An Artist Put Up Giant Police Tape To Protest Gentrification In New York

After the 5 Pointz area was whitewashed last year, graffiti artists were in an uproar. This act of protest calls attention to what artists see as the further gentrification of New York City.

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A giant banner bearing a resemblance to oversize police tape, reading "Gentrification In Progress," was put up around the historic 5 Pointz area in Queens, N.Y. last night.

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It was allegedly put up by the street artist GILF (who's done similar projects) and BAMN, a civil rights advocacy organization.

Photo: Gentrification In Progress, a collaboration between @gilfnyc and #BAMN, at the legendary #5pointz,... http://t.co/5NLTB4hgSJ

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Photo: Gentrification In Progress, a collaboration between @gilfnyc and #BAMN, at the legendary #5pointz,... http://t.co/5NLTB4hgSJ

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The building, once called a "graffiti mecca," was painted over last November.

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New York magazine points out that Jerry Wolkoff, the building's current owner, says graffiti artists will be able to paint on the two high-rise rental towers he's planning for the space.

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