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06.07.13 Andy Cush

It’s only a matter of time before 5 Pointz is gone, and whether they intended to or not, a video production company called Aerial VP has created a fitting tribute to the graffiti sacred grounds. The footage, shot from a hexacopter drone, is something to behold, even if the editing sucks and the soundtrack is […]

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09.19.12 Andy Cush

Over a decade ago, John J. Cooney began shooting footage of some of Long Island City’s iconic graffiti spots, including the historic 5 Pointz. This year, he shot many of the spots again, documenting what’s changed and what’s stayed the same. Here’s Cooney’s footage, presented in glorious split-screen–late ’90s on the left, 2012 on the […]

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08.31.11 Myles Tanzer

The corner of Attorney and Delancey is where the pink wall with the increasingly bombed out Z100 logo has defiantly remained for years. But under that eye-catching ad is a recently uncovered advertisement for LoHo realty that was done by MERES ONE — an artist who was in charge of 5 Pointz (R.I.P. — Soon) […]

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08.29.11 Bucky Turco

Although it’s not quite dead yet, NYC’s largest legal graffiti-mural spot might as well be. The New York Times wrote about the inevitable closing of 5 Pointz, which one person described as the “United Nations of graffiti.” Which is true, except for the diplomacy part. Building owner Jerry Wolkoff is pretty dictatorial about its impending […]

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03.09.11 Bucky Turco

Sad news for muralists and fans of legal graffiti. 5 Pointz, a sprawling spray paint covered building in Long Island City, may be buffed, permanently. Owner Jerry Wolkoff is looking to redevelop the storied spot into a massive residential complex consisting of high rises, a supermarket, retail spaces, artist studios, and in an effort to […]

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07.30.09 Will Sherman

Long Island City’s legal graffiti haven, 5 Pointz, is offering aerosol artists a clean new canvas. Fresh coats of paint have been going up with some new repairs following the spring stairway collapse which seriously injured resident jewelry designer Nicole Gagne. The future of the indoor artist studios looks grim, but “every evening the artists […]

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