‘Mayor’ of Ludlow Street on the Mend as Neighbors Pay Tribute with New Photo Display

Posted on: July 10th, 2017 at 5:12 am by

The so-called “Mayor” of Ludlow Street – 68 year-old Richie Chang – is reportedly on the mend. He was hospitalized a couple weeks ago with an unknown condition, but we’re now told he’s making progress and in good spirits.

Back on his home turf, where he was born and spent the last six-plus decades, loyal neighbors have banded together in anticipation of his imminent return. Namely, the installation of this enormous photograph of Chang in the vacant lot at 159 Ludlow Street. (Recall that Banksy popularized the parcel back in 2013.) The banner reads simply, “at home on Ludlow Street.” It went up Saturday evening, just as cops were investigating a crazy robbery/barricade situation down the block.

We’re told the installation was a joint effort, organized by former Inutilious Retailer Adrian Wilson, and truly espouses the definition of community. Stanton Social suggested the huge banner on their wall to show he is missed. Neighbors on the block also pitched in to help hang it.

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