Last week I learned that 5 Pointz, the block long icon and mecca of graffiti culture worldwide is slated for demolition and development as high rises. Rumors of its demise had circulated for some time, but now a formal redevelopment plan is being submitted, and (for now), actually includes a wall for artists to continue their craft as well as studio spaces.
The former warehouse space in Long Island City Queens has evolved since 1993 as an informal classroom and gallery for street artists from NY and around the world. It is an active and organic structure with a constantly changing surface. Ironically, it is across the street from PS 1, the MOMA subsidiary and serves as an interesting urban art juxtaposition. It is well worth checking out.