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Tunes for Juneteenth and more signs o’ the times

East Village journo Bill Weinberg continues to cover the ongoing Black Lives Matter protests, including on Juneteenth, Fri., June 19.

He also documented some tony designer boutiques and bars along the Bowery, near where he lives, that festooned the plywood covering their storefronts with artwork with racial justice themes.

While the art is impressive, some are cynically wondering if the merchants’ sentiment is genuine or if it’s “looting insurance.” Maybe it’s a combination.

A brass band playing Michael Jackson and Bob Marley tunes in Washington Square Park on Juneteenth. (Photo by Bill Weinberg)
Artwork on plywood covering the Bowery Bar. (Photo by Bill Weinberg)
Artwork going up on the Bowery Bar overseen by Sono Kuwayama. (Photo by Bill Weinberg)
The Kenneth Cole shoe store at Bond St. and Bowery. (Photo by Bill Weinberg)
A painting of Emmett Till on the Bowery. (Photo by Bill Weinberg)
An artist at work on the Emmett Till piece. (Photo by Bill Weinberg)
Blue & Cream offers “Hamptons-style” shopping at First St. and the Bowery. (Photo by Bill Weinberg)
At Blue & Cream. (Photo by Bill Weinberg)
(Photo by Bill Weinberg)
The Trek bike store at Bowery and E. First St. (Photo by Bill Weinberg)
(Photo by Bill Weinberg)

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  1. […] have been boarded up with plywood since the looting of early June. The plywood has now all been covered with murals and graffiti art on the theme of Black Lives Matter. Throughout June, angry protests were a daily affair, as in […]

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