I've been wanting to take a picture of this mural for a long time. The gate to the community garden was open Saturday afternoon so I ran in for a quick shot.
I don't know if the mural has any specific connection to the violent and drug-ridden history of the street. The mural is on 116th St. just west of Frederick Douglass. If you've seen the movie American Gangster or read this article in New York, you'll know the corner as being where Frank Lucas would sit in his beat-up car to observe his million dollar a day heroin sales.
The corner is much quieter today. There is a bank branch, a halal deli, a bodega and an auto repair shop. Around the corner on Frederick Douglass is a small wine store. I hadn't been there before. The small selection of wines were reasonably priced and the woman that was working there was very friendly.