#100 Gates Behind the Scenes in El Barrio



100 Gates Project Celebrating the completion of 50 gates in East Harlem

If you want to see the Gates, be prepared to get up really early or stay up really late.  GothamToGo met up with #100Gates past Project Director, Natalie Raben and the Commissioner of NYC SBS, Gregg Bishop early in front of the not-yet-open El Nuevo Caridad, on the corner of Second Avenue and 116th Street, to check out 17 of the 50 Gates that make up the #100GatesProject in El Barrio.

Natalie Raben, Director of the 100 Gates Project speaking with NY1

Thanks to the NYC SBS grant program, Neighborhood 360, 50 new murals painted by local artists roll up & down throughout East Harlem.  As we walked, Raben explained the process, “Each mural is a unique collaboration between a local artist and a small business via the 100 Gates Project, a public art project with roots in the Lower East Side, operated by the Lower East Side Partnership.”

El Nuevo Caridad, 2257 Second Avenue, El Barrio

The 100 Gates Project began connecting artists and businesses in New York’s Lower East Side in the summer of 2014.  Operated by the Lower East Side Partnership, the initiative connects local artists with local businesses, replacing unwanted graffiti with public art.  In the Fall of 2016, the Project celebrated the 100th Gate in the Lower East Side at the iconic Katz’s Deli. Soon after, the Project was awarded a Neighborhood 360 grant from NYC Department of Small Business Services to fund an expansion into two new neighborhoods ~ East Harlem and Downtown Staten Island.

Commissioner of NYC SBS, Gregg Bishop speaking with NY1
Commissioner of NYC SBS, Gregg Bishop + Natalie Raben, Director of 100 Gates Project

“This week marks the completion of the 50th gate in the East Harlem portion of the expansion with 17 of the 50 East Harlem gates located on 116th Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues. Today we were joined by NY! and the artist of three of the murals on 116th Street, Ralph Serrano #artistikznewyork.

NY1 with artist, Ralph Serrano on E. 116th Street
NY1 speaking with mural artist, Ralph Serrano in front of his mural, Frida on 116th St.
NY1 with artist, Ralph Serrano, Commissioner Bishop & Natalie Raben looking on


NY1 + Ralph Serrano interview for the 100 Gates Project ~ and thats a wrap.

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More images for the 100 Gates Project in East Harlem here, and a map of all #100GatesProject murals in East Harlem.  Follow 100 Gates Project partner in East Harlem, the New East Harlem Merchants Association (NHEMA).  While you’re in El Barrio, check out the Guerrilla Wall.  View more work by Ralph Serrano at White Park on 106th Street, East Harlem.