11. The 100 Gates Project
As the recipient of neighborhood innovation grant from the NYC Department of Small Business Services, along with the New York City Economic Development Corporation and Business Assistance Corporation, The 100 Gates Project launched in January 2015 with an open call for artists and businesses. By April of this year, the Lower East Side Business Improvement District (LES BID) began matching artists with appropriate businesses, and as of this month, 60 gates have been completed. Go early (or late), as the murals are only visible when the businesses are closed and the gates are down. You will find the gates on the Lower East Side primarily in the area between Essex Street and Eldridge Street, just above and below Delancey.