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Queens is major stomping floor. It has been for generations – from the Long Island Railroad in Jamiaca. to Roosevelt Avenue in Jackson Heights. At the convert of the century, Queen’s 7-line train, rooftops, tunnels, and streets ended up infamous for their graffiti. From 74th street and Roosevelt Avenue all the way up to Flushing Primary Road, graffiti was rampant. But then with elected officers like Mayor Rudy Giuliani and District Lawyer Peter Vallone, it became scarce. These politicians, alongside prosecutors and judges, came down heavily on graffiti writers. Several years went by with very tiny motion on the 7 line. Then arrived the pandemic.

Although most New Yorkers secluded themselves indoors all through the early months of the pandemic, an impassioned minority ventured outdoors to make their mark on the city’s newly abandoned streets, storefronts and partitions.  An overall new generation of ILLicit creatives with an irrepressible urge to “get up” was born. In an ongoing new series, Road Art NYC will highlight them, whilst also shelling out homage to veteran writers who are “pushing it forward.” This 1st in our collection — spanning all 5 boroughs — focuses on the markings in Queens. The graphic higher than capabilities Genuine. A number of much more pictures lately captured in Queens follow:

Anso

Boni and Kitty

Pure

Angr and Tav

Faes and Sic

MTNW

Post and shots by the Pushing It Forward Collective



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