When PLG Arts put up its murals in 2009, even Marty Markowitz came to celebrate the occasion. But the paintings on Lincoln Road and Flatbush Avenue are just part of a community tradition that turns unsightly facades into urban art. PLOG canvased the neighborhood and captured some of the longstanding works enhancing our streets. On Washington and Lefferts Avenues at the back of the Bond Bread building is a well-worn montage of African American sports heroes from Muhammad Ali to Michael Jordan. Head east to Empire Boulevard and Bedford Avenue and pay tribute to NYPD officers that fell in the line of duty protecting the 71st precinct. Then follow Empire back to Flatbush and you’ll find a safari of animals celebrating the Prospect Park Zoo and the less seen homage to the 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers in the New York City Transit parking lot. Finally on the other side of the hood is a recognition of African history and culture at Bedford and Parkside Avenues.

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New works are being commissioned all the time and rumor has it that the blank wall across from the 65 Fen wine shop may soon get the mural treatment as well. If you ask PLOG, perhaps the greatest canvas of all is the seemingly never ending white brick wall that runs from Washington to Bedford Avenues alongside the Western Beef supermarket on Empire. Just imagine! Take a look at the slides below to see the past, and possible future, of art in our community.

Update: We’ve added three additional sets of murals. On Lefferts and Rogers Avenues, the three little pigs have given up their quarrel with the wolf, but red riding hood remains aloof. Further south on Rogers at Winthrop Street, a medley of images is titled “Breathe Life.” To the east on Parkside and Nostrand Avenues, leaders from Obama to Malcolm X encourage students to “Believe, Persevere, Change, Think, Respect.” You can see how the blank wall on Fenimore Street turned out here.

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