A Guide to Downtown Manhattan’s Most Instagrammable Street Art

Art galleries and museums are one thing, but what about an outdoor art tour without walls? Street art combines outdoor walks in the city and amazing colorful art. And the best part—it’s completely free! The urban art scene has never been more popular. Full of elaborate commissioned paintings by buildings and galleries to beautiful works from aspiring artists, the fun street art of today is a far cry from that of the subway tunnel graffiti of yesteryear. From elaborate portraits, tributes, and even animal friend murals, the ever changing city canvas gives something for every budding artist to admire. Grab your little Picasso and head outdoors to explore our favorite street side masterpieces in downtown Manhattan. (Keep an eye out for our our favorite street art in Queens, Brooklyn and beyond!)

Da Race

Your little racer will love this colorful car mural by Mitchell Schorr. Jump in your favorite car and race over to see this great young-at-heart art in Greenwich Village.

Location: Sullivan Street between Bleecker and 3rd Streets

Vandal (Numbers)

Does your little one loves numbers? Count the ways with Nick Walker’s new mural—his trademark gentleman vandal surrounded by a dream cloud of numbers.

Location: Osteria Restaurant; Broome and Mott Streets

Zoolander

The new, slightly terrifying mural of Mugatu is “so hot right now!” Kids are sure to love this crazy-eyed, colorful mural of Will Ferrell’s wild character from Zoolander 2 on Kenmare Street (pictured above).

Location: L’Asso Pizza; Kenmare and Mott Streets

David Bowie

Art galleries and museums are one thing, but what about an outdoor art tour without walls? Street art combines outdoor walks in the city and amazing colorful art. And the best part—it’s completely free! The urban art scene has never been more popular. Full of elaborate commissioned paintings by buildings and galleries to beautiful works from aspiring artists, the fun street art of today is a far cry from that of the subway tunnel graffiti of yesteryear. From elaborate portraits, tributes, and even animal friend murals, the ever changing city canvas gives something for every budding artist to admire. Grab your little Picasso and head outdoors to explore our favorite street side masterpieces in downtown Manhattan. (Keep an eye out for our our favorite street art in Queens, Brooklyn and beyond!)

For Cecil

Marvel at this beautiful, colorful mural dedicated to Cecil the Lion. (Adults will remember Cecil from the headlines—the famous and beloved African lion from Zimbabwe that was hunted down by an American big game hunter last year). Thanks to this beautiful art, Cecil will forever be the king of Little Italy.

Location: Mulberry Street between Grand and Hester Streets

Avocad’oh Homer


What’s life without avocado? Doh! Kids will scream “woo-hoo” for this fun cartoon of Homer Simpson inside an avocado. The bonus street art on either side of Homer makes this a triple treat.

Location: Kenmare and Mulberry Streets

MCA Tribute

Children will love this mural that phones in from the East Village. This fun street art pays tribute to MCA, a late member of the Beastie Boys, and an iconic scene from their infamous “(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (to Party!)” music video.

Location: 7th Street at 1st Avenue

Heart Wall


The First Street Garden Art Park holds many graffiti artworks, including the famous Heart Wall by Hektad. The bright pool of hearts are colorful and make for an amazing backdrop.

Location: First Street Garden; Entrance on 1st Street between 1st and 2nd Avenue.

Nature Wall

The forest comes alive in this mural! Kids will love these larger than life forest friends that cover the Rite Aid in the East Village. It’s truly wild treat for adults and children alike.

Location: Rite Aid Pharmacy; 5th Street and First Avenue

Bleeding Hearts Love Wall

All you need is love—and this amazing Love Wall by James Goldcrown. From engagements to photo shoots, this wall has seen it all. Hug it out with your little one in front of the famous wall for a fun family photo opp.

Location: Space NK in Nolita; Mott and Prince Streets

Photo credits: Beth Beckman

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