‘Wall of Kindness’ Surfaces on Chrystie Street, Seeks Donations for Homeless
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No, this art installation at Chrystie and Stanton streets is not the newest piece by yarn-bomber HOTTEA. The ribbonwork weaved into the chain-link fencing at the recently refurbished Nike soccer field is, in fact, a grassroots charity plea for those in need. The message of “Stay Warm” sits atop a rudimentary house with a heart.
It’s called the “Wall of Kindness” (#wallofkindnessny), and was influenced by the movement of same that mysteriously surfaced in Iran last month. The idea is simple. As the lettering suggests, the piece beckons locals to “leave any new or used blankets, scarves, and jackets for those in need.” Unlike its international inspiration, there are no hooks for garments.
Sara D. Roosevelt Park, of course, offers refuge to several of the city’s local homeless, many of which sell and score drugs in the open. In particular, there is a prevalence of K2/Spice (aka synthetic weed) which prompted the 5th Precinct to place patrol towers in various parts of the park.