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01.08.15 Aymann Ismail

Over the past several months, ANIMAL has been documenting the demolition of 5 Pointz, a legendary building in Queens which served as an aerosol playground for spray paint-wielding artists since 1993. The property will eventually be developed into a condo complex, but first the site had to be fully cleared. So we bribed a nearby […]

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11.25.14 Rhett Jones

After selling for $15 million just six months ago, the Long Island City Clock Tower has changed hands once again. The latest buyer, Property Markets Group, more than doubled the previous asking price, paying Criterion Group $30,900,000. An effort to have the iconic tower landmarked began in October and as of today the petition has […]

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11.04.14 Aymann Ismail

Traditionally, when a graffiti artist risks arrest to paint a train in New York, he or she usually targets a subway car, but one enterprising writer decided to go against the grain by painting a Long Island Railroad train instead. Earlier today, I shot a photo of a LIRR commuter train near the Arch Street […]

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Rhett Jones

Beloved legal graffiti haven 5 Pointz is almost completely destroyed. The man responsible for its destruction now wants to pay tribute by naming his new condo units after the complex reports DNAinfo. Developer Jerry Wolkoff tried to trademark the name back in March, but that application was rejected because it was too similar to another trademark that’s already registered. […]

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10.15.14 Rhett Jones

Woodside, Queens graffiti complaints have soared 120% in just one year. The 11377 zip-code received 211 reports this year — that’s up from 96 in a comparable period last year. Joe Conley, chair of Community Board 2, tells DNAinfo that he’s noticed an increase in graffiti throughout his whole district, particularly in those hard to reach places. “Some […]

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08.29.14 Bucky Turco

The backhoes are making quick work at 5 Pointz. Its been a week since construction workers first started tearing into the storied legal graffiti spot and they’ve already razed an entire rear section of the building (pictured above) nearest to the LIRR tracks. According to the Times Ledger, it took property owner Jerry Wolkoff about […]

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08.26.14 Aymann Ismail

On Monday, we flew our remote controlled flying camera — call sign ANIMAL Three (RIP ANIMAL One RIP ANIMAL Two) — over 5 Pointz to take one last look at the mammoth aerosol complex where graffiti artists have been painting legally for over 20 years, before it’s reduced to rubble. The official demolition began last week, when a […]

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08.22.14 Marina Galperina

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 […]

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04.01.14 Andy Cush

As if a tiny wall on Elizabeth Street wasn’t enough to keep the majesty of 5 Pointz alive, now, a Long Island City gallery is carrying the torch as well. “Whitewash,” a show of artists involved in running the formerly graffiti-covered warehouse complex, opens April 5 at Jeffrey Leder Gallery, and aims to “explore the […]

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03.25.14 Andy Cush

Though most of the art at 5 Pointz has been murdered, and the complex is slated for demolition, for now, it still stands. The urban exploring group LTV Squad went inside recently, and the photos above document what they found. Here’s what the group said about exploring the former graffiti landmark. What we found inside […]

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