With the news of a New York City legendary Landmark 5 Pointz about to be demolished, I had to go and show my children the art life of graffiti and tell them my history about how hip hop music & graffiti impacted my life. I grew up in the upper west of Manhattan, where graffiti was on every train, hip hop music, fashion, and dancing was a part of what I saw and loved. I remember being a little girl and watching The Rock Steady Crew breaking dancing on cardboard boxes on the corner of my block. Old school Hip Hop will always be a part of life. The history and culture is a part of me. Although my children will never experience my childhood, it’s a great way for me to give them a tour into my life.
The name 5Pointz signifies the five boroughs coming together as one but, because of its reputation as an epicenter of the graffiti scene, the industrial complex has actually united aerosol artists from across the world. Legendary writers from Canada, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Japan, Brazil, and all over the United States have painted on the building walls, including Stay High 149, Tracy 168, Cope2, Part, SPE, and Tats Cru. – WikiPedia
Just keeping our fingers crossed that 5 Pointz remains in Queens.
Address: 5 Pointz, Jackson Avenue at Crane Street and Davis Street, the whole block, Long Island City, NY 111011