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5 Pointz Demolition-Graffiti-Street Art-Long Island City-Queens-NYCImage via Instagram by notexactlyblue

The day has come for 5 Pointz. Animal New York reports that as of this morning, “a backhoe began tearing into the building that was once the graffiti mecca of New York City. While curators and artists have moved on to other locations in the city, it’s difficult not to see this moment as a symbol of what New York City (its planners and developers at least) aspire for it to be. But in the world of street art in America, a permanent building for aerosol art is probably too much to ask .

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Hallets Point, Queens rendering by James Corner Field Associations

All you need is a Metrocard and a pair of eyes to realize that things in NYC are changing, fast. And even though it may seem like these changes have been mostly in Brooklyn and Manhattan, Queens has also been a prime target for development. Some new urban development plans may change Queens in more ways than you can imagine. We’ve made a list of major redevelopment plans to help you gain a general understanding of how the borough may transform over the coming years.

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Women Are Heroes by JR in Providencia, Rio de Janeiro

Art in the streets is not a local or recent phenomenon. Whether you call it street art, graffiti or vandalism, art in the streets gives a city personality. Large-scale projects, such as JR’s work in Providencia, Rio de Janeiro give underserved places new life and attention. Smaller, every day interventions, like Space Invader add whimsy to the streetscape. Google’s newest Street Art Project, created by their Cultural Institute in Paris is an online gallery currently featuring over 4,000 street art and graffiti images from around the world.

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Detail of a painting by Meres One

Detail of a painting by Meres One, who was curator and resident artist at 5 Pointz.

The iconic 5 Pointz building in Long Island City may have been painted over, but the artists can’t be silenced.  In the Whitewash show at the Jeffrey Leder Gallery, members of the graffiti collective have voiced their thoughts and feelings after discovering that the beloved art center had been suddenly whitewashed overnight.

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The Illuminator calls the Guggenheim Museum a “1% Museum.” Another projected messages: “Art is not a Luxury.” 

The spirit of Occupy Wall Street lives on as The Illuminator political art project roams New York City projecting guerrilla protest messages onto buildings. Using a plain white van equipped with audio and visual projection, as well as an info-shop and mini library, the group of eight artists display a Bat-signal spotlight with a location-specific message. In March, the above message was among those displayed on the 88th Street Guggenheim Museum as a protest to the Guggenheim Foundation’s treatment of migrant workers in Abu Dhabi, where their newest museum is currently being built. (more…)

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5 Pointz in Q is for Queens

If you love Queens, you’ll love this illustration project by artist Queens native Amol Sarva who is passionate about the borough. Q is for Queens is a book of drawings about the borough intended to share the culture of Queens with the next generation (and this one!) and his Kickstarter has gained substantial traction. It’s full of great architectural and art finds like the soon to be demolished 5 Pointz, Steinway Piano Factory, MoMA PS1, the vintage Coca-Cola sign at Long Island City, and the Silvercup Studios sign.

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