276 Elizabeth Street
New York, NY 10012
One of the most colorful—if at times disheartening—aspects of life in New York City is the opportunity to witness the constant transformation of the physical landscape, often in the blink of an eye. The city lives; the city breathes. You wake one blustery morning to find that Rémy St. Martin has suddenly taken the place of the Colt 45 advertisement you watched painters on ladders piece together the previous month; a new bakery appears on the corner; the deserted building you pass every morning en route to work is suddenly populated with tots on tricycles and beaming parents. And the wall paintings—ah, the wall paintings. It wasn’t long ago that Os Gemeos, the bad boys from Brazil, blessed the corner of Houston and Bowery with a frantic explosion of fantastical frenzy, a banana-yellow rainbow extravaganza which refuses to be ignored. In keeping with the energy of the flurry of feet inherent to this Nolita neighborhood, a new Fauvist production has popped up almost kitty-corner to those twins’ work; stop by Café Colonial, on Elizabeth and Houston, for a bowl of Acaì, and to catch an invigorating glimpse of the newest addition to the downtown wall-scene. This gorgeous glowing boatscape, originally executed in flying colors by wild-beast André Derain, stands in stark contrast to the cerulean blue trimming of the restaurant. It might not be there long—like the Fauvist movement itself, which burst upon the scene as a raging lion and didn’t stay for tea—but even if it is replaced tomorrow by an American Apparel poster, it will have left an inspirational mark in indelible ink upon the ever-changing visual history of our dear City.