Staying Powers! Part of beloved Macy’s mural will be preserved

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You can’t topple this corridor of Powers!

The developer demolishing the old Downtown Macy’s parking garage will spare part of the iconic, poetic mural artist Steve Powers scrawled across the structure by removing and preserving part of a skybridge, and the painter says he hopes to keep it on display somewhere in Brooklyn.

“We are looking to install it on the landscape of Brooklyn, or if we can’t find the right spot, somewhere in America,” he said.

Powers turned the eyesore of a structure into a sight for sore eyes four years ago with his giant “Love Letter to Brooklyn” piece, but developer Tishman Speyer is now knocking the garage down after purchasing it from Macy’s last year.

But the builder and the artist are working together to spare panels from one of the two skyways that connect the parking building to the retail building — featuring the words “Turn to me” and “Euphoria” — which they will remove, clean, and store, according to Tishman Speyer spokesman Bud Perrone.

The “letter” will be the second Powers piece to disappear from Downtown streets in as many years — another developer razed his subway-map-inspired work at Adams and Livingston streets last year.

His polka-dotted “All I Need is You and New Shoes” sign at the corner of Fulton and Bond streets is still there, but may also be in danger as developer Red Sky Capital is buying up all the properties on that block.

Reach reporter Lauren Gill at or by calling (718) 260–2511. Follow her on Twitter @laurenk_gill
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Pootie from Windsor Terrace says:
It's hokey, unoriginal and cheesy. Just tear it down. It's nothing special.
Oct. 3, 2016, 7:31 am
Morris from Mill Basin says:
Pootie, go back to Baltimore and your street corner where you sold drugs. You are obviously taking them now and are making an asinine and worthless comment.
Oct. 3, 2016, 10:45 am
Susan from Greenport says:
Why don't they move the mural to Greenport? We'd love it. We're not mean people like Morris and Pootie. You're so mean.
Oct. 3, 2016, 4:49 pm
old time brooklyn from slope says:

Oct. 4, 2016, 2:26 pm

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