About that Mammoth Matador Mural on Allen Street

Posted on: July 23rd, 2019 at 5:09 am by

Muralist Conor Harrington returned to the Lower East Side two weeks ago to impart one of the larger murals in the neighborhood.

The five-story artwork, located on the Allen Street facade of 266 Broome – outside the Emma Peel Room – is striking and hard to miss.

What appears to be a matador in stance is not. The UK-based Harrington explains otherwise, but appreciates the similarities drawn.

I liked the way a lot of passersby thought this was a painting of a matador, something I have toyed with in the past. Although not strictly true, I like the assumption.

In this piece there are 2 protagonists, each wearing red and blue like in all my work recently, and each using their flags as a matador’s muleta to taunt and tease their opponent. I couldn’t get Wu Tang’s lyric ‘Neighbourhood Spiderman’ out of my head while I was painting, I think its the way the red and white flag seems to explode from his sleeve like Spidey’s web-shooter, completely covering his adversary, and of course there’s also the superhero associations for some people when it comes to fighting with flags.

The massive mural was commissioned by the Little Italy Street Art Project, and definitely encroaches on territory largely curated by The New Allen.

View this post on Instagram

New piece finished in NY. I liked the way a lot of passersby thought this was a painting of a matador, something I have toyed with in the past. Although not strictly true, I like the assumption. . . In this piece there are 2 protagonists, each wearing red and blue like in all my work recently, and each using their flags as a matador’s muleta to taunt and tease their opponent. I couldn’t get Wu Tang’s lyric ‘Neighbourhood Spiderman’ out of my head while I was painting, I think its the way the red and white flag seems to explode from his sleeve like Spidey’s web-shooter, completely covering his adversary, and of course there’s also the superhero associations for some people when it comes to fighting with flags. Maaaasive thanks to @thelisaprojectnyc for making this happen and to @thedrif, @miishab and Sherilyn for all their help. . . Special shout-out to my man Eddie for dropping by the wall everyday with nothing but positivity. There’s something so beautiful about a grown man shouting ‘I love you’ everyday 💚 . . (📸 by @thedrif )

A post shared by Conor Harrington (@conorsaysboom) on

Recent Stories

The Ten-Story Development Now Atop the East Village’s Last Gas Station

It was the neighborhood’s last gas station to shutter. Now, it’s a ten-story luxury development. Foundation was first poured for 11 Avenue C way back in December 2016. The timeline upon its conception two years earlier was a fourteen-month construction period. As of this week, the superstructure is pretty much topped out. Rotwein + Blake […]

Eldridge Street’s Formosa Cafe Folds

Casual Taiwanese establishment, Formosa Cafe, is finished. The Eldridge Street hangout hung it up earlier this month. Token tombstone signage now hangs from the cartoony marquee. The Lower East Side location is survived by an outpost in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Formosa debuted at 34 Eldridge back in May 2015. It was a large, accommodating space […]

Bones Discovered at MTA Construction Site on Forsyth Street are Not Human

Yesterday morning, construction workers on Forsyth Street unearthed bones. A subsequent investigation determined that the remains were not human. As we’ve been reporting, the MTA is currently replacing the subway ventilation plant fifteen beneath the roadbed. Already in the works for three years, installation of this new Emergency Ventilation Plant isn’t slated to conclude until […]

Century-Old LaGuardia Bathhouse is Almost Gone [PHOTOS]

It sat vacant for four decades. Now, the long-abandoned LaGuardia Bathhouse is finished. A nub of its former self. Since our last checkup one month ago, the 1909 structure has lost most of its body. Removed brick by brick by men in cherry pickers. The mural on its western exposure – a depiction of Puerto […]

Dormant Red Mango on Allen Street Finally Gets a New Tenant

Red Mango closed its Lower East Side location on Allen Street four years ago. The space remained a dusty dormancy for the duration. Until this month; and henceforth, something completely unexpected. An interior decorator called APex New York that specializes in kitchen and bathroom fixtures. To be honest, this type of commercial occupant is not […]