Artist and Lower East Side fixture Marco painted these massive hoardings on the stretch of Orchard Street between Houston and Stanton streets, where for a couple of years several major condo, hotel and retail property-development projects have simultaneously been in progress.

Marco’s aesthetic is not exactly our style, but he’s playfully brightened up a block that for too long has been blighted by construction. We took these pictures a couple of months ago during a terribly grim patch of winter weather in New York City. These paintings brought some cheer on a gray day, on a gray road. Thanks, Marco!