There are many art galleries and museums in New York. But it is not necessary art to be shown only in particular art institutions. Art could be found anywhere. So when you are in New York pay attention not only to what you see in museums but also to the streets you walk through. New York is rich in very impressive street artworks. Let’s see where you can find the best NYC Street Art:
The Freedom Tunnel is the railroad tunnel under Riverside Park in Manhattan which is named after the graffiti artist Chris “Freedom” Pape. The tunnel has been closed for many years which made its walls the perfect “canvas” for street art artists. The works created by “Freedom” have remained untouched by other artists or taggers.
The light in the tunnel comes through grates in the sidewalks of Riverside Park. Artists painted their works under the light so when you look at them it seems like you are standing in front of a big painting in a gallery. One of the best Freedom’s works is a mural in a style of a comic book that represents the relationship between the former residents of the tunnel (homeless people), the city government, and the police.
Today many of the original paintings have been destroyed or repainted by new authors. But the tunnel is still covered in graffiti.
It is located on the Bowery section of New York City’s Lower East Side. The dead-end alley looks like a forgotten by everyone place. Its hidden location makes it one of the favorite places for graffiti painters. The alley is narrow and both of its sides are painted in colorful graffiti. Amongst the artworks, there are some created by famous artists like Banksy and ASVP. If you walk through the alley at night you will be charmed by Freeman’s restaurant which appears surprisingly at its end.
The DUMBO Walls
DUMBO stands for “Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass” and it is a place where you can find some of the most impressive pieces of street artwork. The exact location is York Street between Adams and Washington Streets.
The creation of DUMBO Walls was an idea of the NYC Department of Transportation Urban Art Program which aimed to beautify the neighborhood. Famous graffiti artists (Yuko Shimizo, DALeast, Eltono, MOMO) were invited to paint 8 different murals.
DALeast is a Chinese artist who creates a new tendency in street art. He combines urban art technics with architectural elements and perspectives. His DUMBO mural presents a running deer herd on a red background.
The Graffiti Hall of Fame
It is located on East 106th street near Park Avenue. The Hall of Fame is in the playground section of the Jackie Robinson Education Complex and it presents unique street artworks created by world-famous artists. Tourists can enjoy the paintings during events held there. If there is no event, you should set up a private tour in advance because the entrance is restricted.