By Stav Ziv
Keith Haring practiced making art quickly. In the early ’80s, he would ride the New York City subway, scouting the stations for spots where sheets of plain black paper hung until advertisements replaced them. He’d saunter up, look around for police and fill the paper with cartoonlike figures. Sometimes, it got him arrested.
...In the meantime, the mural captured the attention of the local news site DNAinfo, whose coverage sparked a wave of publicity, and New York City Councilman Mark Levine, who wants to ensure that it cannot be ruined and believes the “only rock-solid way to protect it is to landmark it.” He has approached the city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission about beginning that process.