|5 Pointz is like an outdoor gallery–credit|
If you’ve taken the 7 train from Manhattan to Queens, you know the view—the Manhattan skyline, the Citibank building, the giant red Silvercup Studios sign, and one more unusual thing—the warehouse-looking building completely covered in graffiti. That’s 5 Pointz. To those in the know, 5 Pointz is no run-of-the-mill site of vandalism. It’s New York’s “graffiti mecca” acknowledged the world over. Long Island City, where it’s located, holds the highest concentration of art studios and galleries in the city. It’s no surprise, then, that the neighborhood is home to this impressive display of aerosol art.
Right across from PS1 MoMA, 5 Pointz exists as a sort of outdoor gallery, with artist Meres One as its curator. You’ll find graffiti tags, pop culture references and portraits decorating the walls of the former factory.
|Is graffiti an art form?–credit|
To say that graffiti is a controversial art form is an understatement. My own mother wastes no opportunity to admonish it (she does the same thing to tattoos). Our Queens home was vandalized a few times, with tags scribbled on our garage door and fence. A violation of private property is understandably upsetting. But 5 Pointz is different. With over 350 vibrant murals, the landmark offers a non-judgmental space for street art and a chance for a layperson to appreciate it, whether at street level or from the elevated 7 train.
Threats to tear down this public art project have been looming for a while. As Long Island City grows in popularity, developers try to capitalize. Plans are in place to build apartments where 5 Pointz stands now. Locals and art enthusiasts are up in arms at the prospect. Even those with little interest in street art will likely notice when the colorful, cultural display is gone.
|Bugs Bunny and friends –credit|
|The 4 subway train–credit|
|What will happen to 5 Pointz?-credit|
Since we wrote this post, sadly, 5 Pointz has been demolished. The project was located at 45-46 Davis Street in Long Island City, Queens.