The rally was organized in just four days, after a judge lifted the temporary restraining order on the developers and denied the injunction to prevent demolition. The primary purposes of the rally were to raise morale, discuss peaceful protest strategies, as well as collect signatures to landmark the building that has been home to their work for over a decade. (Though the landmark designation was always a long-shot, without the artwork itself now, it doesn’t seem possible). A crowd of hundreds came out and enjoyed a beautiful day.
At the time of the rally, there was no painting allowed on the walls, however there was plenty of fresh canvas. This is typical at 5 Pointz, where on most weekends, visitors can often meet artists and buy (affordable) original artwork. Speakers took the “stage” from 4-5 pm. The loading dock area filled with hundreds of supporters. Artists, teachers, students, and neighbors shared personal stories about 5 Pointz, using an open mike format. They talked about their personal involvement with 5 Pointz, finding inspiration during hard times, and reminisced about meaningful moments, such as meeting girlfriends. 5 Pointz was described as a “monument” and a place where learning and teaching happened daily. The event ended on a positive note, with cheering and break dancing. It seemed a moment of togetherness and gratitude. Respect and love to the 5 Pointz crew. We will miss this site dearly. Thank you for all you did, for the memories, the art, and inspiration. We wish you nothing but the best as you write your next chapters.. Read more about 5 Pointz, photos of the whitewashing, and previous photo essays on Untapped Cities here, here and here. Also read about another street art hotspot in Queens, Welling Court. See more photography from Rachel Fawn Alban.