SOHO, Manhattan — SoHo is getting ready to reopen with the rest of New York City which means the plywood will slowly come down from many businesses.
In recent weeks, artists have taking to beautifying the boarded up buildings. This artwork will stay on display for a few more days and then maybe be part of an historical exhibit. Then Phase 2 reopening begins.
Phase 2 means up to 300,000 New Yorkers will be able to get back to work if they work in commercial building management, hair salons and barbershops, outdoor and takeout food services, business and real estate offices, in-store retail, vehicle sales, and, retail rental, repair and cleaning .
In SoHo, when businesses boarded to prevent looting, many local artists used the plywood as a canvas to create new works of art.
Some of these masterpieces have already been sold to collectors. As the plywood comes down over the next few days, there are plans to preserve artwork with proceeds going to the arts and Black Lives Matter.
There are over 250 works of art currently on display.