CULTURE Historic street in NYC's Chinatown being painted into giant mural of dragon

CULTURE

Historic street in NYC's Chinatown being painted into giant mural of dragon

Xinhua

00:57, July 22, 2018

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People look at the newly painted ground mural in Doyers Street in Manhattan's Chinatown, New York City, July 20, 2018. Doyers Street, a 200-foot-long (61-meter) street in the heart of Chinatown, is being covered with a vibrant mural by artist Chen Dongfan titled "The Song of Dragons and Flowers." Dongfan's work is in partnership with Art Bridge and part of the NYC Department of Transportation's Doyers Street Seasonal Street Public Art program, as well as the Chinatown Partnership's pedestrian plaza project. (Photo: Xinhua/Wang Ying)

One of the oldest streets in Manhattan's Chinatown, New York City, is currently being painted into a grand mural of a dragon.

Doyers Street, a 200-foot-long (61-meter) street in the heart of Chinatown, is being covered with a vibrant mural by artist Chen Dongfan titled "The Song of Dragons and Flowers."

Dongfan's work is in partnership with Art Bridge and part of the NYC Department of Transportation's Doyers Street Seasonal Street Public Art program, as well as the Chinatown Partnership's pedestrian plaza project.

The technicolor mural is part of the organization's efforts to boost foot traffic to Chinatown, Wellington Chen, Executive Director of the Chinatown Partnership, told Xinhua on Friday.

"Chinatown's history is full of hardship, but also full of love. Doyers Street is located in Chinatown, intersecting with Pell Street at its very end, as if a flying dragon is winding its way up and resting at the intersection of two streets," Chen said of the work on his Instagram account.

"I was inspired by the immigrant experience and how they perceive this neighborhood as home. Thus, I believe that dragon, both from its visual form and the cultural meaning, can best represent the area," he said.

Doyers Street was infamously known as the "Bloody Angle" in the early 20th century.

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