At the beginning of December, 5 Pointz was basically gone, but the streets of New York City are stilled filled with art. Graffiti complaints are up throughout the city and for those of us who love hunting for street art, there has been no better time be a part of the art scene here. Over the summer, we listed the Top 10 Street Art Murals of The Year (So Far) and with the year coming to an end, we selected our 10 favorite pieces that made the streets of NYC that much more interesting.
The Brooklyn Nets (Photo via Facebook)
Before they hit the court to take on the Miami Heat, the Brooklyn Nets (who took part in a major political statement last week) decided to make a pay respects to a fallen fan last night at Barclays Center. Along with a video tribute, every member of the Nets wore a shirt with the name ‘Gamberlo’ and the number 44 on the back. This was in tribute to fallen fan Jefferey Vanchiro a.k.a Jeffrey ‘Korn’ Gamblero. The graffiti artist and former professional poker player sadly passed away last weekend, setting shockwaves through the NYC art scene.
The Pandemic Gallery in Brooklyn presented the opening of UK street artist Sweet Toof’s second NYC solo show Derailed this past weekend. If you happen to journey around Bushwick or look out the windows of an elevated J Train; you would be hard pressed not to notice the bright pink gums, with bright white teeth, on Brooklyn’s streets and rooftops. Sweet Toof’s colorful cartoon iconography filled the large gallery, with a colossal mixture of works that included oil paintings, graffiti murals, sculpture and performance art.
Hot Tea’s UUGGHH (Screenshot via Vimeo)
NYC street artist Hot Tea—an artist whose work mostly consist of forming geometric words and shapes using yarn—is not happy with the rapid change that has come to New York City. He is tired of seeing historic buildings transformed into condos, and he is tired of the city’s identity being tossed away like yesterday’s Jets roster. One night walking through the city, the artist walked past the historic building on 190 Bowery owned by art collector and photographer Jay Maisel, and made his opinion known: “UUGHH” read on the exterior.
Last year, on November 18, 2013, New Yorkers woke up to the news that Long Island City street art haven 5Pointz had been whitewashed, following a long effort to save the building and get it landmarked. This past Tuesday night, 5pointz organizers hosted “5 POINTZ Art is life… You can’t trademark the people!” a memorial event to mark the first anniversary of that day.