5 Pointz – Queens, New York - Atlas Obscura
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Queens, New York

5 Pointz

A graffiti Mecca welcoming artists from around the world. 

Sorry, 5 Pointz is permanently closed.

During the weekends, 5 Pointz welcomed aerosol artists, rappers and dancers from around the world, who transformed the once barren sides of a yellow warehouse into a bright spectacle of public art.

Opened in 2001, 5 Pointz was an outdoor graffiti space, where aerosol artists were given free reign and freedom from arrest. With 200,000 square feet of surface to paint, the warehouse was curated by artist Jonathan Cohen who scheduled times for artists to work and required a sample from aerosol painters wishing to add their work to the warehouse. Named for the five boroughs of New York, the warehouse became a center of the graffiti world.

Update: Unfortunately, the whole building was painted over in November 2013 and demolished in 2014 to make way for new development.

Update: The space has been demolished and replaced with luxury apartments.

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Visible from 7 train to Court Square