The Best Places To See Graffiti in NYC

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The concrete jungle of New York City, overflowing with cultures and ethnical diversity, does not only shine upon nightfall. Beginning with the 1960 New York City hip-hop graffiti movement, bare walls now burst with color all throughout the city.  The emergence of graffiti art has provided a newfound ability to conjoin culture, identity, and politics in total silence among the noise of New York. Check out these latest pieces for yourself in the Bronx, Brookyln and Queens on our Triboro Tour.

Graffiti on the Grand Concourse

(Photo by Harlem Spirituals)

(Photo by Harlem Spirituals)

Graffiti writing has been noted as a visual symbol of all things hip-hop since the 1980s. It is no surprise that the Bronx, the birthplace of Hip-Hop, has nurtured this artistic movement for years ever since. Graffiti in this bureau acts as visual voices that highlight the areas history and culture. The Bronx has not always had the greatest reputation due to its past high-crime and poverty rates. Yet despite this label, graffiti art in the Bronx was not always a result of corruption and rebellion created by outlaws of the city. These public art creations are important facets of the cultural history in the Bronx. View these fun and bright, yet politically-moving pieces along the Grand Concourse and the Bronx Walk of Fame.

 

Brooklyn’s Bushwick Collective

(Photo by Harlem Spirituals)

(Photo by Harlem Spirituals)

Brooklyn is defined by its diversity in the truest, organic, and human form. Street art in Brooklyn has a high focus on reconnecting the melting pot of inhabitants in this borough, and The Bushwick Collective plays a major role in doing so. Beginning with a single mural in 2011 by Bushwick native Joe Ficalora with the determination to revive his neighborhood, the Bushwick Collective has evolved into a renowned open-air gallery on and around a family-owned steel fabrication business. Throughout the years, the Bushwick Collective has transformed its surrounding from a largely grim industrial neighborhood into a vibrant tourist destination. Every year, the area hosts the Bushwick Collective Block Party in the beginning of June to celebrate the art, culture, and transformation. See this artistic movement for yourself!

 

Astoria’s Wellington Court Mural Project

 

(Photo by Harlem Spirituals)

(Photo by Harlem Spirituals)

Not only is Queens the easternmost and largest in the area of the five boroughs of New York City, but this borough hosts some of the cities most influential and renowned graffiti artworks. Queens is recognized as the most ethnically diverse county in the world, housing a unique energy expressed through street art here. The Welling Court Mural Project was adopted in 2010 with a vision to beautify the neighborhood of Astoria. This project emphasizes the multi-cultural environment of Queens, first home to over 40 murals throughout the area, yet today home to one hundred more by both local and international artists !

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The graffiti movements that have been spreading throughout New York City since the 1970s has spawned new perspectives of American art. These interactive showcases are impactful on the environment and the surrounding society where they call home. The idea of street art has shifted throughout the years. Visit the Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens with us on our Triboro Tour to see how these art displays are not a vandalistic spree by any means, but means to emphasize a community of culture and social change. Each borough has a different story, and graffiti and street art work together to illustrate these telling tails. 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.

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