This beat up old warehouse at 173rd and West Farms Road is scheduled for imminent demolition. It’s been used for hot dogs and food and it’s damp inside and there is a sense in the air of the rats who live there.
It’s also covered in graffiti so the pieces overlap and the paint has built up to noticeable thickness. The owner was known to encourage it.
There’s a Shepard Fairey peel and stick there, too, although it’s anyone’s guess if it is really his or some local knockoff.
But the building itself is cool.
Valeri Larko thinks it’s cool, too. She is painting this warehouse before they tear it down.
She’s been painting “decaying structures” since the 1990’s and has a show in a Chelsea gallery coming up in June. By then this building will be gone.