A Love Letter To Brooklyn : Part 2

Take the subway to downtown Brooklyn and turn the corner from the Hoyt-Schermerhorn station and you come face to face with “A Love Letter To Brooklyn” the latest piece from renowned street artist / sign painter Steve Powers a.k.a. ESPO.

Following on from “A Love Letter For You” and his work in Philadelphia where he took old, decrepit buildings and breathed new life into them with huge murals full of optimistic slogans and messages, Powers was commissioned to do similar with this Macy’s Parking garage. It was completed in October 2011.

Having seen photos of the work prior to visiting Brooklyn I knew what to expect, yet was still taken aback when I first encountered the piece.  It was bold and striking but at the same time it was just a part of the downtown Brooklyn landscape and we, the small-town British tourists with cameras out and heads directed skywards, appeared to be the only people paying attention.

From browsing the blogs for information it seems that the piece has divided local opinion on its merits. As an outsider I was impressed and considering the building it adorns is fairly ugly, claims that the work is an eyesore seem a little unfair. I can only see it as an improvement.

A Love Letter For You

First & Fifteenth

A Love Letter To Brooklyn : Part 1

Back from first trip to NYC.  Truly a remarkable city and a difficult one to experience in a week.  Thankfully we centred most of our activity to Brooklyn as we were located in the Greenpoint / Williamsburg area and, although we couldn’t not take time out to visit Central Park, experience Halloween in Greenwich Village, catch a band at The Bowery Ballroom and take the Staten Island Ferry, we generally kept visits to Manhattan to a minimum, so enamoured were we with Brooklyn’s charms.

Lost! My wife and brother-in-law consult map, I take photos.

Compared to the dwarfing city across the East River, Greenpoint and Williamsburg were reassuringly scaled-down with an industrial feel that could be considered offputting by some.  But after exploring we found some gems in amongst the warehouses and the area soon became a comforting respite from the chaos of Manhattan.

I also took the opportunity to photograph some of the local sign work and found some good examples, providing an interesting contrast to the overwhelming lightshow that is Times Square.

We will return.