Murals

Monkey Bar

This New York staple boasts not one but two murals of note. The first, the story behind which also explains how the former piano bar in the Hotel Elysée got its name, began with a few monkey decals adhered to the mirrors, ostensibly to remind patrons of their raucousness. In the 1940s, years after the cheeky stickers inspired the bar’s moniker, the owner commissioned Eugene Zaikine to paint a few monkeys on the walls. Caricaturist Charles Vella added a couple more later. In the 1980s and ’90s, artist Diane Voyentzie expanded on the theme, adding more monkeys engaged in all kinds of bad behavior directly onto the space’s canvas-covered walls.

The book, MURALS OF NEW YORK CITY, by Glenn Palmer-Smith tells the history of the Monkey Bar.

The above murals are from the Wellington Hotel, in NYC, The Monkey Bar, in the Hotel Elysee, NYC and the Hotel Elysee Mural, and the Hotel Elysee Mural,the other murals are residences in New York, Boston, Connecticut, and Palm Beach, Florida


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