5 Pointz, New York City’s “graffiti mecca,” is being demolished right now. This morning, a backhoe began tearing into the building that has served as a legal spot for aerosol artists for over two decades. In 2011, the property owner announced that he will be developing the site and transforming it into a massive condo complex.

Last year, much of the art was whitewashed, leading to some grieving, callous marketing, and claims of “art murder.” RIP 5 Pointz. (Photo: Aaron Sheer)