A couple weeks ago Crimcast reported on the saving of the 5 Pointz graffiti space in Queens, New York, from destruction to make way for luxury housing. In a shocking turnabout, the developer reneged on agreements with community activists and began to paint over the artwork two nights ago under police protection. A federal lawsuit filed by the artists failed to receive an injunction and so the good-faith agreement was all the community had to rely on-- but only they were acting in good faith. Shame on developers Jerry and David Wolkoff for painting over a vibrant and historic space for graffiti artists! What a travesty! As one 5 Pointz fan put it to the media:
It’s the death of a real cultural institution in the city and there doesn’t seem to be any room for this kind of art anymore.