I have to admit that Little Italy is not one of my favorite places in this city. I've just had much, much better Italian food elsewhere. Besides, you walk one block to the left and you are basically in a fish market alley, another block and everyone wants to sell you a Rolex. Hint: they're not real. Neither are the Louis Vuitton's.
When I first moved to New York, though, this WAS one of my favorite places. I think it was because it was one of the first places I ever went to, and since I knew how to get there by train, I kept going back. I owned a fake Versace my freshman year of college, which I probably got more compliments on than any other bag I've ever owned. When a majority of the peddlers of food and luxury watches stopped approaching me, I realized it was because they thought I was a local. YES!! I thought to myself.
(Side note: Slowly but surely, the excited feeling of knowing others thought I belonged here wore off. Because I know I actually DO belong here.)
Anyway, every once in a while I do enjoy the area, usually when on one of my walks from the Lower East Side to SoHo. And I forgot that amongst the street hustlers and cheesy pseudo Italians, Little Italy has an amazing array of street art. Dubbed the L.I.S.A project (Little Italy Street Art), their mission is to create the city's only mural district using local street artists and their crazy talents. Read more about the LISA project here.
See for yourself!
The first is part of a series called Anna and Karl by Bradley Theodore. You can follow him on Instagram here. I'm on a mission to find more of his work in NYC, so you can expect to see more of him on my page! You know I love my skeletal paintings, and the colors against the black wall just complete this.
The last painting needed two pictures, because the detail is too great to not zoom in on. I swear I could stare at this standing on the sidewalk for hours! Right on Mulberry Street in the heart of Little Italy, this funky portrait of Audrey Hepburn just draws out the most positive of emotion. Also cannot wait to stalk out some more of Tristan Eaton's art in the city--you can follow this Brooklyn native here.
Which one is your favorite??
Happy spring and TGIF, everyone!