Facade Work Erases Shepard Fairey Stencil on Rivington Street

Posted on: November 7th, 2019 at 5:09 am by

After eight years of holding court on the Bowery, one of Shepard Fairey’s “Obey” stencils is gone.

Erasure of the street art relic – painted in June 2011 – is owed to repair work on the north-facing exposure of 213 Bowery. Department of Buildings records show that the landlord (Nourieli Machiah) was hit with a violation because the wall was “leaning inward” and the gutter rusted and broken. The remedy is what you see happening there now.

As for the ground level of 213 Bowery, its brief return to restaurant supply is in the rearview. Perennial pop-up purveyors Parasol Projects recently moved here from across the street. (Their last major event was an Adidas clusterfuck.)

June 2014

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