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Yonkers Vows To Re-Create Landmarked Mural Downtown

The middle part of a landmarked mural painted by artist Richard Haas was torn down last week.
The middle part of a landmarked mural painted by artist Richard Haas was torn down last week. Photo Credit: Provided

YONKERS, N.Y. – The middle chunk of a three-part landmarked mural in Yonkers is no more, according to a report by lohud.com.

“Gateway to the Waterfront," a mural painted in the late 1990’s by artist Richard Haas, depicted historic Yonkers scenes.

The central “panel” graced the side of 36 Main St., a building owned by Rising Development. The other two parts of the artwork are on adjacent and nearby buildings at 35-37 Main St. and 5 Riverdale Ave.

Although the City Council voted to landmark the mural in February, the building itself was condemned because of structural issues and its owners eventually got the go-ahead to tear it down.

According to the lohud.com article, demolition of the red-brick structure took place last week.

The city has put up a big banner stating that it supports the arts and promising to re-create the mural downtown, the lohud.com report said.

Before the wrecking ball had even swung, Haas likened the mural's destruction to removing the key player from a trio, or musical group.

“You’re going to have the bass and the drums, but no piano,” he had said.

Haas said he felt it was important to keep the “ensemble” together and the best possible outcome would be to re-paint the mural near 36 Main St., in front of which sits a small city-owned park.

To read the lohud.com article, click here.

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