Help Save a Cultural Landmark From Being Torn Down!


The 5 Pointz Aerosol Art Center, is a unique  outdoor art exhibit space in Long Island City, New York.  It’s a living, breathing, ever-changing three dimensional canvas.  A true urban art park that came into being organically, and would be impossible to recreate.

And it is in danger of being torn down. 

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We want to save Five Pointz and You Can Help!  Here is our first of a series of upcoming articles about this amazing artistic landmark.

For over a decade, 5 Pointz has featured spectacular pieces of art from  street/aerosol artists from around the world with over 200,000 square feet of building space as its canvas.  5 Pointz is one of, if not the only, place left in New York City for such artists to openly develop, harness and present their craft and their passion.

As we reported  last June, David Wolkoff, whose family owns the space, announced last year plans to tear down 5 Pointz and replace it with two high rise condos.  5 Pointz was scheduled for demolition this fall, but The Interrobang has learned that those plans have been delayed and put on hold, so  5 Pointz will be around for the time being, but without designation as a cultural landmark, this extraordinary space remains endangered.

Jonathan Cohen, best known by his signature tag name ‘Meres’, is the founder and curator of 5 Pointz.  Meres interest in graffiti started when he was 13, and by the time he graduated from The Fashion Institute Of Technology, he made a successful transition from tagging and throw-ups to full blown art murals.  His work has been featured throughout New York City, the East Coast and overseas.  Meres wants to convert the space into a graffiti museum, get 501(c)3 certification (which would grant 5 Pointz tax-exempt status and allow tax-deductible donations) and open a school for the next generation of aspiring artists.

The graffiti culture that emerged in the 70’s and 80’s, played a key role in the development of the hip hop, punk and reggae scenes that emerged in the New York City area and later, around the world.  Graffiti also evolved as a means of personal expression, as viable source of political protest, and has been used as key pieces in album art and fashion.  Today’s skateboarding scene uses graffiti and aerosol art as the basis for everything from board design, to clothing and sneakers.  Two of the most noted artists of the last 30 years – Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring – were direct byproducts of the graffiti culture.

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A grassroots campaign to have 5 Pointz designated as a New York City landmark is underway.  The goal is to present over half a million requests to The Landmark Preservation Commission for consideration.  Here’s how you can help:

  • If you’re in the NYC area or planning to visit, visit 5 Pointz and check out the art that’s already up or the art that is being created.  They are open weekends from noon to 7pm.  You can go to www.5ptz.com for directions and additional info.  Photos don’t do the place justice: It’s AMAZING to see up close.

There are very few reminders of the New York City counterculture scene left.  Many of its mainstays and institutions are gone.  Let’s save 5 Pointz!  See more in our first piece highlighting 5 Points.

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38 Comments

  1. Jackie

    May 10, 2013 at 11:50 am

    FUCKING VANDALS!

  2. @Ezra_Desu

    May 10, 2013 at 11:51 am

    Monkey HOUSE!!!

  3. DeathProof

    May 10, 2013 at 11:51 am

    I’m a fan of the grafffitti, cause I’m an old school grafiti artist myself.

    • @Ezra_Desu

      May 10, 2013 at 11:53 am

      Me too.

  4. FanBoy1

    May 10, 2013 at 11:51 am

    I have a neighbor that “Graffittis”. to me its just destruction of property.

    • FanBoy1

      May 10, 2013 at 11:52 am

      someone elses property.
      Plus If you see graffiti your prolly in a  shitty neighborhood.

    • DeathProof

      May 10, 2013 at 11:52 am

      FanBoy1 Don’t be such a herb dude!

      • FanBoy1

        May 10, 2013 at 11:52 am

        DeathProof FanBoy1 thats my opinion. I hate that shit. I dont want to live in the ghetto.

  5. DeathProof

    May 10, 2013 at 11:51 am

    Roadrash Hicks Backwards swasticker!

    • FanBoy1

      May 10, 2013 at 11:52 am

      DeathProof Roadrash Hicks d sippers. all of ya’s.

  6. harlequincy

    May 10, 2013 at 11:54 am

    Get Turbo and Ozone to put a show on.

  7. FanBoy1

    May 10, 2013 at 11:54 am

    hows bout all these “Artists” chip in buy a building and paint away?

