Now that your student ID gives you free admission to a number of NYC museums, you should really be looking at art and enriching yourself as a cultural person. Except museums are, like, so far away.
Never fear! NYU is surrounded by beautiful and bizarre street art, much of which you may unknowingly pass on your way to class. Here’s the best of what you might have missed in East and Greenwich Villages:
Black light graffiti:
Every evening, a black light on Waverly Place lends a nightclub-esque glow to a small graffiti tag barely noticeable in the daytime. It’s beautiful but, as the hashtag and logo on the bottom indicate, it’s part of an ad campaign run by designer Cole Haan. Other pieces in the series can be found throughout Manhattan. It’s an advertisement, yes, but definitely worth a look.
East Village, in the daylight
The corner of East Fourth Street and Bowery is home to three trailers, decorated in a range of styles by multiple artists. And according to the guy who started talking to me as I was taking pictures, this is a rotating display. Check it out before it changes again!
East Village animals:
Well hidden, but worth the hunt.
Art protesting things:
Greenwich Village portraits:
This is a line from Giordano Bruno’s Il Candelaio. The full line reads, “Gutta cavat lapidem non bis, sed saepe cadendo; sic homo fit sapiens non bis, sed saepe legendo.” Or “A drop hollows out the stone by falling not twice, but many times; so too is a person made wise by reading not two, but many books.”
This was written on the fountain in front of the library. How very meta.
All images by Kelly Weill