New York Diary #9: Photo tour of 5 Pointz – New York’s Graffiti Mecca

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).

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6 comments

  1. So sorry to hear that this wonderful tribute to street art will be torn down or renovated into condos (I assume)…sigh…don’t we have enough boring, yuppy high rises in the world? Thanks for sharing the beautiful photos! I used to live in Brooklyn, and it really makes me sad knowing this icon will be gone!

  2. Eve

    Thanks for your comment @tenaciousbitch. I couldn’t agree more… As if New York needed more High-rise residential complexes… Heartbreaking 😦

  3. Eve

    @Cristian V. Photography Well, we live in Sydney, Australia… The two cities are almost 16,000 km apart! So technically, you’re closer to New York than we are and you should definitely go there one day 😉

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