See how a historic monument to graffiti art was unrecognizably transformed into a luxury high rise with the personality of a sad hotel lobby.
The Supreme Court declined G&M Realty’s petition to review the case, upholding a 2018 federal court ruling that awarded $6.7 million in damages to 21 artists at the site.
After reports of an intruding luxury condo development, the artist requested that the museum close the work until the project’s construction scaffolding is no longer visible.
In the immortal words of Joni Mitchell, “They paved paradise and put up a
parking lot massive skyscraper.”
In 2013, a real estate developer whitewashed a beloved stretch of street art. Now he will have to pay damages to 21 artists, a federal judge has ruled.
If the judge in the case follows suit, the verdict could set a remarkable precedent for the protection of graffiti and street art under the Visual Artists Rights Act.
The first renderings of the luxury development show its logo in wildstyle lettering and graffiti-inspired wall art in stairwells and lounges.
Hundreds of demonstrators gathered in Long Island City yesterday to protest the almost complete absence of unionized workers at the 5Pointz redevelopment site — despite a promise by the project’s developer that he would only employ union workers for the job.
On a three-block stretch of 21st Street in Long Island City, New York City’s economic and artistic evolution plays out in miniature.
Nine artists are suing Jerry Wolkoff, the owner of the 5Pointz site in Long Island City, Queens, for destroying their murals when his company G&M Realty had the building whitewashed in November 2013.
The owner of 5Pointz, the former artists’ studio complex and graffiti center in Queens that is currently being demolished, is trying to trademark the name “5Pointz” in order to market the apartments that will be built on the lot.
NY YIMBY recently got a set of renderings of the structure that will take over 5Pointz’s burial ground at 22-44 Jackson Avenue in Long Island City, Queens.