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Bronx locals call on graffiti artist to beautify the block

Four Pelham Parkway storefronts now feature murals by local street artists

May 11, 2014 04:00PM

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Artists Jayson Agosto and Clark FLY I.D. (credit: Richard Harbus)

Artists Jayson Agosto and Clark FLY I.D. (credit: Richard Harbus)

WEEKENDEDITION We’ve already seen that graffiti art has become a luxury amenity, and now the once abhorred art form is even being used to beautify a Bronx neighborhood. 

Four Bronx storefronts on a single Pelham Parkway block that were once covered in random aerosol scrawls have been replaced with murals by locals street artists, according to the New York Daily News.

“There are taggers and bombers,” Jayson Agosto, a veteran graffiti artist who worked on the beautification project alongside fellow artist Clark FLY I.D., told the New York Daily News. “Me, I’m just trying to incorporate art with the area and promote us as artists.”

The artists did not receive any compensation, but the Citizens Committee for New York City allotted a $3,000 grant for supplies. [NYDN] Christopher Cameron

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