EX VANDALS – San Juan Hill Project Mural


This mural is no longer on view.

As part of Etienne Charles' work developing San Juan Hill: A New York Story, the composer commissioned a hand-painted mural that tells the story of the lost San Juan Hill neighborhood on the Upper West Side.

Painted over 7 days, with a team of 7 artists, the mural tells the story of the neighborhood’s evolution from the early 20th century to today. It shows the streets as they once were and features neighborhood fixtures such as the "Jungles Casino" jazz club where musicians met and played and where the world famous "Charleston" was developed.

The work incorporates portraits of iconic figures who once lived there, as well as several other significant artists, musicians, and community organizations whose names are written into the bricks. It progresses to depict the redevelopment that came about as a result of the Housing Act of 1949.

The EX VANDALS – San Juan Hill Project Mural was originally hand-painted in Brooklyn on Atlantic Avenue before this reproduction made its way to the Lincoln Center campus.