265. New York, 10 Ave & 22 W St

The High Line is one of the most fantastic urban regeneration projects I have had the pleasure of visiting anywhere in the world. It is a linear park built on a raised railway, that fell into disuse after it was no longer required, in the meat packing area of New York. It has been brought back to life under the direction of the ‘Friends of the High Line‘. If you are visiting, I cannot recommend it highly enough.

Pixel Pancho, 10th Av & 22nd W St, New York, 29 May 2016
Pixel Pancho, 10th Av & 22nd W St, New York, 29 May 2016

On my recent family visit to New York, we started walking the High Line and after a little way decided to drop down to street level to find a bite to eat. This was indeed serendipitous, because as we emerged onto 10th Avenue, I could see a lift truck with a couple of artists on it painting a huge wall above a closed deli.

Pixel Pancho, 10th Av & 22nd W St, New York, 29 May 2016
Pixel Pancho, 10th Av & 22nd W St, New York, 29 May 2016

I instantly recognised the artist as the fabulous Pixel Pancho, whose work is so incredibly distinctive. I felt privileged to watch him and his team at work, and rather lucky to have accidentally stumbled on this. I have tried to convince my wife that this was pure coincidence; I don’t think she bought it…but it was.

Pixel Pancho, 10th Av & 22nd W St, New York, 29 May 2016
Pixel Pancho, 10th Av & 22nd W St, New York, 29 May 2016

Immediately I got snapping while my family checked out the Don Giovanni restaurant two doors away. I couldn’t stay long, and unfortunately I didn’t get to see the completed work, which looks rather good, don’t you think?

Pixel Pancho, 10th Av & 22nd W St, New York, 29 May 2016
Pixel Pancho, 10th Av & 22nd W St, New York, 29 May 2016