5Pointz, Queens Graffiti Warehouse, to Be Bulldozed to Build High-Rises

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Just as it seemed like street art was experiencing a rush, New York City developers have announced that Queens' own graffiti warehouse, 5Pointz, will be bulldozed. To the dismay of street artists and hip-hop fans alike, the "graffiti mecca" will be replaced by high-rises.

Curator Jonathan Cohen (better known by his tag name, "Meres One") reopened Long Island City's Phun Phactory in 2001, spending the next five years transforming the warehouse into an epicenter for aerosol art. Now, 5Pointz is home to graffiti from artists around the world, including Stay High 149, Tracy 168, Cope2, Part, and Tats Cru. Notable r&b and hip-hop artists have paid visits to the warehouse as well, and on any given day, spectators can expect a slew of artists, musicians, and photographers.

"The recently announced development plans to convert 5Pointz into a high-rise residential tower and luxury shopping mall came as a great surprise to us all," the 5 Pointz website reads.

Owner of the warehouse, Jerry Wolkoff, has discussed the possibility of replacing the warehouse with two high-rise residential towers and more than 1,300 residential units. If indeed this occurs, the street art world has compared the loss to losing MOMa or the Guggenheim.

In recent weeks, we've seen a slew of old buildings come down as the way is paved for new architecture. Sadly, in many cases, it seems the city has embraced change at the cost of its own history.

[atimm@villagevoice.com]


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6 comments
Carlos Rojas
Carlos Rojas

I bet The current city MAYOR has something to do with this. It's his $$$ friends or ELSE!

Ahas
Ahas

nice post! thanks for sharing!

om3n
om3n

this is fucking stupid. its art for gods sake and it makes my day better. dont we have enough cookie cutter high rises ?

Andrew Couts
Andrew Couts

I knew it was only a matter of time before this happened -- NYC just can't have anything interesting anymore... RIP 5 Pointz. My 7 train rides will suck more without you.

B1
B1

Where's UNESCO when you need it?

incognito
incognito

Why not knock down all the other forgettable crap around it and leave a landmark for the future to see.

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