BY EVERYNIGHT CHARLEY CRESPO | Downtown street artist Hash Halper, 41, reportedly jumped to his death from the Brooklyn Bridge on June 11.
Last week, The New York Times caught up with the artist’s unique and enchanting story, sadly with a tragic ending, that locals already knew.
A fixture in Soho and the East Village, Halper, who was a fine-art painter, starting chalking hearts on sidewalks about seven years ago.
He struggled with sobriety and at times was homeless.
According to the Times, Halper explained, “A heart makes you feel good when you’re not feeling good. And a heart makes you feel great when you’re feeling great.”
People continue to chalk hearts on Downtown’s pavement in his honor.