The Best Graffiti & Street Art to See in NYC: Manhattan to the Bronx

Despite the fact that graffiti used to be considered an underground and gang-affiliated hobby, some brilliant street artists have managed to bring it into mainstream conversations as well as seized the attention of locals and visitors alike. Today, street art can be seen all over the world; some of them are more eye-catching or thought provoking than others. Street art is one of those polarizing creations that you either love or hate. And if you’re undecided, New York City is a great way to increase your exposure to a wide variety of artistic styles, passions, and statements. To make sure you don’t miss any of the major artworks, here are some of the greatest street art pieces that you can locate in NYC’s very diverse boroughs.

MANHATTAN

Even if you are not particularly looking for street art, in Manhattan you will often randomly stumble upon public artworks. Lower Manhattan holds several impressive artworks, including the Houston Bowery Wall, located on East Houston Street and Bowery, the Audrey Hepburn Mural in Soho, 190 Bowery, the Bowery Mural, the V-J Day in Times Square mural located on the Highline West 25th Street & 10Th avenue, and the Liberty Mural by Tristan Eaton in Little Italy.

Uptown also has some notable graffiti at well, like the Keith Haring Mural in Harlem on 2nd Avenue and 128th Street and the Graffiti Wall of Fame on Park Avenue and 106th Street.
There are some rotating street art galleries such as the L.I.S.A. Project located between Canal and Grand Streets.

If you want to check out the arts but don’t necessarily want to take on the streets, head over to Gallery 69, where you will find a collection of great works by many New York graffiti artists. This gallery is located on Leonard Street between Church and Broadway in Tribeca. Contrary to the art in the streets of New York City, all the artworks on the wall at Gallery 69 are for sale.

 

 

BROOKLYN

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The low cost of living here has long been the reason why many “struggling” artists moved to Brooklyn, which eventually lead to this borough becoming a breeding ground for graffiti. The arrival of new creative residents has promoted innovation; the artworks you will see in Brooklyn vary from old school American graffiti to more modern murals, many of which were created in recent years.
In this mecca of graffiti, you’ll spot inspiring artworks like the Coney Island’s Os Gemeos Mural located on Stillwell Avenue, the Red Hook’s Swoon Mural on Pioneer Street and Conover Street, the Dumbo Walls at multiple locations, and the Bushwick Collective on Troutman Street at Saint Nicholas Avenue.

 

 

QUEENS

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If you want to catch a sight of cutting-edge street arts, head to Queens. Besides being home to the famous 5 Points mural (now removed), Queens also hosts the Welling Court Mural (Location: Start at 30th Avenue and Welling Court), which is a crowd funded art event that takes place during the summer and welcomes many big names in graffiti. The mission of this project was neighborhood beautification, and despite the fact that this isn’t everyone’s idea of decor, the bright lettering and neon scribbles add a sense of life into this otherwise underwhelming area.

 

 

THE BRONX

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The Bronx has its fair share of really awesome street arts. Bronx-based graffiti artists, the TATS Cru, changed a 200 feet wall into a stretch of colorful murals in Hunt’s Point (Location: Spofford Avenue & Drake Street). The murals are frequently changing to echo the voice of those who still live in the neighborhood.
Los Muros Hablan, which highlight a brilliantly eclectic group of global artists, is an international urban art festival that converts abandoned buildings in the Bronx and uptown Manhattan. You can locate the artworks in multiple locations throughout the city. Consider booking our Triboro Tour from Hip Hop to Hipsters to see the top graffiti locations throughout the Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens. Also, if you are interested in finding more to do in New York City, search through our complete range of tours, attractions and activities. We can also tailor-make programs specifically to match your desires and budgets. Harlem Spirituals is the ideal one-stop-shop to simplify your planning! Find more information on www.harlemspirituals.com.

 

As a significant part of the subcultures and the city itself, it’s tough to visualize New York City streets without graffiti. And if you know anything amazing that we’ve missed, please let the world know in the comments below. If you enjoyed and/or found this article helpful, pass it along with a click of a button! 

 

 

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