Updated: Dec 1, 2019
New York is an extremely expensive city, especially if you want to enjoy some of the incredible art on show. But it doesn't have to be that way, there is lots of unique art to see which will cost you absolutely nothing to enjoy! All it costs you is getting there (and if you are a good walker, you can even skimp on that.)
So here are my first 5 ART HISTORICAL NEW YORK for FREE tips:
1. Banksy: “Hammer Boy”
to be found on 79th Street, just east of Broadway, on Manhattan’s Upper West Side
The plain black stencil depicts a small boy holding a giant hammer, effectively turning an outdoor fire alarm into an impromptu high striker game.
972 5th Ave, New York, NY 10075, Upper East Side (Near Metropolitan Museum of Art)
This wonderful house in the style of a palatial residence is inspired by Parisian decorative arts of the beginning of the 20th century and has been faithfully preserved. It also houses a great little French bookshop!
1047 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025, Upper West Side (Near Columbia University)
See charming small bronze animal sculptures created by children from NYC and the tri-state area around a 40-foot high bronze sculpture by Cathedral Artist-in-Residence Greg Wyatt that weaves together several representations of the conflict between good and evil.
4. HOMELESS JESUS, TIMOTHY P. SCHMALZ
1047 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025, Upper West Side
Homeless Jesus (2017), a bronze sculpture of a life-sized person asleep on a bench, one of about 100 castings on display worldwide. Christian sculptor Timothy Schmalz was inspired when he saw a homeless person on a bench in Toronto.
He named the statue Matthew 25, in reference to a quote from that gospel - "Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me."
5. A New York Apocalypse
Part of the entry portal to St John the Divine Cathedral on 1047 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025, Upper West Side
On the Portal of Paradise on the western façade of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in Manhattan are sculptures of the end of modern New York, carved in 1990. The Brooklyn Bridge is breaking in two, a bus plummeting from it into the water while waves rise up over the toppling skyline. People run in a panic below the Stock Exchange, and next to them a scorpion, snake, and other signs of pestilence swarm a skeleton.