New York City’s Most Famous Graffiti Wall Vanished Overnight

“5 Pointz,” the NYC graffiti mecca in Long Island City, Queens, was whitewashed Monday night. One of the world’s largest public graffiti displays is being scrapped to make room for luxury condos.

1. The iconic graffiti exhibit’s official Twitter account tweeted out Tuesday morning that most of the art had been painted over with NYPD consent last night.

5 Pointz

@5PointzNYC

5 pointz is gone, painted white overnight by the owner ..with police protection

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5 Pointz

@5PointzNYC

I repeat 5 pointz is gone ..painted white over night we almost got arrested

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3. The Queens, N.Y., warehouse, which previously operated as a legal graffiti space, had 80% of its walls covered in white paint. Some of the tags painted over were over two decades old.

marcus baram

@mbaram

So sad to see graffiti mecca #5Pointz painted white to prep for luxury condos. Here it is 6 months ago - and today.

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Stephen Nessen

@s_nessen

Nothing to see folks. At 5 Pointz one tourist came to see the art, went home disappointed “breaks my heart.”

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StreetArtNews

@streetartnews

The End of an era… RIP 5Pointz @5PointzNYC #streetart

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6. The graffiti display was maybe best known for being a truly unique visual for riders of the 7 train subway. This is what 5 Pointz looks like from the 7 train today.

8. The building also houses numerous artists who fought unsuccessfully to preserve its vibrant exterior.

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9. The building, owned by developer David Wolkoff of G&M Realty, will be renovated and replaced by a pair of luxury condos.

Last pieces at 5 Pointz not painted over on back side of building

— Stephen Nessen (@s_nessen)

Stephen Nessen

@s_nessen

Last pieces at 5 Pointz not painted over on back side of building

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