Although I absolutely love living on the Upper West Side, I do have to admit it's missing some of the charm and flavor that I love so much about other neighborhoods in the city. Namely, the vibes of creativity are found more within the architecture of the brownstones I can't afford than, say, two story murals on the side of a building. To each neighborhood it's own, I suppose. So every weekend, I leave the supremely clean streets of the UWS and head downtown for my adventures in street art. This weekend: a walking tour through Chinatown, SoHo, Little Italy, and Nolita. Enjoy!!!
The first few weeks of good weather in NYC means that everyone (literally, I repeat, everyone!) comes out of hibernation. You would think that the MTA could predict this (it happens every year), but instead the weekend schedule of subways ends up being overcrowded to the point of suffocation. Joyous.
By the time we made it down to Chinatown, I was happily ready to exchange being packed in like sardines on the subway for the classic fish smell of the neighborhood. We took a wrong turn and ended up in this alley. It sounds sketchy...but it was mostly just dirty and covered in graffiti. After a few pictures, we were back on track.
I explained in my last post featuring the L.I.S.A. project (Love In Little Italy) that you make a left on Lafayette and you go from being in heart of Chinatown to the center of Little Italy. En route to the street art I came to find, we stumbled upon another beauty on the way.
This piece is by Pose MSK. You can see more of this Chicago based artist's work here. He'll be back in NYC later this year to complete the 5 story mural--and based on phase 1, I can't wait to see how the rest turns out!
And now, the original reason for today's adventure. I've been wanting to go see this art since I first saw it pop up on Instagram. The amazing, talented Shok 1--see his website here--has such a unique style. It blows my mind that art like this can be created with spray paint. I love it...!!!
I could seriously post up in front of this backdrop for days and never get tired of looking at it. The detail in the X rays makes this by far, the coolest rainbow I have ever seen. I even started blending in with the wall...tie dye and rainbows sure compliment each other well!
On our walk up through Nolita to the Lower East Side to catch the train back uptown, we took one last detour to see a mural I've also been waiting to visit. "To Tehran With Love" by Gilf! has been up since Valentine's Day outside of Little Cupcake Bakeshop. I'm a big fan of peace signs and love bombs, and this mural is supposed to represent the "religious and ideological struggles between the middle east and the western world.” Thanks for sharing the love, Gilf! You can see more of her art on Instagram here.
What a beautiful Saturday thanks to the LISA project. I can't wait to see what the neighborhood has in store for us next! Which one is your favorite?
Outfit pictured: Tie Dye top by Jessica Simpson. Jeans by H&M. Flats by Zara. Rastaclat bracelet & Fossil watch. Handbag by Michael Kors.