Explore Your City

Explore Your City – Street Art

October 2, 2015
Street art by Russell Murphy

One of my favorite things to do is walk around and explore every undiscovered little nook and cranny in New York. I love the fact that I can walk down a street for the first time in only a couple of weeks and there will be something different. Or that I can walk on a block that I have passed a million times and noticed something new.

I love looking at the seemingly random combination of architecture a result of old mixing with the new. I often pop into random stores that look interesting and find some treasures. But one of my favorite things is to look at all of the street art. I’m not talking about run of the mill graffiti and tags that often covers mail boxes and walls of closed stores. I’m talking about real street art, something that takes time and talent and passion.

In the Lower East Side, where I live, it seems like a lot of store owners are embracing street art and giving artist the opportunity to create something magical. I’ve mentioned before the 100 Gates Project which aims to paint 100 of the ugly metal gates that cover store entrances after they close at night with beautiful murals by local artists.

So, I thought I would share some of my favorite street art from around the city.

Street art found on The Bowery

This amazing piece stretches along Rivington between Chrystie and Bowery. Definitely worth a look, it’s huge!

Street art by Hueman

This trippy piece is just after Chrystie Street on Stanton.

Street Art on Lafayette

I didn’t get the artist of this one but it’s on Lafayette between Broome and Grand.

Street art 100 Gates Project

I’ve included this in-progress piece on the blog before. It is part of the 100 Gates Project in LES.

Street art by Russell Murphy

This is actually on my street! Another in-progress project, it’s by Russell Murphy and part of Lower East Side BID and The LoMan Art Fest.

Street art outside Rag and Bone

This is a different kind of piece, because it’s not created with paint but I’m assuming it’s created ahead of time on paper and pasted up on the wall. It was incredibly detailed!

Street art in Chelsea

Here is one that may be familiar to some of you, this Eduardo Kobra piece is located in Chelsea just East of the Highline and as you can see, it’s huge!

What are your favorite things to see and explore when walking around your city?


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