Last weekend I went on an alfresco Art Walk in one of the most Artsy neighborhoods in Brooklyn. Greenpoint (little Poland) located in the north side of Williamsburg is home to the second largest concentration of Polish immigrants in the United States. Even though Greenpoint is geographically just east of Manhattan, getting there can be a mission especially during the Weekends.
The only subway option that runs through the neighborhood is the infamous G train (ahhhhh!). I decided to avoid the potential hassle and took the convenient water way provided by the East River Ferry. It’s an easy and relaxing alternative to use during the weekend with an inviting view of the city guiding you along the way.
As I walked down from the waterfront I was surprised and very disappointed to find out that the Art Murals I was looking forward to shooting with were demolished. Instead, construction for new luxury apartment development were in the beginning stages, a sight that reminded me of the lost battle to save 5 Pointz.
I’m glad to have been able to catch photographic memories of the Welcome to Greepoint by Skewville and the Super Duper Sound System by Joshua Abram Howard murals once on India Street about two summers ago.
I decided to walk to Java Street in the search for more art murals, but instead came across another group of construction workers. The New Warsaw Bakery who has been in business for over 20 years announced that they sold off their place to a luxury condominium developing company. A realization that gentrification was in full effect on the waterfront.
There is still some cool street art to make your art Walk worth while. I suggest you get to them before it’s too late.
Photos By: Aesthetnik