Sunday, January 5, 2014

Saul Zabar and Banksy's 2013 New York Residence...

Imagine my delight today when I learned that Saul Zabar is a Banksy fan (and why). 

Zabar, the octogenarian owner of the New York institution Zabar's on New York's upper west side, is best known for introducing fresh roasted gourmet coffee by the pound to New Yorkers nearly 50 years ago, and its over the top appetizing department with all kinds of smoked fish, and enormous cheese selection. 

As it turns out, he's also a Banksy fan. And, for good reason. 

Zabar must have been surprised when he discovered that during Banksy's one month residency in New York this past October, the enigmatic graffiti artist left one of his works on the side of a building that Zabar owns. 

The work, a silhouette of a boy with a hammer striking a fire department standpipe as if he were playing the carnival strongman "high striker" game painted on the side of a building on the other side of Broadway from the grocery store (NE corner of 79th St), has since been destroyed, despite Zabar covering it with Plexiglass to protect it from vandels. 

But, Zabar keeps the memory alive with the photo above of him and Banksy that is displayed in the store's "coffee" window. 

And, via another shot in the store that's hung above the cash registers which is of a member of Zabar's team walking in front of the high striker.

Here's the shot that I took back on October 20th, 2013. It was a fun and memorable New York moment.

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