Gallery Mondays: Western Tanager by Yu-baba

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Over the weekend I came across this beautiful mural in Washington Heights on the iron gate of Marina Dental Center.

Painted by Belarusian artist Yu-baba as part of the Audubon Mural Project, the mural features a gorgeous western tanager, an American songbird, surrounded by leaves and berries.

In collaboration with  Gitler &_____ Gallery, the National Audubon Society’s Audubon Mural Project brings awareness to the climate-threatened birds of our environment.

Needless to say, I’m going on a hunt for all the rest of these murals! There are 67 murals currently complete, with 247 left to be painted.

Learn more about the Audubon Mural Project.

Gallery Mondays: Amber Forever

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Today I said goodbye to my first apartment in East Harlem, so I thought it would be fitting to feature this mural I saw in the neighborhood recently.

It’s such a tropical and vibrant mural with a butterfly,  birds, and bright colors. Sponsored by KFC and Amber Charter School, the mural fits in so well with the community of East Harlem.

I’m not completely sure but it appears that the mural was created by
National Council de la Raza.

Adieu, East Harlem…

Gallery Mondays: Patch Whisky’s Smart Monster #EducationIsNotACrime

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I stumbled upon South Carolina artist Patch Whisky’s mural for the Not a Crime campaign in East Harlem on the wall of Fabco Shoes a few weeks ago when I got off the M103 bus.

I cannot handle how adorbs his colorful monsters are! The one featured in this mural is reading a book and wearing a black graduation cap, hot air balloons floating around her.

Can I get a book recommendation? I’m always looking for something fun to read, and whatever she’s reading looks like it’s quite entertaining.

See more of Patch Whisky’s monsters at www.patchwhisky.com/murals and learn more about the Not A Crime campaign.

Gallery Mondays: Dali Swirl by Tripp Derrick Barnes

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I was on the way to the New York Public Library a few weeks ago when this vibrant mural by South Carolina artist Tripp Derrick Barnes stopped me dead in my tracks.

Called “Dali Swirl,” the mural is painted on the doors of The Bar Downstairs at Andaz 5th Avenue. In it, Salvador Dali’s face, signature mustache included, is painted against a backdrop of rainbow of swirls.

As if Dali’s mustache isn’t wild enough, Barnes painted them to stretch above a set of bushy eyebrows, causing it to look like there are two palm trees on either side of the Spanish artist’s face.

It’s a riot and I love it!

Check out this behind the scenes video on the making of this fun mural.

Gallery Mondays: Spa

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We got our first snow in NYC over the weekend, but I wasn’t even mad because I had a reservation at Russian and Turkish Baths in the East Village.

I went with Karina, who has been to a few other bath houses before the one we went to on Saturday. It was my first time going to a bath house and I must say I thoroughly enjoyed the aromatherapy rooms. It’s perfect for a cold day!

The mural above is on the wall in the hallway outside of Russian and Turkish Baths. I love how the entire painting has a steamy vibe to it, making it look so relaxing and dreamy.

If you’re thinking of going to a bath house or spa in NYC you should definitely check out Russian and Turkish Baths for a couple of hours this winter!

Gallery Mondays: “Art of Jazz” Mural at PAL Harlem

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I saw this vibrant mural on the side of the Police Athletic League (PAL) on the west side of Harlem a few weeks ago while headed to pick up some items I found in a Craigslist ad.

I just had to stop and understand what was happening in this mural. There’s a trumpet-playing man popping out of a phonograph, and it appears that the sound he’s producing sounds like swirls and flowers?

Basically summer in NYC during the Harlem Renaissance.

The mural, called “Art of Jazz,” was done by Creative Art Works. Learn more at www.creativeartworks.org.

Gallery Mondays: Audrey Hepburn

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A few weeks ago I was walking down Steinway Street in Astoria with my friends and I saw this lovely multi-color street art mural of Audrey Hepburn.

The amount of trucks that passed by while I was trying to take this photo is absolutely maddening.

Anyway, if you’re passing by Steinway Thrift Shop near the Steinway station, look up and say hello to Audrey Hepburn. She’s sure to make your day.