Street art is everywhere in New York. Walk the streets and you’ll see scribblings in between buildings. Look up and you’ll see entire murals that stretch to half the size of a ten story building. And stroll through Williamsburg and (if you’re a tourist) you’ll while away more time than you could imagine, looking at street art that stretches to whole streets, snapping the best pictures you can of this amazing art.
Love it or loathe it, you can’t deny the impact that street art has on a city. I obviously don’t agree with covering public buildings in meaningless scribblings. But there’s a different between commissioned street art and graffiti. If it wasn’t for this graffiti, several parts of Williamsburg would just be empty streets and warehouses. Wouldn’t you rather they were filled with these other-worldly creations and inspirational tributes to Nelson Mandela than be empty of character?
Similarly, there are various parts of Manhattan where huge colourful murals have become iconic parts of the city. Take the rainbow-coloured recreation of the torch from the Statue of Liberty, that sits in the Meatpacking district. It’s pictured by hundreds, if not thousands, of tourists a day from the Highline. Or the baby Incredible Hulk that fills an entire building in Little Italy (actually that one’s a bit weird). They never fail to amaze me whenever I go back.
Here are some of the various examples of street art I’ve photographed while in Williamsburg, Brooklyn and various parts of Manhattan. Prepare to be amazed.
Street art in Brooklyn & Manhattan, NYC
Below you’ll see the torch from the Statue of Liberty in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District, the face of the Statue of Liberty in Little Italy and the Hulk-baby – also in Little Italy – plus various pieces across Brooklyn.
What do you think of the street art of New York? Have you got some to share? Leave a comment below and share your thoughts!