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New York Street Art Tour: Brooklyn

Tour

Summary

Learn the fascinating history of the origins and evolution of street art and graffiti while exploring the neighborhoods of Williamsburg and Bushwick.

View classic elements of street art like tags and bubble letters and discover the meaning behind concepts like "runtime," "wildstyle" and "tagging to the heavens."

Check out amazing Realist, Surrealist, and Pop Art works by local and international artists.

Delve deep into the dynamic Brooklyn neighborhoods of Bushwick and Williamsburg through an exploration of their vibrant street art. A democratic art form offering unparalleled accessibility both to artists and their audience, street art offers a unique lens into contemporary American culture. Make your way to Bushwick and check out iconic work from bold urban artists. Learn how this authentically American subculture has been uniting people of diverse backgrounds for the past fifty years by fostering creative, non-curated public expression, and gain a new understanding of New York society. Then, take to the streets of Williamsburg, and view cutting-edge graffiti murals from some of NYC's most innovative emerging artists. Conclude your tour with the opportunity to shop and eat at some of Brooklyn's trendiest stores and restaurants.

Details

$35 per person

Mondays at 10 AM from March - December

3 Hours (1.5 MI / 2.4 KM)

Meeting Place: Union Square in front of the Starbucks at 10 Union Square E, New York, NY 10003

End Point: Williamsburg

Please purchase MetroCard prior to the tour for three separate stops: Williamsburg, Bushwick, and the return home.

This tour is not wheelchair-accessible. Please contact us for further information.

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Reviews

"We just got home from 7 days in New York. We did 4 walking tours while we were there. The Alternative Street Art tour was a favorite for my 18-year-old. I also enjoyed it very much. ... Awesome tour definitely would recommend it!" --ICatchMemories

"What a delight The Tour guide ... had a fantastic knowledge of both the art and the neighbourhoods we were in. The collections of art were fantastic and with out the tour we would never have found them. This was the highlight of an 8 day trip to new york. Our sincere thanks to [the Tour Guide] for a fantastic tour." --Richard M, Wells, United Kingdom

"A no-miss if you want to discover a new aspect of NYC. Our guide, ..., was amazing and adapted the tour to our wishes. Thank you." --NathComte, Chicago, Illinois

Reviews

"I had a really great time on this tour. It was great to have [the Tour Guide] show us a part of NYC I would probably have never seen on my own. As a street art enthusiast, it was great to spend three hours walking Brooklyn and seeing some great murals and pieces of art. [The Tour Guide] also gave us a lot of information on the murals we saw. I recommend this tour to everyone wishing to see something out of the mainstream." --rodrigues_jf, Lisbon, Portugal

"I took the alternative street art tour ... . It was fantastic-we saw so many wonderful images through Brooklyn and Williamsburg. [The Tour Guide] was so informative, and inquisitive (welcoming info from locals as we went) and guided a large group safely (we strayed on the roads to take photos and she constantly reminded us to be safe). She gave us a wonderful history to street art and of the artists whose work we got to see- loved!! Was a good idea to bring a snack although we did stop at a cafe for restroom and drinks- felt good to give back to a local business as we wandered their sidewalks." --rose11777, Melbourne, Australia

"We just got home from 7 days in New York. We did 4 walking tours while we were there. The Alternative Street Art tour was a favorite for my 18-year-old. I also enjoyed it very much. ... Awesome tour definitely would recommend it!" --ICatchMemories

"[The Tour Guide] was our guide for this lengthy and in-depth tour. It was well off the beaten track, and really interesting, with demographic, historical and political insights into the story of street art in Brooklyn, and its place on the world stage. I really came to appreciate the ephemeral nature of the art work, and sure enough, some was found during our tour. My son later spotted some by 'invader' in Greenwich Village on a subsequent tour. Really informative, and intelligently presented tour." --webeehungry, Penzance, United Kingdom

"The Alternative Art Tour was awesome. The guide was knowledgeable and skilled in presenting the information on an ever changing landscape of street art. I would recommend this to anyone without hestitation" --atordjman161, Kitchener, Ontario

"A no-miss if you want to discover a new aspect of NYC. Our guide, ..., was amazing and adapted the tour to our wishes. Thank you." --NathComte, Chicago, Illinois

"What a delight The Tour guide ... had a fantastic knowledge of both the art and the neighbourhoods we were in. The collections of art were fantastic and with out the tour we would never have found them. This was the highlight of an 8 day trip to new york. Our sincere thanks to [the Tour Guide] for a fantastic tour." --Richard M, Wells, United Kingdom

"My daughter and I had a wonderful time with the alternative arts walking tour in Brooklyn. Our tour guide was wonderful. She was very knowledgeable and made me view streets arts in a very new way. We had a plenty of time to take photographs. It was really a neat way of learning more about New York. I also liked that we stopped at a local coffee shop. It was nice to relax a bit, participate in the local economy, and have a chance to sit down. We had two other walkings tours, which were all very good, and wish that there was this component of stopping at a coffee shop at each tour." --Hannah C, Glenview, Illinois

Getting Here

Subway Options: 4, 5, 6, L, N, Q, or R to Union Square