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5 Pointz

Map & Directions 45-46 Davis St.
Long Island City, NY 11101


Village Voice's Description

5 Pointz: The Institute of Higher Burning is described as the world's premiere "graffiti Mecca." That about covers it. This decaying 5-block industrial complex now referred to as an outdoor exhibit space, is adorned top to bottom with high-quality aerosol art. Despite its cult status, in recent years it has been constantly threatened to be demolished in way of luxury high rises. Attention by prominent hip-hop and R&B stars has helped it to hold out, as well as the tour buses of art admirers, deejays, and musicians who frequent the space daily. Located in an otherwise barren stretch of Long Island City, it can be hard to find, but that just adds to the charm.

Merchant's Description

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.

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  • Time Out New York on 09/13/10

    While you’re there, check out the 5 Pointz Aerosol Art Center, which houses more than 350 murals.

  • 200'000 square feet of factory building manifest as a museum and gallery of graffiti art. Truly dope.

  • Untapped Cities on 07/20/12

    This is the largest legal aerosol exhibit in the US, possibly the world. It was founded in '93 as a haven for aerosol artists to hone and showcase their craft. See more:

  • Jon S. on 04/15/12

    when heading over here, ride the 7 train from manhattan and stay glued to the north windows. you'll catch a glimpse of a huge biggie mural that you can't see from the street.

  • Emily E. on 02/13/10

    Return to 5 Pointz again and again, because the artwork changes constantly and the artists participating are really talented.

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