Beauty Or Blight? Some East Side Residents Not Pleased With $4K ‘Bubble Gum’ Pink Mural

CBS New York

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A bright pink mural lining a bike lane barrier is stirring controversy on the East Side of Manhattan.

It’s big, it’s pink and it has taken over two city blocks right outside Janet Handal’s window.

“It’d be nice to see something that was pleasing and not something that you just go, ‘ugh,'” Handal, of the Waterside Tenants Association, told CBS 2’s Jessica Schneider on Friday.

The city calls it “barrier beautification,” but for many of the 4,000 people who call Waterside Plaza home it’s an everyday eyesore.

“I think it’s got this sort of Pepto Bismal color pink or bubble gum pink, which just doesn’t fit here. I feel like it would fit better in the school yard,” said resident Irene Narissi.

The artwork popped up last weekend after the Department of Transportation chose the design and paid two artists $4,000…

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