I was on the plane Friday morning heading to New York City when I opened my email to see that the weekly photo challenge was walls. Instantly I knew how I was going to spend my free afternoon in the city. A photo walk.
I did a google search and discovered that New York City has a tremendous wealth of street art along its walls, buildings and store fronts. I love street art and knew that it would be a great way to spend the afternoon exploring some of the back alleys and streets in the heart of Little Italy and NoLlta in search of street art.
I took the subway to Spring Street and got off with a map in hand and a few written notes of where to explore. It was a chilly early spring day yet the sun was shining strong and the city was alive as usual with activity. I could tell it was going to be a great afternoon.
It continually amazes me how incredibly accessible information is today. All you basically need is a cell phone in hand, and you can find anything you need. With a quick google search I found a super cool article on the Huffington Post called “Here’s Your Definite Map to Exploring Street Art in New York City” and used it as my guide. I was amazed how easy it was to find the art and even more hidden treasures that were not mentioned in the brilliant post.
My first stop was to 190 Bowery street, a place that was mentioned in the article. Along the way, I saw tons of street art along the walls of the city and even street art in the making. I was getting excited about my photo walk!
I kept walking along the streets of Little Italy around The Bowery and then down Houston Street and continually passed more fantastic street art.
I was amazed that so much color, creativity and random art exists within such a large city. And I only scratched the surface. There are many more parts of New York City that have amazing art especially in Brooklyn.
Finally I found one of the places mentioned in the article. “Freeman Alley”, a tiny little alley located at 8 Rivington Street which is quaint and full of character.
Spellbound by the color, it was hard to leave this cool, tiny alley in the middle of great big New York. Freeman Alley even dead ends with a place to get a drink! I just love these little hidden treasures that are behind the scenes.
I continued my walk and never stopped seeking out street art. It was my kind of day!
Even closed off places to the public eye such as this awesome find below. I couldn’t get inside to get pictures without the fence but I felt it gave the art an entirely different dimension and feeling.
Then I arrived at Jones and Layfayette and found this amazing gem behind construction walls. Inside, the walls were covered in art.
I wondered who painted this all?
I am so grateful I began blogging as it truly has changed the way I travel and experiences the world. Four years ago, I never would have done a photo walk in search of a subject. But look at all the beauty I discovered!
This post was inspired by the Weekly Photo Challenge: Walls. To view more entries, click here.