Andrea F

Day 85: 5Pointz

In Long Island City, NYC, NYC Art, NYC for free, NYC Graffiti, things to do in NYC on August 24, 2009 at 11:48 pm


The ‘mom and pops’ have closed, the familiar buildings that once stood oozing that wonderful mix of New York grit and charm have been crumbled to dust. Chain retailers and luxury residences abound. Out with the old, in with the new, the clean, the shiny. Gone are the days when graffiti was king, when the city had no control over artists whose mission it was to be known in every borough, covering the faces of buildings with their signature tags and prismatic murals. For a good fix of some of that old New York, check out Long Island City’s jaw-dropping 5Pointz, a 200,000 square foot factory building, a bona fide graffiti mecca. Once known as the Phun Factory, the complex, which occupies a block, is curated by artist Jonathan Cohen, a.k.a. “Meres One”, who began working in graffiti at the age of thirteen. Painting is open to anyone, but first you need to get a permit from Meres. If painting isn’t your thing, at least go check it out. With more than 350 murals, it isn’t called “The Institute for Higher Burnin’” for nothing.


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