I’m Obsessed With Williamsburg Street Art

In nearly seven years of living in (or in very close proximity to) Williamsburg, I’ve amassed an impressive collection of photos of the prolific street art in this Brooklyn hood. I’ve staged many a photo shoot in front of these colorful works of art, usually with me coercing a friend from out of town to “stand there for just a second” while they strike a goofy or badass pose in front of it.

But sometimes I’m the one cheesing for the camera, ahem —

Brooklyn street art
Me in 2011, immediately after getting my hair cut and styled. Why can’t it always look this good?

Williamsburg street art
Me in 2012.

Williamsburg street art
Me in 2013, just after returning from Asia.

And sometimes my subjects are actually willing – like my lovely wedding photography clients.

Wedding portraits by street art 

But mostly, I just like to wander around Williamsburg on my own, happily stumbling upon new street art.

Brooklyn street art

NYC street art

Williamsburg Bridge

Williamsburg street art 

This Nelson Mandela piece stopped me in my tracks on a casual neighborhood walk. It looked so real, like an actual photograph – you’d hardly know it was hand painted! It’s since been painted over :(

Williamsburg street art

Williamsburg street art

Williamsburg street art 

You might be wondering, where exactly is this street art in Williamsburg? Pretty much all over. You can’t go more than a few blocks without seeing some kind of art. It even spills out of the neighborhood and across the border into Greenpoint, East Williamsburg, and Bushwick.

Basically, if you want to have the best day ever, just head to North Brooklyn, sample the area’s best coffee shops, and go on a hunt for street art – aka what I do here most weekends.

Williamsburg street art

Williamsburg street art

Williamsburg street art 

I’ve photographed this rooftop a bunch of times from the Williamsburg Bridge pedestrian on-ramp. Look at how the graffiti has evolved in just a couple years:

Williamsburg rooftop

Williamsburg Brooklyn street art 

This is pussyham, the counterpart to dickchicken. No explanation needed, methinks. Let’s just say they’ve both gotten around the neighborhood, if yannowhatimean.

Williamsburg Brooklyn street art

Williamsburg Brooklyn street art

Williamsburg Brooklyn street art

Williamsburg Brooklyn street art

Williamsburg Brooklyn street art 

I’ve really enjoyed watching these walls come together this summer right outside my gym, Crossfit Virtuosity. This isn’t even all of it!

Williamsburg Brooklyn street art

Williamsburg Brooklyn street art

Williamsburg Brooklyn street art 

Check out my other street art posts: Montreal // Chicago

Have you spotted any of these in Williamsburg?
Which is your favorite street art photo?

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Lindsay Buckley is the photographer and travel blogger behind Frugal Frolicker. She's a New Yorker currently based in Sydney, Australia, documenting outdoor travel experiences Down Under and beyond. Follow along with Lindsay's travel photography on Facebook and Instagram, and be sure to sign up for the monthly Frugal Frolicker newsletter!

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