Photography: Video Music Box Mural, East Elmhurst, Queens, NYC

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I had a lot of free time during the earliest days of the pandemic. And as a result, I wound up getting back into regularly watching Video Music Box, hosted by the legendary and pioneering Ralph McDaniels. Several weeks ago, McDaniels was at a Video Music Box mural in East Elmhurst — at the corner of 102nd Street and Astoria Blvd.

The mural was painted as a documentary on the beloved video music series was about to air on Showtime. I haven’t watched it yet; but I need to and will during the holiday. But in the meantime, I saw the mural — and it captures Ralph McDaniels with an uncanny accuracy.