Surprising Street Art Found in New York City

Girl with coffee cup street art

Some of the most incredible artworks I saw in New York City weren’t in museums; they were in the streets on building walls.  I explored New York quite a bit when I was there recently, walking through neighborhoods to get to the traditional touristy areas. I was taken aback at the amount of New York City street art I saw. Some were planned to emphasize a place but, there were others that looked like they were added spontaneously. I couldn’t get enough of them and eventually I started to search them out, taking photo after photo of these amazing works.Boy with juke box street art

Girl with coffee cup street art

Some of the New York City Street Art was in prominent places that got a lot of foot traffic, and I had to compete with others to get a good photo. Others were set in little nooks, and you had to look closely to see them, or you would walk right past them. Love Street Art in NYCI probably looked silly stopping in the middle of a sidewalk then rushing across the street to get the shot.Colorful woman's face street art

Black and white man in pin strip suit holding heart street art

There are two sides of how people consider this medium; there are the ones who champion this as street art (a.k.a public art) and the others who claim it as vandalism. I would say it is a bit of both but, if it is done right by asking permission it can be amazing!

Street Art-2So, keep on tagging because the New York City Street Art is gorgeous and thought-provoking. And with the budget crises in schools these days with more and more eliminating art programs for young kids, somebody needs to show what art is to the masses! I am a supporter of the arts! Are you?

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  • Sharon 25March2016 at 1:34 PM Reply

    So beautiful and interesting. Thanks for sharing your travels!

  • Mei 23March2016 at 8:05 AM Reply

    Wonderful pictures! It looks like some sort of a public gallery, if you know what I mean. xD

    • Heather 23March2016 at 5:53 PM Reply

      I totally agree, Mei!

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