Street Art Duo ASVP Just Began Painting 8-Story Mural at Essex Crossing

Posted on: November 8th, 2019 at 5:00 am by

Tapped two months ago by Essex Crossing, street art duo ASVP is already headlong into its massive mural near Grand and Suffolk Streets.

As previously reported, the piece daubs the western exposure of The Rollins (aka Site 5), and measures 10,600 square-feet — 220 feet long and as high as 79 feet tall. When complete, the artwork will be one of the largest in downtown Manhattan.

Actually seeing a mural here is a long time in the making. Way back in September 2017, the developer consortium behind the mega-project, Delancey Street Associates, put out a public call for muralists to decorate the facade. The two-man crew from Brooklyn, ASVP, comprised of Simon Grendene and Victor Anselmi, was winner amongst a field of 85 other submissions.

“People often stop and ask what’s happening, and this offers the opportunity to share more about the ideas behind the work, and it creates an additional social component to the piece that otherwise wouldn’t be there if you, for example, just were in a museum or gallery,” Anselmi, who started ASVP with Grendene in 2009, said in September.

Recent Stories

LES Synagogue Pursues Removal of Deed Restriction to Redevelop for Residential

As reported last month, the Lutowisker Synagogue on the eastern fringe of Delancey Street is headed toward redevelopment. The congregation, which owns the building and has been present on the Lower East Side since 1877, hopes to construct housing atop its house of worship. The proposal as it stands is to expand the building at […]

Famous Hakki Opens ‘Cluck’s’ Fried Chicken Spot on Essex Street

Famous pizza maker Hakki Akdeniz just unveiled his latest fast food concept. It’s chicken-focused fast food and seems poised to collect plenty of cash from weekend revelers in Hell Square. Cluck’s debuted last week at 115 Essex Street, mere steps from Hakki’s Champion Pizza. The signature menu offering here is the “chicken cone,” which is […]

Caught Red-Handed: Spa Ordered Shut for Prostitution

Yet another Lower East Side “spa” is busted for prostitution. Grand Healing at 297 Grand Street was ordered shut by the police department at the end of October. It precedes the sex-related closure of Good Luck Spa on Orchard Street, yet appears part of the same crackdown. (Just take a look at that calligraphy in […]

City Honors Sun Yat-Sen with Plaza and Permanent Statue in Columbus Park

Mayor de Blasio, Councilwoman Margaret Chin, and other politicians this week dedicated a slice Chinatown’s Columbus Park to Dr. Sun Yat-Sen. This past Tuesday, what would have been the 153rd birthday of the founding father of China, also marked the return of the bronze statue after the city excavated a new permanent home. The area […]

Enter the ‘Lion’s Den’ with Lee Quinones on Delancey

An iconic handball mural from one of the local greats is again on display. Strolling down Delancey Street this past week, you may have noticed the fifteen-foot replica of Lee Quinones‘ “Lion’s Den” mural. It’s fastened to the facade of the James Fuentes Gallery as part of his one-man show there. The “Lion’s Den” dates […]