Photo by G. Art by Know Hope.
On 23rd Street and 7th Avenue, a few buildings over from the Chelsea Hotel, I always enjoyed seeing the above image by Israeli artist Know Hope that was affixed to the security gate of a storefront. You could only see the art after 7 PM when the store closed and it made me smile every time I walked past. I was horrified to discover that this wonderful work of art was painted over with the doo-doo brown color that you can see in the background of the above image. I couldn’t bring myself to take a picture of the newly revised gate, but let me just tell you, it’s ugly! Obviously Chelsea doesn’t know hope! RIP.