When I was in LIC (see below), I came across something that I’m probably the last person to know about… Five Pointz, a building in Long Island City that got tagged with graffiti so often, the owner of the building decided like ten years ago to sanction the urban artists and let them do their thing. Now it’s probably the most important collection of urban art in New York (and hence, the world). An artist who was about to go up in the lift to do a piece said that there’s going to be — get this — a coffee table book about all the artists and the work on the building.
Update: My dear friend Michael writes from South Africa to tell me that: “yeah, you are the last to know about it. which sort of makes you cutting-edge! ;-)”. Apparently, one of Michael’s ex-roommates, Kezam, did a lot of the work on this building, and Kezam is now finishishing his sociology disertation on NYC graffiti. Here’s his flickr page: http://www.flickr.com/photos/kezam/