The first time I saw the 5 Pointz buildings from the 7 train, I was shocked. The buildings, seemingly in the middle of nowhere — a tangle of industrial looking structures — are COVERED with the most incredible graffiti I’ve ever seen. It was a beautiful welcome to the neighborhood, a sight so unique to New York and a sight that made me feel a little better about moving to the city. Obviously (as you can tell from the picture above) there are some rules, but the buildings basically serve as a graffiti artist playground. I’d only seen anything like it once in Los Angeles (Redondo Beach? Long Beach? … I don’t remember), but nothing even close to the scale of 5 Pointz.
So on Saturday I was in the neighborhood (Long Island City) trying to find an event that turned out to be a bust, and actually had my camera on me for once (the last pictures on it are from the Halloween parade in Chelsea). So I walked over to 5 Pointz and proceeded wandering around and taking some pictures. Here are some of the better ones (click once and then click again for full-size), complete with musical accompaniment.
A Tribe Called Quest – Youthful Expression (Buy It) Aretha Franklin – Come Back Baby (Buy Aretha music)
And yes, that’s a portrait of Rembrandt next to The Famous Baby.
Robert Johnson – Sweet Home Chicago (Buy It) Spoon – I Turn My Camera On (Buy It) Outkast – The Train (Buy It) That’s the 7 track above there. Bob Marley & The Wailers – Concrete Jungle (Buy It) Notorious B.I.G. – Juicy (Buy It)
Gnarls Barkley – Smiley Faces (Buy It)
Like that last one says, the official website is www.5ptz.com, but it doesn’t seem to be up at the moment… Oh well.
posted by Adam