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The Lower East Side (or LES for short) is a hot mecca destination for various street artists in New York City. They have been continuously gracing numerous street corners, the top of the buildings, hidden back walls, and even the front of different coffee shops, bakeries and other venues – with beautiful graffitis, murals and other forms of street art.
Almost every neighborhood in NYC has a mural or two spread widely across its different streets and avenues. However, the neighborhoods with the most street art in Manhattan can all be found on the Lower East Side. They include the famous districts of SoHo, Noho, and the Little Italy.
Each mural, which is usually painted on someone’s private property, is normally done through an advance agreement between an artist and an owner. It can last anywhere from a single month – to even several years, depending on how well liked and popular the particular mural becomes. Naturally, the owner of the property always has the last word.
You can go on a “street art hunting” exploration alone, or you can even join a free tour with an expert. Some of these murals are located in little known street corners and might be hard to spot – so I do recommend joining the tour. Plus the guide will supply you with a deeper insight into the NYC’s street art scene, that you would not normally find on your own. The choice is yours – but you should definitely hurry, before some of these murals disappear from the face of New York for good.
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