Our Lady of Grace
Patron Saint of the Dominican Republic
Elton Street, at Fulton
Here, again, is a sign of what I've said before about the ubiquity of Dominican symbols in the neighborhood of East New York. Above, La Virgen de Alta Gracia, a uniquely Dominican presence, lends her weight to the character of the neighborhood. Rendered, evidently, by an unschooled painter, the figure, nevertheless, reaches any Dominican viewer with instant messages of a familiar culture, and old memories of home.