The city council voted yesterday to tear down the famous graffiti hot spot, 5 pointz in Long Island City. the colorful buildings along the 7 train line will be replaced with two high-rises for luxury condos.
Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer says a deal has been struck that would provide up to 12,000 square feet for artists and new open space and hundreds of jobs.
The graffiti designs on the building have brought alot of attention from tourists for decades. I can remember the last time i passed by there on the 7 train and the amount of art i saw in one place was incredible, so many different styles, so many colors.
This building allowed artists from all over the wold to come visit the area and put a masterpiece on the wall. The owner is allowed to tear down the current building but the new tower design needs to go through a city review process. The demolition can happen at the end of this year and one of the new buildings in this area should be finished by 2015.
Check out this news coverage of the council meeting: (The reporter also shows at the end of the segment one of the buffed Banksy pieces)