5pointz, Long Island City

March 2, 2008

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5 Pointz in Long Island City is right across the street from the wonderful contemporary art museum, PS1. Here’s a little description:

“Just blocks from P.S. 1 is 5 Pointz, the Institute of Higher Burnin’. Not a museum or gallery, 5 Pointz is a living collage of graffiti art covering a converted warehouse full of artist studios. The art of famous and novice graffiti artists covers the building’s facade, all done with the encouragement of the building’s owner. It’s a well-known sight from the elevated 7 subway, which runs behind 5 Pointz. Admire the art all around the outside, or head upstairs to the roof for more graffiti and great views of LIC and Manhattan.” – John Roleke

Like any art gallery, participation in this graffiti art collage is by invite only, and artists must present a portfolio (usually called a blackbook) which contains among other things, sketches of potential graffiti.

It’s definitely worth a visit if you’re in the area and lends itself to return visits, since the art is constantly changing. It’s a beautiful, constantly changing, collaborative piece of work.


Adam took these shots during various visits of ours to 5 Pointz. The one above of guys painting the wall was taken in May 2006 during ‘Old Timers Day’ when some of the best known taggers from the 80s and early 90s got together to work on this wall.

Click HERE to see more of his shots of 5 Pointz.

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