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Justice for George Floyd: Mural and Street Art in the East Village

george floyd memorial mural photo by gail worley
Photos By Gail

In the past few weeks, the city streets have become a canvas for protest art spawned in the wake of George Floyd’s murder by the police.  On one of my regular evening walks this week, I spotted this small mural of George’s likeness, bearing the words ‘justice’ and ‘coexist,’ at the corner of First Avenue and East 13th Street. You can see that someone has placed a prayer candle on the sidewalk in front of the mural, but it’s easy to miss if you aren’t paying attention, because the mural sits below eye level.

george floyd memorial mural photo by gail worley

This mural is entitled Justice, and it was painted by New York-based Japanese artist Dragon 76 (@dragon76art).

blm george floyd photo by gail wortley

Everyone should be familiar with the basic facts of how George Floyd died, but it case you aren’t, you can read it in the above photo. This is one of a series of stickers posted along Avenue B with the names and stories of black people who have lost their lives to police brutality and racially motivated violence. It is extremely sobering but also inspiring to join this call for justice.

say their names photo by gail worley
Photographed Outside Fishs Eddy on Broadway Between 19th and 20th Streets

Say Their Names.

blm trash and vaudeville photo by gail worley

In the windows of closed businesses, merchants and residents stand in solitary with our African American neighbors.

blm storefront photo by gail worley

Let us not allow this moment in time to pass without enacting real change, starting within ourselves.

fight the power photo by gail worley

black lives fucking matter photo by gail worley

I found this one in Freeman Alley.

George Floyd’s sacrifice will not be in vein.

george floyd memorial mural photo by gail worley

Rest In Peace.

Happy Pride Month, Bitches!

out in the streets mural photo by gail worley
All Photos By Gail

The mural wall adjacent to the F Train Stop at Houston and lower Second Avenue is currently home to this energetic and celebratory Pride-themed photo mural by Dusty Rebel entitled Out in the Streets.

out in the streets mural photo by gail worley

You can read more about the Mural at This Link!

out in the streets mural photo by gail worley

Times Are Tough But So Are You

times are tough but so are you photo by gail worley
Photo By Gail

Times Are Tough But So Are You by street artist Captain Eyeliner is a sentiment we can all benefit from being reminded of every day as we move through these challenging times. It will get better.

Spotted on Leonard Street just West of Broadway in Lower Manhattan.

Astronaut On The Bowery

astronaut by bd white photo by gail worley
Planet Earth is Blue, and There’s Nothing I Can Do . . .(Photo By Gail)

Street Artist BD White painted a few of his Astronauts on Bowery just south of East Second Street. This one is my favorite.

Pink Thing of The Day: Buff Monster Box Truck!

buff monster box truck photo by gail worley
Photos By Gail

The Covid Life walks have lead me to all sorts of unexpected, magical discoveries! That might have something to do with the fact that I am now regularly exploring streets that, three months ago, I did not know existed. Case in point: Columbia Street. “Where The Fuck is That” you ask? It’s on the LES near Delancey, and walking north it eventually turns into Avenue D. But it was on Columbia Street,  that I saw this box truck idling in front of a grocery store, bearing Buff Monster’s awesome pink tag, along with his signature Mr. Melty character. Sweet.

buff monster box truck detail photo by gail worley

We Love New York Mural by Queen Andrea

we love new york mural photo by gail
Photos By Gail

Living the Covid Life in its Manhattan epicenter is hardcore. New Yorkers are survivors though, and we still love our city. Queen Andrea wants to make sure we don’t forget how hard NYC rocks. She completed this beautiful mural on Avenue A between 3rd and 4th Streets on May 14th, 2020, which is why it still looks fresh!

 

we love new york mural by queen andrea photo by gail worley

East Village Life: Photos of Social Distancing From My Neighborhood Walks!

Cure Covid Meme
Brilliant Cure Covid Meme: Origin Unknown. All Other Non-Meme Images By Gail

Hello and welcome to week four of My Covid East Village Life! This week we are checking in with the act of Social Distancing, Masking-up, and related Covid Memes! Fun!  Let’s get to isolating!

Mask Instructions Meme

First off, if you’re not wearing a fucking mask every time you leave your house, I have ZERO sympathy for you if you get the virus.

trader joes mascot beary

A Trader Joe’s market opened in my immediate neighborhood earlier this year and shopping there for delicious food has allowed me to keep my shit together. Like most stores, TJ‘s began requiring customers to wear face masks a week or so into lockdown; which I have no problem complying with, because I am not a selfish cunt. Even Beary, the store’s mascot, is masked-up, as we all should be.

delphine in fancy mask photo by gail

This mask with Red Rringe — worn by my very fashionable neighbor, Delphine — is definitely the fanciest face-covering I’ve seen.

dog in a mask photo by gail worley

Tiny dog, which I was told is a Miniature Pinscher, in a mask, spotted in the East River Park. He is saying: “Mask-up, Bitches!”

mask graffiti photo by gail worley

Mask graffiti on the LES.

