the storefront gate murals of loisaida

In late 2009 the New York City Council voted to phase out the metal roll-down gates that cover storefronts all over New York City in favor of the gates that you see covering the storefronts inside malls. They say the roll-down gates invite graffitti and are “scary”. Not surprising, the “mall-ification” of New York City continues. We have many storefront gate murals in Loisaida. Luckily we have until 2026 until they are all gone.

5C Cafe

5C Cultural Center and Cafe

loisaida gate

Big Doves

children of loisaida

Summit Bar gate

Much of the public art in the community is created by Antonio Garcia, the artist known as Chico. The Summit Bar gate before the cocktail hour.

brand new bobwhites

New restaurant Bobwhite Counter commissioned their gate way before they opened.

Mut Gallery’s gate mural.

4 thoughts on “the storefront gate murals of loisaida

  1. What fabulous photographs. We have a lot of this sort of thing in Bristol as well. I am always so impressed by the ingenuity of the graffiti artists and love the way that these things seem to pop up out of nowhere and take you by surprise. Really enjoying your blog, having found you via your message on mine – somehow saying I’ll be reading it with coffee in hand in Bristol doesn’t sound as glamorous as your version!

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