Nov. 3, 2016 By Hannah Wulkan
The Redbird model 7 train rolled back in to LIC this week to a permanent home in the LIC landscape—painted on the side of a local restaurant.
Katherine Oh, the owner of The Green Street LIC, a new paleo Korean barbecue restaurant at 10-39 47th Road, commissioned 5Pointz founder Jonathan “Meres One” Cohen to commemorate the symbol of old-time LIC on her restaurant.
“Meres grew up in Queens like I did, and back in the day the 7 train was red, so I kind of wanted a symbol of the old LIC,” Oh said, adding that her restaurant’s industrial décor also fit with that idea.
“When you used to pass by Court Square you would always see 5Pointz and now that its gone, so we wanted to bring a little bit of that spirit back, and Meres was the perfect person,” Oh added.
The artist captured the LIC spirit in the details, replacing the train serial number with letters in homage to 5Pointz and adding his signature light bulb design to the mural, which appears in much of his work.
Oh said that when commissioning the work, she told Meres One that she wanted the red 7 train and the name of her establishment above, but aside from those details gave him free reign.
The mural spans the 100-foot wall on the side of the restaurant, and took the artist about three days to complete.
Oh opened The Green Street LIC last month, focusing on paleo-friendly Korean barbecue and Mediterranean dishes.
QNS was first to report the story.