Any visitor strolling along a Manhattan street will soon notice the hurried stride of a native New Yorker. But before you pick up your pace and try to blend in, remember that in the everyday hustle and bustle many a jaded local will fail to fully notice the quirky architecture and vibrant street art of this glorious, culture-steeped metropolis. With this in mind – and after discovering how little he knew about his adoptive city – German-Maltese artist Sascha Mombartz decided to read up on the sights and the lesser-known stories behind them, and impart that knowledge to travellers and Gothamites alike via his tour concept ArtWalk.
Come rain or shine, knowledgeable guides lead two-hour jaunts through either SoHo or The Bowery, covering off one mile and some 20 sights including The Wall by Forrest Myers, a striking art installation that straddles an otherwise dull concrete edifice on Broadway; Walter de Maria’s hidden-away New York Earth Room, which – you guessed it – is a space that has been filled with 197 cubic metres of soil since 1977; and the imposing, mind-boggling Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art building. Your desired timeslot completely booked out? Fret not! Mombartz has just released a handy new app that will take you on your own private journey. Slip on some comfy shoes and hit that sidewalk!
Call +1 347 394 3307 / book online at artwalk.city