5Pointz Artists Seek TRO to Stop Developer from Demolishing Graffiti Site

By on October 16, 2013

Artists representing the 5Pointz Aerosol Art Center in Long Island City, Queens, filed a lawsuit to seek a temporary restraining order (TRO) to stop G&M Realty, a real estate developer, from knocking down a building on which artists worldwide consider being a graffiti destination. 

“We owe it to the artists.  5Pointz is by the people, for the people,” said Marie Flageul, a spokeswoman for 5Pointz.  “We know it’s gonna be a long road, but we are hopeful,” added Flageul. 

G&M Realty received City Council approval to knock down the graffiti decorated building and construct two luxury towers greater than permitted by current zoning laws.  “I’m sure they just want to keep the building there — which is not going to happen,” said David Wolkoff, who owns the property with his father Jerry Wolkoff.  “After close to two decades of allowing them to do their work freely, it’s a shame … that they won’t allow us to do our work freely.” 

The Wolkoffs secured city approval with several concessions including an increase in affordable housing units and space allocated for artists to decorate panels outside the new buildings. 

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