A free, outdoor street art gallery lures visitors to Bushwick
On a brisk winter Saturday, I boarded the L train to visit the Parallel Art Space gallery on the border of Bushwick, Brooklyn and Ridgewood, Queens. Getting off at the Jefferson stop, the 7th stop into Brooklyn from Manhattan, I was confronted by a sea of street murals that continued as far as the eye could see.
Unbeknownst to me, I had stumbled onto the outdoor street art gallery known as the Bushwick Collective, founded a few years ago by Brooklyn native Joseph Ficalora. (Read more about the collective in this NY Times article).
The walk to Parallel Art Space from the subway is only 0.2 miles and should have taken 4 minutes, according to Google Maps. However, I challenge anyone to walk down Troutman Street without stopping repeatedly to snap photos and marvel at the colorful murals. From urban bears to eviscerated cows, no subject is too bizarre for the street artists working in this corner of Brooklyn. Unsurprisingly, I was a bit late for my appointment!
Scroll down for my favorite work on Troutman Street. If you’d like to visit this street art Mecca on your own, make sure to bring a camera and allow plenty of time for exploring the side streets.
Art is everywhere in Bushwick
Just your everyday street scene…
Bear attack in Brooklyn
Cow anatomy lesson by Mr. Prvrt
Stencil art by Blek le Rat
‘Never let go’ by Bushwick Collective (Joe Iurato)
Creative mail slot by Bushwick Collective
Colorful mural by Sheryo
Naughty Mickey Mouse gesture & a Paola Beck portrait
My final destination: Parallel Art Space studio
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