Space Invader in NYC: A Guide

Most street art fans are familiar with the work of French artist Invader. Taking his name from an early arcade game (and his style from those early 8-bit graphics), Invader began a global project in 1998 called Space Invaders, affixing tile mosaics to the sides of buildings. Today, his work can be found in large cities in dozens of major countries. He is one of the world's most famous (and still anonymous) street artists.

Invader has visited NYC several times and left behind numerous installations. Many, as happens often, have been removed, vandalized, or stolen. My aim is to create a list of all remaining pieces in NYC (as of summer 2018) that I have personally verified. If I am missing any, or if any are gone since I last saw them, please comment below!

Manhattan:

  1. Lower East Side: On Ludlow St, between E. Houston & Stanton, look across from the Hotel Indigo, for a classic Invader

  2. Lower East Side: Also on Ludlow, between Delancey & Broome, look up on the east side of the street for a crowned Invader.

  3. Lower East Side: On Broome St, between Allen & Eldridge, look above the pizza shop awning for Leonardo of the TMNT.

  4. Lower East Side: On Bowery, between Broome & Delancey, look up on the east side of the street for Michelangelo of the TMNT.

  5. Lower East Side: On the intersection of Kenmare & Mott, look above the doorway for a spray-can piece.

  6. Lower East Side: On Mulberry St, between Grand & Hester, look up on the east side of the street for superhero character.

  7. Lower East Side: On Bowery, between E. Houston & Stanton, look up on the east side of the street for a drinking Invader.

  8. Lower East Side: On Lafayette St, between Prince & Spring, look up on the east side of the street for a flowery Invader.

  9. Lower East Side: On Rivington St, near Freeman Alley, on the north side of the street, look down for a NY diamond design.

  10. Lower East Side: On Orchard St, between Stanton & Rivington, look up on the west side of the street for a soda can.

  11. Lower East Side: On Bowery, between Hester & Canal, look up on the fire escapes on the west side of the street, for a strip of Invaders.

  12. Chinatown: On Division & Orchard, look up on the west corner, for Raphael of the TMNT.

  13. Chinatown: On Canal St, btwn Rutgers & Ludlow, look up on the south side of the street for a classic Invader.

  14. East Village: On Avenue A, between E. 9th & E. 8th, look up on the corner for a classic Invader.

  15. East Village: On St Marks Place, look above Crooked Tree for a mosaic of Lou Reed.

  16. East Village: On Avenue A & E. 3rd, look up on the northeast corner for a classic Invader.

  17. East Village: On Bowery & Great Jones St, look up on the southwest corner for a beat-up Invader.

  18. East Village: On Houston & Bowery (to the left of the Bowery Mural), look up for a colorful Invader.

  19. West Village: On 6th Ave & Waverly Place, look above the diner for a burger-chomping Invader.

  20. West Village: On Minetta & Bleecker, look up above the cafe for two classic Invaders

  21. Chelsea: On W. 14th St, between 8th & 9th Aves, look up on the south side of the street for a large Big Apple Invader.

  22. Chelsea: On W. 22nd St, btwn 10th & 11th, look on the south side of the street for a Pac Man ghost-style Invader.

  23. Meatpacking District: On Gansevoort St, between 9th Ave & Washington St, on the north side, look up for a bomb Invader.

  24. Meatpacking District: On Gansevoort St, between 9th Ave & Washington St, on the north side, look up for a flying saucer.

  25. Meatpacking District: On Washington St, between E. 13th & Little W. 12th, look up on the west side, under the Standard hotel, for Buster Bunny

  26. Meatpacking District: On 10th Ave & W. 17th St, look above Artichoke Pizza for Donatello of the TMNT.

  27. Tribeca: On Thompson St, between Watts & Grand, look on the east side of the street for a battered Ramones mosaic.

  28. Tribeca: On Thompson St, between Watts & Grand, look on the east side of the street for a blue Invader.

  29. Tribeca: On Thompson St, between Broome & Watts, look up, on the west side of the building, for a rainbow Invader.

  30. Hudson Square: At Pier 40, look on the south end of the building for a classic Invader.

  31. Hudson Square: On Varick St, between Downing & Clarkson, look up on the west side of the street for a classic Invader.

  32. Upper East Side: On E 61st St, between 2nd & 3rd Aves, look up above a doorway on the south side of the street, for a key-holding Invader

  33. Upper East Side: On 2nd Ave, between E. 94th & E. 95th, look up on the west side of the street for a flowery Invader.

  34. Williamsburg Bridge: On the pedestrian path of this bridge, closer to Manhattan, just before the FDR Drive, look to the right on the tower. On the arch, there is a small Invader facing west.

Brooklyn:

  1. Bushwick: On Troutman St, between Wyckoff & Irving, keeping looking up on the west side of the street for a tribute to Cost & ENX.

  2. Bushwick: On Gardner St, between Johnson Ave & Randolph St, look up on the west side of the street for Joey Ramone.

  3. Williamsburg: On Bedford Ave, by N 5th St, look for an eye-level installation.

  4. Williamsburg: On Bedford Ave, by S 5th St, look up on the NE corner for a beat-up orange Invader.

  5. Williamsburg: On the SE corner of Metropolitan & Wythe, look up for a tribute to NYC graffiti legends Rev & Cost.

  6. South Williamsburg: At Broadway, between Keap & Rodney Sts, look above KidSuper for a classic Invader.

  7. Greenpoint: At the corner of Nassau & Kingsland, look above Vinnie's Pizzeria for pizza-munching Invader.

  8. Bed-Stuy: On St. Johns Place, between Utica & Rochester, look up on the south side of the street for a speeding Invader.

Any questions? Please comment below!

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