Long Island Landmark Turned Art House Sparks Controversy

Long Island Landmark Turned Art House Sparks Controversy


THE TRANSFORMATION NOW AT THE HEART OF A CONTROVERSY IN GLEN COVE. CAROLYN REPORTS. WHAT’S ART TO SOME IS AWFUL TO OTHERS. MAYBE SOME PLACE ELSE IT WOULD WORK. NOT SO MUCH HERE. NOT SO MUCH. ONE MAN’S TRASH IS ANOTHER MAN’S TREASURE. WHAT’S THIS TO YOU? TRASH. A DEBATE WHERE THIS EDGEY URBAN STREET ART PROJECT. AN ARTISTIC BOOST TO A STRUGGLING DOWNTOWN HAS SOME AGHAST. ANY STRUCTURE WITH HISTORIC SIGNIFICANCE SHOULDN’T BE DESECRATED THE WAY THIS IS BEING HANDLED. THE BUILDING PLASTERED INSIDE AND OUT WITH GRAFFITI. IT’S A 300-YEAR-OLD HISTORIC LANDMARK. JOEL BOUGHT THE VACANT HOME TO OPEN A RESTAURANT. WHILE PLANS STALLED. HE INVITED 125 STREET AND GALLERY ARTISTS FROM AROUND THE WORLD TO USE THE SPACE AS A CANVAS. SOMETHING THIS OBSCURE AND IN A PLACE LIKE GLEN COVE, IT’S REALLY BEAUTIFUL. IT’S DIFFERENT. UNDER LANDMARK RULES, THE INSIDE WAS FAIR GAME. ARTISTS TOOK CARE TO PRESERVE HISTORIC WOOD. THE ARTISTS CAME IN HERE WITH SPRAY CANS SPRAYING WILD. THERE’S NOTHING ON THE WOOD. BUT THE OUTSIDE WAS NOT SUPPOSED TO BE ALTERED. WE DIDN’T ASK FOR PERMISSION. BUT I THINK IT TURNED OUT TO BE A POSITIVE THING. IT DID WAS IT WAS INTENDED TO DO. IT CAUSED CURIOSITY. IT BROKE LANDMARK RULES THE MAYOR IS ALL FOR IT AS A WELCOME DRAW FOR VISITORS. IT’S GOOD FOR THE CITY BECAUSE IT’S STIRRING COMMENT. IT’S STIRRING ATTENTION. THE MAYOR AND ORGANIZERS INSIST THERE’S NO PERMANENT DAMAGE HERE. THE STENCILS WERE GLUED ON. AND CAN AND WILL BE POWER WASHED OFF. BUT CRITICS SAY THIS TEMPORARY DISPLAY CROSSED A LINE BY BREAKING RULES. THEY’RE CALLING FOR A PERMANENT AESTHETIC REVIEW BOARD. FANS SAY ART IS SUPPOSED TO STIR THINGS UP. CBS 2 NEWS. FIRST CITY PROJECT HAS A WEEK TO RETURN THE OUTSIDE OF THE HOUSE TO ITS PREVIOUS CONDITION.

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