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.
In the early morning hours, much of the embattled 5Pointz complex on Long Island City was whitewashed — apparently at the behest of landlords Jerry and David Wolkoff.
The future of 5 Pointz might now be measured in weeks. A federal court in Brooklyn ruled Tuesday against an injunction that would have stopped the demolition of the graffiti and street art center in Long Island City.
As anyone who spends a few months watching a New York neighborhood knows, things change. Buildings disappear or suddenly spring up with glass and steel towers. This fall, a few of the city’s more interesting places are in danger of disappearing completely, including a mid-century futurist airline terminal and a graffiti-covered warehouse.
In September 2013, Long Island City’s graffiti museum 5 Pointz will likely be demolished, destroying about two decades worth of aerosol art.
Some call it “The United Nations of Graffiti.” Its semi-official title, spelled out in giant letters on its main wall, is “The Institute of Higher Burnin,” though you’ll also find it described as “the world’s premiere ‘graffiti Mecca'” on its website. Now there are questions about how long it will last.