8. Pope Francis Mural

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A commission by the Diocese of Brooklyn, a 180-foot mural of Pope Francis now stands at the corner of 34th Street and 8th Avenue near the entrances to Madison Square Garden. Painted by the artist Van Hecht-Nielsen, the mural may be “possibly the largest hand-painted mural of Francis ever done,” writes The New York Times. “Welcome Pope Francis,” says the text above the portrait and in a sign of the times, instructions on how to follow the pope with hashtags #PopeInUSA and #PapaEnUSA.