Lower East Side community comes together to replace eyesores with art

Monica Makes It Happen
Graffiti in Southern Manhattan

LOWER EAST SIDE, Manhattan — For months now, the walls of a Lower East Side community center have become eyesores, residents said.

To combat the rise of graffiti, the community is coming together to try and fix it by replacing it with something beautiful.

The graffiti is a problem that keeps coming back: on walls, air conditioning units and even near the front door of a youth center here at NYCHA’s Seward Park Houses.

Laura Li, the site director, said they have been hit six times in just the past three months. Their surveillance cameras have captured pictures of the vandals in the act.

Li said those photos gave been sent to police. But in the meantime, she said she saw an opportunity to strike back with a paint brush and create a new mural. 

“Beautification, especially done in the spirit of community, is a great way to combat vandalism,” Robert Cordero, the executive director of the Grand Street Settlement, said.

Cordero said it’s an idea that works because it’s been done just a few feet away from the settlement. Back in March, a mural was created on the Grand Street side of the building by local artist Carla Torres — with the help of children and neighbors.

Since it;s been up, no one had tampered with that wall. Cordero said he hopes to do it again.  

If you want to donate to the next project, visit Grand Street Settlement’s website.

Copyright 2022 Nexstar Media Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Manhattan Videos

In mourning yet again, NYC prepares to honor slain NYPD officer

City leaders respond to shooting of NYPD officers

One officer dead, another in critical condition after Harlem shooting

Vigil held of Asian hate crime victim; community calls for more support

Washington Heights middle school cheerleading squad needs support fund to go to Nationals

More Manhattan

Connect with PIX11 Online

Connect with PIX11 Online

Trending Stories

Follow us on Facebook

Don't Miss

@PIX11News on Twitter