Farewell to 5Pointz

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New York Subway, 1981
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Zevs
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Aiko Nakagawa
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André Saraiva
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André Saraiva
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Banksy
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Banksy
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Banksy
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Barry McGee
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Berlin Wall
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BLU
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East Side Gallery in Berlin
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East Side Gallery in Berlin
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Forty-Forty in Warsaw Poland
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Salvador Dali in Lima, Perú
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Jef Aerosol
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JR
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Keith Harring
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Keith Harring
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Kenny Scharf
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LA
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Mr. Brainwash
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New York Subway
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Retna
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Shepard Fairey
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Stay High 149
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Tacheles in Berlin
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Wild Style

As of Tuesday morning, 5Pointz—the famed graffiti-covered museum-like building in Long Island City, New York—is no more. After a long battle to preserve the street-art destination through petitions, lawsuits, applications for landmark status, rallies, and even pleas from the notorious Banksy, the building was painted white during the cover of night and with the protection of police. For over a decade, the building was a safe haven for graffiti artists to legally tag walls, but now it's being demolished to make way for luxury condominiums. Ah, just what our city needs, said basically everyone.

And though we could just wallow in the inarguable loss to New York’s rapidly fading “dirty” charm, we will instead take a moment to remember the best of the art form, whether attributed to NYC’s original Seventies tagging star—Taki 183 [54]—or to our recent visitor from across the pond. Take a look at some legendary public defacements, spend the weekend watching Wild Style and/or Exit Through The Gift Shop, and, as always, let us know your thoughts, feelings, and favorite works (if we've missed any) down below.

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  • The Fashion Informer

    And don't forget the Welling Court Mural Project by Ad Hoc Art in Astoria. The street art changes annually and it's all amazing - and very diverse. Details can be found here: http://bit.ly/b1VH8H and here: http://on.fb.me/117kDfi

  • Jane S.

    Wouldn't it be truly luxurious to live in a condo covered with original artwork? New York is sadly becoming so homogenized.

    • Janine

      Becoming? NYC is long past being the creative haven it was in the '70s and '80s.

  • olivia

    There is an amazing graffiti artist in Granada, Spain who calls himself "el nino de las pinturas." Look him up! His work is beautiful.

  • Cay

    I get that the building's owners can do what they want with the space, but painting everything over in the middle of the night just seems so spiteful. They are a part of the community, and they should have listened to what the people around them were saying and figured out a middle ground. I understand that street art is ephemeral and that preserving it by carefully taking down the walls and putting them in a museum isn't necessarily the way to go, but I feel like they could have had some sort of big charity event to support local artists at the site before it was demolished or SOMETHING to ease how they went out.

  • Alexandra

    I appreciate the way that IntotheGloss honored 5Pointz rather than decrying its loss. While it's sad, this land belonged to one man, and while it was generous of him to allow artists to take it over for some time, it is his right to make use of the land in another way. Just because someone lets others use their land in one way for a period of time does not make it a gift to that someone, and it shouldn't. It's sad to see this art go; it's beautiful and I'm glad we have photos to remember it by.

  • Janine

    Once money moves in, the creative and cool move out. It's sad that this one holdover is being demolished. I experienced NYC in the'80s...the city hasn't been my beacon for creativity in a very, very long time. Nothing is left - much too bland and, I hate to say it, mediocre. How sad for everyone.

    • Janine

      Oh...and Shepard Farey is a fraud.

      Keith Haring? <3

      My two cents.

  • Kat

    how do artists spray paint buildings so high up??? like in pic 7???

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