In 2002, developer Jerry Wolkoff invited aerosol artists to transform a series of dilapidated warehouse buildings that he owned in Long Island City, New York. Among those was distinguished aerosol artist Jonathan Cohen, enlisted as the curator to turn the warehouse into an exhibition space for artists and fill the walls with aerosol art. The site became known as “5Pointz,” to represent the confluence of the five NYC boroughs and attracted global attention for aerosol art, drawing thousands of daily visitors and significant media coverage.
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Merritt, Libby, "Graffiti Gains Recognized Stature in Multi-Million Dollar Victory for Artists" (2020). AELJ Blog. 230.