Last month, we told you about the 100 Gates Program, which links up local artists and small businesses to beautify the metal roll down gates throughout the Lower East Side. It was the inspiration of artist Billy Rohan and got a big boost in January when the LES Business Improvement District won a $30,000 Neighborhood Challenge Grant grant to expand the program. According to the BID’s Natalie Raben, the early response from artists has been strong. Rohan already had a list of up to 60 artists who had previously expressed interest and around 40 more have applied to take part via the 100 Gates website. If you’re a local business and want to sign up, here’s the link to the online application. The gate painting will resume as soon as the weather warms up, hopefully very soon!