Once a year, the who’s who in street art gather for two-days in August to paint and play. The music is loud, spirits are high, and incredible murals are created. The Graffiti Hall of Fame stretches between 106th and 107th Streets, alongside the elevated Metro North train on Park Avenue in El Barrio. Known to Street Artists since 1980, and now a tourist destination, it is rarely open (except by private tour) to the public. But once a year, James Top, Executive Director of this iconic Wall, invites us to watch the magic.
Take a walk with us down the steps into the 2019, 39th Edition of The Graffiti Hall of Fame in East Harlem, August 24-25th.
Looking to formally establish a place where graffiti artists could hone their craft in a safe space, Harlem community leader Ray “Sting Ray” Rodriguez dubbed the concrete walls of the now Jackie Robinson Educational Complex’s schoolyard the Graffiti Hall of Fame, and it has been attracting some of the best street artists in the world for more than 30+ years.
Several large cubes, a new addition this year, filled the space between the walls, adding more canvas for many more artists.
James Top (above) in front of his wall extending the length of the northern section of the complex.
This year, you will recognize the work of TATS CRU,BG183, BIO, NICER, BLEN167, COPE 2, MERES, DEZ, DUSTER UA, KING BEE, VASE, SPHERE, NOVER, PHETUS, CHRISRWK, HEK TAD, SHIRO, MODUS, DONTAY TC5, and many others.
Below, limited supply of Hall of Fame, 225 pages of street art history beginning in 1981 through 2012.
The Graffiti Hall of Fame is located at 106th Street and Park Avenue, in the courtyard/playground of the Jackie Robinson Educational Complex. For private tour information, contact James Top at Graffiti NYC TV or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Board of Education is the landlord, however there is no budget for this annual Event. The Event is Free, donations are greatly appreciated.
Take a look back at the 38th Edition of The Graffiti Hall of Fame.
While you’re there, take a look at the murals at White Park just east of Lexington Avenue along 106th Street; go behind the scenes at the #100GatesProject in EastHarlem and several of the gates painted during that summer ~ take a look at a new edition on El Barrio’s Guerrilla Wall on East 116th Street + NYC Parks’ Art in the Parks along with Creative Courts and Facebook Artist-in-Residence asphalt mural project in Marcus Garvey Park, East Harlem.
Restoration on Keith Haring’s mural Crack is Wack is in progress in the playground on Second Avenue between 127th/128th Streets.
Uptown GrandScale is a summer mural installation sponsored by Uptown Grand Central along 125th Street to the east of Metro North and west of Metro North, with 50 artists concluding their work in time for the annual East Harlem festival, Party on Park.
If you see yourself, tag yourself, and we’ll do the same.