While New York has some of the greatest and strangest museums in the world, art isn’t confined to the indoors in this city.

From the gritty beauty of 5 Pointz before it was repainted to famous street artist Banksy’s 31-day residency, the streets of the Big Apple serve as canvases for public artists from all over the world.

Here are just a few of the best sidewalk masterpieces in Manhattan.

1. Bowery Mural, Bowery & Houston

The Bowery Mural series has showcased the top contemporary artists around the world since 2008.

It currently exhibits COPE2‘s graffiti artwork.

2. Crack is Wack, 128th Street & 2nd Avenue

This iconic Harlem mural by Keith Haring was done by the artist as a warning and is protected by the City Department of Parks.

3. What Lifts You, Kenmare Street & Mott Street

Pen and ink artist Kelsey Montague created the Nolita street art that’s taking over social media as a statement about positivity.

4. Anna Wintour & Karl Lagerfield, Kenmare Street & Mott Street

The same Nolita intersection boasts a technicolor work by Bradley Theodore, depicting the two high fashion icons in a lovestruck pose.

5. Liberty Mural, Mulberry Street & Canal Street

This mural by Tristan Eaton was done in collaboration with The L.I.S.A. Project NYC, an organization that brings public art to Little Italy.

6. “V-J Day Kiss” Mural, 25th Street & 10th Avenue

The best view of this bright revival by Eduardo Kobra of a classic New York photograph is from the Chelsea High Line.


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You never know — Banksy might make your new building his next project.