Sunday, July 27, 2014

GOOD VIBRATIONS: ART IN THE EAST VILLAGE

The East Village has always been one of my favorite neighborhoods-- it has this charm of positive vibes and good energy, because really, anything goes. There's a certain inclusion about the East Village that makes everyone fit in and feel at home. You can find any style, culture, and lifestyle in the area below 14th St. It's a daily reminder in NYC that anything is possible, & that the world belongs to us. 
"The World is Yours" by Queen Andrea

Of course, the street art is no exception to this. I made an afternoon of walking down Avenue A from 14th to 1st street, to see what I would find. From typography to old school graffiti and a pop of color in between, Ave A is full of character and good vibrations. Here is what the concrete jungle had to offer--enjoy! 















I hope that everyone else's weekend was as happy and fun as mine! I'm heading down to DC tomorrow for a few days...& hopefully there will be street art to uncover and share. And if not, stay tuned for the next adventure! Any suggestions...Bushwick Collective, or Little Italy?! 

xx
Naomi 


Sunday, July 20, 2014

NEW YORK ATTITUDE: WELCOME TO THE LOWER EAST SIDE

There's a certain charm to the Lower East Side that no other neighborhood captures just the same. It's a little dirty, but in a really grungy chic way that makes you never want to leave. Whether I'm dressed up for a night out, or dressed down for a casual Saturday--the LES always promises a good time. 

It also promises hidden treasures, my favorite in the form of wall and street art. You can keep looking up in this neighborhood and see mural after mural on high-rise buildings. Or, you can look down and see stencil art on the sidewalk and stickers on the walls. Welcome to the Lower East Side!  
















Two weeks ago I promised more street art from Anthony Lister, and I was so excited to finally see this one in person. His gallery exhibition is still going on at the Jonathan Levine gallery until July 26th. See my post about Anthony Lister here



Here's another one of my favorite rotating murals, at Rag & Bone on Elizabeth St and E Houston. I'll miss Boykong's neon tiger, but these robots are just so cute! You can see more of Nick Kuszyk's art, also known as "rrobots" here. Enjoy!




Hope everyone had a great weekend! I'm already planning my next street art rendezvous for the week.....what do you want to see first? An East Village update or some new BK street art? 

xx
Naomi


Outfit pictured: Muscle Tank from Forever 21. Sandals by BCBG. 

Sunday, July 13, 2014

UPTOWN EXCURSION: INWOOD STREET ART

It's easy to fall in a routine of going back to my favorite neighborhoods for street art, because I can always be sure there's something new to see. This weekend, though, I decided to go somewhere new for a change. Since living on the Upper West Side, I've definitely gained a new appreciation for uptown adventures. So this weekend, instead of taking the 1 train downtown to my regular spots, I took the train in the opposite direction, officially taking me higher in Manhattan than I've ever been before: Inwood/Washington Heights. 



@NYC_naomi on Instagram
That's right. In my 6 years of living in New York City, I've never had a reason to go above 125th St. After some wandering of the neighborhood between 207 and 215th St., I found plenty of street art. It's always a treat to see the graffiti artists in action--this is right outside the train station at 207th. 

@Krunchn on Instagram 
@JeroimCrownedRoyalty on Instagram




It was definitely a great start to the day being able to both watch and talk to the artists about their work. I might have to take them up on their offer of a tour of Bronx street art-- and the uptown adventures will continue! The walls pictured above change every two weeks or so, which is a good excuse to come back soon. 

Wandering off again into the streets in search of graffiti, we found the back of this gas station decorated with more graf. A little hidden gem of a wall.



The style uptown is definitely more old school graffiti than my regular spots in the Lower East Side and Little Italy, which I can appreciate just as much in a change of pace. The graffiti murals are a different type of fun, and this block on 215th gave a better perspective of uptown art. It's lively and cool without needing to be trendy. 








We treated ourselves after a day of walking in the uptown sun with a bowl of hot ramen in Morningside Heights. You'd think 90 degree weather would make ramen less popular, but it hit the spot after a day of exploring. It's always a fun time to explore a new neighborhood, getting a little lost and seeing where the day may go. Yeah, I think I'm an uptown girl at heart. 



Hope everyone had a great weekend! I'm looking forward to this month, and now that I've skipped the LES and Bushwick for a few weeks, I have a ton to catch up on! Stay tuned, as always. 


Xx
Naomi


Outfit pictured: Top by Dolce Vita. Shorts by H&M. Lace up sandals by Steve Madden.