Harlem artist Paul Deo fights for landmark status – Amsterdam News | Candle Made Easy

In 2019, New York Magazine voted visionary artist Paul Deo’s famous mixed media mural Planet Harlem one of the top places to visit in New York City. Fast-forward to 2022 and that very same work of art, located at the northwest corner of Malcolm X Blvd and 126th Street, is partially obscured by the new ZZ restaurant, located across from Harlem’s Trader Joe’s planned opening at 121 W. 125th Street between Lenox Avenue and Adam Clayton Powell Jr Boulevard.

The goal is to have the Planet Harlem mural declared a protected New York City landmark.

And what counts as a landmark? That’s a great question. Here is the answer. In modern usage, a landmark includes anything that is easily recognizable, e.g. a monument, building, or other structure. It is the main term used to denote places that might be of interest to tourists due to notable physical features or historical importance.

The reason for saving “Planet Harlem” for future generations is clear to most who live in these historic meccas and are personally surrounded by gentrification. They tell us that gentrification is something we can’t stop, and throw words like diversity and inclusion at us while we forget this story of why our people are walking these shores in the first place.

So when I discovered that Paul’s mural wasn’t being respected, I kind of felt about it.

We connected with him in Harlem, where we’re only a few blocks from each other, because he actually teaches art to a group of spirited seniors at the local church. Paul is a man who understands the world of grants, and through a grant provided by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (https://lmcc.net/resources/manhattan-arts-grants/), he teaches a group of seniors from Uptown, Harlem , in art .

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