storefront gate murals of loisaida II

One of my first blogs posts was a collection of photos of the storefront gate murals in Loisaida. These murals come and go with the opening and closing of stores so I thought it was time to do a part 2. What I like most about these murals is that someone sees the gate and feels the need to embellish the grey metal. It becomes a canvas and an excuse to add a bit of color and swirl to the cityscape.

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loisaida street art II

Out and about in the neighborhood, I’ve recently come across this public art to share with you. To see the first street art post go here.

Portal 1 of the 13 Portals project by Nicolina and Brazilian artist Pérola M. Bonfanti on the corner of Loisaida Avenue and East 7th Street

Portal 1

Portal 1

enough said

enough said

East 9th Street

East 9th Street

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East 2nd Street wall

East 2nd Street wall

Lucky Luciano mosaic by Jim Power (The Mosaic Man) on a lampost

Jim Power is a neighborhood treasure

Jim Power is a neighborhood treasure

This mural is on the wall of where Mama’s Food Shop used to be. I love that its still here.

East 3rd Street

East 3rd Street

loisaida doorways I

You can walk down a street in New York for years and be familiar with every bump in the sidewalk, when all of the sudden, you will glance up and spot an elaborate cornice on a building that you pass by every day. A little piece of something that you’ve never ever seen before and you will be enchanted by its beauty.

I’ve been taking photos with my phone of doorways in Loisaida and this will be the first post of an ongoing series because the doorways change. Graffiti comes and graffiti goes. People are big on the embelishment of doorways in this neighborhood. Like the storefront gate murals, many doorways are a canvas.

Doorway on Loisaida Avenue (Avenue C)

dark canvas

East 6th Street

Nublu on Loisaida Avenue

Bullet Space

East 6th Street

 

 

 

 

 

 

loisaida street art

When I made wheat paste glue from scratch last week to make venetian plaster, I was reminded of the street posters that were the way that local artists and musicians advertised before email became the norm. Friends would call for assistance and we would hit the streets at night armed with posters,  a bucket of wheat paste and a brush. We called it scumming. The messages change but the street poster will never die.

Posters recently seen in Loisaida, New York.