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Immortalize the “Jesus is the Only Fire Escape” Mural BEFORE IT’S GONE

In the mid-’90s, when the Rev. Robert Parks had a fit-looking Jesus standing atop a rainbow painted on his house adjacent to the Crosstown, he didn’t worry about a permit. The City contested the unregulated public art and its religious statement, but ultimately let it stay. Two decades later, the reverend has climbed the fire escape to heaven, and his rush hour-soothing masterpiece is fading. Before it goes the way of the Folly Boat, park your car on President Street, walk over, and snap a selfie with Muscle Jesus.