Earlier this month, over 50 smashed storefronts were boarded up after a night of looting. Two weeks later, Soho has turned into an open-air art gallery.  

“Color is not a crime” reads a message painted on the plywood boards covering one store, against a rainbow-hued skyline.

“Be safe, NYC,” advises a piece by renowned artist Stephen “ESPO” Powers.

The Soho Social Impact project started two weeks ago at Greene Street and Grand Streets, and has quickly spread all over the neighborhood. Tristan Reginato, who grew up in Harlem and whose father long lived in Soho when it was an artists hub, reached out to people who went to art school with him and built a team of 12 volunteers. “Soho is basically going to be a public art gallery/social impact space,” says…

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