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10 Must-See Murals in Harlem

10 Must-See Murals in Harlem
A panel by BG 183 at the Graffiti Hall of Fame.

From decades-old murals that have undergone renovations to more recent subway art commissioned by the MTA, here's a shortlist of the best murals in Harlem—and where to find them.

Use it to go on your own personal tour, from south to north:


1. Graffiti Hall of Fame by various artists

East Harlem Park Ave and E 106th St

This mural spelling out "Harlem" at the Graffiti Hall of Fame was updated in August by Bronx-based artists Tats Cru and others.

2. Young Gifted & Harlem by Ronald Draper

Central Harlem Morningside Ave and W 120th st

Contemporary artist Ronald Draper's mural covers an entire wall of PS 180 Hugo Newman, inspiring both its young students and passersby.

3. Spirit of Harlem by Louis Delsarte

Central Harlem Southeast corner of 125th St and Frederick Douglass Blvd

Commissioned by North Fork Bank in 2005, this colorful glass mosaic was bricked over by a sneaker store in 2017. After a public outcry, it was quickly restored.

“Spirit of Harlem" mosaic mural by Louis Delsarte

Central Harlem 125th Street station on the 2 and 3 lines, Lenox Ave/Malcolm X Blvd and 125th St

This series of glass mosaic murals along the 125th Street subway platform shows various historical figures, from Malcolm X to Josephine Baker, flying over well-known Harlem locations.

"Flying Home: Harlem Heroes and Heroines" by Faith Ringgold

5. Planet Harlem by Paul Deo

Central Harlem Northwest corner of Malcolm X Blvd and 126th St

A playful mural depicting everyone from Langston Hughes to Barack Obama coming together to rejoice in their achievements.

Planet Harlem mural by Paul Deo

6. Crack Is Wack by Keith Haring

East Harlem Crack is Wack Playground, E 127th St and Second Ave

Thanks to a restoration in 2019, Keith Haring’s Crack Is Wack mural on a handball court—first painted in 1986, at the height of the crack epidemic—is just like new.

7. Dizzy Gillespie by Brandan Bmike Odums and Marthalicia Matarrita

Central Harlem 229 W 135th St between Adam Clayton Powell Jr. and Frederick Douglass Blvds

This towering mural—it takes up the whole wall of a building—celebrates the famous jazz artist's 100th birthday.

Dizzy Gillespie by Brandan Bmike Odums and Marthalicia Matarrita

West Harlem Northwest corner of Amsterdam Ave and Hamilton Pl

Using Georges Seurat's famous pointillist painting as inspiration, Eva Cockcroft put her own spin by depicting various African Americans enjoying a leisurely afternoon. Originally painted in 1986, the mural was restored in 2009.

"Homage to Seurat: La Grande Jatte in Harlem" mural by Eva Cockcroft

9. Parade by Derek Fordjour

Central Harlem 145th Street Station on the 3 line, Lenox Ave and 145th St

These dazzling glass mosaics celebrate Harlem's legacy of parades via rows of impossibly limber line majors, hip-swaying dancers, and feathered-hat wearing drummers.

"Parade" mosaic mural by Derek Fordjour

Central Harlem Bill "Bojangles" Robinson Playground, 269 W 150th St between Adam Clayton Powell Jr. and Frederick Douglass Blvds

This recently-restored mural of Bill "Bojangles" Robinson is right across the street from the Dunbar Apartments, where the famed tap dancer once lived.

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1 comentário

Alexandra Mckay
Alexandra Mckay
26 de abr. de 2023

These murals are beautiful!

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