Explore NY: Five Pointz Graffiti
By Jack Berglund
They say Golf is the best way to spoil a good walk. In which case I contend that photography is the best way to make the most of one as you tend to look around and notice more things. Five Pointz is a self proclaimed ‘graffiti mecca’ in Queens New York on the outside of an old factory building. If you’re in New York, its definitely worth a look in and of its self but also makes a good starting point to explore some of the other neighborhoods nearby.
Take the 7 train to 45 Rd – Court House Sq or the E, M to 23rd St – Ely Av. You can also take the G train if you believe it really exists (I have seen no evidence to support this, having waited on two different occasions and never had a train show up.) 5 Pointz is right by Moma’s PS1 if you want to take in some art or attend their summer parties while you’re out there.
After 5 Pointz, cross the Pulaski bridge and wonder down along the East River. You’ll find a mix of new high rise condos and old industry, interspersed with a series of river side parks. Here is a map of the route I took:
Follow the route south you’ll end up in Williamsburg:
Cross the Williamsburg bridge and finish the day with a Vietnamese Bahn Mi Sandwich at Nicky’s on 2nd St (my personal favorite, although it only came 4th overall in the 2010 Bahn Mi Academy Awards).