Since 2016, the patch of graffiti on a warehouse by the Carroll Street Bridge on the bank of the Gowanus Canal welcomed visitors with the tagline ‘Welcome to Venice’ with the signature "Love Jerko." But it became a victim of gentrification during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The former home of Alex Figliolia Water & Sewer, the 65,000-square-foot industrial building disappeared without a trace. On my first visit to the canal since the pandemic struck, I had one of those "Oh No" moments when I drove across the historic Carroll Street Bridge and realized the graffiti covered wall was gone. Not just gone but obliterated like it had never been there.
The amount of graffiti and murals lost to gentrification is mind boggling. I give eulogies to some of my favorites in Graffiti Gone…The Destruction of Gowanus on southbrooklyn.com, my publishing website.
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