The art form that defines New York City more than any other? Graffiti. The creative medium—which first came to the city in the 1960s—has become an indelible and beloved part of the urban landscape. When Long Island City’s famed 5Pointz mural—long heralded as a mecca for aerosol artists—was torn down to make way for a residential complex in 2014, the uproar was global.
But there’s still plenty to see. Scroll down for a look at the city’s most phenomenal spray-painted scrawls, from a storied schoolyard showcase to a scattered display that’s (quite literally) for the birds.
Know any out-of-towners looking to see these spectacular works in person? Join a walking excursion led by Brooklyn Unplugged Tours or Runstreet. For an even more “breathtaking” experience, sign up for Runstreet’s Art Run (founder/runner Marnie Kunz talks about her art and fitness inspiration here). Jog and gawk!