The Five: Best Street Art Spots


For our latest edition of The Five, we asked photoblogger, Gothamist publisher, and Park Slope native Jake Dobkin to name his top street art spots in Brooklyn.  All of the artists he mentions are detailed in “40+ Streetartists You Should Know Besides Banksy” on his site, Streetsy.

Brooklyn is currently the center of the New York street art scene, which puts it right behind London as the most interesting place to see avant-garde graffiti art anywhere in the world. With dozens of native artists, and lots of visitors from abroad coming in each year to work, you can see an enormous diversity of pieces in just a few hours of walking.

Where: Along Jay Street between Front and John, and on Water, Front, and Plymouth between Jay and Gold Streets, and on Water Street between Main and Dock Streets.
Don’t miss: The new REVS wall (pictured) at York and Bridge Street.

2. Gowanus
Where: Around the corner of 3rd St. and Bond, 4th St. and Bond, the dead-end off 1st St. and Bond, and in the abandoned lot at 3rd Ave. and 3rd St.
Don’t miss: The enormous Booker piece on the roof of the Batcave, above — the scary red building you can see from the 3rd Street bridge.

3. Williamsburg
Where: Around the Bedford stop on the L; on Kent and Wythe from South 5th through North 15th (about a mile on each); on River Street between Grand and North 3rd; the corner of South 5th and Bedford; North 6th from Bedford to Kent; and the corner of Roebling and Metropolitan.
Don’t miss: The walk up North 6th from Bedford to Kent provides the most pieces in the shortest time, with lots of work by Judith Supine, Faile, Shepard Fairey (Obama poster above), and others.

4. Greenpoint
Where: Along West Street by the old Greenpoint Terminal Market (check out the REVS pieces on Oak and Noble), off McGuinness by Clay and Dupont, and along Commericial and Ash Streets by the water.
Don’t miss: This huge Os Gemeos wall at Clay St. and McGuinness.

5. Bushwick

Where: By the Bogart Street exit of the L’s Morgan Street stop, along Grattan St. between Bogart and Morgan, and the three blocks around the Jefferson Street stop on the L.
Don’t miss: This little shack on Grattan at Bogart with tons of stuff by Elbowtoe, Judith Supine and C215.

All photos by Jake Dobkin.

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