100 Gates Project Reaches 75% Completion Milestone on the Lower East Side

Posted on: November 30th, 2015 at 9:34 am by
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​The widely-lauded 100 Gates Project on the Lower East Side is nearing its namesake goal. In fact, the pace of painting is picking up.

The skinny: the 100 Gates Project just crossed the 75% mark. We’re told that more than 75 roll-down gates have been sheathed in murals since the campaign began last summer. Moreover, approximately ten additional artworks are in the pipeline for the coming weeks.

The most high-profile recent addition was that of the collaborative artwork between graf writer Faust and designer Shantell Martin. Their “New York” mural spans half a city block on the exterior of 140 Essex Street, the vacant Essex Market warehouse currently hosting the Lowline Lab.

Recognizing the limitations – despite the popularity of the initiative – the Lower East Side BID management seeks solutions to sustain the momentum. “We plan on definitely making it to 100 gates and are looking at creative ways to keep the project alive once we exhaust our initial funding from the Neighborhood Challenge,” director of marketing Natalie Raben tells us.

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As previously reported, the 100 Gates Project, a recipient of a $30,000 Neighborhood Challenge Grant, is a joint effort between the Lower East Side BID and skater-artist Billy Rohan who helped organize the artist pool. It’s being touted as an “anti-graffiti” measure (i.e. beautification) that even the 7th Precinct supports (somewhat ironic given their tough stance on graffiti).

100 Gates actually began in June 2014 when Rohan painted a number of gates near Seward Park. He initially brought the idea to the Lower East Side BID, which resulted in the aforementioned grant.

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