Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Graffiti Art Mecca In Long Island City: 5 POINTZ

Not far from the MOMA/P.S.1 is a large scale collage of graffiti art covering a converted warehoouse full of artist studios. It is called 5 POINTZ, named after the 5 boroughs of NYC: Manhattan, Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn and Staten Island. The art of famous and novice graffiti artists covers the building's facade, all done with the permission and encouragement of the building's owner. The building has gained prestige and fame. Magazines such as “Glamour” have featured articles about it, and big fashion corporations such as H&M use the walls for backdrop in their photo-shoots. I made some of the images from the elevated 7 subway train.


Visiting Times: Informally open mornings and afternoons during the week and on weekends. Occasional events on the weekend.

Address: 5 Pointz, Jackson Avenue at Crane Street and Davis Street, the whole block, Long Island City, NY 11101

Directions by Car:

  • Queensboro Bridge to Queens Blvd, right on Jackson Ave, left on Purves.
  • Midtown Tunnel/LIE-East exit at Van Alst and follow 21st St, turn right on Jackson, and right on Crane.
  • LIE-West exit Van Dam, right on Van Dam, left on Thompson, left on Jackson, and left on Crane.
Subways: E, V subways to 23 St/Ely Ave., 7 to 45 Rd/Court House Sq., G to Court House Square.

Buses: Q67 to Jackson and 46th Ave. B61 to 46th Ave.


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The Nomadic Pinoy said...

Oh, I see these from the subway but never had a chance to go down and see them up close.

Noel Y. C. said...

I was a little intimidated at first, but became more comfortable when I saw a photoshoot in one area of 5 Pointz. It's worth visiting, I thought.