Finding street art in Brooklyn – Williamsburg + Bushwick

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New York City is like the mecca of graffiti and street art so when I booked my trip to Brooklyn, the #1 thing on my to-do list was to find and explore the street art around the underrated sister of Manhattan – Brooklyn.

So there are two neighborhoods where street art is most prominent and that is:

hipster Williamsburg + the working class district of Bushwick,

located adjacent to it. I left my hotel and headed to the subway station looking for the G Train aka the “ghost train” since local New Yorkers say they never see it or it rarely comes along when needed. I was pretty lucky since the train came in after a few minutes of waiting.

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I ended up wandering to Banker St and the surrounding areas and soon found myself in a kaleidoscope of colors. Please note that I just used Google Maps on my phone and wandered around on a cloudy + rainy sad day so I don’t know the exact route I took but you’ll be pleased to know that if you just follow the artwork, more and more appears!

I’m not an expert on the crews, collective, or artists that created these pieces but I will try to give an explanation or information on the little I do know. If you are familiar with any of these pieces or know who the artist is, please let me know so I can give credit and a link!

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Super cute to see the minions from Despicable Me depicted 🙂

exploring street art in Brooklyn williamsburg bushwick

exploring street art in Brooklyn - williamsburg + bushwick

exploring street art in Brooklyn - williamsburg + bushwick

exploring street art in Brooklyn - williamsburg + bushwick

The piece on the right is from The Bushwick Collective and called “Hand of Protest.”

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The two top right pieces in this picture was by the Lookout Crew and it was a very long piece (better seen further away). It said “Love our children” and dedicated to Sandy Hook Elementary. It’s pretty well-known and incredibly heartwarming.

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So the whole re-inventing of the sneakers over the wire is due to Skewville. I even saw a pair of high heels with the word “diva” stamped underneath strung over a telephone wire as I strolled along.

exploring street art in Brooklyn - williamsburg + bushwick

I took my sweet time in Williamsburg visiting some vintage clothing stores. I passed by the Brooklyn Brewery (which was closed for a private event that day) and a particular interesting sex shop called Shag which is due for a post later.

Afterwards, I headed over to Bushwick to find the famous murals of The Bushwick Collective. From the little I know, The Bushwick Collective begins on Jefferson Street and continues on Troutman Street towards Saint Nicholas Avenue. You can walk around and discover new pieces for DAYS! I didn’t even come close to seeing half of it – regrettably.

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The curator of the collective is Joseph Ficalora, a native of Bushwick and Brooklyn. After going through a personal tragedy, he coped by covering the city walls with art. Now he legally obtains permits for the artists work and any artists interested in painting here has to apply and get approval before they can get space to paint.

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Loved the mural on the left by James Bullough New Edition. It’s much better in person since I was in the rain and my horrible photography skills don’t do it justice. The piece on the right is by Jef Aersol.

exploring street art in Brooklyn - williamsburg + bushwickThis piece is freakin’ dope isn’t it? (probably one of my faves). It sucks that I couldn’t get a better picture from a distance since there were parked cars blocking the piece. Artist is Case Maclaim and Pixel Pancho – sick collaboration.

I’m not sure how dangerous or safe the neighborhoods are but I felt fairly safe except when passing by a group of guys that were just hanging out by a curb chit chatting about “ramming some b*tches.” I put on my best b*tch face and kept walking at a brisk pace and all was fine. I did stop a local hipster for some directions when it got dark. He happened to be walking in the same direction so we walked together for a few minutes until splitting off our separate ways.

exploring street art in Brooklyn - williamsburg + bushwick

Watch out for my next post which has me exploring the eclectic shops of Brooklyn including Roberta’s pizza. Both neighborhoods are fun with Williamsburg being the more gentrified – which can be viewed as a good and bad thing to most and Bushwick is well on it’s way.