Supporters hold rally to save 5Pointz


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THE COURIER/ Photos and video by Angy Altamirano

The fight to save 5Pointz is not over. Days after a Brooklyn judge issued a ruling against a request of preliminary injunction looking to protect the aerosol art on the graffiti mecca, hundreds from all over the five boroughs gathered at the Long Island City site to rally and show support. The judge also dissolved […]

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5Pointz supporters not giving up after judge’s ruling


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Updated 5:45 p.m. :  Although a Brooklyn judge has given 5Pointz the thumbs down, artists and supporters are still not giving up. Judge Frederic Block of the Brooklyn Federal Court issued a ruling on Tuesday against a request of preliminary injunction by Jonathan Cohen, curator at 5Pointz, and a group of 16 other aerosol artists, […]

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Judge grants extension on 5Pointz restraining order


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The small victories keep coming for 5Pointz. Judge Frederick Block of the Brooklyn Federal Court granted Jonathan Cohen, curator at 5Pointz for the past 11 years, and a group of 16 other aerosol artists an extension to their initial 10 day restraining order on Monday, more than a week after they appeared before the court […]

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Judge grants 10-day restraining order for 5Pointz


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5Pointz has won a small battle. Judge Frederick Block of the Brooklyn Federal Court granted Jonathan Cohen, curator at 5Pointz for the past 11 years, and a group of 16 other aerosol artists a 10-day restraining order on October 17, after they appeared before the court looking to file a lawsuit in an effort to […]

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Artists file suit to keep 5Pointz


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The fight is not over for 5Pointz. Jonathan Cohen, curator at 5Pointz for the past 11 years, and a group of 16 other aerosol artists announced they are filing a lawsuit in an effort to stop the demolition of the graffiti mecca. The announcement came a day after the City Council voted on October 9 […]

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5Pointz to become apartment complex after final vote


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Developers have reached the final step in seeing the Long Island City graffiti mecca, known as 5Pointz, become two apartment towers. The City Council voted on Wednesday, October 9 to approve the land use application that would allow the Wolkoff family, owners of the property on Jackson Avenue and Davis Street, and developer G&M Realty […]

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City Planning Commission approves 5Pointz land use application


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5Pointz, the graffiti covered warehouses in Long Island City, are one step closer to becoming two high-rise apartment buildings. On Wednesday the City Planning Commission voted unanimously to approve the land use application that would allow the Wolkoff family, owners of the property on Jackson Avenue and Davis Street, to build apartment towers to larger […]

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Arts nonprofit raises funds for new space as 5Pointz set to be demolished


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Photos courtesy of Carolina Penafiel/Local Project

As the wrecking ball gets closer to 5Pointz, one nonprofit that calls the graffiti mecca home is now looking for help to fund their new space once it’s time to move out. For the past five years, Local Project, a nonprofit arts organization, has housed its headquarters and gallery space at 45-10 Davis Street in […]

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Developers change 5Pointz plans, BP approves application


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After receiving harsh disapproval from the Long Island City community, the developers who plan to turn the graffiti mecca known as 5Pointz into two high-rise apartment buildings have decided to make changes to their proposal. According to Joseph Conley, chair of Community Board (CB) 2, G&M Realty’s plan has been altered to include about 78 […]

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LIC resident comes up with plan to relocate 5Pointz


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Photos Courtesy of Kris Schrey

As the demolition date of the graffiti mecca known as 5Pointz gets closer, one Long Island City resident has come up with a proposal to save the art that covers the building. Kris Schrey, co-organizer of the Long Island City Parents Group, proposed moving the art from 5Pointz onto the concrete walls surrounding MoMA PS1 […]

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Community Board votes down 5Pointz permit


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THE COURIER/Photo by Angy Altamirano

Artists and supporters of 5Pointz can breathe a little easier after Community Board 2 (CB 2) voted against the owner’s special permit application to develop the graffiti mecca into two high-rise apartment buildings. The Wolkoff family, who has owned 5Pointz for decades, plans to demolish the graffiti-adorned warehouses located on Jackson Avenue and Davis Street […]

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Artists, residents voice outrage over 5Pointz demolition


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5Pointz will soon be gone, replaced by two high-rise apartment buildings. At a public hearing hosted by Community Board (CB) 2 on Wednesday area residents packed the MoMA PS 1 lobby to discuss the special permit application by thee Wolkoff family, owners of 5Pointz for decades, to build the complex. The plan looks to demolish […]

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Local artists angry over plans for 5Pointz


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Photo by Alex DiBlasi

Taggers armed with cans of spray paint who flocked to leave their mark on the paint-laden walls of graffiti mecca 5Pointz may soon be searching for another canvas. The 200,000-square-foot Long Island City graffiti art exhibition space, home to over 350 multicolored murals, could soon be knocked down in favor of building two high-rise apartment […]

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Honoring Charlie Chaplin at 5Pointz


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As a long standing resident and artist of Queens, I am very proud to support the famous graffiti hub 5Pointz. I have had the opportunity to create more than one piece on the walls of this historic monument. The freedom of painting a vast canvas with the natural light of the sun and the wind […]

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Jamaica to welcome artists with free residencies


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Photo Courtesy of Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning

In keeping with their mission to become a one-stop shop for artists, Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning (JCAL) is partnering with Exploring the Metropolis (EtM) to provide free workspace residencies for choreographer-composer duos.

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