Rolldown gates were just a utilitarian part of Lower East Side storefronts until local artist Billy Rohan saw the opportunity to make the neighborhood more beautiful. This week, his vision of an outdoor art gallery was completed through the work of street artists and muralists taking part in the 100 Gates Project.
The pieces cover a broad range of styles, spanning stylish rainbow stripes at XY Atelier (81 Hester St.) to two Bitcoin-inspired murals at xCubicle (25 Essex St.). The 100th of the 100 Gates Project belongs to Katz’s Delicatessen, featuring a cartoonized version of its famous pastrami sandwich, and was completed on Wednesday night. Funding for the public art project began through a Neighborhood Challenge grant, with Singapore’s Tiger Beer helping to get the last 20 gates finished.
You can check out all the gates by downloading a map of the route, or find it on Foursquare. But if you take the walking tour between today and Sept. 18, the LES Partnership and Tiger Beer are hosting a gallery opening of sorts with select bars and restaurants including Mission Cantina and modern Irish pub The Late Late offering $3 Tiger Beer specials.