3. Hunts Point Murals, BronxHunts Point Mural, click to enlarge. Image by Dasic Fernandez The 200 foot long mural along a warehouse on Drake Street has become a graffiti mecca, run by TATS Cru. According to The New York Times, the owner of the building asked the street art crew to “recruit good artists to keep the bad artists (or just scribbling vandals) at bay.” Bushwick Collective. Over the past two years, Joe Ficalora, a Bushwick native, has taken the lead as the Bushwick Collective’s curator. Ficalora told the New York Times that commissioning these murals is a way to help him reclaim a neighborhood full of painful memories, including his father’s murder in 1991 and his mother’s recent death. He simply began googling street artists and inviting them to come paint. Business owners donate their wall space and the artists contribute their time and pay for their own supplies. Today there are over fifty murals lining the buildings on Troutman Street and that number is constantly growing. We’re taking you on a street art tour beginning on Jefferson Street, up Wyckoff Avenue and continuing on Troutman Street towards Saint Nicholas Avenue.
5. Williamsburg, BrooklynWilliamsbug might have gotten all trendy over the last decade, but its roots in the street art scene are still alive. Walk along Bedford and peer onto the intersecting streets. You’ll see a mix of spontaneous and commissioned murals (even some commercial brands mimicking wheat paste for ads). On North 8th right now you can find Marilyn Monroe by The Art of Chase (entitled “Geezer Monroe”), a piece by the Queens crew Smart Crew and other pieces. Groundswell has a mural on North 7th made in partnership with local teens. Nick Kuszyk of RROBOTS has a piece at The Bagel Store on North 3rd. And don’t miss the fun pieces as you get closer to the Williamsburg Bridge and Broadway in South Williamsburg. Read more from our Street Art Column. This article was written collectively by Aby Sam Thomas, Lynn Lieberman, Laura Itzkowitz and Michelle Young.
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