NYC: Graffitis in Brooklyn

Brookyn graffiti - The cat, you and us

How would be like to live in Brooklyn?

During our time in New York we visited one of the most famous neighborhoods in Brooklyn, called Williamsburg. It is known for being a trendy area, with interesting shops, local businesses, good eating spots and lots, looots of wonderful & colorful graffitis.

I follow a handful of bloggers who live in New York, and some of them have progressively moved, these last years, from Manhattan to different neighborhoods in Brooklyn, like Greenpoint or even Williamsburg. They share how it is like to live there, their favorite place to have brunch, or the best store to get a hold of that perfect vintage dress.

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We spent a complete day in the neighborhood, although mostly in the Williamsburg area, starting with a brunch at Reunion, admiring the graffiti art, and wondering how would we fit there. We even entered their big Whole Foods supermarket and discussed what we would buy among their large cheese selection, ha! I think Brooklyn sold it for Dani when he saw that they have specialty coffee from the most famous roasters in New York like Grumpy or Toby’s Estate inside the Whole Foods, what?! we would never dream to have this variety in a supermarket in Barcelona, sighs.

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We had an incredible brunch at Reunion, but I would have gladly eaten another Joe’s pizza slice (we tried their Carmine location instead another day).

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I was super impressed by the realism in these graffitis. I couldn’t believe my eyes as we don’t have this style here in Barcelona and it was the first time watching one up this close.

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Hey there! This gentleman from this little oyster bar (Maison Premier) was super sweet!

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Hi there! Can you see us in this neon bar window?

We do have another connection with this neighborhood, my engagement ring came from Catbird, a tiny jewelry store in Bedford Avenue. It was very special to be for the first time ever inside their store browsing all the beautiful delicate jewelry they craft, while secretly wishing there was an excuse to buy another little piece. I am very smitten with their twisted stacked ring.

However I did score some clothing as souvenir from this trip at Madewell, a brand we unfortunately don’t have here in Barcelona. I loved all their summer collection so much that I think my wallet is thankful it is still not available in Barcelona, ha! I bought a cute “Staycation” stripey t-shirt and a new headscarf with Nashville vibes for my collection. Do you usually buy at Madewell?

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Loved how these suitcases from a vintage store displayed on the street give a 3d feeling to the graffiti! Also, anyone else ready to pack a suitcase?

Well, I think that by now you have already guessed our veredict: yes, we loved it! yes, we would gladly live here. Wait for us Brooklynites! – just kidding, Barcelona has still another chapter in our story, but Brooklyn comes in a very close second place.

Have you ever considered how would be your life somewhere else? Have you considered moving to a place opposite to the place you are living in right now? I would love to read your thoughts!

9 Comments / 3 

  1. Fiona - 8th August 2017

    Oh it looks so beautiful there, the graffiti is amazing! I think I could definitely live there – beautiful and inspiring photos as always guys :) :) Been missing your posts but I completely understand blogging for enjoyment and when you have time xoxo

    • We reply...

      Thanks dearest Fee! I have lately found myself struggling to get inspiration, so I wait until it comes, ha! However I think the late summer vacations we are taking this next week will help me with the motivation :) I’d like to take September with renewed energy! Big love <3

  2. Jennifer - 8th August 2017

    Funny that you call these graffiti, in the states I think most people would describe them as murals. I don’t think it is a language barrier thing. I think other countries view graffiti as a much higher art than in the USA. But then again, most graffiti (aka street art that isn’t commissioned) is pretty crummy. I know in Philadelphia they started doing murals around town to try and cut down on the graffiti. They figured if there was something nice, people would be less likely to tag their names on buildings. And it actually has worked! It was funny since I was in a train where a parent was trying to explain to their kids the difference between murals and graffiti- basically one is legal and the other isn’t.

    • We reply...

      Super interesting Jennifer! I think you are completely right, it’s more an art consideration thing, but at the same time it makes perfect sense to distinguish between those sloppy names written on the walls to the beautiful ones. In fact just came to my mind that a similar thing to what you explain about Philadelephia happens in Barcelona with regards of the shops shutters, to avoid those ugly name tags lots of shop owners commission a nice one and it definitely works. Biggest hug!

  3. Nieves - 8th August 2017

    Qué maravilla de graffitis, los he podido disfrutar todos, pues ayer no los podía ver en su totalidad. Gracias por traernos este arte urbano, qué está para qué todos podamos disfrutar en la pinacoteca más justa, qué es la calle. Estáis muy guapos!

  4. Louise - 12th August 2017

    I have definitely been loving your wardrobe choices on this NYC trip, but that headscarf tops it off. It looks so sweet on you! :D
    Living in a city like NYC really scares me, I’d much rather have a place in the countryside — even though NYC is really brilliant. It’s just too busy for me to be able to really live there…maybe. I only know it until I tried, right? ;)

    • We reply...

      Oh thank you a lot Louise! :) I always gravitate between a big city or the most remote house on the countryside. But I think the city always ends tempting me too much with all the food opportunities, hahahahaha, can’t help it. Big big big hug!

  5. Audrey | Brunch at Audrey's - 14th August 2017

    Madewell is my roomie’s favourite store! I enjoy shopping there from time to time as well :) // I love street art! I feel like it’s a fantastic lens to explore the city through :) -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

    • We reply...

      Thanks Audrey!! Definitely, I think the street art is one of the greatest assets giving that special character to Brooklyn :) Hugs!!!

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