Mosaic Man Pays Tribute to “Crazy Landlord” on 2nd Avenue
The Crazy Landlord of the long-vacant 54 Second Avenue had the East Village chuckling for a few years with the cheeky yellow sign. Later additions were even funnier, including the pair of boards which read “I can’t take it anymore/I must rent this store.” But the real estate shenanigans came to an end when said landlord finally found a ground-floor occupant in neighborhood coffee shop, The Bean. Instead of drab vacancy, the exterior was spiced up with numerous homegrown mosaics.
Because this corner property is essentially an outdoor showroom of sorts for the work of Mosaic Man Jim Power, it was only fitting that he pay tribute to the crazy ol’ landlord. Indeed, we received word yesterday afternoon that the legendary tile artist just completed a new memorial mosaic for the beloved sign.