The fight to save 5Pointz might very well be over. In the dark of night, with police protection, the building owners have white-washed the public work of art.
This morning @5Pointz tweeted the news and Jeff Carroll posted the following photos of the destruction on Instagram:
After the City Council approved the demolition of 5Pointz to make room for luxury development, the founders of the 5Pointz Aerosol Art Center filed a lawsuit to block the demolition.
With their lawsuit defeated, the 5Pointz defenders held a major rally this weekend and announced their plan to seek landmark status for the building. As we've seen many times before, when preservationists seek landmarking, building owners act fast--destroying the structure trying to be saved.
This morning, commuters on the 7 train are getting a shock, many of them taking to Twitter to say #RIP5Pointz.
These are photos from my recent trip to 5Pointz.
And yet another part of untamed New York is destroyed for more towering glass boxes, more hollow architecture for a city that has lost its soul. Again, too often, I think of Ada Huxtable's words:
“Any city gets what it admires, will pay for, and, ultimately, deserves… We want and deserve tin-can architecture in a tinhorn culture.”
Update: As the morning goes on, more gut-wrenching photos are emerging online:
Stephen Nessen's twitter