To many New Yorkers, an NYPD patrol car is a sign of security, holding the line against crime and keeping the streets safe. To others, the arrival of a police cruiser in their community is a sign of racism, corruption and oppression. Whatever the point of view, the police are crucial to maintaining order in a civil society. This pasted-up street art in the East Village proposes the idea of the police as “friend.” Like a good friend, people expect the police to be reliable, honest and ready to help out in a tough situation. And, usually, the police are just that and sometimes more. But the very things that enable the police to bring safety to a community are the things that make them appear martial and dangerous– guns, batons, helmets–and, unlike a friend, unapproachable.

Ivan Corsa Photo