Attn Runners Flyer Photo By Gail

Flyer seen in my neighborhood. Zero sympathy for the Chads and Karens as well.

wear a mask sign at duane reade photo by gail

Rules like this make me feel safer. Thank you, NYC, for giving a shit!

Covid Traffic Warning Photo By Gail Worley

There is literally no excuse for not knowing the rules.

This Post Is Observing Social Distancing! More Photos After the Jump!

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Pink Thing of The Day: Pink Spray Painted Head of a Warrior

mayan warrior head spray art photo by gail worley
Photo By Gail

This pink spray paint rendering of what I interpret to be the Head of a Mayan Warrior is tagged on a brick wall on East 10th Street between Avenues B and C. I was originally going to include it in this past Tuesday’s post on My East Village Covid Experience, but thought better of that, because I needed a Pink Thing for this week. Any port in a storm.

East Village Life: Photos of Street Art From My Neighborhood Walks

madonna and child neon mural photo by gail worley
Madonna and Child Neon-Look Mural by Straker on East 3nd Street at 1st Avenue (All Photos By Gail)

Hello and welcome to week two of my ass-kicking East Village Life. In this week’s edition, we will walk through a virtual gallery of assorted street art and public art pieces that I’ve passed by on my weather-permitting daily walks in and around my neighborhood. Enjoy!

love mural by hektad at fsgap photo by gail worley

Hektad is a name that you’re going see a few times in this post, as his optimism-infused artworks are all over the East Village, especially in the First Street Green Art Park, located on First Street at First Avenue. Since this photo was taken, I believe the park has temporarily closed due to the Covid as it was attracting crowds. And we can’t have that.

Madina Deli Shop Photo By Gail Worleylove mural with portrait by hektad photo by gail worley

Here are a couple of additional Hektad pieces on 11th Street just East of First Avenue. These are side by side, adjacent to this monumental piece by Kobra.

king kong mural photo by gail worley

It does not get much more NYC than this mural of King Kong by French graffiti artist Moi One (@moi.one). Find it next to David’s Cafe on St. Mark’s Place near Tompkin’s Square Park.

avenue a tile mosaic by jim power photo by gail worley

This colorful tile mosaic by Jim Power, known locally as the Mosaic Man, marks the intersection of Avenue A and St Mark’s Place. Jim composes all of his intricate pieces from up-cycled china, glass, pottery and found objects to create unique, site specific works of art. His mosaics are all over the neighborhood.

More Art, After The Jump!

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Buff Monster and Crash BR163 Murals on Tienley Enterprises Building

Buff Monster and Crash Murals Photo By Gail Worley
All Photos By Gail

On one not-so-sunny Saturday afternoon back in February, I went for a long walk — an Urban Art Safari as I like to call them — on the Lower East Side. This happened a full month before any kind of lockdown thing was even a glimmer of an idea, which you can tell because there are cars and people in the photos

I didn’t realize at the time what a valuable resource the photos I took that day would become, as they now provide much-needed content for this blog. It’s not been easy to wander far from home in these past five or six weeks. Who’s even keeping track? Anyway, it must have been a very long time since I’d walked this particular route, because I discovered all kinds of cool street art that had in some cases been up for six months or longer. Time flies when you don’t know what you’re doing.

Buff Monster Mural Photo By Gail

At the intersection of Chrystie and Broome there’s a building whose tenant is Tienley Enterprises, Inc., a company that offers the wholesale distribution of Asian groceries and related products. The eastern and southern-facing sides of this building are covered with colorful murals by renowned street artists Buff Monster, and John “Crash” Matos with BR163, respectively. Both murals were part of the Lisa Project in conjunction with the World Pride Mural Project  and went up in the late summer of 2019.

Buff Monster Mural Photo By Gail
Buff Monster World Pride Mural Faces the Southbound Lane of Chrystie Street

I like this photo mostly for the surprised-looking guy taking on his phone while smoking a cigarette. I didn’t even notice him when I took the photo. Now, I feel he deserves to be so immortalized forever.

Buff Monster Mural on Christie Photo By Gail Worley

Here’s an almost identical shot without the guy. Tell me in the comments which one you like better.

green mr melty by buff monster photo by gail worley

You guys already know Mister Melty, right?

buff monster mural detail photo by gail worley

Here’s a rare — and very much appreciated — flash of blue sky!

Tienley Ent Inc photo by gail worleyTienley Ent Inc photo by gail worley

Once we can travel freely again, I will perhaps return to the scene and take a few fresh snaps, because the mural is so detailed. If I could get one without any cars on the street, that would be super sweet.

crash and BR163 mural photo by gail worley

Here’s a pretty nice shot of the Crash BR163 collaborative mural, which covers the Broome Street side of the building.

Felix the cat photo by gail worley

These Murals are Located at 125 Chrystie Street, Northwest Corner at Broome Street on the LES, NYC.

Buff Monster and Crash Murals Photo By Gail Worley