Luring Artists to Lend Life to Empty Storefronts

At the end of a dark passageway at the Port Authority Bus Terminal, almost 50 artworks have suddenly parked in a bright, spare gallery. On a grim stretch of the Flatbush Avenue Extension in Brooklyn, pastel portraits and interactive sculptures are squeezed between a McDonald’s and an Applebee’s. In the window of a former dentist’s office in downtown Jamaica, Queens, a clutch of faceless mannequins cradle various forms of roadkill.

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