For the past couple years, we’ve found ourselves in Brooklyn in early June, just as the summer has begun in earnest. It’s no coincidence that it happens to be around the time of The Bushwick Collective’s Annual Block Party. Last year’s post kicked off our summer series on street art because The Bushwick Collective is still one of our favorite street art destinations in New York City. In last year’s post, we suggested that if our readers were more interested in art than a rowdy party atmosphere they should avoid visiting the area until shortly after the day of the event. And as it happens, we ended up taking that advice ourselves.
We showed up the day after this year’s festivities, wandering the eerily quiet, relatively empty streets in the early hours of the morning. Gone were the artists, the crowds, the live music, and the food vendors. Even the leftover garbage had been pretty well cleaned up by that hour. We walked leisurely and unmolested through the streets enjoying the new murals, taking our time, and snapping pictures completely unobstructed. Even the weather seemed to be on our side. The forecast had called for a coin flip chance of showers, but we ended up only having to tolerate an intermittent drizzle.
So, without further ado, here are some of our favorite new pieces from The Bushwick Collective:
Lexi Bella is a New York City-based street artist with a distinctly feminist flavor. She calls this piece ShmonaLisa, which is based on a photoshopped mashup of a Rolling Stone photograph of Cardi B and DaVinci’s Mona Lisa.
Keya Tama is a South African artist based in Los Angeles who has been producing murals and participating in exhibitions around the world from the tender age of thirteen. He is the son of celebrated street artist Faith 47 and influential tattoo artist Tyler B. Murphy. His illustrations are “tattooed” with symbols from both ancient and new cultures.
And here are a few untagged pieces that creatively make the most of their space:
If you’d like to check out our pics from last year’s visit or learn more about The Bushwick Collective, pop over and read our prior post. (It has a couple more food pairing options too!)
So tell us, which one was your favorite?
Troutman St at St Nicholas Ave
Also, if you’re looking for amazing street art galleries or just the best street art in NYC, you can find additional information in our definitive guide 10 Exciting Places to Find the Best Street Art in NYC.
Pair it with:
A meal at BK Jani
After an art-filled day of walking around Bushwick, we thought: why not follow it up with art on a plate? At the southwest corner of Maria Hernandez Park–just a short stretch from all those amazing murals–is the original location of BK Jani, home to the Midas of Meat. The New York Times coined the phrase after sampling the offerings here, which are reminiscent of the street foods of Lahore. It’s where you go when you have a taste for some barbecue that challenges your tastebuds. You’ll find incredibly tender, deceptively spicy New Zealand lamb chops, expertly grilled, juicy and tender chicken, and sizeable, sturdy Black Angus beef burgers. Add to that the painted handmade picnic benches and the muraled walls painted by local street artists, and you have the perfect meal at the perfect place at the end of a perfect day.
276 Knickerbocker Ave
Tues 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Wed-Sun 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm
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