During the weekends, the 5 Pointz welcomes aerosol artists, rappers and dancers from around the world, who transform the once barren sides of a yellow warehouse into a bright spectacle of public art.
Opened in 2001, the 5 Pointz is an outdoor graffiti space, where aerosol artists are given free reign and freedom from arrest. Even without police interference, the 5 Pointz is not home to mayhem and anarchy. With 200,000 square feet of surface to paint, the warehouse is curated by artist Jonathan Cohen who schedules times for artists to work and requires a sample from aerosol painters wishing to add their work to the warehouse.
Since opening more than 10 years ago, the 5 Pointz has connected a diverse group of artists from around the world, and has even attracted celebrities to its stylized exterior. Named for the five boroughs of New York, the warehouse has become a center of the graffiti world.
Unfortunately, the space's prime location in Long Island City could result in its demolition in the next few years. Although the owner of the building has allowed for the art to flourish, a plan for development into two residential high-rises, could the life of the rogue public art project that has become an icon in New York.