New York Art@Site Jerry Wolkoff 5 Pointz: The Institute of Higher Burnin

Jerry Wolkoff


5 Pointz: The Institute of Higher Burnin

Long Island City, Queens
5 Pointz: The Institute of Higher Burnin' or the 5Pointz Aerosol Art Center, Inc. (45–46 Davis Street) was an American outdoor art exhibit space in Long Island City in Queens, New York, considered to be the world's premiere 'graffiti mecca', where aerosol artists from around the globe painted colorful pieces on the walls of a 200,000-square-foot (19,000 m2) factory building.
The complex is across Jackson Avenue from MoMA PS1 but is not associated with MoMA. It is privately owned by Long Island developer Jerry Wolkoff, and houses the Crane Street Studios in which 200 artists pay below market rents for studio space. In 2009, a 450-square-foot (42 m2) studio was listed as renting for $600 per month. As of August 2014, 5 Pointz was in the process of being torn down.
The striking, graffiti-covered warehouse has been used in music videos by several hip-hop and R&B stars, including Doug E. Fresh, Kurtis Blow, Grandmaster Caz, Mobb Deep, Rahzel, DJ JS-1, Boot Camp Clik, Joan Jett, and Joss Stone.[1][2] One of the first graffiti there was a portrait of Jam-Master Jay, an important member of the early hip hop musical style.
In 2011, 5 Pointz was the fictionalized site of a major fire in the series finale of 'Rescue Me'.
The building has also served as a backdrop for movies, including the climax for the 2013 film Now You See Me.