Hanksy Riffs on Robert Frost with ‘Bold’ Piece on the Streit’s Matzo Factory

Posted on: March 18th, 2015 at 5:12 am by
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Pony Boy himself might have chuckled had his narrative crossed the intersection of Suffolk and Rivington Streets.

Prolific pun-master Hanksy added his two cents to the famous Robert Frost poem. “Nothing bold can stay” is now scrawled across the western exposure of the Streit’s Matzo factory in large lettering. The paint job happened sometime yesterday afternoon.

The new mural is a bold advertisment for the upcoming Hanksy show at 104 Delancey, “Best of the Worst” (March 28). It was commissioned by the Little Italy Street Art Project in response to the buffing of Connor Harrington’s “The Punch,” and also serves as a tribute to the passing of actor/comedian Ramsey Moore on Monday.

However, there is another interpretation here not intended by the artist. It’s almost as if Hanksy penned a farewell of sorts to the legendary Streit’s factory, which has been headquartered on the block for ninety years. The business sold its Rivington Street holdings a few months ago, and will depart come springtime.

Stay gold, Pony Boy.

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