First Street Ecological Art Park, East Village. Graffiti Hall of Fame, East Harlem. The creativity of the East Village is reflected in the walls of the First Street Green Art Park. The open art space provides artists and designers with space to display their murals, sculptures and other installations, as well as to hold performances for the neighborhood.
Every time you go to this lesser-known place it should be a different experience, as the murals change often. In addition, during the warmer months, its volunteers organize programs that range from art workshops to live music. Find out what's currently happening here. E 173rd St, on West Farms Road, Bronx Founded in 1980 by activist Ray “Sting” Ray Rodriguez as a way to promote the positive attributes of graffiti, this East Harlem wall has become a place where Graf's classic styles and the hip-hop culture with which they are associated can thrive.
The huge mural that spells HARLEM also serves as a storybook tour of the city's street art history. If you need additional proof that street art has become legal, look no further: these striking murals painted in a metal shed that cover the foundations of the 2 World Trade Center, the future skyscraper that will be built on the site in the coming years. In the recent past, artists Todd Gray, Hektad, BoogieRez, Stickymonger and the husband-and-wife duo Chinon Maria and Sebastian Mitre covered the structure with bright images inspired by pop art and anime, creating a pleasant oasis of color in an area (the Financial District) where the palette is, to put it mildly, muted. In 1986, on a handball court in Harlem, Keith Haring published this lush public service announcement inspired by a studio assistant who had become addicted to the title drug.
Although he painted the piece without permission, just as the crack was becoming famous, the message of the work and the size of Haring quickly earned the mural the blessing of the city, which is now restoring it. The doors of the stores in question belong to companies participating in this exclusive street art program that covers the Lower East Side, in which retailers looking for something of that sweet street creed are combined with artists looking for a legally allowed space to do their thing. So far, more than 75 murals have been made, ranging from the elastic flying brain of Buff Monster with cyclops for Bondy's Cameras and Appliance to the picassoid faces of the artist Billy for the mecca of Michele Olivieri's sneakers. A full summary of the works and locations can be found on the 100 Gates Project website.
Proud to hold the title of “King of Graffiti”, Blade chose subway trains as his canvas in 1972, where he painted original characters. Street art and graffiti in New York were a product of the 1970s, when the city was bankrupt and crime was the order of the day. The Bushwick district is probably the most famous part of New York when it comes to street art and graffiti. If you know of other interesting places to find New York City street art, comment below or find me on Facebook.
With this walking tour of the Bushwick neighborhood, enjoy the diversity and culture of the neighborhood's urban street artists. You'll also find a lot more Phibs in Australia, their native country, and they have an incredible street art scene in Melbourne. The New York subway system was the perfect breeding ground for street art, as it stretched along 6,450 miles of dark and dense walkways. For a long time, Lady Pink was the only outstanding female graffiti artist on the New York scene, but her work was widely recognized for its camouflage and playful nature.
Every year, the Bushwick Collective organizes a party attended by artists from all walks of life to paint new murals, along with lots of pints of beer. Either way, get ready to burn your retina because what you'll find in New York is anything but boring. Street art tours of the Lower East Side and Brooklyn will also show many of the biggest works. Labelers like Blade used the subway system as a moving canvas and scattered graffiti all over New York.
While you're on tour with her, you get continuous commentary on the state of politics in New York, who makes riffs on the work of who and who zooms in on whom. I have toured street art from Bristol, United Kingdom, to Tartu, Estonia and Bogotá, Colombia, and they all talk about how their local movements were the direct result of what was happening with graffiti artists in New York. In recent years, Banksy and Nick Walker have left their unique mark of ingenious vandalism on this strip, and there are still a lot of vomit, murals and even the odd wild style that appear throughout the drag development, to hell with that. Bushwick, Brooklyn, has the largest collection of murals in all of New York City and includes nearly 100 blocks of street art.