"You Know... The Struggle", a Documentary from 1984 About the Lower East Side Murals

Street art has always taken center stage in the Lower East Side. Every block has dozens of painted murals on building exteriors, storefront gates and public utility spaces. Here is a short 15 minute documentary from 1984, regrettably shot in black and white, that interviews dozens of street artists, muralists and local residents about the scene, the evolving nature of murals and the limited lifespan of art.

Shot by PBS, “You Know…The Struggle” is a short documentary about socially conscious street art on the Lower East Side in the early 80’s. Suffice to say, the neighborhood depicted here is in striking contrast to its incarnation of 2015.

Matt Coneybeare

Matt Coneybeare

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Matt enjoys exploring the City's with his partner and son. He is an avid marathon runner, and spends most of his time eating, running, and working on cool stuff.

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