Tagging may be illegal in New York, but not on this extraordinarily Technicolor five-storey, block-long industrial warehouse located in Long Island, New York.
5 Pointz – the moniker “5 Pointz” signifies a unification of all five boroughs: Manhattan, The Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island – serves as a legal painting space for spray-painters (or as described by aficionados, “aerosol artists”) from around the world.
5 Pointz is the epicenter of the graffiti scene – and is even considered to be the world’s premiere “graffiti Mecca” (according to Wikipedia at least!). Murals are up between a week and a year before they are painted over, while the inside of the building serves as studios for 90 artists.
On any given day, 5 Pointz visitors can expect to find heavyset guys armed with aerosol canisters, rappers and break-dancers from the five boroughs and beyond, in addition to photographers, and annoying tourists-pretending-to-be-locals.
Sadly, there’s plans to redevelop the property to build high-rise residential towers, putting the future of 5 Pointz in jeopardy. So get out here before it happens!
5 Pointz Aerosol Arts Center (45-46 Davis St at Jackson Ave, 5ptz.com).
Just a few blocks away, you’ll find another major creative hub, worth a look too: MoMA PS1 (momaps1.org).