While a shrine of the street art scene is still being knocked down, a deal is reached to bring some of its artistic flavor to the new buildings.
5Pointz, the group of Long Island City warehouses which served as a canvas for graffiti artists for years, will be demolished, according to the agreement, but City Councilman James Van Bramer says residential towers will provide 1,000 jobs and affordable housing, and preserve the area's artistic history.
"The new building will have graffiti and aerosol art on the facade, at the base of the building," van Bramer said. "That's a great opportunity for artists to display their art, to become known in the art world. I'm glad we preserved that heritage and that's legacy of 5Pointz, and that's as a result of the deal we did today."
The owners are offering one of the advocates for 5Pointz a chance to curate the nearly 12,000 square feet of art panels and walls in the building.