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NY graffiti to be torn down

Iconic graffiti from the streets of New York City is to be torn down. The famous ‘5 Pointz’ properties have been used by graffiti artists as an outdoor exhibition space since the early 1990s, and the area is regarded as one of the centres of world street art. In 2011, owner of the properties Jerry Wolkoff, announced plans to demolish the buildings to build high-rise apartments, prompting a battle from the graffiti community to keep the area as it is.

NY graffiti to be torn down
A mural painted on the '5 Pointz' building is seen on August 9, 2013 in the Long Island City neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. 5 Pointz is a series of properties that graffiti artists use as an outdoor art exhibit space - it is considered the Mecca of the graffiti world. The space has been used as a space for graffiti artists since the early 1990s, though in 2011, Jerry Wolkoff, the owner of the property, announced he planned to demolish the building to build high-rise residential buildings. The 5 Pointz graffiti community has since been in a battle to keep the space as is; they are currently petitioning the government to consider the space a protected cultural landmark. (Getty Images)
NY graffiti to be torn down
A woman watches as Steve Lew, who goes by the artist name 'Kidlew,' paints a new piece on a section of wall of the '5 Pointz' building on August 9, 2013 in the Long Island City neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. 5 Pointz is a series of properties that graffiti artists use as an outdoor art exhibit space - it is considered the Mecca of the graffiti world. The space has been used as a space for graffiti artists since the early 1990s, though in 2011, Jerry Wolkoff, the owner of the property, announced he planned to demolish the building to build high-rise residential buildings. The 5 Pointz graffiti community has since been in a battle to keep the space as is; they are currently petitioning the government to consider the space a protected cultural landmark. (Getty Images)
NY graffiti to be torn down
Steve Lew, who goes by the artist name 'Kidlew,' paints a new piece on a section of wall of the '5 Pointz' building on August 9, 2013 in the Long Island City neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. 5 Pointz is a series of properties that graffiti artists use as an outdoor art exhibit space - it is considered the Mecca of the graffiti world. The space has been used as a space for graffiti artists since the early 1990s, though in 2011, Jerry Wolkoff, the owner of the property, announced he planned to demolish the building to build high-rise residential buildings. The 5 Pointz graffiti community has since been in a battle to keep the space as is; they are currently petitioning the government to consider the space a protected cultural landmark. (Getty Images)
NY graffiti to be torn down
A woman has her picture taken next to a mural painted on the '5 Pointz' building on August 9, 2013 in the Long Island City neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. 5 Pointz is a series of properties that graffiti artists use as an outdoor art exhibit space - it is considered the Mecca of the graffiti world. The space has been used as a space for graffiti artists since the early 1990s, though in 2011, Jerry Wolkoff, the owner of the property, announced he planned to demolish the building to build high-rise residential buildings. The 5 Pointz graffiti community has since been in a battle to keep the space as is; they are currently petitioning the government to consider the space a protected cultural landmark. (Getty Images)
NY graffiti to be torn down
The '5 Pointz' building is seen on August 9, 2013 in the Long Island City neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. 5 Pointz is a series of properties that graffiti artists use as an outdoor art exhibit space - it is considered the Mecca of the graffiti world. The space has been used as a space for graffiti artists since the early 1990s, though in 2011, Jerry Wolkoff, the owner of the property, announced he planned to demolish the building to build high-rise residential buildings. The 5 Pointz graffiti community has since been in a battle to keep the space as is; they are currently petitioning the government to consider the space a protected cultural landmark. (Getty Images)
NY graffiti to be torn down
A mural painted on the '5 Pointz' building is seen on August 9, 2013 in the Long Island City neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. 5 Pointz is a series of properties that graffiti artists use as an outdoor art exhibit space - it is considered the Mecca of the graffiti world. The space has been used as a space for graffiti artists since the early 1990s, though in 2011, Jerry Wolkoff, the owner of the property, announced he planned to demolish the building to build high-rise residential buildings. The 5 Pointz graffiti community has since been in a battle to keep the space as is; they are currently petitioning the government to consider the space a protected cultural landmark. (Getty Images)
NY graffiti to be torn down
Steve Lew, who goes by the artist name 'Kidlew,' paints a new piece on a section of wall of the '5 Pointz' building on August 9, 2013 in the Long Island City neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. 5 Pointz is a series of properties that graffiti artists use as an outdoor art exhibit space - it is considered the Mecca of the graffiti world. The space has been used as a space for graffiti artists since the early 1990s, though in 2011, Jerry Wolkoff, the owner of the property, announced he planned to demolish the building to build high-rise residential buildings. The 5 Pointz graffiti community has since been in a battle to keep the space as is; they are currently petitioning the government to consider the space a protected cultural landmark. (Getty Images)
NY graffiti to be torn down
A woman has her picture taken next to a mural painted on the '5 Pointz' building on August 9, 2013 in the Long Island City neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. 5 Pointz is a series of properties that graffiti artists use as an outdoor art exhibit space - it is considered the Mecca of the graffiti world. The space has been used as a space for graffiti artists since the early 1990s, though in 2011, Jerry Wolkoff, the owner of the property, announced he planned to demolish the building to build high-rise residential buildings. The 5 Pointz graffiti community has since been in a battle to keep the space as is; they are currently petitioning the government to consider the space a protected cultural landmark. (Getty Images)