Queens community board holds private meeting with 5Pointz developer

By Christine Chung, THE CITY This story was originally published on July 25, 2019 by THE CITY. Queens community board members met privately last week with a developer seeking their approval on revised plans to build luxury apartment buildings at the old 5Pointz graffiti hotspot, THE CITY has learned. Three people, including developer David Wolkoff, gathered at Manducatis Rustica, […]

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Developers hope to draw artists back to Queens’ 5Pointz

By Christine Chung, THE CITY This story was originally published on July 2, 2019 by THE CITY. The developers who whitewashed the street art at the legendary Queens graffiti hotspot 5Pointz want to paint over bad feelings and lure artists back to the site. The owners are vying to capitalize on the Long Island City property’s colorful history — […]

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Federal judge upholds $6.75 million in damages awarded to 5Pointz artists

By Bill Parry When a federal judge in Brooklyn ruled in favor of the 5Pointz artists in their landmark lawsuit against developer Jerry Wolkoff in February and ordered him to pay $6.7 million in compensation for ordering the whitewashing of the world famous Long Island City graffiti mecca in November 2013, Judge Frederick Block blamed […]

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Long Island City artist releases photo book capturing the evolution of the neighborhood

Photographer Kris Graves has been capturing the transformation of Long Island City through his lens for more than a decade. Graves, who was born in Jamaica, said he remembers coming to the neighborhood as a child when his family would take trips to the city. They would take the E train from Court Square and […]

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Judge rules in favor of 5Pointz artists

By Bill Parry The leader of the 5Pointz artists is hailing the federal judge in Brooklyn who ruled in their favor Monday, forcing developer Jerry Wolkoff to pay $6.7 million in compensation for ordering the whitewashing of the world famous graffiti mecca in November 2013. In his 100-page decision, Judge Frederick Block awarded the maximum […]

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