Despite the efforts of many to save Long Island City's 5 Pointz from demolition, the renowned graffiti haven has finally met its end. The massive warehouse that served as Queen's biggest street art canvas was whitewashed overnight, erasing nearly 30 years of New York art history.
— WNYC (@WNYC) November 19, 2013
The paint job occurred only days after supporters flocked to the LIC location to pledge support for 5 Pointz, and only a week after 5 Pointz curator Jonathan Cohen, aka Meres One, failed to get a court injunction against the destruction of the building. A judge ruled that developers Jerry and David Wolkoff, owners of the 5 Pointz warehouse, could go forward with their plans to transform the building into high-end condos.
5 pointz is gone, painted white overnight by the owner ..with police protection
— 5 Pointz (@5PointzNYC) November 19, 2013
Why the warehouse had to painted white before demolition, we don't know. The act took place last night with police protection, and has since sparked more than a few people to take to the Twitterverse to express their grief. Check out some of the responses to the 5 Pointz whitewashing below and let us know your thoughts on the impending demolition in the comments. For more on the legacy of 5 Pointz, read a tribute by the experts at Brooklyn Street Art here.
UPDATE: According to Vanishing New York, the whitewashing was likely an attempt to prevent a last-minute landmarking initiative launched by 5 Pointz artists last week, one that aimed to stop the building's demolition.
The coolest thing about writing the 7 Train to Queens is seeing the amazing artwork that adorns the wall of #5Pointz
— Mr. Peralta (@peraltaprjct) November 19, 2013
This hurst so much!!! Graffiti mecca 5 Pointz repainted white in Queens http://t.co/8Lhllm5AFn
— Natasha Tendai (@NatashaTendai) November 19, 2013
— Edmin De Los Santos (@HablameLatiNo) November 19, 2013
5 Pointz being whitewashed...not even torn down yet-is a middle finger by the owners to all of its supporters. Make no mistake about it.
— Christopher Smith (@infinitewords14) November 19, 2013
Seeing those pics of the 5pointz walls getting painted over hurt my heart. Used to love catching a glimpse of the art while riding the 7 😞
— Alex (@ahp109) November 19, 2013
5 pointz goes down for condos, so people can ironically move to the culturally enriched neighborhood. Take that in for a second.
— Meron Menghistab (@Mersrulesworld) November 19, 2013
Overnight, 5 Pointz is gone. Such a beautiful place, glad I got to see it for the first and last time this fall. http://t.co/mz4GqVY711
— Christina Chaey (@christinachaey) November 19, 2013
DAVID WOLKOFF will "be remembered for the greatest art murder in history" http://t.co/udwTy3m4H9
— Eugene Reznik (@eugene_reznik) November 19, 2013
Painting #5POINTZ white is like a gag before an execution. No last words. It's sick.
— Shannon Lee Ritchey (@ShanRitchey) November 19, 2013