Graffiti mecca 5 Pointz erased overnight
by Laurel Babcock and Bob Fredericks
New York Post
November 19, 2013
Even Banksy couldn’t save this graffiti landmark.
Furious street art fans were in mourning Tuesday after the owners of 5 Pointz had the graffiti Mecca in Long Island City whitewashed overnight.
“They’ve officially painted over 5 Pointz @5PointzNYC – my commute won’t be the same,” tweeted William McGinn, one of hundreds of supporters who took to Twitter to bemoan the loss.
“WOW. 5 pointz is gone, painted white overnight by the owner with police protection,” added Dynamics.
The warehouse is owned by developers Jerry and David Wolkoff and will now face the wrecking ball.
Curators and managers of the project accused Jerry Wolkoff of purposely ruining the art to sabotage their efforts to get the building landmarked. They said they were prepared to submit more than 20,000 landmark forms to the Landmarks Commission this week, 1,000 of which were collected during a rally on Saturday.
“It’s vandalism from the guys who want the building back,” said Marie Flageul, a lead organizer to save 5 Pointz. “This is a tragedy. It’s a signature Jerry Wolkoff move. If things don’t go his way, he takes them in his own hands. This is artistic murder.”
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