January 13, 2023 | Bucky Turco

Over a month’s time, graffiti-trained, NYC artist VEW painted nearly two dozen pieces in the historic Park Avenue Tunnel. The thoroughfare has been shut to traffic for a few years now, with the roadway undergoing renovations by the DOT. This closure created the perfect opportunity for VEW (and other writers) to get up, in broad daylight, smack dab underneath some of Manhattan’s most bustling streets. Armed with rollers and cans of spray paint, VEW became infatuated with the spot, and put in the more work than anyone else.

Originally, VEW planned on bringing in a handful of artists to paint the tunnel with him, but with conflicting schedules, approaching holidays and wall space quickly disappearing, he had to put that on hold, but not before DISTORT blessed the spot. Lola Lovenotes came through too.

The constantly evolving passageway is like a magical place where the police are seemingly forbidden to enter. Not even young people practicing wheelies for hours on end can summon the NYPD down yonder. We urge everyone to go visit the urban oasis themselves to truly appreciate the full experience.