New York: Brooklyn Street Art with Kids!
We love street art and Brooklyn is one of the best NY neighborhoods to find these beautiful treasures that color up buildings and walls and make you feel as if you are walking around in a wonderful outdoor museum of modern art. Brooklyn’s Williamsburg and Bushwick neighborhoods have been famous for street art for years! Even though other areas of New York, such as Harlem and the Bronx also have a lot of cool spots to visit, we decided to mainly hunt for the treasures of this form of art in Brooklyn.
When walking through Williamsburg we used the smartphone app Brooklyn Street art that we had downloaded in advance. It allows you to navigate easily on a Google maps sort of plan and it gives you the information on the mural and the artist. Very easy to use!
Eduardo Kobra: It actually was my 10-year-old that told me about this incredible artist. They had spoken about him in school in arts class. We therefore decided to visit his most famous New York piece of street art during our stay. The art work in Brooklyn, #Fight for Street Art, is a portrait of Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat by Kobra.
Address: Bedford avenue and Notrh 9th Street in Williamsburg.
Jorit Agoch and Leticia Mandragora wall on North 10th Street:
Several murals on North 10th Street in direction of Union Avenue:
Mural of three rats by ROA on Havemeyer Street:
Murals on Roebling Street:
From Williamsburg, we took the subway L line to Bushwick and got off at the station Montrose avenue.
We had lunch in a nice vegan diner called Champs Diner where they serve really tasty and healthy bowls. Address: 197, Meserole Street.
For Bushwick, we took a really cool guided street art tour with the company New York Off Road as they offer tours in French, which is the first language of our children. The tour was excellent and we finished it off by making our own street art guided by a local NY street artist! She explained us how to spray and helped us make a real cool painting which is now our favorite NY family trip souvenir that we brought home with us.
Bushwick is really incredible when it comes to the number of art works per square meter 😊. It has an industrial area where the factories that still operate from there allow the artists to paint the walls, which results in beautiful art works all around you. We didn’t know where to look since there were so many! There were even beautiful art works on the trucks passing by.
Our tour guide explained us a lot about the different signatures of different artists like for instance one of the artists always portrays figures with specific decorated eyes etc. Really amazing!
In Bushwick we have seen art works of many artists, amongst others: DonRmix, Calangoss, Marka27, Never, Dasic Fernandez, Iena Cruz, Kermen, Lexi Bella, Danielle, Mastrion, Fin Dac, Phetus88, Jerkface, Jorit Agoch and Resa Piece.
Have a look to get an idea: