5 Pointz, May You R.I.P. // FLASHBACK FRIDAY

I moved to New York City at the start of 2008.

Exactly three weeks later, I found myself on a photo adventure in Long Island City, of all places. I don’t think I’d even heard of this Queens neighborhood before coming here – and if I’m being honest, I probably saw it mentioned in one of my cheesy New York books, such as “1000 Cheap or Free Things To Do In NYC”.

More specifically, I was intent on checking out so-called graffiti mecca 5 Pointz. This massive factory building is painted with colorful works by artists from all over the world. You could easily spend an hour wandering around the building, admiring all the art – which I gleefully did. There was hardly anyone around, save for a couple others with cameras roaming the grounds. It made for a lovely, non-touristy NYC outing.

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In August 2013 it was announced that 5 Pointz would soon be demolished to make way for new condos – the sort of news that’s heartbreaking for most anyone with a soul. I meant to make one last visit, but by November the whole building had been painted over white. I’m still not over it.

If anything, for me it’s a periodic reminder to DO IT NOW. Don’t be lazy. Don’t put it off. Don’t wait for “someday”. I am typically very deliberate about prioritizing things that I want/need to do, but I could always stand to improve on this.

R.I.P. 5 Pointz!

Lindsay Buckley is the photographer and travel blogger behind Frugal Frolicker. She's a New Yorker currently based in Sydney, Australia, documenting outdoor travel experiences Down Under and beyond. Follow along with Lindsay's travel photography on Facebook and Instagram, and be sure to sign up for the monthly Frugal Frolicker newsletter!

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