Fast food places make for ugly blight, infecting low-income neighborhoods and transportation corridors like a tasty disease. But, strangely enough, dead ones have been known to blossom into eye-popping, chaotic public canvases that attract contributions from street artists and, let’s be real, any chump with a basic level of literacy and a can of spray paint. At least that’s what happened at two shuttered White Castle franchises– one in Clinton Hill (where artist Gabriel Specter installed a sign that read “White Hassle”) and the beloved Metropolitan location, where plenty of artists tagged the place up. (Even a still-functioning White Castle at Myrtle-Wyckoff scored some street art when Parsons faculty member David Hollier painted a mural of Nelson Mandela overlooking the parking lot.)
Empty Spaces takes a closer look at the buildings that used to house well-loved establishments, shuttered due to inevitable rent hikes or an unfortunate turn of events. When one establishment leaves a building, it is expected that another will take its place. Some, however, remain unoccupied for months or even years. We check in on these Empty Spaces to find out what’s up.
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