Outdoor art—both sanctioned and illicit—dots the streets of NYC. But it’s hard to fully appreciate it if you don’t know what you’re eyeing or where to look in the first place. Remedy that with our guide to these great New York attractions, from expansive graffiti murals and obscure 19th-century statues to iconic public artworks and secret New York treasures. Get outdoors and discover NYC’s stunning range of alfresco art.
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New outdoor public art
Check out the best additions this spring and summer, including a cloudlike pavilion on Governors Island.
Iconic public art
From the Wall Street bull to the LOVE sculpture: Make sure you’ve seen every piece of public art on our bucket list of world-famous pieces.
Hidden public art
Did you know there’s a Keith Haring in a New York church? Make a point to seek out these ten stellar works.
New York statues
Who the hell are these people? Discover the controversies and artistic vandalism behind three figurative sculptures.
Public art tours
Discover some of NYC's best public art in places like the High Line and the subway.
Public art on the High Line
Here’s a photographic rundown of pieces both past and current.
Top ten spots to see street art
From storied walls to exciting new spaces, here are ten free outdoor spots to see the city’s best street art and graffiti.
5 Pointz summer events
The Queens graffiti haven celebrates hip-hop’s 40th anniversary all season long.
Street artists paint a mural (video)
Watch a time-lapse video of Chris Stain and Billy Mode painting a mural at the Bushwick Collective.
Sheryo and the Yok paint a mural
Two street artists explain the process behind creating an expansive mural at the Bushwick Collective.
Street art galleries and alternative spaces
Lois Stavsky of blog Street Art NYC picks some of the best places to catch a show.
LES blog Bowery Boogie and @149St's Eric Felisbret explains common styles, and recommend artists to look for in NYC.
Street art tours
Join a tour guide to explore the best street art and graffiti in Manhattan and Brooklyn, and learn about the craft itself.
Graffiti art: A brief history
From the battlefields of World War II to the 21st-century 5 train, Time Out tracks the evolution of graffiti art.