5 Pointz Long Island City Reviews
5 Pointz- outdoors art Sep 20, 2009
About 15 minutes away on the train from Grand Central Station, Long Island City where 5 pointz is located, is easy to reach.
I lived briefly in Sunnyside, the neighborhood bordering LIC, on the 7 train line. As my train emerged out of the tunnel onto elevated train tracks, I would pass a building covered with spray paint murals. Instead of being just ugly tags, a multiple networks of buildings were covered in whole pictures of scenes, some with anime, some with pictures of people, flowers, skulls, block writing, etc.
An out of town visitor later informed me this space is called 5 pointz, constantly evolving art work comprised of graffiti. The owner of the buildings wanted to give aerosol artists a blank canvas to create with the only rule to be inventive not just crappy scrawls of tags that most urban areas are vandalized with, and thus an amazing ever-growing artwork came into being. There are more pictures on the 5 pointz link in the meantime to see what this very NYC attraction holds. It's not on the mainstream well-known blip yet, as Times Square, or Empire State Building but it's worth stopping by.
There are no lines, no admission, no time limits to observe the outdoors facade, except for day light hours, a chance to see artists in their process, and a very unique look at urban art.
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