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A Bit of the Berlin Wall

This out of place street art in Midtown is actually an important part of history. In the little pedestrian plaza where the area corporate drones have their lunch, is this 20 foot piece of the Berlin Wall. With paintings by artists Thierry Noir and Kiddy Citny, the five sections separated East and West Berlin.

Thierry Noir was born in France, and moved to West Berlin in 1982 as he heard David Bowie and Iggy Pop lived there. Along with artist Christophe Bouchet, he began the epic paintings that stretched along much of the Berlin Wall, some which came to be known as the East Side Gallery.

Noir’s work became synonymous with freedom. This portion was sold by the East German government to real estate company Tishmann Speyer’s Jerry Speyer, who installed it on 53rd street in 1990 after the wall came down.

Who: Thierry Noir and Kiddy Citny

What: Section of the Berlin Wall

Where: 3 East 53rd Street, 10022

5 Responses to “A Bit of the Berlin Wall”
  1. this is an awesome post – i had no idea we had a piece of the wall in midtown! xo

  2. There’s a 20-foot section of the Berlin Wall in Midtown?

  3. @dat452 says:

    A Bit of the Berlin Wall

  4. ems says:

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