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