I love to travel, who doesn’t right ? Well, actually there are some people who have a fear of flying and those content to stay where they’re at, but me I’m a travel bug all the way..like backpack and staying in hostels kind of traveler. There’s nothing like it. You meet all kinds of great people with cool stories and you find yourself doing things or being invited to do fun stuff that wasn’t on your planned intinerary. It’s nothing like those scary hostel movies! When I’m not traveling abroad, I entertain my fix by being a tourist in my own city, the one and only EMPIRE STATE as Jay Z has proclaimed it. There’s nothing like New York City. I’ve lived here all my life and there’s still nooks and crannies that are yet to be discovered. Yeah, I’m biased, but there’s no denying there’s something to see & do for everyone here..from the rich to those of us in dire straits, and if you’re anything like me there’s more fun about doing something cool FOR FREE.
This past Sunday was one of those beautiful summer days that you just want to get out there and soak up every bit of sunshine. According to my Facebook News Feeds hehehee some people went to the beach, some sat by the pool, some had drinks with friends and I decided to go to 5Pointz in Long Island City.
Photos taken by me, Christine Vargas
5Pointz is a five story block long industrial complex that takes up a whole block. The following pictures were around a corner on the way to the best part of this graffiti world.
This is the other side of the factory wall at 5Pointz, quietly tucked under a train station, abandoned factories, & a dead end. I couldn’t help but imagine some sort of rave or street party occurring here at night with fire coming out of rusted trash cans for light.
“Luke I am your father.” (Star Wars battle music in my head)Here it is, the heart of 5Pointz with a DJ spinning tunes in the far corner. When I got here, the feeling that came over me was one of those GOONIES moments when they discover Chester Copperpot’s ship full of treasures. I felt the energy of New York City in the 80s.
I loved the gooey pockets of paint in the corner of this wall along with the unfinished wall, the water jug, and crates. It added character to the overall picture….kinda like I was in a cool junk yard.
That’s all folks! I showed you a lot, but you really haven’t seen it all! The murals change every year, so stop by and have a look.
Next stop Long Island City Piers below!
So after seeing all that good stuff, my friends suggested checking out the L.I.C. piers and my motto is usually…”sure, why not.” Look at this view! I was so glad we went!
I like to get creative when I take pictures, even with a camera phone. As I was sitting down enjoying the ocean breeze, I couldn’t help notice how the angle I was sitting in made for more an architectual view.
Next and last stop…this was on the agenda btw…LIC Bar right down the block from 5Pointz. This bar has an old feel to it with wooden interior and an outdoor patio that plays live music every other Sunday!
See you all soon…have a Happy 4th of July!