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Long Island City Art Tour: Museums and Art Galleries in Long Island City, Queens

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5 Pointz - Graffiti Mecca and Home to Artists
Five Pointz

5 Pointz - A warehouse turned artist studios, draped in brilliant graffiti

Photo (c) John Roleke
Just blocks from P.S. 1 is 5 Pointz, the Institute of Higher Burnin'. Not a museum or gallery, 5 Pointz is a living collage of graffiti art covering a converted warehouse full of artist studios. The art of famous and novice graffiti artists covers the building's facade, all done with the encouragement of the building's owner. It's a well-known sight from the elevated 7 subway, which runs behind 5 Pointz.

Admire the art all around the outside, or head upstairs to the roof for more graffiti and great views of LIC and Manhattan.

Recommended Length of Visit: 20 minutes

Visiting Times: Informally open mornings and afternoons during the week and on weekends. Occasional events on the weekend.

Cost: Free

Address: 5 Pointz, Jackson Avenue at Crane Street and Davis Street, the whole block, Long Island City, NY 11101

Directions by Car:

  • Queensboro Bridge to Queens Blvd, right on Jackson Ave, left on Purves.
  • Midtown Tunnel/LIE-East exit at Van Alst and follow 21st St, turn right on Jackson, and right on Crane.
  • LIE-West exit Van Dam, right on Van Dam, left on Thompson, left on Jackson, and left on Crane.
Subways: E, V subways to 23 St/Ely Ave., 7 to 45 Rd/Court House Sq., G to Court House Square.

Buses: Q67 to Jackson and 46th Ave. B61 to 46th Ave.

Where to Eat: Court Square Diner is a great local. (Court Square Diner, 45-30 23rd Street at Jackson Avenue, Long Island City, NY 11101, 718-392-1222)
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