I went on yet another hunt whilst in NYC to find the Joe Strummer mural in the East Village. Momofuku and Momofuku Milk Bar were also in the neighbourhood so I thought why not kill two birds with one stone?
I knew that the original Joe Strummer mural on the exterior of Niagara Bar at Avenue A and 7th Street had been removed to facilitate structural repairs to the building. The piece was created by street artists Dr. REVOLT and Zephyr after Strummer’s death in 2002.
Thankfully the mural was recently redone in September 2013 by Dr. REVOLT. Upon its unveiling The Clash guitarist Mick Jones and filmmaker Jim Jarmusch even showed up!
When I got off the subway, I didn’t realize it was going to be a bit of a walk. But it was fine. As usual I walk fast so I could see the mural coming up from afar. Indeed there were punks loitering around at Tompkins Square as many of my tour books had mentioned. It’s always surreal to see something you have only read about and seen online. I paid my respects pretty much the same way I did at Adam Yauch’s Park.
Another nice moment to reflect upon for my memory bank.