This past week was all about being outside! Instead of using the sticky subway, I used my Citibike most of the time to hop back and forth between Manhattan and Brooklyn, riding my bike over the Brooklyn Bridge, Manhattan Bridge and Williamsburg Bridge many times, up and down Park Avenue and Broadway, or from historic Brooklyn Heights to hipster Williamsburg.
The best thing about using a bike is that you get to see so much more of the city than when you’re squeezed into a subway cart. I found myself stopping constantly to take photos – especially of all the street art that I came across. I already shared dozens of photos of the fantastic street art here in New York last summer, but there will be definitely a follow-up with all the new pieces and street art meccas I found this year (I am still not sure how we didn’t go to Bushwick last year!!).
My latest street art crushes are Icy & Sot, two Iranian brothers who are currently calling Brooklyn their home and are continuously brightening my days by bringing more and more of their colorful, thought-provoking and extremely well done stencil pieces to New York, especially the Williamsburg neighborhood, but also areas like Prospect Heights, where I spotted the piece in the picture. While this piece is on the lighter side, their artwork usually contains significant messages about political and humanitarian issues, including art that is depicting war, despair and social problems. You can check out (and buy!) more of their art on the Icy & Sot website and their Facebook Page.