If you want to check out Bushwick Street Art, make sure to follow these local tips.
I always knew that New York had an abundance of art and music overfilling the streets and subways but it wasn’t until I moved away that I truly appreciated how much soul and creativity this city holds, especially in the Bushwick street art. There’s emotion and fluid lines of expression within the seemingly endless panels of vivid colors.
The Bushwick graffiti neighborhood is now the place to go for stunning street art ever since, sadly, 5Pointz, the world’s former premier graffiti mecca, was painted over in one night on November 19, 2014.
Keep reading to learn where to see the best Brooklyn street art. Included in this post is where to eat before or after checking out the graffiti, a Bushwick Street Art map and even a recommendation for a group tour if you prefer to be shown around with context.
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Must-Eat at Restaurant Before Your Bushwick Street Art Walk
Before you go on your hunt for jaw dropping Bushwick street art and graffiti, I highly recommend starting out with a yummy pizza lunch at Roberta’s since it’s right outside the subway and around the corner from all the street art.
It’s one of my favorite pizza places in New York City! Besides pizza, everything they serve is delicious from their salads to cocktails.
The lines for this place get quite long so make sure to look at Google to see when it’s most busy. If you don’t mind having pizza for a late breakfast, I’d go as soon as it opens to beat the line.
To get to Roberta’s, take the L to the Morgan stop. Then after lunch, use my Bushwick street art map below to walk over to the Jefferson stop, which is the exact way I took to see the street art.
Address: Roberta’s, 261 Moore St, Brooklyn, NY 11206, USA
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Brooklyn Street Art on the Walk Towards the Bushwick Collective
After eating at Roberta’s on your way to the main Bushwick Collective street art area, you’ll random pieces of street art along the way as this whole neighborhood has tons of murals everywhere.
I was lucky to see a graffiti artist, Remy, in action. We chatted a bit, and I learned that he was adding onto an art piece he had worked on the year before. It was cool to see the evolution of his artwork as well as all the colors of spray paint he had!
Street Art and Graffiti at the Bushwick Collective
Once you arrive at the Bushwick Collective, you will find tons and tons of beautiful murals. There are many different types of art from murals of the iconic Biggie Smalls to colorful, melt-your-face type ones like the above.
These murals photographed are just a small portion of what you can expect to see in Bushwick, and of course, if you see these in person, the photos don’t do it justice so it’ll be like seeing it for the first time.
The grandiosity of each mural and sheer volume of them will surely amaze you too.
Rather have someone walk you through these streets so you can personal insight about the neighborhood and artists? Go on a Brooklyn street art walking tour.
Bushwick Street Art Map
You could go on a Bushwick graffiti tour to get information about the neighborhood and art as you tour it, or you can go take a look on your own.
This little piece of Bushwick is a lovely way to spend a FREE afternoon in New York City, which doesn’t come by too often. Here’s a Bushwick street art map so you can walk exactly where I did.
The enclosed area is the Bushwick Collective section you’re probably looking for, but the other lines indicate random pops of street art.
Bushwick Street Art Tour
Although you can walk around to see all this Brooklyn street art for free, you might want more context. For example, with a tour guide, you could learn how to identify an artist’s personal style or the history of street art in New York City.
WIth this Brooklyn street art walking tour, you’ll get personal insight about the neighborhood, Bushwick Collective and its artists.
A big thank you the Bushwick Collective, a 501c3 non profit organization, who brought together graffiti artists and street art projects from all over the world to share their incredible talents and eye for beauty.
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