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Cooper Square Hotel's Self-Vandalism

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The Post solved the mystery of the Cooper Square Hotel's new wall o' graffiti on East 5th Street. Four graffiti artists were commissioned hotel manager/mastermind Klaus Ortlieb to create a large black-and-white mural to give the building a bit of East Village grit. Says one resident of the tenement building the Coop wraps around (which is technically the part getting tagged): "They say they can't fix a leak because they don't have money, but now they've paid to have a crane to put up graffiti." [NYP; previously]