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Artists pose with Joe Conzo, who was honored with this mural.

Artists pose with Joe Conzo, who was honored with this mural.

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.

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5pointz-secret punk show-graffiti-street art-lic-nycFilthy Savage play a secret show inside of 5Pointz, were demolition is currently underway. Image via Sixdust

As we should all know by now, not only has the historic 5Pointz been whitewashed in preparation for demolition, but demolition has already recently begun. But that didn’t stop a group of fearless individuals from throwing a secret punk show inside of the artistic landmark this past weekend, and we have the pictures and videos to prove it.

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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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