Chinatown Mural Project Brings ‘Noodles’ to Mosco Street
After tossing around the idea of a neighborhood street art program the last few years, I can finally say the Chinatown Mural Project is live.
In the face of gentrification I had wanted for years to put up culturally appropriate murals around Chinatown depicting Chinese culture and the everyday life of Chinatown residents. (The “88 Gates” project did something similar in 2018.)
The Covid-19 pandemic, and ensuing lockdown, unleashed devastating effects on Chinatown businesses. As the city slowly reopens, inside dining is still not allowed; many restaurants along Mott Street have taken advantage of the “Open Restaurant” program, yet some are barred from participation due to street signage or other restrictions.
My hope with this mural push is to create Instagram and Selfie spots around Chinatown to draw in visitors who may patronize our many shops and restaurants. Every little bit helps.
I spent Monday assisting Peach Tao with the first artwork, entitled “Noodle Shop.” It’s a whimsical depiction where the artist combined elements of the Chinese zodiac and the day-to-day Chinatown routine. The “Hare” is seen offering a bowl of beef brisket noodle soup while the “Tiger” is dices scallions in the other window.
The Noodle Shop mural is located in the heart of Chinatown on Mosco Street.