5 Pointz: Time to Return Before It’s Too Late…

5 Pointz: The Institute of Higher Burnin‘ or the 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. The complex  also  houses the Crane Street Studios in which 200 artists pay below market rents for studio space.

Artists who want to paint the walls need a permit. Photographers have always been welcome as long as they are not shooting professionally. Permits for professional uses are available.

It was announced in March 2011 that there are plans to redevelop the property to build high-rise residential towers, putting the future of 5 Pointz in jeopardy. According to the website ‘Curbed’ they are looking at 2013 to begin demolition so it’s time to make a return trip. Anyone interested in joining us should contact me through my email: mrsammy7@gmail.com .

The images below were shot in early 2012. (Reminder: Click on any image to begin a slide show!)