Finished mural by Ralph Serrano – #ARTeoMuerte. He will also be painting a mural in White Park, East Harlem in September

The 100 Gates Project has been bringing artists and merchants together in an artistic collaboration on the Lower East Side since 2014, meeting their goal of painting 100 gates. With the help of the Lower East Side Partnership, artists create a merchants vision on roll-down gates, seen only when the shops are closed. In 2017, the 100 Gates Project was given a grant by the New York City Department of Small Business Service’s Neighborhood 360, to expand their creative efforts to Staten Island and East Harlem.

Partnering with the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce, Staten Island Arts, and the New Harlem East Merchant Association, merchants and artists in both Staten Island and East Harlem were brought together. The local organizations partnering with the 100 Gates Project worked toward commissioning well-known, local artists, and painting has begun. Untapped Cities has been following the artists late at night, and in the wee hours of the morning when the shops are closed and the gates are down, and to date more than 15 gates have been completed. Follow along on this pictorial tour of where the project is right now. #upallnight #100gatesproject #statenisland #elbarrio.


Artist Andre Trenier at the popular East Harlem eatery, Sister’s Caribbean Cuisine for #100GatesProject

Artist Mona Oman ~ @monaoman ~ Staten Island’s North Shore for #100GatesProject

Artist Lucine Yaghiazaryan ~ @Lucine ~ at Mexico Travel, 238 East 116th Street in East Harlem

Each gate is tagged with the artists name and #100GatesProject

Artist Ralph Serrano ~ @ARTeoMuerte ~ at El Barrio Wireless, 232 East 116th Street, East Harlem

Artist Charlie Elo ~ @eloburnz ~ for #100GatesProject at Pueblo Grocery in East Harlem

Artist Andre Trenier ~ @Andre_Trenier ~  for #100GatesProject at Sister’s Cuisine, 47 East 124th Street at Madison Avenue in East Harlem

Artist Gera Lozano ~ @Geraluz ~ on the ladder, with assist from artist ~ @WERC ~ Park Avenue & 125th Street, East Harlem

@Geraluz completed Park Avenue at 125th Street for #100GatesProject in East Harlem

Artist Adam Negron ~ ~ at Wild Olive Market, 10 East 125th Street in East Harlem

Wild Olive Market completed mural by for #100GatesProject in East Harlem

The first gate completed for this #100GatesProject was by artist Matt Samuelson ~ @smartink ~ at Madison Avenue Hair Studio, 1960 Madison Avenue in East Harlem (above and below)

Artist Tiara Zhane at Charlie’s Place, 1960 Madison Avenue (at 126th Street) in East Harlem (completed gate below)

Artist Jeremy Vega ~ @badgarcia ~ at Easy Shopping, 1888 Third Avenue (between 104-105 Streets) in East Harlem (above and below) and preparing to do a wall at White Park, East Harlem  for Marcus Garvey Park Alliance/Public Art Initiative in September

Artist @Jenevieve713 at The 116 Flowers, 232 East 116th Street in East Harlem (above and below)

We will continue to follow the project and update when complete. In the meantime, if you are in East Harlem, more street art is within close reach. #EducationIsNotACrime mural project throughout Harlem, the famous 125th street gates painted by FrancoTheGreat, The Monument Art Project in East Harlem, the historic El Barrio Murals, El Barrio’s Guerrilla Wall, The Graffiti Hall of Fame, and The Audubon Mural Project in Hamilton Heights.

Contact the author at AFineLyne. Next, check out An Abandoned Graffitied NYC Subway Car Is Inside an Empty 42nd Street Storefront and 8 Places to See Keith Haring’s Art Work in NYC.