To mark the one year anniversary of the whitewash of 5Pointz, the independent filmmaker P.J. Monsanto released an 18-minute documentary about the infamous graffiti warehouse. Titled “We Don’t Need More Rats Here,” it chronicles the artists’ efforts to save the building after the owner, Jerry Wolkoff, announced plans for a new residential development, and their reaction after all their work was painted over in the dead of night. There are also plenty of amazing shots of the building during its glory days, covered in artwork. Now, of course, the warehouse is under demolition.
Last night, a group of 5Pointz artists held a memorial to mark the anniversary. According to Untapped Cities, “About 150 people attended in the cold, while Meres and Danielle Mastrion repainted the ‘rest in paint’ gate.”
G&M Realty, the guys who whitewashed the graffiti art on 5Pointz then proceeded to demolish the building, have reached a new level of low. DNAinfo reports that G&M submitted an application to trademark the 5Pointz name. Their trademark bid was initially denied this summer; apparently the name is too similar to another already registered. G&M will have a chance to respond, however. (The 5Pointz name was given to the building by the artist Meres One in 2002 after graffiti work increased at the site.)
Building owner Jerry Wolkoff wants to use the name for his new residential development, saying that “5Pointz” refers to the place and not the artists or artwork. He also points out that the new development will include space for graffiti, although it doesn’t exactly look inspiring.
As you might expect, the former 5Pointz artists aren’t happy. “It’s ironic that the same corporation which single-handedly destroyed all the artwork known as 5Pointz is trying to capitalize on its name,” 5Pointz spokesman Marie Cecile Flageul told DNAinfo. Good point! Demolition at the complex continues and should last until the end of the year.
When you have the sort of interests that I do, a lot of time is spent looking through the little plexiglass windows of construction fences. Back in 2008, when the economy crashed and derailed a lot of the development plans, many of these temporary barriers became somewhat permanent fixtures. That’s no longer the case, obviously, as a surge of new construction is under way all over LIC. Unfortunately, one of the historic buildings we’ve already lost to this process is the former Neptune Meter Company factory building on Jackson Avenue nearby Court Square.
It’s not John Thomson’s Neptune Water meter company that we’ll miss though, instead it’s the street artist hub which was known as 5Pointz.
The demolition saga goes on at the former 5Pointz warehouse. The Court Square Blog spotted scaffolding up around the buildings on Jackson Avenue, which means those structures are soon to go. Demolition began in the rear and the middle of the site — work mostly wrapped there earlier this month. It looks like the actual warehouse and the Jackson Avenue buildings will fall next.
Demolition is expected to wrap this month. Then work should promptly start on erecting two 47- and 41-story apartments towers, with a total of 1,000 units.
Jeremiah’s Vanishing New York took a visit to 5Pointz, where the demolition of the rear section is now complete. Work began on that portion this August. The actual warehouse, which is of course whitewashed, looks totally gutted but it’s still standing. Developer Jerry Wolkoff said that he expects the whole complex to be demolished by this month. He previously stated, “Once demolition starts we will continue all the way through to 2016… until the job is complete.” The warehouse will be replaced by two 47- and 41-story towers, with a total of 1,000 apartment units.
We’ve got word that demolition started today at the 5Pointz graffiti warehouse. This would make sense, as demolition was expected to begin any day now. No pictures yet, but we’ll update this post as anything comes in. And if you’re in the area, feel free to send news and photos to email@example.com. UPDATE: Here’s a report from Animal New York: “This morning, a backhoe began tearing into the building that has served as a legal playground for aerosol artists for nearly two decades.” UPDATE #2: This is from Twitter: “todays work involves excavator on outer structure #5Pointz + protecting perimeter, according to construction worker.” Here’s a video of the work. And check out more photos after the jump.
The Daily News got its hands on some new 5Pointz renderings — here’s the first batch, detailing the facade of the new 1,100-unit development. In response to the loss of a great graffiti mecca, developers Jerry and David Wolkoff are trying to incorporate artwork into the new, two-towered residential building. There will be a 40-by-80-foot edifice above the development’s garage that can be spray-painted, paintable walls wrapping around the gigantic outdoor courtyard, and open wall space on Davis Street. The building will also hold 20 artist studios.
We’ll see if any of the 5Pointz artists have any interest in returning to the building — our guess is that they won’t. Demolition of the warehouse will begin in about two weeks and construction should begin in two to three months. See one more rendering after the jump.
New York YIMBY posted new and improved renderings of the residential build to replace the 5Pointz graffiti warehouse. The developers filed building permits with the DOB earlier this month.
The facade of the towers will be made with a beige stone. There are glassy corners along Crane Street, as well as glass penthouse units on top of the building. According to YIMBY, “The north tower will have taller, loft-style windows, while the south tower’s windows will be smaller and more traditionally framed. The north tower will also have a glassier base, fronting Crane Street and Jackson Avenue, with retail space within. On the other hand, the podium of the south tower will hold the entire project’s amenity space.” There will be around 1,116 units, 20 percent of which will be priced affordably. The affordable units will be spread throughout both towers.
Demolition of the graffiti warehouse should begin any week now. Construction on the new development is expected within the next three to five months. You can see two more renderings of the coming build after the jump. (more…)
The construction of two glassy towers to replace the infamous 5Pointz graffiti warehouse is officially in motion. New York YIMBY reported that architect H. Thomas O’Hara filed building permits with the DOB yesterday morning. The filings really show how massive this development will be: 977,086 square feet of residential space and 39,765 square feet of commercial space, making 1,016,851 square feet total. There will also be a 32,099-square-foot plaza and a 262-car public parking garage. The two towers will hold 1,116 units, and roughly 20 percent will be priced affordably.
Demolition of the graffiti warehouse should begin in a few weeks; it’s expected to be gone by October. Site work for the new building should begin in three to five months, and eventually Long Island City will have one more development that looks just like every other new build in New York.