Moved by his friend Benny Soto’s struggles with addiction and riled by government inaction, Haring mobilized his boldly-outlined shapes and energetic figures to send a cautionary message.
Local stakeholders from the Beyond Sims Committee objected to a vote by a panel of judges appointed by New York City’s Department of Cultural Affairs.
The Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute just reopened in a landmark building that was once a firehouse at 120 East 125th Street, right in between the atria and ventricles at the heart of East Harlem.
In 2014, a group of artists named Harlem Art Collective saw aesthetic potential in an abandoned wall located in a stalled construction site on East 116th Street.
Last May, developers for subsidized artist housing in East Harlem began accepting tenant applications for the building’s 89 units. By the July 14 deadline, over 53,000 artists had responded, DNAinfo reported.
A former public school on 99th Street in Harlem redeveloped into artist housing under the auspices of El Barrio’s Operation Fight Back has recently begun accepting tenant applications.