5pointz: “The Institute of Higher Burnin’”

5Pointz Aerosol Art Center

While on the subway to Queens, NY, I saw this building covered in graffiti artwork that was all good. I was coming back from our first day of New York Comic Con coverage, when I spotted 5Pointz for the first time. It completely stuck out from all the other buildings in New York that have crude tagged graffiti on them. This building was taken care of and the artwork was showcased with the real grit of New York. The graffiti sub-culture has always intrigued me but I am no where close to being an expert to talk about the subject.

Walking around the parameter you can you tell the community’s respect for the building because you would likely expect a hater or some punk graffiti artist try to deface or go over some of the works of art. That wasn’t the case, the building is a large property and I would suspect too large to watch all the time but there wasn’t any kind of defacing that I can see. The alleys were the most interesting parts because the surface area of art work. On the subway you can see the roof but you can’t access it without the staff and on the roof looked to be a skate park which would have been real nice to take some pictures of. I totally respect the folks that keep up with this building and what they are doing.


5Pointz Aerosol Art Center, Inc. is an outdoor art exhibit space in Long Island City, New York, considered to be the world’s premiere “graffiti Mecca,” where aerosol artists from around the globe paint colorful pieces on the walls of a 200,000-square-foot factory building. It is also open to the public but going on the roof or doing any professional photo or video shoots are prohibited without consent of the staff.

 Picture Gallery of 5Pointz:

Pictures taken by Photoequal


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