GILF Hits 3 East Village Retail Victims with ‘Gentrification in Progress’ Tape
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Three beloved East Village stores were involved in a drive-by taping last night. Street artist GILF paid a visit to the trio of businesses, each having changed location or gone out for good. The familiar “Gentrification in Progress” tape criss-crossed the front of Trash & Vaudeville (relocated from St. Mark’s to East 7th Street), the Stage Restaurant (closed for good yesterday), and St. Mark’s Bookshop (shuttered the new Alphabet City location after moving there a little less than two years ago).
All three most deserving of the treatment.
Conceived to resemble police-issued crime scene tape, GILF has been wrapping the stuff around the Five Boroughs for two years. Credit fellow artist Hanksy, really. “Originally I made this to barricade off my ‘Define Progress’ performance and installation at Surplus Candy back in 2014,” GILF previously told us.
Now it’s a commentary on the rapidly changing city.