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In advance of its demolition to make way for a luxury condominium development, the abandoned brick warehouse turned world-renowned street art canvas known as 5Pointz was given a new coat of white paint overnight, shrouding its celebrated graffiti.

November 19, 2013, 12:00 PM PST

By Jonathan Nettler @nettsj


"By Tuesday morning, the work of some 1,500 artists had been wiped clean," report Marc Santora and Cara Buckley, "the Brobdingnagian bubble letters and the colorful cartoons spray painted on the building’s brick walls all covered in a fresh coat of white paint."

Though the demolition of 5Pointz had been planned for years, the covert whitewashing of the building's graffiti came as a shock and surprise to street art enthusiasts and neighbors of the Long Island City landmark.

“'I don’t know how you can erase 12 years of spectacular art,' said Hans Von Rittern, a guide who arrived with a busload of tourists, only to find the building’s art gone. 'It’s cruel.'”

Tuesday, November 19, 2013 in The New York Times

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