Residents up in arms after discovering vandalized local mural

The mural was presented by Artbridge and is a collaborative effort between Alvarez and community members.

Elly Morillo and Adolfo Carrion

Mar 12, 2024, 9:23 PM

Updated 127 days ago

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Bronx residents in Norwood are upset after finding that a mural in their community was vandalized.
The walls where artist Laura Alvarez’s mural lives on East 207th Street and Bainbridge Avenue are now covered in chipped paint and graffiti.
The mural was presented by Artbridge and is a collaborative effort between Alvarez and community members. Alvarez says that murals saw a spike in vandalism during the pandemic.
“I guess because there was less people in the streets and it was easier to go and tag it and nobody was going to tell you anything because that mural was good for a long time,” said Alvarez.
Alvarez and the community are now working together to get the community mural restored but they say funding is needed.
“We've been reaching out to councilmembers, to the community board,” said Alvarez. “If anybody has any idea they can reach out to me or reach out to Artbridge and we'll be more than happy to talk to anybody about it."
No police investigation is currently taking place for the vandalism.


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