The mural is the second in a series of public art projects by AAF’s small business program created to beautify Union Street and enhance the shopping experience for customers.
Small business owners on Union Street have seen a dramatic decrease in foot traffic and customers since early January when misconceptions about the pandemic field anti-Asian sentiment, according to Ahyoung Kim, associate director of Small Business Programs, AAF.
When Jentai Tsai, the owner of the building on Union Street, moved to Flushing 50 years ago, she described it as a “ghost town” filled with vacant stores.
“Thanks to Asian immigrant efforts, Flushing has become a booming community,” Tsai said.
“Even though this wall could be rented for commercial advertising, I wanted to help beautify the community with some artwork, like this mural.