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Thursday, February 10, 2011

Tagged at 5 Pointz, Long Island City

5 Pointz, Queens
Photo by myself on Davis Street in Long Island City, in Queens. A warehouse just down the street from the 5 Pointz building.

On a desolate street in Long Island City, just a couple subway stops outside Manhattan, is one of the most visited monuments to graffiti art.

5 Pointz is a sprawling building of artist studios, and is absolutely covered with graffiti. The graffiti extends down the street, covering several buildings.

The incredible thing is that the 5 Pointz building allows itself to be tagged. Visitors flock from all over the world, bearing aerosol cans to add their mark to the building.

I'd seen and heard about this building for the longest time. Wednesday night I happened to be in the area, visiting a contractor's office. It was spooky to walk down the street, which was deserted and freezing.

5 Pointz, Queens
Set back from the street, the famed 5 Points building is covered with graffiti.

5 Pointz is located on Davis Street, just beyond Jackson Avenue. It is a short walk from the Court Square subway stops (E, M and G trains). You cannot miss it.

For the wiki entry about 5 Pointz, click here.
For the 5 Pointz website, including some incredible photos, click here.

Related posts: The Urban Art Form, Downtown, Pasted Up in the Meatpacking District and The Truth in Advertising, in the East Village

10 comments:

Olivier said...

je connaissais pas, c'est impressionnant , j'irais bien la visiter au mois de Mai mais j'ai pas trouve comment y aller ? il faut prendre quel metro ? merci

biebkriebels said...

You love it or not, I am not sure I do. I prefer the buildings as they are.

Jugler° thg said...

Yo!

Kitty said...

Hi Olivier!
If you do in the daytime, it will be much, much better. It was pretty spooky at night, and I didn't have a tripod.

I added the location information in the post. The building is officially located at 45-46 Davis Street, a short walk from the E, M and G trains, just a couple stops from Manhattan. It was fantastic. You will have a blast.

Hi Bieb
Ha, I can relate to you. It is definitely an acquired taste.

Ha and welcome Jugler!

WTakeuchi said...

Amazing place. You were brave to walk down a place deserted like that.

Luis Gomez said...

Great post. Thanks for the info.

toemail said...

Amazing place, never heard of it before, thanks!

Ken Mac said...

a fabulous post. Never heard of this. I like that you braved what could have been a dangerous situation to document the graffiti. Thanks for the addy too

Joanne said...

Cool place.... there was a classic film called THE WARRIORS that I think involved this place! Going to check it out:)

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