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02.03.14 Bucky Turco

After it was buffed white, sanctified, and then desecrated by brands, 5 Pointz is still patiently waiting to be buried. The massive facility that once allowed graffiti artist to legally spray paint it, will undergo demolition to make way for a residential complex. As it sits and anticipates the executioner, the location is attracting the […]

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01.06.14 Bucky Turco

First Absolut tried to “pour one out” for 5 Pointz while the wound was still raw, and yesterday, Jolly Rancher attempted the same folly. Twitter user @mybodystory alerted us to the corporate infraction, which depicted the candy as some sort of hallucination-inducing substance capable of seeing past the whitewashing that the soon-to-be demolished aerosol playground […]

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12.06.13 Andy Cush

Fans of legal street art and graffiti who are mourning the loss of 5Pointz may have a meager reason to celebrate. Now that the iconic warehouse complex has been buffed and is on its way out, 5Pointz curator MERES ONE will be handling a new site for the month of December: the wall of the Houston […]

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11.22.13 Taylor Wofford

As you all know, 5 Pointz died this week. The (legal) “graffiti mecca” suffered a debilitating injury late Monday night, but the fatal blow came two days later. The aerosol institution was officially pronounced dead at 1:54PM on Wednesday, November 20. The cause of death was the following tweet: Farewell to a graffiti mecca. #5Pointz […]

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11.20.13 Bucky Turco

Supporters of the soon-to-be-demolished 5 Pointz complex are in a state of grieving after the property owner began buffing the sanctioned graffiti art covering the building in the dark of night with white paint. Many aerosol patrons assembled at the giant permission spot Tuesday evening to voice their sorrow and anger. While some wrote directly […]

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11.19.13 Bucky Turco

“5 pointz is gone,” reads this morning’s update on the aerosol institution’s Twitter. “Painted white overnight by the owner with police protection.” Pillowy white botches can now be seen spotting the building, covering up roughly 80% of the exterior pieces. Formerly referred to as the Phun Phactory, the massive building in Long Island City has operated […]

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11.08.13 Andy Cush

Late October saw a sparkle of hope for 5 Pointz, the doomed graffiti mecca in Long Island City. Though the Wolkoff family, which owns the buildings, plans to demolish them to make way for luxury condos, the 5 Pointz organization argued in court that the Visual Artists Rights Act of 1990, a law intended to prevent […]

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11.01.13 Andy Cush

When Banksy announced the end of his monthlong NYC residency, he posted an “official t-shirt design” (really just a JPEG image), and wrote “Thanks for your patience. It’s been fun. Save 5 pointz. Bye.” Someone has taken that message to heart, and is selling shirt’s with Banksy’s riff on the “I Love NY” design on […]

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10.22.13 Andy Cush

Good news for the potentially doomed graffiti haven 5 Pointz: Judge Frederic Block issued a restraining order this week that will keep the Long Island City building’s owners from beginning demolition or repainting in the next ten days. The Observer gives a little legal background: To ward off G&M’s wrecking balls, [5 Pointz lawyer Jeannine Chanes] trotted out a […]

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10.09.13 Andy Cush

It’s unclear just when 5 Pointz will be demolished, but at this point, it looks like the Long Island City graffiti hallowed grounds is on its way out. Today, City Council will discuss whether to allow the Wolkoff family, the building’s owners, to demolish the warehouse complex in favor of high-rise condos. City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, who […]

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