Street Artist Marty Mar’s Subtle Anti-Gentrification Mural on Essex Street

Posted on: August 29th, 2014 at 6:04 am by

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It was a hyperlocal controversy the day street artist Garrett Wasserman decorated the wall outside Clayton Patterson’s residence on Essex Street. Perhaps confusion is what resulted in the erasure of Marty Mar’s mural; apparently Wasserman had been tapped to paint a different section of the masonry. Nevertheless, “Lower East Side Story” resulted and almost immediately attracted hate from the street.

Many locals decried it as non-representative of the Lower East Side Spirit, and vandals were quick to desecrate its vanilla vibe.

Nevertheless, Lower East Sider Marty Mar returned this week with something that’s less happy-go-lucky. The mural is a riff on the negativity of gentrification vis-a-vis a welcome sign. Though it’s somewhat of an unwelcome welcome, as if to say, enough with the displacement already.

“[The piece is] more directed at the larger companies and culture vultures pushing out the people and businesses who have been apart of the community for decades.”

The LES has always welcomed People of all walks of life to come in with an open heart and open mind. Adapt and embed your self into this community to help build and preserve the dreams of the people, and the people will help preserve and build your dreams in return. With that said a vacant room will always be waiting for YOU the people. So let me be the first to say, Welcome to the lower east side …

Garrett Wasserman's "Lower East Side Story" wasn't loved

Garrett Wasserman’s “Lower East Side Story” wasn’t loved

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