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5Pointz was an outdoor art exhibit space at 45–46 Davis Street in Long Island, New York City, where colorful murals were exhibited on the exterior walls of an old warehouse, drawn by artists from the world over. The graffiti space was curated by Jonathan Cohen, a graffiti artist going under the moniker of “Meres”, who billed the exhibit as "the world's premier graffiti mecca". Indeed, as its reputation as an epicenter of the graffiti scene grew, the industrial complex began to draw aerosol artists from across the world. Even the elusive British street artist Banksy got into the act.

The high visibility of the building from the New York City Subway's IRT Flushing Line attracted a large number of visitors, including prominent artists, musicians, filmmakers, photographers, and entire tour buses full of admirers soaking in the more than 1,500 murals. The site is noted in foreign guidebooks as the hippest tourist attraction in Queens. The building served as a backdrop for movies and music videos, notably including Joss Stone, who filmed her video for Tell Me ’Bout It on an exterior staircase.

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