Every year or so, I plan a walk in the heart of Brooklyn looking for graffiti or paintings that abound in the borough. With a sanitized, gentrified and overpriced Manhattan, artists, and not only them, were pushed out and together with them their creativity that leaves space in the island only for the (lots of) money making enterprises.
It is not surprising to hear that if you really want to see cutting edge art and productions you have to go in Brooklyn and to no surprise the Brooklyn Academy of Music hosts many spectacular European and world productions that would hardly be of any interest to the hoards of tourists who trample the Manhattan island.
But even Brooklyn nowadays is getting gentrified and invaded by new expensive buildings, all labeled luxury, in neighborhoods that till just few years ago were labeled as poor. The old industrial Dumbo clogged by storage and old brick building who till recently hosted a spectacular art festival, Williamsburg, for many years ago a hideout of artists or the quiet Polish Greenpoint all were invaded by new companies pushed out from Manhattan and their relatively highly paid employees who changed their fabric and pushed the rents higher and higher. So many artists who could not afford these rents anymore moved to Bushwick, joining the hundreds that were there for quite a while.
Bushwick art scene is thriving and you can tell by the numerous art festivals that it hosts and the numerous graffiti that adorn garage doors, walls or entire buildings, spectacular works done by artists who probably many have their studios throughout the neighborhood.
Unfortunately we missed the last week art festival and decided on a whim to walk today the streets of Brooklyn that still somehow are able to preserve a faint flavor of what New York used to be some years ago.