Yakshas are members of "a broad class of nature-spirits ... in Hindu, Jain and Buddhist literature." They may be male or female; many are benevolent, even mischievous. In Thailand, however, where statues of yakshas guard the gates to many Buddhist temples, generally they are given a fearsome appearance that includes bulging eyes, protruding fangs, and what appears to be a stafflike weapon, but perhaps is a massive sword not yet drawn from its sheath.
This Bayside, Queens, mural portrays the architecture of Bangkok against the skyline of New York, much as the restaurant's name combines BK and NY. Also juxtaposing East and West: A towering yaksha guarding a humble parking-lot service door, and a "weapon" that, on close inspection, is nothing more than a gaily painted drainpipe.
BKNY Thai Restaurant
47-11 Francis Lewis Blvd. (at Rocky Hill Rd.), Bayside, Queens