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03.31.15 Prachi Gupta

People passing by LIC Bar on Monday morning were in for a surprise when an apparent coyote was spotted on the rooftop of the establishment. DNAinfo reports that the animal was on the roof for over an hour, before heading to a paint factory nearby. “It got a little nervous and kind of hunkered down […]

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02.05.15 Prachi Gupta

Residents of Roosevelt Island and the eastern edge of Manhattan may soon see a colorful new addition to the Long Island City skyline in the form of a hot air balloon. The sculpture isn’t pure whimsy, either — it would be tethered to the ground, becoming an incredible one-person swing for children. Australian architect Jesse […]

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01.16.15 Rhett Jones

For some residents of Long Island City, the influx of shiny new towers makes the area look more like Miami than NYC. The Queens neighborhood has been a manufacturing hub and a blue-collar world for decades, but recent development has brought in condos and what the owner of Court Square Diner calls “yuppies.” Now city […]

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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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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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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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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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10.28.13 Andy Cush

Plans to expand the Pulaski Bridge’s bike lane that began a year ago have been approved by the city, meaning cyclists and pedestrians will be able to cross the Newtown Creek in their own lanes. The plan, first proposed by Assemblyman Joe Lentol, will eliminate one lane of auto traffic on the Brooklyn-bound side of the bridge […]

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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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