Chinatown Graf

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Walking towards SoHo along Grand Street through Chinatown, we spotted this piece of graf about a block or so west of ever-shrinking Little Italy and Mulberry Street. “Suicide Bomber” is an ominous enough tag, but one that in New York City, before 9/11, would have been written off as just another hardcore-sounding, hyperbolic moniker by just another tagger vying for attention in the cluttered streetscape. Given the events of Sept. 11, 2001 and the tag’s location in lower Manhattan, however, the tag and its fresh, clean, assertive lines evoke a more powerful reaction, reminding passersby with unambiguous clarity of the tremendous death, destruction and terrorism that occured literally only blocks away.

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