It's been a a few months since we were last in New York, it's always fun to return to city and check out what's happening over here. We are looking forward to catching up with some of the artists and the street art community as well as checking out some of the projects and shows. Yesterday was our first full day here in New York and with jet lag kicking our ass we were wide awake at 5am and much coffee was need to kick us into gear before we headed off into Manhattan.
Our first destination was our favourite camera store B&H on 9th Ave as no trip to New York is complete for us without a visit to this wonderful store. It is the largest non-chain photo and video equipment store in the US and which makes it very difficult not to spend money in the place. Before getting carried away we pick up some polaroid film and forced ourselves to leave the store. With the temperature hitting nearly 30 degrees we decided to get outta Manhattan and jumped on a train bound for Coney Island in Brooklyn to check out what was happening over at the Coney Art Walls project.
The World Famous Nathan's
Welcome to Coney Island!
This public/ private outdoor mural project was started last year is by Thor Equities with Jeffrey Deitch and Coney Island developer Joseph Sitt curating the artist selection. Coney Art Walls is located right in the heart of the Coney Island Amusement District, adjacent to the original Nathan’s hotdog restaurant and within walking distance of the boardwalk and beach.
We visit the Coney Art Walls project(Previously on Hookedblog) when we were last in town and got to see the murals which featuring the work of 34 celebrated artists including many legends such as Crash, Daze, Futura, Lady Pink and Kenny Scharf, as well as work from many others including: Shepard Fairey, Maya Hayuk, How and Nosm, Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, Lauren Halsey, Skewville, Ron English, Jesse Edwards, Irak, Ben Eine, Lady Aiko, Buff Monster, Miss Van, Jason Woodside, eL Seeds, AVAF, Mister Cartoon, Jane Dickson, Marie Roberts, Greg Lamarche, Katsu, Retna, ROA, Kashink, Kaves, Lauren Halsey and Yok & Sheryo.
Eine's Riot mural from 2015.
How could you NOT be HAVING FUN with this excellent wall of Steve Powers (also known as ESPO) signage. He here is installing the last of his signs which spilled out off the mural onto the gates. Gotta love to those socks!!
NYCHOS is day two into his mural after heavy rain ended work on Sunday. The artist is taking on the iconic Ronald Mcdonald clown and which is looking pretty awesome already.
GAIA taking a break from work on his mural.
The London Police busy at work with the crazy line work.
The 2016 Edition
This summer will see the addition of more than 20 new pieces including works by Nina Chanel Abney, John Ahearn, Timothy Curtis, D*Face, Jessica Diamond, Tristan Eaton, Eric Haze, GAIA, Icy & Sot, London Police, Nychos, Pose, Stephen Powers, Tats Cru, and Sam Vernon. Our visit yesterday was well timed and we caught some of the artists at work or finishing up their walls ahead of the opening party later this week. Have a look at some of what we captured on our visit yesterday and stay tuned as we hope to return later in the week to see the rest of the works complete. We will also update the post with additional photos when we have some time. For our readers using snapchat or instagram you can also follow our New York adventures and see some behind the scenes snaps on the Hookedblog Snapchat and the Hookedblog Instagram.
Coney Art Walls is located at 3050 Stillwell Avenue in Brooklyn, NY. Take the D, F, N, or Q to Coney Island / Stillwell Ave.