FABnyc Mural Inspired by Dee Dee Ramone Poem at Extra Place

Posted on: May 24th, 2013 at 10:23 am by

This image has been archived or removed.

Mural in progress. Photo: Lori Greenberg

The spirit of Joey Ramone inhabits many places in the East Village, including a new one.

This image has been archived or removed.

Photo: Lori Greenberg

The latest sidewalk mural at Extra Place is inspired by a Dee Dee Ramone poem, written about Joey soon after his death. The outdoor public work, by artist Raul Ayala, a member of the NYC-based Antagonist art movement, is currently underway. The finished artwork will depict punk rockers as wild creatures, carrying a dragon puppet. The dragon represents Joey’s spirit in the poem.

This image has been archived or removed.

Photo: Lori Greenberg

Also in the composition is a yellow brick road and images of iconic downtowners, including Hilly Kristal, deceased owner of the now-defunct CBGB. Very fitting, since Extra Place was the back alley of the Ramones’ home away from home, CBGB.

This image has been archived or removed.

Raul Ayala and Keith Schweitzer. Photo: Lori Greenberg

The project got its start when famed Ramones art director Arturo Vega (designer of the iconic Ramones logo) gave the poem to Ayala. Curator and Fourth Arts Block (FABnyc) Director of Public Art Keith Schweitzer then came on board, bringing the project into FABnyc’s continuing series at Extra Place.

The mural looks to be about halfway complete, so go check out the progress. It will be finished in the next week or so (weather depending), and will be up throughout the summer and fall.

Recent Stories

Police Chase, Shoot at Man Armed with 2 Knives on the Bowery

Police this morning shot at an alleged robbery suspect who resisted arrest and threatened officers with two knives. It began at 8:00am when police received the first call about an emotionally disturbed man who threatened a woman with a glass bottle outside 80 East Third Street, and attempted to steal money. He then fled south […]

The ‘Basic Necessities’ of Broome Street

Six months ago, Basic Necessities became part of Broome Street. Conceived by artist Michelle Repiso, the multimedia project tackles “three individuals and the mechanisms they used to sustain their humanity while incarcerated.” Now, with an Artist Corps Grant, Repiso is taking it one step further with community engagement. Tomorrow, the artist will be crowdsourcing participants’ […]

St. Marks Church in-the-Bowery Awarded Sacred Sites Grant of $35,000

One of the oldest houses of worship in the city will receive some much needed financial aid for their ongoing restoration endeavours. The New York Landmarks Conservancy has awarded St. Marks Church in-the-Bowery $35,000 through their Sacred Sites grant, a designation that administers monies to historic religious properties throughout the state. The church on East […]

Borough President Implores Parks Commissioner to Address Community Concerns in Sara D. Roosevelt Park

Two stabbings within a twelve-hour period last weekend highlighted the decrepit, yet dangerous state of Sara D. Roosevelt Park. The violence apparently pushed Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer to exert pressure on the Parks Department to address certain core issues. In a letter to Commissioner Gabrielle Fialkoff this week, Brewer identified two key concerns – […]

Loved Ones Crowdfunding for Grubhub Deliveryman Stabbed to Death on the LES

Loved ones have taken to online crowdfunding platform GoFundMe to help raise money for the Grubhub deliveryman stabbed to death in Sara D. Roosevelt Park last weekend. As reported, the incident transpired early Saturday morning near the Hester Playground in Sara D. Roosevelt Park. Surveillance footage shows that the attacker sat on the bench next […]