Arlene’s Grocery celebrates two decades on Stanton Street this year. Considered one of the first modern live music clubs in the neighborhood, the establishment came to prominence in 1995 when the former bodega and butcher shop at 95 Stanton were combined to create the venue.
It’s an establishment known more for its stage and musical attraction than anything else. An elclectic mix of punk, hardcore, funk, and rock acts have passed through since the joint opened twenty years ago (e.g. The Strokes, Lady Gaga, Arcade Fire, The Bravery, and Jim Carey). Heavy Metal Karaoke still reigns supreme on Monday nights, too.
But, for Arlene’s Grocery, music isn’t the only creative draw. There is also a budding art program taking shape. It began in 2012 when street artist Joseph Meloy (aka Vandal Expressionism) was approached by talent booker Eric Berrebbi for a