Some cities are just boring. Even cities that seem thrilling at first get tiresome, if nothing ever changes. Thankfully, NYC is anything but boring. New York City is filled with the best that street art culture has to offer. And we aren’t talking about tags or profanity. We’re talking about real bonafide art.
From original Banksy’s to up and coming new graffiti artists, the ever-changing walls of NYC will be forever filled with art. We chose 5 places you can find graffiti in New York City, in case spontaneous pieces of art is your thing.
2 World Trade Plaza
After the unfortunate events of 9/11, New York was changed forever. While most of the 2 World Trade Center site is still under reconstruction, eight muralists were invited to decorate the facade. Now this place, which made the entire world to stand still for a day, is now filled with colorful fun artwork.
Where: 2 World Trade Plaza; 200 Greenwich Street, Manhattan (30 min drive from The Lombardy Hotel)
East Village Walls
The East Village in Manhattan is filled with music, good food, and astonishing street art. One of the main attractions is the vast variety of graffiti you will be able to find. Groups like East Village Walls is dedicated to preserving, renovating, and creating new graffiti for the social setting. Famous Instagram artists, like Eduardo Kobra, have even contributed to the East Village buildings. Take a walk around the East Village and check out some local artwork.
Where: East Village; East Village, Manhattan (18 min drive from The Lombardy Hotel)
Graffiti Hall of Fame
Founded in 1980, this famous spot in the Harlem schoolyard was primarily used as a space for old graffiti artists to express themselves without being prosecuted. Community leader Ray “Sting Ray” Rodriguez gave the concrete walls of the school its name and now it has been used as a canvas by the best of the best street artists. Their moto? “Strictly Kinds or Better” and we totally agree.
Where: Graffiti Hall of Fame; 106th Street and Park Avenue, Manhattan (16 min drive from The Lombardy Hotel)
Centre-Fuge Public Art Project
If you are in the mood for some graffiti hunting, we suggest you start looking for a Centre-Fuge graffiti piece. The Centre-Fuge Public Art Project was founded back in 2011 with the mission of decorating the boring construction sites with beautiful and energetic graffiti. Featuring famous and unknown artists alike, the Centre-Fuge makes sure everyone gets a spotlight. You can keep up with the newest pieces on their Facebook or Instagram account.
In a little, hidden corner in Lower East Side lies the Freeman Alley. In this alley, many artists collaborate to keep the pathway gray-free. Go look for this vivid spot and enjoy a sweet cup of tea or rich coffee in the little coffee shop at the end of the alley.
Where: Freeman Alley; Freeman Alley, Manhattan (20 min drive from The Lombardy Hotel)
Staying in New York City – About The Lombardy Hotel
The Lombardy hotel is located in Midtown Manhattan, just blocks away from several famous street art locations. Our walls might not be filled with spray-can paint but we do offer a luxurious decor and rooms for you to enjoy and relax. We have everything from individual rooms to suites that accommodate your whole family. You can be a street art aficionado, a rising graffiti artist, or just be in NYC for business, we will look forward to hosting you.
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