Tucked quietly away in Queens is one of the most unique art exhibits in New York. This large-scale exhibit requires no admission, no lines, and no restrictions. If all this sounds appealing to you, hop on the 7 train to Hunter’s Point and head to the 5 Pointz.
5 Pointz, not to be confused with Five Points, is an outdoor art exhibit, with every inch covered in graffiti. It’s here where you can immerse yourself into the artwork, and experience the street art culture firsthand. 5 Pointz, also known as “The Higher Institute of Burnin,’” is where aerosol artists around the world gather to express themselves. The factory building where the artwork is centered also houses the Crane Street Studio. The complex owner, Jerry Wolkoff, rents out studio space within the factory to over 200 artists at prices below the market price.
In March of 2011, Wolkoff announced plans to redevelop the complex into a high-rise residential building. What that means for 5 Pointz is that its time is coming to an end. Wolkoff’s announcement has caused great controversy among artists and locals. Despite the resentment, some people are ready to move on, like unofficial curator and artist of 5 Pointz Jonathon Cohen, or Meres as he calls himself.
Before this exhibit gets the wrecking ball, pay it a visit and see one of New York’s hidden treasures.