Street Art

The next stay in New York had to be different. Now I think that the very first stay there should have already been like that. I finally felt that I began to understand people who were fascinated with that city and who keep on saying that ‘New York is the best city in the world’. Although one can argue with such a view, one simply cannot deny that New York is indeed in the big league of the best cities. Once again we get the confirmation that theme tours, whose assumption is to walk across, allow us to see much more than we originally thought. Going through the map of the Big Apple based on the location of murals and street art, we got to know workers and their eating places, artists, hipsters, poor people, many Poles, destroyed and renovated parts of the city – I took photographs of everything with my LG G4. It was loud but it was also quiet sometimes. Once it even got a little dangerous. We looked for Banksy’s which is no longer there because it was covered with paint. On a number of occasions we were joined by passers-by who, having heard that we were taking photographs of street art, were leading us to places which we wouldn’t have normally found on our own. Today we are proud to present to you the map of New York which you surely don’t know. The New York whose parts are covered with paint by its inhabitants in order to express and change something.

Bronx

There is only one association with this borough – don’t show up here after dusk because it is dangerous here. That is why we didn’t check what this place looks like in the dark but in the daylight it is a colourful district, not only thanks to the murals but also because of racial diversity. It takes just one glance to see that there are more inhabitants of Latino descent here that in any other part of the city. The name of the borough comes from the name of Jonas Bronck, a Swedish immigrant who was the first to settle down in this area. It is located in the northern part of the city. Among other things, the stadium of New York Yankees baseball team is located here, as well as the largest zoo in the US and the biggest botanic garden in the world.

































































Brooklyn

Until 1898 it was a separate city which developed from a little settlement with a vibrant name of Breuklen established by the Dutch. It grew thanks to Manhattan prosperity, becoming one of the most populated places in the US. It was the inhabitants themselves who spoke in favour of joining New York and eventually, Brooklyn became the fifth borough but maintained its county status. Brooklyn is called the city of trees and the city of houses. It is connected with the fact that this district is the ‘bedroom’ for the inhabitants who work in Manhattan. Whereas the name ‘city of trees’ results from a large number of parks located in this district. The majority of Brooklyn are residential districts. Interestingly, it is the place where the immigrants who come to New York take their first steps. It makes the borough colourful, alive and change constantly – in terms of both ethnicity and culture.




























































































































































Manhattan

The main association – Woody Allen, although the murals did not play the biggest role there:) It is the smallest but the most crowded district of New York. The Wall Street financial center is located here, as well as numerous tourist attractions. The district is inhabited by the richest inhabitants of New York, businessmen and bankers. This inner center looks like it is always crowded and that traffic never ceases there. Apart from people who commute to work every day, there also tourists because here there are such attractions as Downtown, Fifth Avenue or World Trade Center.


























































Queens

It is one of New York’s five boroughs and a county in the state of New York. It is situated in the western part of Long Island, separated with East River Strait from Manhattan island. It also consists of a few small islands, the most of them are in Jamaica Bay and Gateway National Recreation Area. The original name of the borough is Queen Catherine of Branganza, which was the name of the Portuguese wife of the King of England, Charles the Second. Originally, it was one of 12 rural regions of the New York State. In 1870 Long Island City was created from the Astoria village and the part of the territory of Newton. Long Island City, Newton, Flushing, Jamaica and the part of Hempstead were also included in a new borough of New York –Queens (1898). However, the part of the rural area of Queens was not incorporated in the huge metropolis, namely Hempstead and Oyster Bay.







































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