2. Bowery Mural on Houston
In 1982, the large slab of concrete wall on Houston was put into the history books by Keith Haring, when he painted a 30 foot mural on it, choosing the spot as it links Soho to the Lower East Side. From 1984 until 2008, the wall, which was owned by the late Tony Goldman, was used for advertising, until gallerist Jeffrey Deitch approached Goldman to use the wall for large scale temporary murals. The wall has since become a permanent, rotating art installation, featuring works such as Os Gemeos, Kenny Scharf, Shepard Fairey and other contemporary “street” artists.