The Tip

Days numbered for Five Pointz graffiti block


NEW YORK — Five Pointz
is not your typical art gallery. Located in Long Island City, Queens, across the East River from Manhattan, it’s the block of graffiti visible from the elevated No. 7 train. Exit the subway at Court Square for a closer look at the city block of curated “aerosol” art.

But don’t dally. The owner of the dilapidated 200,000-square-foot warehouse — who has allowed its exterior walls to double as a graffiti gallery since 1993 — is expected to raze the building in late 2013 to build housing and retail space. He will reserve a rear wall for graffiti.

For now, artist Jonathan Cohen, a.k.a. meresone, continues to curate the giant tableau of spray paint art, with taggers invited from as far as France and Australia. For an extra treat, walk across Jackson Avenue to the PS1 outpost of the Museum of Modern Art.

Five Pointz 45-46 Davis St. MOMA PS1, 22-25 Jackson Ave., Long Island City, Queens, $10 adults, $5 students and seniors.