BY CAILIN BURKE
For the past few days I’ve been in New York celebrating the New Year and my friend Emma and I wanted to do some non-touristy things we had yet to do in the city. I’ve always loved street art, and although seeing street art can be a tourist activity (mainly around Bowery in Lower Manhattan), Bushwick is where I had heard that some of the best street art is hiding. Although it’s all over Bushwick, one area coined the Bushwick Collective, is where the art seems to just continue block after block.
Luckily, Emma had a friend that has grown up in Bushwick, so it was even better that she was there to show us around. With her as our tour guide, we saw just about everything in the Bushwick Collective and loved it! To see this art for yourself, take the subway to the Jefferson St. stop (on the L train) and find where St. Nicholas Ave. and Troutman St. intersect to see the center of all of the art. It’s not just around there though, keep walking and more art will surprise you with every corner. What I love about the Collective is it’s always changing, so you can go back repeatedly and there will be new work to see! Here’s a glimpse of some of the street art we saw when we were there. (Most of the art pictured is from the Collective, but some is from other areas of Bushwick.)