Street Art Guide New York
One of my more curious features comes into the picture, when it gets to exploring the arts as I quite often end up in off-the-beaten-track art galleries over the ones with lines longer than Ben&Jerry’s shelves.
If you have already visited The Museum of Modern Art, here comes an artsy option more in touch with Mother Nature. This is a short guide to spot street art in “The World’s Biggest Urban Playground.”
In New York
Back in the 70s a new American art form, street art, made its way to The Big Apple. This catchy form of visual expression was accessible around the clock, free from curfews, entrance fees and guardians. Even though some of of the most noteworthy pieces might require a serious bit of exploring, chances are you’ll end up in unpredictably marvelous places. The New York Times said it well: “As long as you have a metro card or even a comfortable pair of shoes, there’s always hope to find art in The City.”
Street art includes different types of styles and techniques. I’m going to shortly breakdown 5 styles for you.
Tags are simply free-handily made signatures of street artists. They can be made with different kind of materials, for example, with spray paint. In New York, try to spot the name Jim Joe.
3. Apprehension by officials keeps artists sometimes on their toes. Stickers make the risk of getting caught smaller. They are a fast way to spread certain message or picture widely, and can be places anywhere accessible. The alternative names for sticker art are sticker bombing, slapping, tagging and slap tagging.
Easily reproduced stencils are images normally transferred to a surface with spray paint or roll-on paint. They are designs normally cut to a cupboard or paper. Stencils are illegal to create, but a solid part of worldwide subculture. Read more about them here.
Wheatpasting has been used for centuries for various arts and other purposes, like book binding and collages. Normally it’s a gel or liquid adhesive made with the help of starch and water. Often goal in “poster bombing” is to create a billboardy-look with visual puns.
Mural is a piece of art applied or painted directly to the walls or permanent surfaces. Normally they are rather large and include detailed scenes or exploded tags. Or both. Click your way to many marvelous mural projects in New York from here.
In a city as spread out as New York, it can be hard to figure where to start this street-cred visual fiesta. While there’s no universal solution to this problem, here are 6 easily accessible spots.
2. Graffiti Hall of Fame
106 St. Park & Ave
New York, NY 10029 East Harlem
Long Island City, NY 11101
Hunters Point, Long Island City
From Greenpoint, you can find charming parks, vivacious avenues and leafy street rows. And all kinds of graffiti, sometimes in questionable amounts and places. It’s situated next to Williamsburg and easily reachable from Manhattan. Read more about Greenpoint from here.
DUMBO, neighborhood in Brooklyn, is turning fast into a vibrant mural scape. It’s located in the waterfront, just by the Brooklyn Bridge. The DUMBO art project has invited many international streets artist to paint the brick walls, including my favorite DAleast.
Do you know any other must-see spots in New York?
Text, Photos Rita Maria