Love Wall Street Art in No More in NoLita

With hate seemingly overwhelming the country right now #politics2017, I took a walk through the NoLita neighborhood in lower Manhattan, searching for a little love.

A Love Wall, specifically.

love wall nyc

I stumbled across JGoldcrown’s #lovewall on Mott Street over the summer. Any rainbow explosion breaking up the brick and concrete of this city makes me smile, of course I loved it. Simplicity and old school charm. The Love Wall  looks like a page from your childhood diary brought to life. The day your mom bought you a 24 pack of Gellyrolls and you tested every single color with a heart.

love wall nolita

The Love Wall was the site of scores of selfies, a multitude of snaps, oodles of ‘grams. But I’d like to think more smiles than all those put together.

When I went back last week to get some better photos and a boost of rainbow happiness, I was crushed to be greeted by white wash.

no more #lovewall nyc

As colorless as the winter sky, as bleak as the future feels ten days after January 20th. Just like my other favorite colorful wall, the High Line’s iconic Kiss mural, this Love Wall has been painted over and is no more.

#lovewall painted over

This woman’s coat is covered in lips like the wall used to be covered in hearts. Coincidence? At least this made me smile.

You can see sad, brief traces hiding just under one stupid coat of paint, of the joyful mural that is no more.

love wall no more nyc

Fortunately, painting rainbow hearts isn’t the most epic undertaking of street art. A love door still stands down the block on Broome Street!

Love is Love

love door

And according to jgoldcrown.com, there may be more Love Walls in other places in the area.

In my search for love I was saddened, but the NoLita area never lacks for street art. Which searching for love, I find something maybe even better. Maybe even more notoriously difficult to find than love!

waldo street art nyc

Waldo!

waldo wall nyc

A Waldo Wall at the corner of Mott and Kenmare. Proving you can’t get too sad when street art disappears, as is its nature. Something else pops up elsewhere. There’s a Love metaphor in there too, ripe for the taking.

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NYC lifestyle blog by Mary Lane. Events, adventures, epic mistakes, dating, life, humor. A 20-something trying to make it (and make out) in the city of dreams.

6 thoughts on “Love Wall Street Art in No More in NoLita

  1. You gotta gotta gotta do one of these posts about all the art off the Jefferson L stop in Bushwick. I was there the other evening and it was dark (hard to get good photographs!) but there was still SO MUCH ART. Also an amazing tortilla factory selling tacos out of a heated garage. Much recommended, both on the art front and the taco front!

    Oh and PS whomever ordered the heart wall to be painted over should be doomed to the 3rd circle of Dante’s Revised Inferno where greedy corporate art-hating jerks have to paint an endless fence a la Mark Twain while unappreciated artists watch them and drink lemonade.
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    1. Yes! Bushwick Collective is amaaazing! I’m happy to say I’ve been and blogged about it (http://newyorkcliche.com/2016/07/15/11432/) but sad to say I didn’t get in on the tacos! SHAME! I should visit again – be interesting to see how much changes in 6 months! And I gotta say- I hate them for destroying art almost as much as I love you for referencing Mark Twain. 🙂

    1. I knooooow RIP NYC Love Wall!! At least there are still love walls in LA (I think! Looks like it according to the artists website!)

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