Updated: Apr 2, 2021
Tourists flock to Troutman Street in Brooklyn, NY for a chance to visit one of the most vibrant open-air galleries of street art in the world. Curated and conceived by Bushwick local Joe Ficalora, the project sprung from personal pain and tragedy. After the murder of his father and death of his mother, Joe sought to transmute his grief by transforming his neighborhood. Joe’s vision drew legendary graffiti artists like Blek Le Rat, Case Ma’Claim, and Pixel Pancho to create and showcase original works from corner to corner. Now a fully fledged non-profit, the Collective hosts a legendary block party each summer, invigorating local businesses while celebrating community.