Walked by Mars Bar late this afternoon when I spotted this lone worker/artist updating the facade. I asked him if the image of the modern building was meant to depict what will take the current building's place when it's torn down. He said something to the effect of, "Kinda, yeah". A man of few words but quite the cutie! Looking at the images, you can tell it's of the windows of nearby Cooper Square Hotel (just one of the many incongruous buildings that selfish developers built on the beloved Bowery; demolishing historic buildings in its wake).
He showed me where someone had ripped part of the piece last night (the bastards). He was repairing it and said he was thinking of putting the paper mural up pretty high. I said that sounded like a good idea. I asked when the building was scheduled to get torn down and he said probably June. I told him I thought that was terrible and asked him if I could take photos of the work and he said sure. I should have introduced myself but I was feeling shy and all but found it to be a cool neighborly conversation.