Just admit it. Bill Cosby’s comedy album, the one with the Noah bit, was the first comedy album I ever bought. It was hilarious. In recent years his patriarchal lecturing of young black comedians struck a sour note for me. These many accusations of his drugging young women for sex is very disturbing. Pasted paper street art on Stanton Street on the Lower East Side.
Photographer Jay Maisel bought 190 Bowery in 1966 for $102,000. He recently sold it for a reported $55 million.
As far back as I can remember these walls were always grimy and covered in graffiti of all sorts, but mostly the kind I call pasted paper. The video of the interior embedded in the article linked above from EV Grieve is a revelation of ordered grandeur and art. Could this have started as camouflage, hiding the luxury behind Bowery colored walls. The mystery has always been why the exterior walls have never been buffed (scrubbed clean of graff). The city’s anti graffiti squad never set upon it with their paint rollers. Whatever the reason this reminder of an older New York has remained, I am grateful that it has been a place where artists cam put their work to be seen. I have many hundred photos of the Maisel Building street art over the years, I’ll eventually compile the images into a video or book.