Welling Court Mural Project has humble beginnings. The story goes that members of the Welling Court community in Astoria, Queens met up at Ad Hoc Art’s gallery in Bushwick. An idea materialized: Why can’t we beautify our neighborhood using contemporary street art? From there, a plan was hatched and a successful collaboration between the Welling Court community and Ad Hoc Art began.
Hundreds of murals later and now in its 10th year, the multi-block event is stronger than ever. The next iteration of the event takes place on June 8th, from 12:00PM – 7:00PM at 30th Avenue and 12th Street. There will be more than 150 murals, reflecting the incredible works of local, national, and international artists. The event is free and open to the public, and boasts music, food, and much more.
If you can’t make the party or hobnobbing with street artists while they work isn’t your thing, you can visit the neighborhood on your own schedule at and point in time, just as we did here.
-L. & J.
When we started this blog, it was a rather impulsive decision. We thought it would be a fun way to catalog our memories, while sharing the things we love about New York City. It’s our third year covering the incredible murals at the Bushwick Collective, but it’s the first time we felt a tangible passing of time. Like pencil marks on a door jamb, our blog posts have become gentle reminders of years gone by. So how did this year compare to the rest?
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Bushwick Collective Block Party is an annual arts event in the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. The community-focused event showcases graffiti and street art from local, national, and international talents.
Now in its 8th year, The Bushwick Collective Block Party features live mural painting by more than 40 artists, musical performances, and a selection of food trucks from the tri-state area. In addition, there’s an extensive merchant market, with product sampling, contests, giveaways and more.
Admission to The Bushwick Collective Block Party is free. However, a limited number of VIP tickets are available, ranging from $55.00 to $85.00. The ticket price includes exclusive front stage and backstsage beer garden access, private restrooms, unlimited beer and cider, and other swag.
The 2019 Bushwich Collective Block Party’s live performers include: Rick Ross, Statik Selektah & Friends, and DJ Evil Dee. Additional surprise performances are always on the bill each year. You can find more information here.
If, however, sweaty, intoxicated crowds aren’t your thing, check out this alternative to see all the best street art this annual event offers.
– L. & J.
Let’s face it, street art has long graduated from the streets. Murals and tags now adorn office buildings, schools and public spaces, all with the blessing of owners and the larger community. It’s easy to forget that street art was once a product of necessity; it was the only way marginalized groups could have a voice. Even though bold murals now serve as backdrops for movies and television shows, street art can still be a great tool to call attention to important issues. The Freedom Murals and ILO100 Murals by Street Art for Mankind bring it all full circle.
Continue reading Street Art for Mankind: Murals with a Message in NYC
When it comes to hunting down the best street art in NYC, there’s more to it than just finding massive murals and famous street artists. It reflects New York City’s values and shines a spotlight on its diverse neighborhoods. Street art in NYC is mostly temporary by nature, with only a few iconic pieces preserved for posterity. So the best strategy is to visit a street art gallery instead, where the murals span multiple blocks and feature a number of street art styles and artists. Whether you’re looking to discover the newest talent or to simply locate a dramatic backdrop for an Instagram post, here’s a definitive list of the best graffiti locations in NYC.
Continue reading 13 Exciting Places to Find the Best Street Art in NYC