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Notorious East Village Landlord Uses Street Art to Paint a Prettier Picture

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

Earlier this year, when the East Village’s beloved Stage Restaurant closed in the wake of a dispute with its landlord Icon Realty Management, Brooklyn-based artist Gilf! plastered the diner’s former home with caution tape reading “Gentrification in Progress.” It wasn’t the first time one of the company’s properties was the site of artistic protest: Karen Platt, a resident of an Icon-owned building on East 5th Street, has been known to chalk up the sidewalk with messages like “Enough Is Enough,” and over July 4th weekend, someone spray-painted a message on the sidewalk in front of the now for-rent Stage space that advised, “DO NOT RENT HERE. DO NOT BUY HERE. BOYCOTT IN EFFECT.”

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Check Out Bushwick Collective’s First Indoor Show – and This TMNT Tribute

"Jerkangelo" by Jerkface (he got his street name from a presumably pissed-off ex-girlfriend)

"Untitled" by Joe Lurato

"The Real Duck Dynasty" by Zimad

"Up on the Roof" by Chris Stain

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Jerkface checks his Instagram

"Overwhelmed by the Jerkiness" by Jerkface

"Untitled" by Joe Lurato

"The Planet" by Adam Fujita

"Subway circa 1979" by Damien Mitchel

"Red Liz" by FKDL

"Monkey Vienna Grate" by Dan Witz

"Gustav" by Sexer

"Little Miss Dynamite by Blek Le Rat

"Waiting for the Mean Mousecatcher Man" by Blek Le Rat

"Hoody Gas Mask" by Dan Witz

Solus with the mural version of

Solus with the mural version of "Love Me Tender"

New murals go up outside the gallery

New murals go up outside the gallery

Joe Ficalora and his ragtag collection of street artists at the Bushwick Collective have been turning the neighborhood’s dreary industrial walls into what amounts to an en plein air gallery. Now, for the first time, the Collective takes its talent indoors for a grown-up exhibition as part of Bushwick Open Studios.
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