Well, it looks like the end is near from infamous New York City and L.I.C./Queens landmark, 5 Pointz (also known as the Phun Factory back in the days). The epicness of its appearance creeping up on you while riding the 7 Train transcend many memories. Plans of a 2-building sparkly condo development are seemingly springing ahead.
In a community meeting held last week on Wednesday May 22nd at MoMA PS1, G & M Realty listened to neighborhood residents and concerned citizens stating their arguments on why 5 Pointz should be saved and preserved. While developers Jerry Wolkoff and his son David Wolkoff, pressed on with the positives of the new development. Saying that the new development will bring in tons of public space, barbeque areas, a rock climbing wall and that they will honor the 5 Pointz that once was with a 200-foot mural wall.
The only thing stopping to the demolition is zoning restrictions, but truthfully, the inevitable is bound to happen as things are pointing towards the Wolkoffs’ favor.
So as of today, demolition is still on schedule towards the end of 2013. 5 Pointz is one of the few legal grounds and promoters of positive street art and education. So to see 5 Pointz gone is definitely going to be a sad day, not only for neighborhood residents, but for hip-hop culture and graffiti culture respectively.
Although no demolition date is being given as of yet, take advantage of the events and the tours that are being offered and curated on site via Meres One and crew. Get more info at www.5ptz.com.
Community Meeting Photo by: @edouglas528
The two proposed towers. 47 stories and 41 stories.
Jerry Wolkoff and his son David Wolkoff walking on the premises