Explore the roots of New York City’s street art on this 2-hour guided walking tour through East Harlem. See stencils, larger-than-life murals and other examples of the region’s vibrant and creative outdoor art scene. Learn about street art as expression, rebellion and therapy and what it says about the artists and community from your knowledgeable guide, a professional artist. See iconic landmarks and underground cultural spots on this fascinating foray into New York’s street culture.
Make your way to East Harlem for your 2-hour, 1.5-mile (2.4-km) walking tour of New York City’s street art. Meet your in-the-know guide and get ready to see authentic, captivating art. Stroll the streets of East Harlem, also known as El Barrio, and see that here the walls are canvasses and the neighborhood is an outdoor museum of the region’s cultural history.
Listen to your guide interpret the stories painted in the local murals as you make your way to the world famous Graffiti Hall of Fame. Learn the difference between graffiti and street art. See other types of public art, like installations and throw-ups (quickly executed works like tags, or signatures). Tour rotating exhibits at the East Harlem Café and the mosaics of famous artist Manny Vega. Keep your camera at the ready for photo stops along the way.
Explore the community’s diverse offerings, such as verdant community gardens and cultural organizations. By the end of the tour, you’ll have a deeper understanding of New York’s hip-hop community and its impact on the urban landscape not just in New York, but internationally. The tour ends near the starting point, leaving you free to continue to explore the area’s street art on your own.