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Graffiti Explodes Across Pandemic-era New York

(FILES) In this file photo taken on February 22, 2006, the 7 Train passes by the 5 Pointz Building in Long Island City, Queens,…

Graffiti, part of New York’s history for more than 50 years, is flourishing during the coronavirus pandemic, a sign of decadence for some, but vitality for others.

As dusk becomes nightfall, graffiti artist Saynosleep takes a quick look around and then gets to work on a luxury store closed since it was looted in June during protests over George Floyd’s death.

“If you’re not painting right now, I don’t know what you’re doing,” the 40-year-old said, adding an expletive. “There has never been a time like this.”

The facades of hundreds of stores that have shut because of the pandemic are “an invitation” details ⇒

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