During the summer of 2017, The 100 Gates Project and New Harlem East Merchant Association (NHEMA) teamed up to bring local artists together with local merchants, beautifying gates in and around East Harlem. The project, which also includes Staten Island, is part of the New York City Department of Small Business Service’s Neighborhood 360 grant opportunity program.
#100GatesProject, operated by the Lower East Side Partnership, has deep roots in the Lower East Side, and in the Fall of 2016, the project celebrated the 100th gate in the Lower East Side at none other than the iconic Katz’s Deli.
In 2017, the 100 Gates Project was awarded a grant from New York City Department of Small Business Service’s Neighborhood 360 program, to help support a pilot expansion of this community initiative, at which time the 100 Gates Project footprint expanded to included Staten Island and East Harlem. Painting began in the Summer of 2017.
While all goals have been met, 100 Gates Project continues to connect local artists with local businesses. Below are images of the gates in East Harlem’s El Barrio, in celebration of reaching fifty painted gates, with the most recent gates painted first. Works in progress will continue through September, 2018.
Artist, BlusterOne for Computer Systems Provider, Inc., 2128 Second Avenue at 109th Street
James Alicea (BlusterOne) ~ a native New Yorker ~ is a graphic designer, illustrator and letter enthusiast. Follow Blusterone on Instagram.
Artist, James Top for Makana, 2245 First Avenue and Bp A List Cutz Barber Shop, 228 East 123rd Street
We know him as the Chief Executive Officer at James Top Productions and the gateway into The Graffiti Wall of Fame on 106th Street. But today, he is the artist at Makana and Cutz. Follow James top on Facebook.
Artist, Andrew Harley at East 125th Bazaar Lot (next to 46 East 125th Street)
Artist, Andrew Harley beginning work on the gate covering the Bazaar Lot, next to 46 East 125th Street, and right behind a very busy bus stop. Lots of onlookers when we stopped by to say Hi!
Artist, Funquest at La Tropezianne Bakery, 2131 First Avenue, East Harlem
Artist, Noelle Timmons at Spice Hut, 2136 Second Avenue, East Harlem
Artist, Dirt Cobain at RxCenter, 2325 First Avenue, East Harlem
Artist, Kumasi Barnett at Sword Class, 1944 Madison Avenue, East Harlem
Artist, Sharon de la Cruz at Harlem Berry Beauty Lounge, 16 East 125th Street
Artist, John Carr #JCBKNYC running from 246 to 252 East 125th Street, between Third/Second Avenues
Here, we ask the question ~ do #StreetArtists ever sleep? We just missed the well-known (highly elusive) John Carr @jcbknyc on East 125th Street this morning, where he is brightening up everything east of 246 East 125th Street, between Third/Second Avenues. You’ll need a skateboard to follow him, on Instagram & Facebook as we continue to follow @jcbknyc downtown at the #MuralProject, which is also ongoing.
Artist, John Carr #JCBKNYC does a ‘live paint’ during the #100GatesProject + Uptown Grand Central #OldSchoolJam at 2054 Lexington Avenue, between 124-125th Streets
Artist, ANGL at H&M Art & Home Decor, Custom Framing, located at 17 East 125th Street, between Fifth Avenue & Madison Avenue
Artist, Paul Deo on 125th Street & Madison Avenue including Baba Fashion, Pawn Shop, Uptown Veg and Beauty Supply
Artist, Alice Mizrachi at Heavy Metal Bicycles, 2016 Third Avenue at 110th Street
This is the second gate painted by Alice Mizrachi for the #100GatesProject in East Harlem ~ the first gate painted at Amor Cubano, one block away on 111th Street.
Artist, Funqest at Direct Print, 77 East 125th Street, between Madison and Park Avenues
Artist, Jai Greencaps at Lady Lexis Sweets, 1931 Madison Avenue, between 124th-125th Streets
Artist ~ #soulsnyc at Big Russ Barber Barber Shop, 1931 Madison Avenue between 124th/125th Streets in East Harlem
#100GatesProject, two artists, side-by-side on Madison Avenue
Artist, Resa Piece at Pouncing Tigers, 2032 Second Ave between 104-105th Street
Artist Danielle Mastrion at Emery Rose Salon, 1888 Park Avenue between 128/129th Streets
Artist Alice Mizrachi at Amor Cubano, 2018 Third Avenue at 111th Street
Follow Alice Mizrachi on Instagram at @am_nyc
Shanequa Benetez at Bitter Orange Cafe, 1694 Park Avenue at 119th Street
Elisha Glass at Mojitos Bar & Grill, 227 East 116th Street
Charlie Liriano – Charlie Elo @eloburnz at Pueblo Grocery, 238 East 116th Street
Doris Rodriguez at G & J’s Pizzeria, 188 East 104th Street
Jeremy Vega @Badgarcia at Easy Shopping, 1888 Third Avenue at 104th Street
Andre Trenier at Sisters Cuisine, 47 East 124th Street, just east of Madison Avenue
Gera Lozano @GeraLuz on the South East Corner of Park Avenue & 125th Street
Destiny Molina @flywithdestiny at Eli Beauty Salon, 2274 Third Avenue, near 124th Street
Kristy McCarthy @dgaleart at Jahlookova, 1962 Madison Avenue, at 126th Street
Jenevieve at The 116 Flowers, 232 East 116th Street
Lucine Yeghiazaryan at Mexico Travel, 238 East 116th Street
IndexFinga @trap.if at Harlem Spin City, 2275 Third Avenue at 124th Street
Lady K Fever at El Agave Deli & Grocery, 218 East 116th Street
Greg LaMarche at Harlem Shake, 2162 Second Avenue at 111th Street
@Lostbreedculture at El Nuevo Caridad, 2257 Second Avenue at 116th Street
Simon Aredonado @sfa_uno at Casa Latina Music Shop, 15 East 116th Street
Ralph Serrano @artistikznewyork at Euromex Soccer, 246 East 116th Street
Ralph Serrano @artistikznewyork at El Barrio Wireless, 232 East 116th Street
Adam Negon @AdamBomb.NYC at Wild Olive Market
Tiara Zhane at Charlie’s Place, 1960 Madison Avenue, just north of 125th Street
Matt Samuelson @smartink at Madison Avenue Hair Studio, 1961 Madison Avenue at 126th Street
The Artist Matt Samuelson at Madison Avenue Hair Studio was the first gate painted for this project.
More from Matt Samuelson ~ At Eagle Plumbing Supply, 2250 Second Avenue at 115th Street
Take a look at the behind-the-scenes tour taken by NYC SBS, 100 Gates Project and NY1 interview with artist, Ralph Serrano.
While you’re there, check out the new mural in White Park, and the continuously changing Guerrilla Wall, expressing local views and concerns on current issues. Current theme: Champions Battling Racism. Many of the participating 100 Gates East Harlem Project artists are part of the Harlem Art Collective/Guerrilla Wall.
Visit the Harlem Art Park with the first Percent for Art installation by artist Jorge Luis Rodriguez in 1985 – and walk over to Marcus Garvey Park to see Atlas: The Third Millennium by the same artist, installed in November, 2017.
Check out the #100GatesProject in Staten Island.