The Bushwick Collective: Brooklyn Street Art Part I

February 4, 2014
The Bushwick Collective: Brooklyn Street Art Part I - Sweet and Savoring

One of my favorite pieces of street art ever.

Time for another post about my favorite kind of art! I only discovered The Bushwick Collective last September, when Andy and I were in the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn for a show of his. We were wandering around, just killing time before it began, when we started seeing these amazing murals, the kind that make you fall in love with the world and creativity all over again.

The Bushwick Collective: Brooklyn Street Art Part I - Sweet and Savoring

We’ve uncovered this amazing secret! I thought as we discovered more and more murals, high and low, large and small, many interacting with parts of the street and buildings. That’s my favorite: when artists like Banksy incorporate their pieces with the urban environment they’re working in. It makes me so happy, to find these clever pieces of artwork in an otherwise grimy and easily-passed-by urban areas.

The Bushwick Collective: Brooklyn Street Art Part I - Sweet and Savoring

The Bushwick Collective, as we soon learned, is an outdoor gallery where artists come from all over the world and collaborate, overseen by curator and Bushwick local Joe Ficalora. It’s all legal and couldn’t have come at a better time, since sadly, NYC’s foremost street art hub, 5 Pointz, is gone as of November of last year.

The Bushwick Collective: Brooklyn Street Art Part I - Sweet and Savoring

What are some of your favorite pieces here? It was so hard for me to choose that I decided to make this a two-part post. Next time I’ll feature some of Andy’s photos as well. I can’t wait to go back to Bushwick and see all of the new art since September.

The Bushwick Collective: Brooklyn Street Art Part I - Sweet and Savoring

The Bushwick Collective: Brooklyn Street Art Part I - Sweet and Savoring

The Bushwick Collective: Brooklyn Street Art Part I - Sweet and Savoring

The Bushwick Collective: Brooklyn Street Art Part I - Sweet and Savoring

The Bushwick Collective: Brooklyn Street Art Part I - Sweet and Savoring

The Bushwick Collective: Brooklyn Street Art Part I - Sweet and Savoring

The Bushwick Collective: Brooklyn Street Art Part I - Sweet and Savoring

The Bushwick Collective: Brooklyn Street Art Part I - Sweet and Savoring

The Bushwick Collective: Brooklyn Street Art Part I - Sweet and Savoring

The Bushwick Collective: Brooklyn Street Art Part I - Sweet and Savoring

The Bushwick Collective: Brooklyn Street Art Part I - Sweet and Savoring

The Bushwick Collective: Brooklyn Street Art Part I - Sweet and Savoring

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  • Robin (Masshole Mommy) February 4, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    Amazing. I love looking at the street art all around NYC. The last time I was in Brooklyn was for my BIL’s wedding 2 years ago and I was fascinated by all the graffiti art!

    • Christy February 4, 2014 at 6:46 pm

      Yes, me too. I never get tired of it!

  • Lindsey @ Redhead Baby Mama February 4, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    In my opinion, bare brick is hard to paint on. Getting a straight line despite those nooks and crannies takes a steady hand and lots of patience.

    • Christy February 4, 2014 at 6:48 pm

      Oh, I’m sure it is. I could never do it; that’s why I admire all these artists so much!

  • Terry February 4, 2014 at 1:36 pm

    I need to check out the street art the next time I go to NYC. I only get there once every couple of years. Love the grate with the fingers trying to get out.

    • Christy February 4, 2014 at 6:57 pm

      Yeah, the grate really caught my eye (and amazement) too, Terry. Definitely look out for the street art, especially if you’re in an outer borough 🙂

  • Virginia @thatbaldchick February 4, 2014 at 1:53 pm

    I love that they give creative space to the artists. Some of those pieces are interesting and thought provoking.

    • Christy February 4, 2014 at 10:55 pm

      I know, isn’t it wonderful that these walls are available? I love it.

  • Chelsea February 4, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    I love these! And it is great to see such an open space for these artists!


    • Christy February 5, 2014 at 9:40 am

      Isn’t it wonderful? Glad you enjoyed them!

  • Janel February 4, 2014 at 3:19 pm

    Those are some amazing artists!! WOW! My favorite is the hand, that looks totally real.

    • Christy February 5, 2014 at 9:52 am

      Even though it’s not large or colorful, this one really made us pause for a minute. So well done!

  • Tracey February 4, 2014 at 3:23 pm

    I absolutely loved this post. I love street art. In Toronto, there is a strip of street art called Graffiti Alley. I used to go and stare at it all the time.

