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Wolkoffs whitewash 5Pointz with police protection

November 19, 2013 11:30AM

With New York’s finest by their side, 5Pointz owners Jerry and David Wolkoff whitewashed the graffiti mecca last night. The owners plan to tear down the building and construct two residential towers at the Long Island City site, despite vehement opposition from the artistic community.

Opponents of the development plan, slated for at 22-44 Jackson Avenue, turned to the Landmarks Preservation Commission last weekend, hoping the agency would save the building by designating it a historic landmark, Curbed reported.

City Council approved the development plans in October, after the Wolkoffs agreed to build and staff the buildings with 100 percent union workers. Opponents also lost a bid for a court order stopping the Wolkoffs from going ahead. [Curbed]  – Hiten Samtani