a Decade, Activity Anew at 49 East Houston Lot

Holy shitballs!

There is actually activity to report at 49 East Houston Street, forever the vacant lot and dumping ground.

Yesterday evening, two crowbar-wielding workers were spotted dismantling the splintered plywood, revealing the void created here a decade ago. Word on the street is that the property is up for sale, though we haven’t spotted any listings just yet.

Regardless, construction ain’t gonna happen in the near future… Read all at

Vanishing New York, April 16, 2008:
Steve Stollman’s Place
Yesterday Curbed reported that a former bike shop at 49 East Houston is to become a giant, 14-story, tumorous, cantilevered, residential building. Awful to contemplate, especially considering that the bike shop was not just a bike shop… Read all at
For Activists, a Place of Aid and Comfort

Twenty years ago, Steve Stollman decided he wanted to do something positive for himself and for the city. After fighting without luck the city’s plans to slather advertisements on bus shelters, he was looking for a cause that would embrace his belief in human-size alternatives to mass-marketed urban life… Read all at