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Street Art in West Chelsea: alive and ungentrified

ASK ANYONE who lives (as opposed to absentee-invests) in artsy West Chelsea and they'll tell you it's becoming "artless." All but the bluest of blue chip galleries are fleeing to (slightly) more affordable zip codes, no thanks to rampant "condo-mania."  Three of my favorites - Lori Bookstein Fine Art, Alexander and Bonin and Andrew Edlin, which formed an artsy little men-art a trois on 10th Ave have been swept away by the winds of gentrification.
So it I was thrilled to discover that street artists are alive and doodling, pasting, spraying and "throwing up" (in a good way - I'll explain later) in the nabe, on a tour hosted by "recovering street artist," Patrick Waldo.
Recovering from what, Patrick? A fall from a ladder at 2am while tagging an Absolut billboard? 
"I got caught," said the impossibly tall, millennial-apparent Waldo. He's got all the right creds to be leading this tour:  a couple of arrests for graffiti-in…

My first artgasm: The P volume of World Book Encyclopedia

Were you a Britannica kid, or a World Book kid?

I was definitely the latter. With its glossy paper, very readable text and lots of images, World Book Encyclopedia was my school outside of school. Now and then I'd open a volume of Encyclopedia Britannica in the school library, but quickly close it;  its dense, scholarly text on bible-thin paper, law-book leathery binding and scant illustrations seemed to be talking to a different kind of kid than me - one who was a lot smarter and didn't care for color pictures.

This is the World Book volume I took of the shelf most often: The P volume:

I can safely say my obsession with art comes from the PAINTING section in this volume, pages 26 to 77. I'd flip back and forth through the pages for hours, poring over the images, reveling in the captions. Years later, on visiting MOMA, there they were, these iconic paintings hanging larger-than-life before me. Amazing!

Recently, I felt a wave of nostalgia to see my long-donated P volume ag…