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.

5 Pointz "Institute of Higher Burnin'"

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:

Grafitti artists at work on India Street, Greenpoint

Follow the route south you’ll end up in Williamsburg:

Rabbit taking a rest on Metropolitan Avenue

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).

    • suresh
    • April 24th, 2011

    Very colorful. Got to check it out sometime. Thx

  1. May 6th, 2011

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