The Arts
New York City Street Art
May 19, 2016
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Art on the Street - New York City | Duende by Madam ZoZo

What better place to experience street art than its childhood playground, New York City. There’s plenty of grey walls to liven up and old news to paint over in this urban jungle. There are statements to be made, messages to be sent and creative inspiration to pursue in the city that never sleeps.

Beginning not far away in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the first graffiti migrated to NYC in the 1960’s, and rooted itself in street gangs marking their territory. Early writers tagged subway cars and their moving canvases made the work visible around the city, inviting competition. The art fluxed as writers increased, spurring development and innovation, then decreased as the authorities cracked down on vandalism during the 1980’s. Those who rode out the wave found new canvases across The Big Apple.

As time wore on, techniques were refined and signature styles honed. New street artists challenged the old and what we have today is a sophisticated culture that reaches worldwide including publicly commissioned murals, legal walls and revered artists. Here is a sample of today’s work, a selection of New York City street art captured across three boroughs: Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens.

Art on the Street - New York City
Cernesto paints a meditating goddess over laneway rubbish bins in Williamsburg
Art on the Street - New York City
Spread Love It's The Brooklyn Way by Doug Aldrich
Nicer Tats Cru piece | Art on the Street - New York City | Duende by Madam ZoZo
Nicer Tats Cru piece in Long Island City entitled “Then, she stole my HEART”
Art on the Street - New York City
An unidentified artist creates the effect of layered butterfly wings in Little Italy, beneath the Liberty mural
Signature Bradley Theodore piece | Art on the Street - New York City
The skeletal stylings of Bradley Theodore on the Lower East Side
Art on the Street - New York City
Hektad makes the Lower East Side look good
Art on the Street - New York City
Art deco angels and those gorgeous doors in Queens!
Art on the Street - New York City
Cyclists on the Rockaway Brewing Company building in Queens
Art on the Street - New York City | Duende by Madam ZoZo
Tristan Eaton's Statue of Liberty | Art on the Street - New York City | Duende by Madam ZoZo
Art on the Street - New York City | Duende by Madam ZoZo
Broldga's Muhammed Ali tribute | Art on the Street - New York City
Art on the Street - New York City
First Street Green Art Park in the East Village pays tribute to CBGB
Art on the Street - New York City | Duende by Madam ZoZo
First Street Green Art Park in the East Village
Art on the Street - New York City
Magda Love on the Lower East Side
Art on the Street - New York City
Graffiti Hall of Fame, Harlem
Art on the Street - New York City
Barbara Kruger work on the High Line
Art on the Street - New York City
Stay Furry in Chinatown by boykong
Art on the Street - New York City
Unknown artist in Queens
Art on the Street - New York City
Cernesto works her whimsical way in Williamsburg
Art on the Street - New York City
Kenny Scharf piece on the Lower East Side

There’s more New York City street art over here, along with other destinations and cities showcased on the Art on the Street Series page.

Peace, love & inspiring travel,

Madam ZoZo

Yarn bombing | Art on the Street - New York City | Duende by Madam ZoZo
Art on the Street - New York City | Duende by Madam ZoZo

About author

Madam ZoZo

Hi! I'm Madam ZoZo, aka Zoë, an Australian designer, creative consultant, blogger and digital nomad. I'm passionate about travel, design, dance and new experiences that fuel my creativity. I strive to travel in a style that is gentle on the earth and that contributes to the communities I visits, even if it is merely to take away a greater understanding of a different culture. Duende by Madam ZoZo, is where I share the stories of my travels and the duende (soul/inspiration) I find along the way.

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