Franklin Gaskin, Franco “Franco the Great” Gaskin (aka the Harlem Picasso) is a legendary artist who was born in Panama, he is a street artist who for 40 years earned his cred painting storefront security gates in West Harlem neighborhoods. Many original pieces can be found today on 125th Street. Franco’s murals helped to make Harlem into an international tourist destination. Franco’s work can also be found inside businesses across New York state, as well as in other countries from Switzerland to Senegal. On Wednesday, July 24, 2019 the Blumenfeld Development Group LTD (BDG) and Brookfield Properties, on behalf of East River Plaza, in partnership with Save the Gates of Harlem celebrated with the greater Harlem icon Franco “Franco the Great” Gaskin’s and his Gate murals, of which several are permanently displayed at the East River Plaza Atrium at 520 East 117thSt., East Harlem. Save the Gates of Harlem is a project of Team Franco to save the gate murals on the 125thStreet Corridor.
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Danny Tisdale is an award-winning visual artist, former Harlem Community Board member, founder, and publisher of Harlem World Magazine. He is the host of “Harlem’s favorite podcast” The Danny Tisdale Show; a weekly podcast with leaders, legends and trailblazers from Harlem to Harare.
Photo credit: Gaskin is wearing sunshades second from the right.