R.I.P. NEPTUNE METER WORKS, Hunter’s Point

The stolid brick Neptune Meter Works Building on Jackson Avenue and Crane Street stood from 1910 until today, October 9, 2014; it had been razed to make way for a multimillion dollar condominium project, joining many such in the neighborhood and along the Queens waterfront. Neptune, currently based in Tallassee, Alabama, occupied the building until 1972.

 

Crane Street

5 Pointz, originally the Phun Phactory, is an exhibit space on Jackson Avenue and Crane Street in which graffiti artists have decorated the exterior of a 200,000 square foot factory building. Artists pay below market rate rent for studio space in the interior.

 

Jackson Avenue

Pat DiLillo established Phun Phactory in the early 1990s to provide street artists a way of displaying their talents without breaking the law. However, some artists argue that anarchy is a part of graffiti culture, and a legal space circumvents that mission. 5 Pointz was most visible by passengers on the #7 el, which ran behind the building.

Supposedly, there will be¬†“an inclusion of 10,000 square feet of external panels around the complex that will be devoted to aerosol art” on the new condo complex.

10/9/14


Categorized in: One Shots Tagged with:

2 Responses to R.I.P. NEPTUNE METER WORKS, Hunter’s Point

  1. Dave Duncan says:

    My Dad worked at the Neptune Meter Company for 25+ years, late 1940’s to when it closed in 1972. I remember him taking us past the building when I was very young. I always thought it looked foreboding and scary looking. He would come home from work exhausted he was a machinist. I remember when they closed the building in 1972. He came home very drunk. They asked him if he wanted to move to Alabama with company, he said no, no surprise there being a born and bred New Yorker. He died in 1979 from lung cancer, heavy smoker and exposed to God knows what chemicals at Neptune. Ironically I wound up down south anyway, Loganville GA for the past 23 years.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.