Street Art Tour Of Bushwick, New York
Do you love street art? I certainly do. On my final day in New York, I went on the Bushwick street art tour with Free Tours By Foot.
They have a lot of New York-based tours to choose from including tours of Greenwich Village, Central Park, Downtown, Uptown, and a few tours of Brooklyn and Harlem. I recommend the Downtown walking tour if you’re interested in Wall Street.
Free Tours by Foot have quite a strict cancellation policy, but the tour guides have always been really nice (even though I’ve been late to two of my three tours!) and they all know a lot about the area so you get a real insiders perspective.
Why go on a walking tour when you can see the art for free? Walking tours are great because you learn the backstory behind some of the pieces, you get a real sense of the street art scene in the area you’re visiting and you discover things you might have missed otherwise. Walking tour guides also give tips on where to eat, drink and go out at night. They can help you discover a whole new side to the city!
The guide on this tour knew heaps about street art, he was really friendly and he taught us how to read graffiti writing, which is something I have never been able to do before. He actually knows many of the artists personally, so he was able to tell us a lot about what the art signifies.
Bushwhick is an industrial area in Brooklyn which can be reached via the L train. It is slowly gentrifying, but as of yet it still manages to retain its individuality. It has some really unique shops (like the Fine and Raw chocolate shop), there are really cosy and unique restaurants and the place is literally overflowing with creativity.
I hadn’t realised that the full eclipse was taking place until that very day. New York didn’t get much of an eclipse and you couldn’t really tell anything was happening with the naked eye, but some guy came and lent us his solar eclipse glasses so we could take a closer look. The moon literally looked like it was inside the sun. I only got to see it for a moment, but it was pretty cool.
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