The illuminator, a mobile lazer graffiti machine visited the 5 Pointz site where years of brilliant graffiti art was erased in a move towards Queens gentrification
Queens’ graffiti mecca is no more.
The extensive aerosol art on 5Pointz — an internationally renowned haven for urban artists — was quietly painted white early Tuesday morning.
The Long Island City building is set to be demolished by the end of this year to make way for a pair of luxury apartments. The redevelopment plan — spearheaded by the owners of the site Jerry Wolkoff and his son David — was approved overwhelming by City Council in October.
“I didn’t want any confrontation,” the elder Wolkoff said of the overnight overhaul that occurred between 3 a.m. and 8 a.m. “It’s torturous.”
Less than 12 hours later, however, some of the grieving artists were back, with a new kind of artwork that could be seen glowing on its sides.
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The iconic 5Pointz in Long Island City, Queens, was quietly painted white early Tuesday morning.
It's pretty rare for tagged-up subway trains to make it out of the rail yards, but sometimesthey do slip through. This morning, a 4 train that emerged at the Woodlawn stop in Bronx was covered in graffiti.
Reader Jose Donneys spotted the trains after 8 a.m., noting, "NYPD and MTA seemed pretty pissed about it!" He adds that subway was returned to the yards immediately and it took about 10 minutes for a new (non-tagged) train to arrive.
While it's unclear who is behind the tagging, most graffiti on subways is made by Europeans. Our in-house expert, Jake Dobkin, explained earlier this year, "Europeans do love to come to NYC and try to get up on a train. Most New York writers don't, because they know how quickly the trains will get buffed."