We’ve long known that former graffiti mecca 5 Pointz (which currently is a sad, painted-over ghost of its former self), was slated to meet a wrecking ball. But now we finally have some dates. DNA Info reports that demolition could start as early as next month, pending issuance of permits. In its stead, we’ll get two 40+ story towers allowing for 1,000 residential units. Because if there’s one thing NYC needs, it’s more high rises.
While we continue to mourn the loss of two decades worth of street art from international artists — and probably one of the best views one could ever hope to get from the 7 train — new owner Jerry Wolkoff is champing at the bit to tear it down, quoted as saying demolition “cannot be soon enough for me.”
Sad news silver lining: Wolkoff plans to designate some space in his new development for artist studios and galleries, as well as walls that will be set aside for street artists to paint on.
Better than nothing I guess? Although we can’t help but wonder why we can’t take a cue from Miami and designate more space where street art can flourish, a la Wynwood.