In 1973, almost every New York subway train was covered in graffiti. Artists like Fab 5 Freddy gained star status thanks to the graffiti-covered trains that carried their tags from borough to borough throughout the city. Then came the clean train movement, and the last graffiti-covered train was taken out of service in 1989.
Soon after, artists took to the city’s rooftops and streets. Head to Crosby Street in SoHo, where contemporary graffiti artists are still at work. After, stop by Saturdays (check the Saturdays article) for a speciality blend La Colombe coffee.
Special tip: Don’t miss the COST tags by artist Adam Cole (pictured above). These tags have had New Yorkers buzzing for almost 30 years, starting in the 1990s when The New York Times ran an article about his mysterious messages that appeared all over the city. With SoHo now gentrified beyond recognition for anybody who knew it a few decades ago, Crosby Street is, on the surface, still a great spot to catch a glimpse of old New York.