Saturday, June 28, 2014
The Houston/Bowery Mural Wall has been boarded up
Workers yesterday erected a sidewalk bridge along the Houston/Bowery Mural Wall, mostly blocking the work of the current artist in the rotation — veteran Bronx graffiti artist Cope2.
The bridge joins the section that went up on Elizabeth Street at East Houston late last month at the former site of Billy's Antiques.
As BoweryBoogie first reported in April, there are approved plans for a two-story structure to rise from this empty lot.
Goldman Properties owns 76 E. Houston St. and the adjacent graffiti wall.
BoweryBoogie uncovered a feasibility study performed by Gary H. Silver Architects showing one possibility for this corner where the mural currently stands — a 12-story building. (This rendering is no longer on the Silver website.)
[Rendering by Gary H. Silver Architects via BoweryBoogie]
There's nothing on file with the DOB to suggest any new building of this size here.
So it's unclear at this point what the future holds for the wall. In the short term, it doesn't look so good.
Keith Haring put up the first mural here 30-plus years ago. Read this post at Complex for more history of the wall here at East Houston and the Bowery.
Previously on EV Grieve:
Deal off to bring Crif Dogs to the former Billy's Antiques space