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Hearts keep coming for Hash Halper

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.

Hash Halper in a self-portrait photo. (Facebook)

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.

A tribute to Hash Halper in Tompkins Square Park on June 17, six days after the Downtown street artist took his life by jumping off the Brooklyn Bridge. (Photo by Everynight Charley Crespo)

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.

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