Angry Graffiti at East Houston Bodega Painted Black

Posted on: March 14th, 2012 at 6:09 am by

The powers that be at 55 East Houston are undertaking defensive maneuvers in the face of increased street hostility toward recent developments there.  Three months ago, the La Cocina Deli, a bodega lifeblood for the community, was ousted from the premises after many years serving the neighborhood.  Many folks living or working nearby were incensed with the departure, and took to the freshly-papered windows to voice their opinions.  Armed with sharpies and ballpoints alike, these activists inscribed angry messages bemoaning the all-too-familiar trend of losing utility in favor of luxury.

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Needless to say, the building ownership/management couldn’t have been pleased with all the negativity, and subsequently painted the paper black. The tags are gone, but the spirit is not broken.  We give it a couple more days before the white-out appears onsite.

Also, the hateful messages around the corner on Mott remain intact.

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