So I read somewhere that Williamsburg, Brooklyn (where I live in New York), is a street art junkie’s nirvana. You can’t walk down two blocks without encountering a surprising piece of work.
I decided to test that hypothesis out myself last week. Armed with my camera, I took a slow morning stroll around my neighborhood of South Williamsburg, and chanced upon a treasure trove of murals, graffiti art and even installation pieces (sort of).
Some of these works were old friends – I had walked by or under them countless times on the way to the supermarket or the Subway station. Others I met for the first time. Some of them were actually advertisements for businesses in the area. Most would not have looked out of place in a museum.
Williamsburg, it seems to me, is an outdoor contemporary art museum – serendipitous, stimulating, hardcore.
I present here a (non-exhaustive) street art tour / map of my neighborhood, as a Boxing Day gift to street art lovers. It’s such a pity I don’t actually know the names of almost all the artists and the pieces. But oh well… art is meant, after all, to be experienced.
Havemeyer St to Metropolitan Ave
Roebling St, from Metropolitan Ave to Grant St
Driggs Ave, from North 10th St to North 7th St
Bedford Ave – the main drag in Williamsburg
On Grand St