Garrett Wasserman’s ‘Lower East Side Story’ on Essex Street Attracts Hate

Posted on: July 10th, 2014 at 9:10 am by
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Many in the neighborhood took offense to the hunky dory “Lower East Side Story” mural that street artist Garrett Wasserman (aka “People”) painted on Essex Street last month. Especially since he overwrote local Marty Mar’s piece (possibly by accident). Clayton Patterson, who lives right next door (for the time being), wrote that “For us, and those like us, the piece feels a little too much like the Lower East Side BID at work.”

That opposition manifested itself on the street with a bevy of taggers having violated the seaside scene on numerous occasions. And while the mural was repaired a couple times, it probably won’t recover from the latest vandalism.

As you can see, the letters “L.E.S.” are scrawled in black paint that completely covers Wasserman’s piece.

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Marty Mar with Tom Otterness, Photo: Clayton Patterson

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