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5Pointz: The Morning After

This morning 5Pointz was largely deserted. There was hardly anyone in sight after a firestorm of online protest about the midnight buff that erased over a decade of graffiti and street art history in Long Island City.

5Pointz the morning after (photos courtesy Tiernan Morgan)
5Pointz the morning after (all photos courtesy Tiernan Morgan and used with permission)

This morning 5Pointz was largely deserted. There was hardly anyone in sight after a firestorm of online protest about the midnight buff that erased over a decade of graffiti and street art history in Long Island City.

Last night, a rally garnered some media attention and attracted new graffiti from activists and fans eager to keep the flame of 5Pointz alive. The protesters created a wall of messages to express their grief and anger, and the most popular scrawlings were “5Pointz: Rest in Power” “Beat the Buff!,” and “Fuck the Buff.” One of the cranes was covered with various messages and there is a new mural on a wall opposite 5 Pointz which declares “Rest in Power.”

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