Untapped Cities writer Bhushan Mondkar snapped this photograph of the nearly complete demolition at 5Pointz over Thanksgiving weekend. We’ve been following the slow evisceration of the beloved street art hotspot over the past few months–heading into the building in mid-October and watching the sign come down at the end of October. Just before Thanksgiving, a memorial was held on the anniversary of the whitewashing. But this photograph heralds the end.
Last year, on November 18, 2013, New Yorkers woke up to the news that Long Island City street art haven 5Pointz had been whitewashed, following a long effort to save the building and get it landmarked. This past Tuesday night, 5pointz organizers hosted “5 POINTZ Art is life… You can’t trademark the people!” a memorial event to mark the first anniversary of that day.
One year ago today, New Yorkers woke up to the news that Long Island City street art haven 5Pointz had been whitewashed, following a long effort by 5Pointz organizers to save the building and get it landmarked. Since then, we’ve gone in to document the demolition this fall and reported on a video of the iconic sign that came tumbling down. Last night, 5pointz held a memorial event to mark the first anniversary of the whitewash. About 150 people attended in the cold, while Meres and Danielle Mastrion repainted the “rest in paint” gate. Here are some photographs by Untapped Cities writer Rachel Fawn Alban.
Screenshot from video by Hans von Ritter
If you’ve been planning to stop by 5Pointz before it fully comes down, you should do so soon. Since our last photographs inside the demolition on October 13th, a significant portion of the main building has come down. Photographer Hans von Rittern captured a phone video of Meres One’s iconic 5Pointz logo come crashing down on Tuesday by a clumsy yet effective crane. Jump to minute 4 for the real damage.
5Pointz from 3rd floor of demolition. Photo by franklyfrank
The last time we heard from urban explorer __Macgyver and his crew, they were creating pyrotechnic fire art in New York City’s abandoned subway stations. This time, they’ve hit up the demolition at the beloved street art haven, 5Pointz which was whitewashed last year. In an evening raid, __Macgyver, Mr_Dume, Jenyc_photography, _Fabricios_, franklyfrank and thompsonlxs_ capture what they describe to us as “a last hoorah” for 5Pointz. According to __Macgyver, 5Pointz “literally looked like it was blown away by a tornado.” Yet some of the street art was still intact. With a central building already down and the rest prepared for the wrecking ball, it is likely that 5Pointz will come down imminently.
Though demolition has begun on the building, the spirit of 5 Pointz was alive in Brooklyn yesterday, as a group of artists gathered to paint a 911 tribute wall, as they did each year at the famed Queens graffiti landmark.
Dedicated to 911 EMT, FDNY, and FDNY, the mural features a likeness of Joe Conzo, who in addition to working as an EMT, is a long-time documenter of hip- hop culture and author of the book Born in the Bronx. On Sept. 11, 2001, Conzo was one of the first EMTs on the scene of the World Trade Center attacks. After saving his trapped partner, they worked tirelessly for the next few days to rescue others who had been buried under rubble.