17 Beautiful, Depressing Photos To Remind You How Much It Sucks They Painted Over 5 Pointz

New York’s graffiti mecca was whitewashed under the cover of darkness last night. Here are some photos demonstrating why it was the world’s most famous aerosol art gallery, and why people today are heartbroken that it is no more.

1. 5 Pointz was a graffiti haven in New York City, located in the Long Island City section of Queens.

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2. It was a series of properties that owner Jerry Wolkoff had allowed to be used by aerosol painters as a giant urban canvas.

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3. 5 Pointz had been accumulating massive pieces of art since the early ’90s.

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8. The sprawling graffiti compound became legendary for providing NYC subway commuters with a stunning view.

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11. In 2011, however, Wolkoff announced plans to demolish the site and convert it into high-rise condos.

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12. The 5 Pointz community banded together and fought to get their work designated as “Art Of Significant Stature,” so that it might be protected under the Visual Artist’s Rights Act.

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13. A federal judge last week rejected their petition, allowing construction to begin.

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14. Last night, between the hours of 3:00am and 8:00am, painters began whitewashing the works of 5 Pointz.

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15. Nearly 20 years worth of tagging was painted over in the dead of night.

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16. All that remains of the aerosol art are photos such as these.

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17. R.I.P., 5 Pointz.

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