Company News, New York

The Closing of 5Pointz

This morning we were informed that the graffiti epicenter 5Pointz was, without notice or warning, painted white last night by the building’s property developer. As many of you know, 5pointz, widely considered the world’s graffiti mecca, was at the center of a legal debate between artists and the land developer. So while the future of 5pointz had been in question for some time, this abrupt change to the building was completely unexpected.  We were shocked and disheartened to hear the news, as 5Pointz has been an integral part of the SideTour family for nearly two years.

Our founder and CEO, Vipin Goyal, first met 5Pointz curator and graffiti artist Meres One in 2011 through a mutual friend. When Vipin rode out to Queens to meet Meres and see the complex, he was immediately blown away—not only by the astounding breadth of artwork, but also by Meres’s knowledge of graffiti and passion for 5Pointz. SideTour seemed like a good fit for Meres, too, who was excited about the prospect of turning his informal tours into regular, recurring events. What started off as a six person experience hosted just twice a month, soon grew to become a 16 person experience held twice a week. 5Pointz was one of our most popular offerings, selling out time and again, for an incredible total of 121 SideTour events since its launch in 2012.
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