The latest news from the 5Pointz construction site is that what once stood is absolutely done for. The tipster who sent us this photo reports that the last remaining building was demolished this week. The final structures slated for demolition were the townhouses along Jackson Avenue, which were about half demolished earlier this month. Demolition on the actual graffiti warehouse began back in August.
The Department of Buildings has not yet issued new building permits, so construction on the two 47- and 41-story towers won’t kick off right away. The developer’s goal, however, was to begin construction on the towers soon after demolition.
A petition has emerged that protests G&M Realty from trademarking the name of 5Pointz for its new residential development. The developers were trying to trademark the name late last year, although we never heard if they actually received the trademark or not. At the time, building owner/developer Jerry Wolkoff stated that “5Pointz” actually refers to the place and not the artists or artwork, and also noted the new development will include space for graffiti, rendered above.
Here’s part of the statement from the petition:
On November 19th, 2013 New York City awoke to discover all the art pieces white washed and 5 Pointz destroyed. This art genocide was ordered by G&M realty, landlord of 5 Pointz, owner of the land and building, the destruction of the art work occurred in the dark of the night. This act was justified by the owner claiming 5 Pointz was not relevant and he owned the property hosting the art.
March 2014, the landlord G&M realty filed their request to trademark the name 5 Pointz to promote, market and advertise their new project, two luxury rental high-rise towers to be erected on the graveyard which became to be known as the graffiti mecca of the world, 5 Pointz.
Join me, in requesting the attention of the trademarking commission to stop G&M realty from exploiting further the art community and capitalizing on the fame of 5 Pointz created by Jonathan Meres one Cohen, by the people for the people.
The goal is to reach 2,000 signatures, so far there are almost 1,800. Demolition is nearly complete at the graffiti warehouse and construction on the new build is expected soon after.
Court Square Blog took a look at the 5Pointz demolition, which is dragging into the new year. (Demolition work was supposed to wrap at the end of 2014.) As you can see above, the row of townhouses along Jackson Avenue are half gone, and CSB guesses they’ll be done for in no time. Most of the former warehouse is now just a pit of rubble. Construction on the new development is expected to begin as soon as demolition wraps, and will include two 47- and 41-story apartment towers.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.