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 —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.