JR Pastes New Mural at Elizabeth Street Garden
The French artist pasted the piece yesterday afternoon as a means to call attention to the struggle by locals to keep the green space in Little Italy.
JR has been all over the Lower East Side lately, thanks to his solo show at Galerie Perrotin on Orchard Street over the summer. That exhibit brought eye candy to both the rooftop and tenement facade. In addition, this is not the first time JR has stenciled the garden space. Similar treatment several years ago.
Meanwhile, the Elizabeth Street Garden itself might soon face the bulldozer. Councilwoman Margaret Chin and Mayor de Blasio are not backing down. Haven Green is the proposition on the table.
The proposed building – developed by Pennrose Properties and Habitat for Humanity NYC – will rise seven stories and carry 121 “permanently affordable” apartments for seniors. That’s what they say, at least. And as if to placate aggrieved locals, the plan also calls for the inclusion of 7,600 square-feet of privately owned public space (aka POPS).