Photographer's Note

In recent years I’ve developed a passion for street art. I frequently visit art hotspots in Manhattan, but a few days ago I visited the amazing street art neighborhood of Bushwick, Brooklyn. In the years prior to 2000 crime was high, and Bushwick was not a place people visited. It’s still a largely industrial area, but things have turned around considerably, and it’s now home to many young, creative artists. Small bars and coffee shops have popped up, too.

Bushwick is also home to a group of artists called the Bushwick Collective, and the amount of outstanding artwork in the area is truly amazing. The collective was started by Bushwick resident Joseph Ficalora. In 2013 he decided that the best way he could heal after the tragic murder of his father back in 1991 was to start a transformative Graffiti and Street Art project. He contacted artists from around the world, asking them to come and paint many of the local industrial buildings.

This mural is part of work called “Deconstructed Biggie” by Dominican artist Ruben Ubiera. Biggie Smalls, a.k.a. the Notorious B.I.G., was a rapper from Brooklyn, and many people consider him one of the greatest rappers of all time. Unfortunately, Biggie died in 1997 at the age of 24, after being fatally shot in Los Angeles, California.

In the WS are two more examples of the endless art. I easily saw more than 100 different pieces.

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