Gallery Mondays: Audrey Hepburn

audrey hepburn steinway street art

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.

Gallery Mondays: WHAC Mural @ 181 Street Station

whac mural at 181 street subway nyc

Can you believe I didn’t see this mural as I exited the 181 Street subway station in NYC a few weeks ago? It was impossible to miss on my way back home, though.

Created by WHAC (Washington Heights Arts & Comics), the mural depicts several comic-esque animals in shades of green, pink, and blue against a gray background. There’s also the occasional white and yellow creature.

It’s so hard to pick a favorite animal on this mural, but if I really had to narrow it down, I’d say the rabbit. When I stare at the rabbit for too long I start to wish it would hop out of the photo I took. It would be so fun to play with!

Interestingly, there are a lot of animals in the mural with wings (birds, butterflies, a bat, a unicorn, and a dragon). I can’t seem to figure out if that has some sort of underlying meaning. The only thing I’ve been able to connect it to is the fact the mural is temporary, which is like a bird flying away from its perch and never returning.

Learn more about WHAC at www.whac-nyc.work.

Gallery Mondays: Franco’s Cafe

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This is what the streets of New York City will look like when the weather hits the upper 60s soon.

I saw this mural on the wall at Port Authority Bus Terminal in NYC. I have no idea who created it or where Franco’s Cafe is.

I love the two women on the top left, one in a green dress and another in a pink one, caught mid-dance. They look so festive and cute!

There’s just so much going on in this mural that I can’t even think straight!

Gallery Mondays: Kobra’s ‘The Kiss’

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Valentine’s Day is coming, so it’s time to get a bit lovey-dovey.

This colorful mural by Eduardo Kobra might trigger a black and white memory of a real life event that happened in Times Square on V-J Day in 1945 commemorating our victory over Japan.

The photo, taken by Alfred Eisenstaedt, captures one of the most romantic kisses of all time between a soldier and a nurse. Swoon.

Kobra turned their black and white memory into color, and for that I’m sure they’ll be eternally grateful.

Looking for a cute Valentine’s Day photo to take with your honey? Imitate Kobra’s street art, which can be found in Chelsea NYC, specifically on West 25th Street and 10th Avenue.

Learn more about V-J Day in Times Square here and check out more of Kobra’s work at eduardokobra.com.

Gallery Mondays: Cernesto’s Pabst Goddess

cernesto, pabst, goddess

It’s such a nice day out in New York, especially for what’s supposed to be 93 degree weather, so Gallery Mondays is headed to the outdoors this week.

I found this lovely goddess on Beford and N 8th in Brooklyn about two months ago. She’s holding Pabst Blue Ribbon beers in three of her four arms, and I think she’s holding a fourth with her foot.

Impressive.

I’m not sure if it’s accurate to call her a Pabst goddess because here she is again here sans the Pabst.

The mural was done by Cernesto, who paints a lot of murals with this pinkish-purple aura. After looking him up online I kind of want to go find all of the murals he’s painted in the U.S. and abroad.

See more of Cernesto’s murals here.

Gallery Mondays: RPGA Studio’s “Mudslide” Mural

63 drive street art

On Friday I was taking a nice stroll down 63rd Drive in Queens, headed towards Rego Park Mall when I saw this mural below the Long Island Railroad underpass between Alderton and Austin Street.

The mural is called “Mudslide” and it was painted by RPGA Studios as a project by Rego Park Green Alliance.

“Mudslide” is painted in primary colors, adding a touch of childlike fun to the birds flying eastward. I just love the girl floating away with the umbrella. It sounds kind of cruel to enjoy the fact that she’s being whisked away with the wind, but there’s something blissful about being able to float away without a care in the world.

Learn more about the mural here.