5 Pointz is gone.
White paint, dead art. Gentrification at its finest.
5 Pointz was desecrated as we slept; the words, the colors, and the faces, defiant, were wiped away as we curled into our dreams. We are left with a dry, bleached shell of a museum; we are left with a sanitized emptiness.
But soon, even this will be taken from us; eventually, the shell will be torn down, and a luxury condominium will take its place. A bruise on top of a bruise.
I’ve lived in Queens my whole life; I’ve watched it grow, change, and ripen.
Now, I am witnessing a sort of disintegration – that is, a wiping away, a banishing of art, of unruliness, and, most importantly, of working class neighborhoods, institutions, and landmarks.
To whom does this borough belong?
I am no longer certain.
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For more information about 5 Pointz, click here.
For more information about the demolition, click here.
Stay tuned: I will be following this story closely over the coming weeks.
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