We’ve known for a while that the days are numbered for Long Island City’s fantastic street-art mecca, 5Pointz. Called the “Aerosol Art Center” by current curator Meres One, this massive old warehouse has for some 20 years now been covered in a constantly-changing collection of pieces by the world’s best graffiti artists. And though this may be your last summer to come out and see the true NYC treasure–the long-promised destruction and development of the building and land is likely to really begin in the fall–another spot has already been picking up the upcoming slack, Bushwick 5 Points.
The Bushwick Collective is (somehwat) Behind Bushwick 5 Points
Bushwick 5 Points is home turf to the Bushwick Collective, a loosely organized group with some of the best street artists in town. I think. The relationship between the place Bushwick 5 Points and the Collective remains a bit murky to me, which befits a semi-guerrilla outfit I guess, and has nothing to do with your viewing pleasure. Anyway, Bushwick 5 Points has become a destination-worthy outdoor exhibition area, featuring some of the wildest, most technically amazing murals (they do all of this with spray!) you’ll find anywhere in the city.
The “Exhibits” at Bushwick 5 Points Change, Much Like at a Regular Gallery… Except, These “Exhibits” are Destroyed
The murals in the Bushwick 5 Points area are constantly being created and buffed, created and buffed, so you never know what you might see when you head out there, though “liking” the Bushwick Collective’s Facebook page will give you some idea of new additions. All of the photographs here were taken a couple of weeks ago so there’s no guarantee that, for example, the awesome Sheryo and The Yok piece up top will still be there when you show up, or Billy Mode and Chris Stain’s mural, above, or Stik’s excellent rooftop work, two above. But I can guarantee that, if you’re a fan of street art, they’ll be plenty to love and admire here.
Bushwick 5 Points is located (roughly) on Troutman Street and Saint Nicholas Avenue in Bushwick, right near the Jefferson Avenue stop on the L. And on Sunday, June 2, there’s going to be a block party/street art festival, which is definitely where I’ll be that day.