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The 200-foot-by-50-foot mural was painted by Stefan Knapp. The mural’s panels are currently being stored in a warehouse in Carlstadt. (Photo courtesy of The Record)
The 200-foot-by-50-foot mural was painted by Stefan Knapp. The mural’s panels are currently being stored in a warehouse in Carlstadt. (Photo courtesy of The Record)
Posted: Thursday January 24, 2013, 11:58 AM
Vintage Bergen: Abstract mural was eye-catcher at Alexander’s
By Bill Ervolino of The Record

For me, the story of a certain mural in Paramus actually begins on Long Island, circa 1971, when I turned 16 and got a part-time job at the Alexander’s depart­ment store in Valley Stream.

“My” Alexander’s, which opened in 1967, was known for two things: for not being part of the adjacent Green Acres shopping center (getting around the fence that separated them required patience and/or a helicopter) and for the curious abstract paintings that ran around the building’s perimeter. As bedeviled cus­tomers asked on more than one oc­casion, “What ARE those things?” “I’m pretty sure that big one is pollen,” one customer noted. “And that other one is a hula girl.” The store was familial. When I was working nights in the boys department upstairs, my mother worked days down­stairs, in what had been the juniors de­partment but was eventually rechristened the Feelin’ Groovy department.

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