Turns out my Lower East Side street art walk was just an appetizer. I had to have more street art… more, more, more! After some research, I discovered that in terms of the highest concentration of street art, the industrial area of Bushwick in Brooklyn was one of the best places for New York street art—if not the best.
I booked another street art walk with Graff Tours to see The Bushwick Collective, an initiative that has transformed a barren area of concrete warehouses and brick walls into a sprawling outdoor art gallery.
Street artists from all over the world come to The Bushwick Collective to do what they do best—create art. Perhaps having such a big legal zone for graffiti means you lose some things—that spirit of rebellious defiance , or maybe that moment of surprise that comes when a piece of street art pops out in the midst of all that urban grit.
But in exchange, artists get the luxury of time and space. For us lucky bystanders, that translates into sheer scale…
and some truly amazing detail.
It’s easy to just stroll the wide, empty streets of the Bushwick Collective and lose yourself in all this street art. Almost literally, in Tala’s case!
This post doesn’t even cover half of what the Bushwick Collective has to offer. New walls come up often and the area is still changing. It was hard to choose my favorites, but here’s my attempt. Wanna see?