BronxNet News Coverage


May 1, 2019


Where Graffiti is New and Old-School

Meet the Newest Writers and the Legends


The NYC Graffiti Events Center Returns to East Harlem


Contact Information:

James Top, Director



NYC Graffiti Events Center

@ Galeria del Barrio

162 ½ East 104th Street

New York, NY 10029


Gallery Hours

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday - 2-7 pm



After a successful run in 2018, the NYC Graffiti Events Center returns to Galeria del Barrio, 162 ½ East 104th Street, with an exciting line-up of events. The director of the Center is graffiti-legend, James Top who has been acknowledged locally and internationally for his work. The summer schedule includes:


Gallery Shows - The Best of Old-School Graffiti Art and Up-and-Coming Artists with Special Shows featuring the work of artists connected with the East Harlem community.


May 24-28 

Graffiti Art: The Image, The Words, The Meaning


This is a groundbreaking show. People frequently jump to the conclusion that graffiti art is for the young but the new artists featured in this show are seniors. They immersed themselves in the art form at the Harlem Senior Center at Pelham Fritz Recreation Center, learning the technique, style, and history of graffiti art. Their work is accomplished and their stories about the creative process are compelling. The opening show at the NYC Graffiti Events Center will include presentations and discussions by the student artists. They will describe their work and their experiences in the course. In addition, James Top will discuss the importance of graffiti art as the precursor to other urban art forms. A similar program is planned for the Harlem Senior Center.


June 1-27 

Anoranzas de Los Barrios (Longing for my Neighborhoods): Selected Works by David Gonzalez and Edwin Pagan of Seis del Sur


Photographers David Gonzalez and Edwin Pagain share images from their archives of an increasingly vanishing Latino New York, whose cultural idiosyncrasies are being homogenized--and its people displaced--by rapid and unresrained develpment.


Gonzalez and Pagan are founding members of the acclaimed Bronx-based photo collective Seis de Sur, which also includes Joe Conzo, Ricky Flores, Angel Franco, and Francisco Molina Reyes II.


David Gonzalez is both a photographer and journalist. He is the co-editor of the New York Times Lens blog and writes the biweekly Side Street column for the paper’s Metro section. Edwin Pagán has chronicled urban life with an insider's point-of-view and created a body of work that reflects the tenacity and dignity of the people who lived through tumultuous times in NYC.


July 6-27-

Graffiti 2019 - 20th Anniversary Show

This year’s show features the best work of contemporary and honors the history of graffiti by including the work of graffiti artists from the 1970’s.


August 3-31

Ladies First - Annual Premier Group Show

In 2012, James Top started featuring the art of women graffiti artists in an annual show. This year, the Center continues the tradition with an outstanding selection of work by women in the field. Although women have been a part of graffiti art from the start, it has been a complicated relationship. Girlfriend or writer? Tagalong or tag writer? The women of graffiti have had to assert themselves and take their well-earned place alongside male graf writers.


August 24 - August 25

Graffiti Hall of Fame Painting Festival

Once again, James Top is staging an exciting weekend at the Graffiti Hall of Fame, Park Avenue and 106th Street. It is an opportunity for new artists to meet the the stars of graffiti art and mingle with the public. There will be music, live performances, and surprise guests.


Graffiti Tours ($25/person)

Every Tuesday and Thursday, leaving from the Center at 1 pm. Tours are led by graffiti artists. For more information, check the NYC Graffiti Art Events Center


History of Graffiti Classes ($25/class/person)

July 3, 6:30-8:30 pm - The Tag

July 10, 6:30-8:30 pm  - The Bomb

July 17,6:30-8:30 pm  - The Masterpiece

July 24, 6:30-8:30 pm - Graffiti Art vs.Street Art


September 4, 6:30-8:30 pm - The Tag

September 11, 6:30-8:30 pm  - The Bomb

September 18, 6:30-8:30 pm  - The Masterpiece

September 25, 6:30-8:30 pm - Graffiti Art vs.Street Art


Classes are held at the Center - 162 ½ East 104th Street

Register for classes on the NYC Graffiti Events Center website



The NYC Graffiti Art Events Center is supported by Hope Community, Inc., a community-based, not-for-profit affordable housing organization that supports cultural arts and economic development in East Harlem.