Yesterday Jillian and I hopped on the bike and headed to Queens. For a Saturday, traffic was a mess. One artery of the Queens Midtown Tunnel was closed. As a result I thought about not going to Queens, but we were feeling groovy so we crossed on the 59 Street Bridge instead and headed to 5 Pointz.
5 Pointz is a building in Queens which has been the canvas for world renowned graffiti artists. The building has been covered from top to bottom creating a spectacular aerosol art exhibit.
Sadly 5 Pointz is scheduled to be torn down to make way for a $400 million residential project.
5 Pointz is just across Jackson Avenue from PS 1 in Long Island City, Queens.
Before that demolition begins I highly recommend checking it out (if you haven’t already).
We were having a great time exploring this visual extravaganza when a beautiful blast from the past came rolling in completely distracting me.
A 1964 Chevy Impala. What a classic beauty! I could have spent hours shooting this baby alone.
This car is clean. It’s customized but adheres to it’s original vintage design and color.
This 64 Impala drove and hopped around to various positions around the building. It’s owner Mike patiently took photos as numerous people (over enthusiastic to get a photo of their own) would block his shots .
This car commanded each space it occupied. When the car pulled up and stopped behind Bonnie, I felt bad to be obstructing any opportunity to photograph this bad ass machine.
This Chevy Impala is a member of the Tekniquez Auto Club, a group of custom low riders whose motto is Friends Dont Let Friends Drive “Stock”.
No matter what part of this car you focus on it screams “Take my picture!”
The hydraulics on this ride were smooth. At one point he was backing up toward a curb while riding way low, hugging the pavement. Just inches from hitting the curb he clicked the car into motion and the rear elevated for easy clearance as he drove up onto the sidewalk.
The Impala rode off and we got back to checking the building. Below is a portrait of Alex from A Clockwork Orange.
My man Sinxero has a few pieces up on the columns. His masked figure stands strong vertically supporting the floors above. Unfortunately it may not be strong enough to prevent the building from crumbling down in the very near future. There has been a temporary stay put on the demolition while a judge hears from the artists, but it’s fate remains uncertain. You can check out more of Sinxero’s work here: http://www.sinxero.com
The shadow of my 007 girlfriend goes creeping by on the wall beyond.
A great day had for all!