Graffiti and Street Artists Take Over Former Police Precinct

August 15, 2014 | Aymann Ismail

Yesterday, ANIMAL stopped by to preview a massive, building-wide group show at the former 21st Precinct, a few blocks from Gramercy Park. Curated by Outlaw Arts, murals, tags, wheatpaste, stickers and installations filled all four floors of the building, including the stairwells and bathrooms, showcasing some incredible work. Standouts included work from ANIMAL favorites such as GIZ, GHOST, FAUST, DUEL, CASH4, PIXOTE, ELLE (see her video installation below), Coby Kennedy, the YOK and SHERYO, and NET, seen in the photo above administering a fiery touch to his contribution.

The 1863 townhouse located at 327 East 22nd Street (between 1st and 2nd Avenues) was constructed as a police precinct until the 1950s, and served as a halfway house for LGBTQ youth until last year. Suzuki Capital, the developers who will be turning the location into condos, provided the space.

Though the pop-up wasn’t illegal like the Surplus Candy show in an abandoned space in the East Village, it featured some knock-out work. See it in the gallery above and check it out in person this weekend and the next, Saturday and Sunday, from 1PM-6PM.  

(Video/Photos: Aymann Ismail/ANIMALNewYork)