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15 Street Art in Midtown Manhattan to be enjoyed

15 street art in Midtown Manhattan

Do you love art? When you travel do you make it a point to see public monuments, sculptures, and statues? There is much street art in Midtown Manhattan to be seen.

In our research to develop a Tourist Scavenger Hunt in New York Midtown, we’ve come across much information, some of which can only be gleaned when doing the actual scavenger hunt.

However, we also wanted to share some of that information with you for your visit planning. Here are 13 pieces of street art in Midtown Manhattan, 7 of which are located within Bryant Park.

7 Street Art to see in Bryant Park

  1. William Cullen BryantWilliam Cullen Bryant
    • William Cullen Bryant (1794-1878) was an American romantic poet, journalist, and editor of the New York Evening Post. His statue is located prominently, incidentally, in Bryant Park.
  2. Gertrude Stein
    • Gertrude Stein (1874-1946) was an American novelist, poet, playwright and art collector. Her statue is located on the north side in Bryant Park.
  3. William Earl Dodge
    • William Earl Dodge (1805-1883) was a New York businessman, referred to as one of the Merchant Princes of Wall Street in the years leading up to the American Civil War. His statue is located on the north side of Bryant Park.
  4. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
    • Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832) was a German writer and statesman. He wrote, among other works, the poems Prometheus and the Sorcerer’s Apprentice. His bust is located on the south side of the park
  5. Josephine Shaw Lowell FountainJosephine Shaw Lowell Fountain
    • This magnificent fountain is on the west side of the park. Josephine Shaw Lowell (1843-1905) was a social worker and reformer. She is said to be the first woman to be honored by a major monument in New York City.
  6. José Bonifacio de Andrada e Silva
    • His full-bodied figure is located on 6th Ave near W 40th. José Bonifacio de Andrada (1763-1838) was a Brazilian statesman, naturalist, professor, and poet.
  7. Benito Juarez
    • Benito Juarez (1806-1872)’s bronze statue stands on the north-west corner of the park. He was a Mexican lawyer and liberal politician from the Oaxaca province.

8 Street Art to see elsewhere in Midtown Manhattan

  1. The Guardians: Hero
    • Erected in 2013, in the year of Italian Culture in the US, the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs donated this art piece by Antonio Pio Saracino. It is now located on the south side of W. 42nd, between 6th Ave and Broadway.
  1. Father DuffyFather Duffy
    • Located between 7th Ave and Broadway, W 46th and 47th stands Duffy Square. Francis Patrick Duffy (1871 to 1932) was a Canadian-American soldier, Roman Catholic priest, and military chaplain. He journeyed into the thick of battle to recover wounded soldiers and is the most highly decorated cleric in the history of the United States Army. He also conducted vital work in Hell’s Kitchen, 2 blocks to your left. You will find his statue here on the island that carries his name.
  2. George M CohanGeorge M. Cohan
    • Also located in Times Square, near Father Duffy’s statue, George M. Cohan’s (1878-1942) was a Broadway producer, playwright, composer, and actor.
  3. GlobeAtlas
    • Atlas is the Greek demigod carrying the weight of the world on his shoulders. He stands in front of St-Patrick’s Cathedral on 5th Ave, above 50th, on a 9-ft granite pedestal.
  4. Human Structures
    • Located at W 33rd St & 7th Ave, this tall art installation shows humans of all colors.
  5. James Gordon Bennett Memorial
    • Located at Herald Square, at E 33rd and Broadway, this memorial honors James Gordon Bennett (1795-1872). He was the founder of the New York Herald newspaper in 1835.
  6. Rockefeller Plaza Prometheus
    • This piece of art depicting Prometheus, the Greek god who brought fire to mankind, was unveiled at Rockefeller Plaza in 1934. It is the work of Paul Manship (1885-1966).
  7. Mankind FiguresMankind Figures (Maiden and Youth)
    • Unveiled in 1936, this art installation at Rockefeller Plaza is also the work of Paul Manship. Two figures face each other, flanking Prometheus from across the pool.

Note that Rockefeller Plaza itself, and its surrounding buildings, are covered with art sculptures, mosaics, and frescos.

Tourist Scavenger Hunts

We invite you to try our Tourist Scavenger Hunt in New York Midtown. This 2.5-hour guided walking tour takes you throughout Midtown Manhattan from Grand Central Terminal to Times Square, Rockefeller Center, and everything in between. You do it on your mobile phone (how it works).  It only costs $30 for your group (1 to 6 people). Moreover, you will enjoy this street art and much more while completing challenges and learning about Midtown’s history.

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