To view more photos and videos of 5 Pointz both before and after the whitewashing, be sure to visit the 5 Pointz location page.
For over 20 years, the 5 Pointz building in Long Island City, Queens, has been a hub for street artists from around the world to showcase their work. Many Instagrammers in New York have visited 5 Pointz to document the dynamic, vibrant graffiti on its exterior.
The building is privately owned by Long Island developer Jerry Wolkoff who has plans to raze 5 Pointz at the end of this year. Early Tuesday morning, the structure’s artwork was quietly painted over with white paint. In the wake of this news, locals and visitors alike are documenting the changes that herald the building’s final days.
When I lived in NYC, I worked at a studio in Long Island City and would pass 5 Pointz while taking the 7 to and from work. I would also see the Manhattan skyline appear in the distance, but the seconds it took to pass this building were much more exciting as I would see something different every time.
I’m heartbroken it was all whitewashed just so they could tear the building down.
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