Gallery 1 is a children’s gallery, situated in one of the poorer neighborhoods along the street. At the far end of the gallery sits a disused children’s playground, in the shadow of a towering public housing project, and at the edge of the massive Harlem River Drive.
The highlight of this gallery is the large mural painted along the walls of the Citizens Care Daycare Center, located midway down the block between Lenox and 7th Avenue. The Mural paints the picture of a utopia, complete with children of all races in America playing together in complete harmony against the backdrop of a playground and a park. This starkly contrasts against the rather depressed feel of the immediate neighborhood.
Across the Daycare Center, construction is taking place on a new apartment complex, and the sleek glass and steel exterior of the unfinished building unsettles the general environment. Finally, at the edge of the gallery is the beautifully surreal Art Deco-style Greater Hood Memorial African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church – delivering sermons in Hip-Hop style for the colourful array of congregations in Da Hood.