5 Pointz Aerosol Art Center (CLOSED)
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This Long Island City warehouse, treated as a 200,000-square-foot canvas, is one of the world’s best places to see the full spectrum of spray-paint art. Ride a Queens-bound 7 train past the Hunters Point Ave stop for an elevated, panoramic view of the names of NYC’s graffiti forebears—like Iz the Wiz—scrawled on 5 Pointz’s walls. New pieces appear regularly during the painting season, with concrete surfaces assigned by founder and curator Meres One. Go while you can: The property owner is securing permission to replace the warehouse with condos. Take advantage of the biweekly behind-the-scenes tours (Sun 2–3:30pm; $35; visit sidetour.com for details), led by Meres One, to watch a painting demonstration.
45-46 Davis St
|Cross street:||at Jackson Ave|
|Transport:||Subway: E, G, M, 7 to Court Sq|
|Opening hours:||Mon-Thu by appointment only; Fri–Sun noon–7pm|
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