March 10, 2014 By Christian Murray
A former Sunnyside resident is calling on the community to help him restore the mural that the children from IS 125 painted next to Bank of America (46th Street by 47th Ave.) in 2010.
The wall, which was hit by graffiti shortly after it was completed, was painted around a theme of global togetherness. The mural aimed to showcase how IS 125 has students of all different races and nationalities that study there.
“I was walking by IS 125 the other day and I saw it and I couldn’t believe it,” said John Rios. “Something needed to be done. It pi##ed me off.”
Rios, 41, who helped paint the mural on 43rd Street/Greenpoint Ave. when he was younger, visited school administrators at IS 125 last week and said that he would donate the paint and the equipment needed to fix up the wall. He said that he and his friends would help repaint the wall.
The school told him that the teacher who helped put the mural together in 2010 would get back to him. Rios as of Sunday is waiting to get word.
Rios said that since he notified his friends of his intentions to fix up the wall via Facebook there have been plenty of people who are willing to help him.
Rios, who lived in Sunnyside/Woodside for his first 31 years, still has strong ties to the neighborhood. His father and son still live here.