Photos: New York’s ‘5Pointz’ graffiti haven faces demolition

The New York City Council has unanimously approved a plan to demolish a graffiti-art haven in the borough of Queens to make room for two apartment towers.
The decision was a blow to graffiti artists who have used the exterior of the warehouses, known as 5Pointz, as an exhibition space for years.
The council on Wednesday said 5Pointz in Long Island City could be razed as early as the end of the year. It said it could not save the site because it is privately owned.
The Walkoff family, which owns the buildings, last week put aside additional space for affordable housing and artists’ studios in an effort to win approval for the $400 million project.
It says artists will be allowed to paint several walls.

See more photos at Al Jazeera America
Photo: Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images

Photos: New York’s ‘5Pointz’ graffiti haven faces demolition

The New York City Council has unanimously approved a plan to demolish a graffiti-art haven in the borough of Queens to make room for two apartment towers.

The decision was a blow to graffiti artists who have used the exterior of the warehouses, known as 5Pointz, as an exhibition space for years.

The council on Wednesday said 5Pointz in Long Island City could be razed as early as the end of the year. It said it could not save the site because it is privately owned.

The Walkoff family, which owns the buildings, last week put aside additional space for affordable housing and artists’ studios in an effort to win approval for the $400 million project.

It says artists will be allowed to paint several walls.

See more photos at Al Jazeera America

Photo: Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images

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