[Photo from July 2]
Workers have been converting the former women's shelter at 350 Lafayette at Bond into a luxury retail store.
During the exterior work, the workers uncovered a decades-old DONDI tag as well as a barely visible SAMO© tag ... graffiti blogger/photography Fresh Paint NYC first made the discovery...
For those that want to see an original DONDI tag it's located at Lafayette and Bond. Probably will be gone in a few hours. Also if you have laser beam eyes you can probably make out the SAMO©. #dondicia #dondiwhite @doctc5 @bkstreetart @marthacoopergram @12ozprophet @outlaw_arts @faustnewyork @massappeal @thelisaprojectnyc @boweryboogieuncapped @streetartnyc ✌🏻
As Mass Appeal noted, "By the time of his death at the age of 37 in 1998, DONDI had cemented his legacy as one of the greatest graffiti writers to ever come out of New York City."
As for 350 Lafayette, Aby Rosen bought the building in 2015 for $26 million. The Center of Urban Community Services was the operator of what DNAinfo described as "one of the city's most highly-regarded homeless shelters for 27 years." Rosen intends to sign a single luxury retailer for the space. The city's Landmarks Preservation Commission OK'd the transformation of the landmarked space in February 2016.
Rosen did preserve the Sean “NEKST” Griffin tag during renovations at 190 Bowery.