Uptown you NEED to see No Free Walls. The film is an in-depth look at Brooklyn’s changing landscape, through the eyes of Joseph Ficalora, the founder and inadvertent art curator of The Bushwick Collective. Joe, son of Italian immigrants, grew up in Bushwick, a neighborhood in Brooklyn once ravaged by drugs, neglect and violence. Sound […]
By Anita Abedian On a recent summer day in East Harlem, Alexander Keto stood on a ladder above a group of sixth graders playing basketball, aerosol can in hand. Keto is spray-painting turquoise blue paint on P.S. 7’s brick exterior. The wall turns into an image of a West African woman up to her waist […]
A huge flock of birds is coming to Harlem and Washington Heights, and they need places to land! A recent study from the National Audubon Society found that nearly half of all North American bird species face dire threats from global warming. Now the Audubon Mural Project is raising awareness by painting a mural of […]
By Carolina Pichardo WASHINGTON HEIGHTS — For a street artist who has traveled the world to showcase her colorful graffiti, returning to the streets of her home turf is still a necessary move to defend her work. Soraya Marquez, 35, better known as Indie184, describes a version of her colorful, bubble-lettered mural on the wall of a […]
By Susan Delson This week, an Italian mural artist named Hitnes has been painting a portrait of a fish crow on a wall at Broadway and 155th Street. It is no coincidence that the six-story-high image stands only a few hundred feet from the grave of artist and naturalist John James Audubon . In fact, […]
By MATT A.V. CHABAN Millions of birds are migrating through New York City at the moment, flying south for the winter. Recently, 13 fowl of different species alighted on the side of a building at the corner of 155th Street and Broadway. They have no plans to go anywhere anytime soon. This white-throated sparrow, yellow-bellied […]
The Audubon Mural Project NYC Uses Street Art to Address Effects of Climate Change | Untapped Cities
by AFineLyne The release of The Audubon Bird and Climate Change Report in October of 2014 did not go un-noticed by those that live in the Audubon Park Historic District and surrounding area. In particular, the owner of Gitler & ___ Gallery, located on Broadway near 150th Street. With the purpose of bringing the current […]
By Lindsay Armstrong WASHINGTON HEIGHTS — Residents of southern Washington Heights will now be able to access fresh produce right outside their front doors. City Harvest launched a new farmers market at West 155th Street and St. Nicholas Avenue earlier this month, offering fresh fruits and vegetables for free to residents of the 10032 zip code. The Prince […]
By Lindsay Armstrong If you’ve ever wondered about the yellow turtle symbol that has popped up on several Inwood storefronts and apartment buildings, you’re not alone. The image — which has appeared on shop windows and even a neighborhood billboard — features the black outline of a turtle on a bright yellow background, but no other information is […]
By Gustavo Solis HARLEM — The term “Harlem Renaissance,” which captured the social, cultural and artistic tidal wave that catapulted the area to international recognition in the 1930s was coined by Alain LeRoy Locke, a gay man who was not only a professor at Howard University but became the first African-American to be named a […]
By Gustavo Solis EAST HARLEM — A group of local artists have transformed a long-neglected wall at a stalled construction site into a public art gallery. The “Guerrilla Gallery” on East 116th Street between Second and Third avenues accepts art from any East Harlem artists on one condition: they have to be waterproof, said Kristy […]
Story by Gregg McQueen The Lovebomber is on the loose. But no need to panic — this sly photobomber only has good intentions. The Lovebomber is the nickname of uptowner Laura Pou, a Washington Heights resident who revels in taping the word “love” over street signs, advertisements, placards, subway notices and more, then photographing the […]
Documenting Hip Hop from Three Angles Wednesday, April 15 at 6:30pm The Museum of the City of New York (1220 Fifth Avenue, NY, NY 10029) Janette Beckman, Joe Conzo, and Martha Cooper are three pioneering New York-based photographers who documented hip hop – DJ-ing, rapping, and breaking – from its early days on the streets […]
Story by Gregg McQueen Nelson Host Santiago spent years as a street graffiti artist, spreading his moniker “Host One” on murals and tags throughout the city. He now creates canvas paintings that incorporate the same elements of graffiti. “I use spray paints and paint markers for my canvasses,” said Santiago. “And my characters have a […]
By Lindsay Armstrong INWOOD — Friends and family gathered last week at the site of a new street memorial created to honor an Inwood man shot and killed by police in 2011. John Collado would have celebrated his 47th birthday on March 25. But instead of a party, Collado’s family and friends held a vigil outside […]
I ran out the door screaming Eyes closed and voice at the top of my lungs I could no longer breathe as I saw my life flash before me gush to my chest and vision blurred I could tell this would be the end I had to get out!
Salvador González Escalona is one of Cuba’s top artists with global recognition. His primary interest in in African cultural heritage in Cuba and the Americas. In the crisis-ridden 1990s, without any official assistance and with no money, he created what is today the most celebrated work of public art in Havana, in the neighborhood of […]
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By MATT A.V. CHABAN Among the beloved prints in John James Audubon’s “The Birds of North America” is plate No. 411, a Tundra Swan, Cygnus columbianus. The regal white bird paddles along on its huge, black, webbed feet, each tiny feather rippling with the water. Yellow lilies float before it, the swan’s graceful neck looped […]
A site-specific dance piece presented by the West Harlem Arts Fund as part of Harlem’s Festival of Lights for the third installment of the Under the Viaduct Tour series.
The neighborhood of Harlem, and West Harlem in particular, has a rich cultural history and has had a tremendous impact on the arts in all of New York City. The past five years have seen an increasingly rapid expansion of art, design and business in the community, and Harlem resident and artist Bentley Meeker has […]
We asked the people of the Bronx, if there is a difference between Street Art and Graffiti? The Bronx is the birthplace of Hip Hop, breakdancing and Graffiti “bombing” as documented in: Style Wars. We here at Project Bronx also asked Bronx residents if Street Art hurts or helps the community? Do art murals hold […]
All photos are by Jessica Stewart Renowned Italian street artist, Alicé Pasquini, was recently in town for a three-wall project in New York and New Jersey that tells a short story over the course of three murals. The first wall, painted on an abandoned pizza place in Rockaway Beach (Queens, New York), shows a girl […]