    • Christy February 4, 2014 at 7:03 pm

      Well, I need to get myself to Toronto! Just a hop, skip and a jump from the Hudson Valley….sort of/not really. But I’d love to see Graffiti Alley for sure. Glad you liked the post, Tracey!

  • Sue February 4, 2014 at 6:17 pm

    Pick one as a favorite? Not happening. All the art is fabulous. I am a native New Yorker and it all makes me miss home. Thanks for sharing. Looking forward to part 2!

    • Christy February 4, 2014 at 7:01 pm

      Haha, happy to share, Sue! So glad you liked the post.

  • Karen @TheMissingNiche February 4, 2014 at 6:25 pm

    That is so cool! I love all of them! My favorite is the bears in the woods. That is simply amazing work!

    • Christy February 4, 2014 at 6:59 pm

      The bears in the woods is definitely in my top 5! I would love that as a mural on my own wall. Glad you like them 🙂

  • Beth / ezerd February 4, 2014 at 7:07 pm


    • Christy February 4, 2014 at 10:56 pm

      <3 back to you, my dear!

  • Cassie @ Southeast by Midwest February 4, 2014 at 7:28 pm

    Those are some great artists! I wish they would do something like this in my area, I’ll have to check it out.
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    • Christy February 5, 2014 at 10:11 am

      Sometimes street art is hidden in the unlikeliest of places, Cassie. Take a walk around a nearby large town or city, and you never know what you might find once you start looking!

  • Kecia February 4, 2014 at 7:46 pm

    I really need to start looking for some street art! All of these is beautiful and just so, perfect!!

    • Christy February 5, 2014 at 10:12 am

      I hope you find some cool art nearby, Kecia Good luck!

  • Amy Desrosiers February 4, 2014 at 7:49 pm

    These are some awesome examples of cool street art. We have some graffiti around here, but nothing super cool or impressive!

    • Christy February 5, 2014 at 10:20 am

      This *is* such an impressive concentration of incredible art- but sometimes it’s nice stumbling onto those little pieces where you would least expect it. Maybe something cool will pop up soon where you live 🙂

  • Tamara February 4, 2014 at 8:41 pm

    So hard to choose. I think I most like the fingers coming out of the vents.

    • Christy February 11, 2014 at 2:14 am

      The fingers one made me *feel*: curious, creeped out, impressed, uneasy. That’s when you know art is well done.

  • Shana Norris February 4, 2014 at 8:55 pm

    Oh my goodness. I love this. Your favorite is my favorite too, but it’s all wonderful.
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    • Christy February 11, 2014 at 2:15 am

      I’m so glad you love it! More to come!

  • Jaime February 4, 2014 at 9:53 pm

    I love street art when it’s done with the right intention. This artwork is amazing!

    • Christy February 11, 2014 at 2:16 am

      I couldn’t stop taking pictures of all the amazing pieces 🙂

  • Melissa February 4, 2014 at 10:28 pm

    This is SO cool! I’d love to see something like this.

    • Christy February 15, 2014 at 11:24 pm

      I’m glad you liked it, Melissa!

  • Paige February 4, 2014 at 10:39 pm

    These are so cool! I love some great street art! I wish we had more around here.

    • Christy February 15, 2014 at 11:26 pm

      I feel like street art just keeps getting better and better 🙂

  • brett February 4, 2014 at 10:46 pm

    oh my goodness. there’s some beautiful works of art. others i’m not sure i’d say beautiful but they are very attention demanding and powerful statements.

    • Christy February 4, 2014 at 10:54 pm

      I agree, Brett- some might not be ‘beautiful’ in the classical sense, but they are impressive and admirable. I love that Bushwick has a dedicated space for all this talent!

  • Pauline Cabrera February 4, 2014 at 11:05 pm

    Oh, those are really amazing! These are very creative street art.

    • Christy February 15, 2014 at 11:31 pm

      I admire the creativity so much!

  • Jennifer Bullock {MommyBKnowsBest} February 5, 2014 at 1:33 am

    How cool!!! I love how eclectic art can be.

    • Christy February 15, 2014 at 11:34 pm

      Me too, isn’t it so inspiring? 🙂

  • Christina S February 5, 2014 at 7:39 am

    Wow! So many awesome pieces of art. I love the vent with the fingers- so realistic looking.
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    • Christy February 15, 2014 at 11:39 pm

      Yes, that was one of my favorites too, Christina!

  • The Dose of Reality February 5, 2014 at 7:55 am

    These are so awesome, I can’t pick a favorite! I keep thinking…Oooh, that one…no that one…wow, look at that one! I’m so glad you shared these with us! They are all so different yet all so expressive. –Lisa

    • Christy February 11, 2014 at 2:18 am

      Haha, I was the same way when saying ‘That’s my favorite!’ as well walked around another corner and saw another incredible piece. Glad you liked the post so much, there will definitely be a part 2!

  • Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell February 5, 2014 at 10:51 am

    Wow, these are just crazy cool! I love the owl/magnet one so much. The fingers reaching through the slats is super neat too!

    • Christy February 25, 2014 at 11:19 pm

      I know, they’re each cool in their own unique way! Thanks for coming by, Liz!

  • Theresa February 5, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    I love street art, though I don’t see anything like those around my town. Just the normal graffiti of who loves who. I am fascinated by the cool works of art when trains go by though!

    • Christy February 25, 2014 at 11:20 pm

      Oh yes, those long freight trains often have lots of cool art on them!

  • Tess February 5, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    Those are awesome graphics. Such talented people out there in the world!

  • Deb February 5, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    I like your collection of street art pics , there,s one favorite, though, looks like a “wooden boy”(Pinocchio?) being sent a kiss from another piece! Keep up the vicarious views for your blog readers. Xoxo

  • Emily Smith // The Best of this Life February 5, 2014 at 3:37 pm

    This is awesome! And a little ironic that you are featuring another city where I’ve lived! I love Brooklyn and it holds a special place in my heart. Great art, such talented artists – it’s so cool that they have outdoor canvases to work on!

  • katherine February 5, 2014 at 4:20 pm

    Wow, I love all the different types of art to see!

  • Autumn February 5, 2014 at 5:21 pm

    Wow! What a fun collection! We have lots of great street art in Atlanta, too. I always love looking at it as we drive through town.

  • Eliz Frank February 5, 2014 at 5:55 pm

    This is fantastic. I must go check it out… Great collection of art too. Awesome TY!

  • Amanda Love February 5, 2014 at 11:30 pm

    Funny but I lived in Brooklyn most of my life and I never knew this existed. I’m always amazed at what I find online, stuff that I thought I should have known about but didn’t. That’s some great art. Really creative!
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    • Christy February 11, 2014 at 2:20 am

      That’s what I love about NYC! There is an endless list of fascinating things to discover.

  • Prototype Mama February 5, 2014 at 11:30 pm

    This is amazing ! I love art in different places.

  • Alissa February 6, 2014 at 6:19 am

    It’s great that there’s a space reserved specifically for this. That hand coming through the vent is my favorite, though it’s tough to narrow down to just one. Thanks for sharing!

  • Kate February 6, 2014 at 9:12 am

    WOW WOW WOW! I love all of these!
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  • Brandy February 6, 2014 at 10:06 am

    These are all so great. I remember, as a kid, I went to Maine and there were so many wall murals painted similar style to this and I LOVED them. Sure some say graffiti but I say it is an art when they do such magnificent photos like this!

  • Ashley M February 7, 2014 at 5:53 pm

    I love the life preserver and the pinup girl.

  • Amy | Club Narwhal February 10, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    This is incredible! I love street art and enjoy seeing how each city makes it its own. Detroit has a ton of awesome street art and it’s cool to see how it changes with seasons, politics, etc.

  • Cole February 11, 2014 at 11:01 am

    This is so cool! Street art is amazing and I love how more and more cities are allowing it in certain areas. In my city they just recently started allowing graffiti in certain areas, and some business owners even hire graffiti artists to paint murals on their business buildings.

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  • Dana February 11, 2014 at 11:34 am

    I love love love street art! I was introduced to it in Paris and have loved it ever since! This past December my husband and I drove through the Wynwood District, another big street art mecca, here in Miami and it was soooo cool!! #SITSBlogging

  • Dena February 11, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    This is wonderful. Very talented artist to make this in such great scale. Some have such vivid colors. #SITSBlogging

  • Denise @ Simply Bubbly February 11, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    This is really cool. I used to live in Brooklyn, but never really ventured around the Bushwick neighborhood. I read about a lot of really cool things going on in that neighborhood these days. I’ll definitely have to head over that way to check it out soon! #SITSBlogging
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  • Consie @ Atop Serenity Hill February 11, 2014 at 5:15 pm

    Thanks for sharing these photos! I love to see amazing street art. I have tried my hand at graffiti just in a sketchbook and it is hard!! I totally respect those that make it look so easy. #SITSblogging
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  • Chrissie February 11, 2014 at 7:35 pm

    I love Brooklyn so much, it’s so eclectic. This art is amazing and it must have been such a lovely afternoon walking around.

  • ChiChi Loves February 11, 2014 at 8:49 pm

    I absolutely love street art. It’s such an amazing art form and love that it’s becoming so popular. Atlanta is going through the whole movement and I’m so happy. Stopping by from #SITSBlogging
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