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East Village Life: Photos of Street Art From My Neighborhood Walks

madonna and child neon mural photo by gail worley
Madonna and Child Neon-Look Mural by Straker on East 3nd Street at 1st Avenue (All Photos By Gail)

Hello and welcome to week two of my ass-kicking East Village Life. In this week’s edition, we will walk through a virtual gallery of assorted street art and public art pieces that I’ve passed by on my weather-permitting daily walks in and around my neighborhood. Enjoy!

love mural by hektad at fsgap photo by gail worley

Hektad is a name that you’re going see a few times in this post, as his optimism-infused artworks are all over the East Village, especially in the First Street Green Art Park, located on First Street at First Avenue. Since this photo was taken, I believe the park has temporarily closed due to the Covid as it was attracting crowds. And we can’t have that.

Madina Deli Shop Photo By Gail Worleylove mural with portrait by hektad photo by gail worley

Here are a couple of additional Hektad pieces on 11th Street just East of First Avenue. These are side by side, adjacent to this monumental piece by Kobra.

king kong mural photo by gail worley

It does not get much more NYC than this mural of King Kong by French graffiti artist Moi One (@moi.one). Find it next to David’s Cafe on St. Mark’s Place near Tompkin’s Square Park.

avenue a tile mosaic by jim power photo by gail worley

This colorful tile mosaic by Jim Power, known locally as the Mosaic Man, marks the intersection of Avenue A and St Mark’s Place. Jim composes all of his intricate pieces from up-cycled china, glass, pottery and found objects to create unique, site specific works of art. His mosaics are all over the neighborhood.

More Art, After The Jump!

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Street Art Wall at the Second Avenue F Train Subway Stop

2nd Ave Subway Street Art
All Photos By Gail

While you can’t really help but notice this colorful wall at the entrance to the F Subway Line at Second Avenue and Houston Street, it takes a keen eye to spot the many street artist and taggers represented in this confined space. Aside from the large Skull and Demon Mural (not sure who the artist is, clues left in the comments are appreciated) displayed on the southern exposure of the Avalon Chemists building, we noticed the following:

David Bowie Tile
Black and white tile portrait of David Bowie by Zimad.

Hektad Tile Mosaic
Hektad Tile Mosaic

Gay Empire
Suckadelic Star Wars parody action figure: Gay Empire Homotrooper.

Update March 12, 2017

I walked by today and the mural has recently been changed to this vibrant abstract by JPO ART, which I like much better than the previous design. As you can see, the Hektad, Suckdelic and Zimad pieces are still intact.

2nd Ave F Train Stop

Hektad Vs. Banksy

Hektad Vs. Banksy
Photo By Gail

Photographed on 10th Avenue just north of 18th Street.

Adrien Brody’s Starbucks Parody: It’s Art!

Brody Bucks
BrodyBucks on 24th Street (All Photos By Gail)

Geoffrey and I went out on a massive Art Crawl this past weekend and we saw the above-pictured posters up everywhere in the Chelsea Gallery District. Apparently, they are adverts for Adrien Brody’s new print series, Hooked. As you can see, it is a parody of the Starbucks brand logo, with the coffee merchant’s familiar Siren mascot holding a pistol to each of her temples. Lovely.

Brody Bucks Detail

The prints debuted at David Benrimon Fine Art booth at the Art New York fair, which ran from May 3rd to 8th as part of Frieze week.

Brody Bucks with Hektad

We saw them again on 20th Street, just outside the tunnel entrance to the Comme des Garcons Boutique. Here, street art/graffiti legend Hektad has already left his mark.

Brody Bucks with Hektad 2
Hektad Is So Funky When Wet!

Anyone looking for an art bargain should get to peeling one of these suckers off the wall straight away, otherwise you can buy a proper print for just $25,000 (not a typo) at This Link!

See other works by Adrien Brody Right Here.

Shark Attack Murals!

Shark Attack Mural
Photo By Gail

This fierce predator of the deep was photographed while menacing the Smokers’ Patio out back at the Double Down Saloon on Avenue A near First Street.

Shark with Beer

This thirsty Shark was spotted on Mott Street near Spring on the exterior of the Spring Lounge. Shark Attack!

Hektad Loves You

Hektad Loves You Distribution Box
All Photos By Gail

The street artist known as Hektad has left this message of love for all NYers in the form of a colorfully painted alternative weekly distribution box located on the western traffic island at the intersection of Houston and Bowery (where I stood to photograph the Ron English Mural currently on display).

Hektad Loves You Distribution Box

Please Don’t Steal It, OK?