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East Village Dive Bar’s Old Wall Doodle May Be Multi-Million Dollar Artwork Now

Plus, a solid sushi deal for the weekend — and more intel

The bar at Niagara, with short stools and tiled floor Niagara [Official Photo]

This East Village bar may have found its cash cow

Apparently bar wall art isn’t just a way to pass time in the bathroom: East Village dive bar Niagara is currently home to illustrations that could be worth millions. Japanese pop artist Yoshitomo Nara doodled on Niagara’s wall 10 years ago, and now that he’s a famed artist, those off-the-cuff sketches are highly valuable. His last painting “Knife Behind Back” sold for $25 million at Sotheby’s Hong Kong on Sunday, making these illustrations potentially worth $5 million, according to industry experts.

Niagara has been an Alphabet City go-to for a night of dancing with raucous vibes since 1997. There are often DJ’s, a well as a daily happy hour with $4 draft beer and wine.

But right now, it’s unlikely that the bar could make money off of the sketches; Nara’s rep says the artist doesn’t want to see the works sold.

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— A weekend rec:


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