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In our monthly showcase, Untapped Cities Street Art Columnist Christopher Inoa highlights the top five New York City graffiti and street art pieces found on the city’s walls, rooftops and tunnels. To see last month’s list, click here
A brutally cold February in New York City has delivered record cold temperatures and has frozen much of the Hudson River. This isn’t ideal weather for artists and those of us who explore the city looking both high and low (and we mean really low) for great art. However, fortune favors the bold and those who battle the elements to paint out in the open or secretly somewhere in NYC’s many tunnels and abandoned locations should be praised. Respect also goes to the people who take their time to find and document the work of these artists, journeying to discover art free of censorship or approval from anyone but the artist themselves.
For those who need just a little more encouragement to go out and explore the city, looking for the best art in NYC, we are here to help. Here are the best street art and graffiti pieces for February 2015. (more…)
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Welcome to the first installment of our monthly showcase of the top five New York City graffiti and street art pieces found on the city’s walls, rooftops and tunnels, an expansion of our popular semi-annual column, curated by Untapped Cities Street Art columnist, Christopher Inoa.
Lucky for us, the graffiti and street artists of New York are not taking a break just because it’s January. The temperature may be below freezing, but the men and women who pick up spray cans and paint brushes are not letting something like the cold stop them from making the streets just a bit more colorful. Fresh off a great 2014, the new year has already given us great murals to admire. To catch you up on what’s been going on in, here is the first of the monthly column. Happy hunting!
Oh you thought it was over? That after our list of the Top 10 NYC Street Art Graffiti Pieces of 2014, we had nothing more to say about art this year? Well this is the season of giving and we have one more heavily researched and debated list for you. Not since the early days of graffiti has art in New York City been more mobile. These traveling masterpieces move around the streets and highways of the city, popping up in every borough, making those in the know appreciate seeing a work of art minus the travel time. From pieces from some of the best NYC artists to pieces that will take you back in time, these are the top 10 Graffiti trucks of 2014.
Nerds (LFader via Instagram)
The Michael Bay produced Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie SUCKED! Like we wouldn’t wish this on our worst enemy kind of suck. Honestly, there has never really been a good Ninja Turtles movie (sorry), but for us who remember the awesome early 90s cartoon and classic video games (Turtles in Time!), we always have hope that the “world’s most fearsome fighting team” will be in something that is watchable. Until that time, let us all appreciate this awesome truck by graff artist Nerds. (more…)
Image via Instagram by notexactlyblue
The day has come for 5 Pointz. Animal New York reports that as of this morning, “a backhoe began tearing into the building that was once the graffiti mecca of New York City. While curators and artists have moved on to other locations in the city, it’s difficult not to see this moment as a symbol of what New York City (its planners and developers at least) aspire for it to be. But in the world of street art in America, a permanent building for aerosol art is probably too much to ask .
Case Maclaim & Pixel Pancho (Halopigg via Instagram)
We are more than halfway done with 2014, sounds insane doesn’t it? Seems like only yesterday we were dealing with polar vortexes, cat cafes and disappointing Knicks basketball. We still mourn the demise of 5 Pointz, which is set for complete demolition by October. While we may have lost our graffiti and street art monument, other parts of the city have stepped their game up and have given the NYC street art community walls to make their mark. After countless hours looking through photos, and praying that street artists will not go after us for making last minute cuts to the list, we present the 10 best NYC street art murals of the year so far.
No matter how much it annoys our current Chief of Police, graffiti is ingrained in NYC’s fabric. In the decades since it was common to see fresh murals painted on the sides of many of the city’s trains, neighborhoods have gone from wanting graffiti wiped from NYC’s identity, to using it as a tool to give their communities new life. Through The Boone Room project at Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom High School in the Bronx, the controversial art form is being used to help retain the neighborhood’s identity and history, despite the upcoming demolition of an important graffiti haven on nearby Boone Avenue.