Bringing Good Luck to Chinatown with ’88 Gates’ Mural Project

Posted on: August 7th, 2018 at 5:11 am by

Photo: 88 Gates Project

While the Lower East Side is busy with 100 Gates, Chinatown is on its way to completing 88. Murals, that is.

You may have noticed the sudden uptick in Chinese-style artwork on security gates around Chinatown. Look no further than the Yu family, which lives in the neighborhood, and is independently funding a beautification initiative on the streets.

The 88 Gates Project began in earnest at the beginning of June to “embelish Chinatown,” as it were, “in hopes of improving the appearance of our neighborhood.” However, what sets this endeavor apart from the competition is that it’s not collaborative. Rather, it’s a family affair. John Yu is the primary painter, while his wife, Mil, and daughters Angie and Winnie document the progress on social media.

“We are friends with many local store owners, so [my dad] started this project … to embrace and spread awareness of Chinese culture with his paintings inspired by traditional Chinese art,” Angie Yu told us in an email.

And why such a precise number of gate murals? Eight is a lucky number in Chinese culture.

As of this morning, exactly two dozen roll-down gates are now decorated. The Yus implore Chinatown shop owners and/or landlords to participate in the program.

Gates 15/16: A big thank you to S & J Grocery for participating in the Chinatown 88 Gates project! It was a pleasure…

Posted by Chinatown 88 Gates Project on Monday, August 6, 2018

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