If you paint it, they will come.
At least, that’s the hope for the new Chinatown Mural Project.
The brainchild of local activist Karlin Chan, the initiative aims to pull in diners and shoppers through colorful street art.
The first mural, titled “Noodle Shop,” is on Mosco St. around the corner from Transfiguration Church. A collaboration by artist Peacheeblue and Chan, it took eight hours to complete.
Chan and Peacheeblue are currently looking for permission from landlords for locations for more murals.
“My purpose is to create Instagram and selfie spots around Chinatown to hopefully draw in visitors who may patronize our many restaurant and shops,” Chan explained. “As New York City slowly reopens, Chinatown, which is heavily dependent on tourism, needs every edge and support we can provide. I’ve named this the #ChinatownMuralproject. People can follow us on Instagram (@chinatownmuralproject) or Facebook.”