Wolkoffs prevail over last ditch efforts to preserve 5Pointz

"It’s going to tear my heart out to see it torn down": Judge

5Pointz in Long Island City
5Pointz in Long Island City

A federal judge has effectively shot down an 11th-hour effort to save 5Pointz, refusing to grant an injunction that would have blocked the demolition of the famed Long Island City graffiti site.

Last month, Judge Frederic Block extended a temporary restraining order barring G&M Realty’s Jerry and David Wolkoff from demolition plans for two extra weeks. A group of artists sued the developer after City Council signed off on tearing down the 200,000-square-foot industrial space at 22-44 Jackson Avenue.

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G&M Realty’s plans call for two residential towers that would have 1,000 rental apartments, 30,000 square feet of public space and 50,000 square feet of retail space.

“I love the work and it’s going to tear my heart out to see it torn down, but as a judge I have to apply the law,” Block said, cited by the New York Daily News.

In August, the Landmarks Preservation Commission turned down a landmark application for the property, and the City Planning Commission approved the conversion, as previously reported. [NYDN]Mark Maurer

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