Whitewash! Historic Graffiti Monument Is Painted Over

Internationally famous New York City landmark, the 5Pointz building, will make way for luxury apartments

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An artist makes a new creation in front of iconic graffiti spot 5Pointz in New York City on Nov. 19, 2013

Graffiti lovers are in mourning after the heavily decorated walls of the landmark 5Pointz building in New York City were painted white on Tuesday night.

For years, the yellow warehouse on the southwestern tip of Queens, just opposite the contemporary-arts museum MoMA PS1, has served as a veritable “United Nations of Graffiti,” attracting artists and tourists alike from around the globe, the New York Times reports.

Ongoing plans to demolish the building have drawn a lot of criticism, among others from street artist Banksy, who featured Save 5Pointz as the last words on a website that accompanied his recent monthlong clandestine New York City residency.

Owner Jerry Wolkoff, a self-declared lover of the graffiti artworks, said painting over them was the most humane thing to do ahead of tearing the building down. The luxury apartment towers that will be erected in the place of 5Pointz will include studio space and a 60-ft. (18 m) wall for graffiti artists.

[New York Times]

2 comments
immargarita
immargarita

Sad, truly sad.  I grew up not far from there, 36th Ave betwee LIC & Astoria, and I'd seen this building my entire life.  NYC is just catering entirely to the rich.  Long gone are the days of brownstones and prewar buildings or anything original for that matter.  It's all "luxury apartments" for people that aren't even native NY'ers.  Hardly any native NY'er would be able to afford their city anymore anyway.  The little piece of the old NY of yesteryear is officially DOA. I'm sincerely bummed.