  8. Archbishop Boozebag

    May 10, 2013 at 11:58 am

    Oh yes all the art must do wonders for real estate value .

  9. zecket

    May 10, 2013 at 11:59 am

    Earl is right …  It IS constantly changing.  Next it’s going to change into apartment buildings.

  10. Binary Daoist

    May 10, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    Breakin 3: shattaboogrey

  11. rexdart936

    May 10, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    if these ‘artists’ were really any good theyd be making tshirts.

  12. Clover leaf

    May 10, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    Tag the sky

    • Regulator

      May 10, 2013 at 12:06 pm

      Shot of blue grey

      • Bad Hat Harry

        May 10, 2013 at 12:07 pm

        cha de bugre

  13. SpongeSteve

    May 10, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    Is this where the D-sippers live?

  14. DeathProof

    May 10, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    You can’t stop gentrification.

  15. SarahMcPants

    May 10, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    I want to go to there.

    • rexdart936

      May 11, 2013 at 1:11 am

      SarahMcPants i dont think they allow hunting there.

  16. DeathProof

    May 10, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    I remember when you could buy a hot dog for a nickle in the city, before there were night games when the Dodgers were still in Brooklyn. The whole city was covered in graffiti. -BlowHard

  17. galactictraveler

    May 10, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    So the owner of the property that is paying taxes on it shouldn’t be allowed to develope it . He should be forced to allow squatters to paint all over it while he pays the bills . What if a group of misfits started painting graffiti all over your house in the name of art and cultural significance and then you were told you can change or stop it ! Just keep paying the bills . Here’s a idea , buy some property , build a big wall and paint on your dime !!

    • rexdart936

      May 11, 2013 at 1:10 am

      galactictraveleras a matter of fact my old place got tagged.   initially the city wanted $$$ to remove the tags with their own equipment. i wanted the cops to charge the little rich punks and make them pay to restore the property.  the city started to fine me for leaving it up.  then the city fined me for putting up lights and cctv on my own house.  I moved to the other side of the state to a ranch in the country.  i went from paying $25k per acre in annual taxes to less than $50 an acre.  best move i ever made.  
      heard one of the kids responsible died in an alcohol related collision while swerving his range rover.  I sent the parents a really nice get well soon card with the return address of my old place.  i hope it hurt.  Rotten fruit of the poisonous tree.

  18. MosquitoFarmer

    May 10, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    Time for some thermite paint. BOOM!

  19. Cletus from Brooklyn

    May 10, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    This is the type of people moving in to that area, was at a pizzeria the other day & a hipster wanted a Sicilian slice. Asked for a square one. The sad part is not that he called a Sicilian a square one, its that a Sicilian slice is rectangular…

  20. jasonhathaway

    May 10, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    So you are telling me that we have to save this place because we can’t find graffiti art anywhere else in the entire NYC area?

  21. Badger1225

    May 10, 2013 at 9:01 pm

    Why don’t everyone who loves the place and visits it often get together and simply buy the place?  It’s private property, whoever owns it should be free to do with it as they please.  Just because a bunch of people like it shouldn’t deprive the owners rights to do what he wants with it.

    • Kevin in SC

      May 10, 2013 at 10:32 pm

      Badger1225 Rights?  In Bloombergs utopia?

  22. nullzero00

    May 10, 2013 at 11:10 pm

    fuck ’em. Have them go to Michaels and buy some canvas like a normal artist.

  23. rexdart936

    May 11, 2013 at 12:55 am

    dont aerosol cans cause global warming and holes in the ozone which burn polar bears and baby seals?  nothing lasts forever.  besides, everyone loves a really convenient parking space for their SUV.

  24. DelCoTrash

    May 11, 2013 at 10:50 am

    What is this, bushwood country club? All these comments defending property owners not the artists. Come on, its not UES, this is the best thing to happen to Long ISland City. Or is this one of those posts that people hate on cuz earl put it up?

    • Kevin in SC

      May 11, 2013 at 12:35 pm

      DelCoTrash Spoken like someone that doenst own much

      • DonnieIris

        May 20, 2013 at 5:54 pm

        Kevin in SC DelCoTrash Spoken like someone with little to no substance.

  25. Scotness

    May 15, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    If the owner wants to make money off the property let them.

  26. The Fivehole

    June 28, 2013 at 10:02 pm

    This place is awesome.  I was in awe for days afterwards.