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It’s official: The 5 Pointz graffiti icon will be coming down.
The application put forward by G&M Realty to demolish the site and erect 1,000 apartment units–370 more units than what is permitted under current zoning rules—was approved by the New York City Council this afternoon.
The council’s decision to approve the special zoning permit was influenced by an agreement struck between Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer and the owners of G&M Realty, Jerry and David Wolkoff.
The Wolkoffs pledged to build and staff the buildings with union workers. Furthermore, they agreed to include 210 affordable apartment units—with a preference for local residents.
With the special zoning permit, the Wolkoffs are now able to develop two residential towers, one 47 stories high and the other 41 stories. They expect to demolish the graffiti mecca by the end of the year—and complete one of the towers by 2015.
The initial plan filed by G&M Realty in April did not include any affordable units. However, the Wolkoffs agreed to provide 75 affordable units following a meeting with Community Board 2 leaders in July—after the board rejected the plan.
The Wolkoffs entered into an agreement with Van Bramer last week to raise the number of affordable units to 210.
5 Pointz development
Wolkoff has agreed to build about 20 artists studios—up from the five that he initially proposed when he filed his plan in April. The amount of studio and gallery space equates to about 12,000 square feet. This space is expected to be available to local residents at reasonable rates.
The developers have also agreed to offer the 5 Pointz graffiti group the opportunity to curate the nearly 10,000 square feet of art panels & walls in the building.
“The concessions provided under the compromise [with G&M Realty] will give Western Queens residents as well as artists a wide variety of interactive amenities future generations will benefit from,” Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer said in a statement.
The development will include a public park that is over 32,000 square feet, 50,000 square feet of retail space and a 250 space public parking garage.
So it was our brothers from the north 5th birthday jam in Stoke. Made a great turn out plenty their and feel good vibes all day long….
So the weekend we caught up with Timo at his particularly great hall of fame. My personal opinion is this is one of the best spots in the UK. Massive two man walls as smooth as glass…
Planning weddings, and being very busy at work, is playing havok with my spare time, so updating blogs etc and getting out and about has been a rare event recently, hence the lack of activity from my end on here recently, so apologies. So with a spare hour on my hands, I’ve have time to address the balance somewhat. Here’s the latest offering from our feature about graffiti photographers called Five Of The Best. Recently we chatted with Delete08.
Location: London based but getting out to France, USA, Spain, Italy as often as I can afford it.
Years snapping graff: Been taking pictures on and off since the mid-80’s but took a very long break until decent affordable digital cameras started to appear on the market around 2005 and then haven’t had a day off since! Started posting to Flickr in 2008 (which is why some people call me Delete08). I’m particularly interested in tracksides, edgelands and the out of reach plots that push you to climb one just more wall – and then just one more – to get the shot you want. I love the way graffiti can take you to places in the middle of a crowded city that very few people even realise exist.
Equipment: I take most of my pictures with an old Panasonic G1. It’s small and light enough so it doesn’t get in the way when climbing fences and in the dark it just seems to suck the light in. But as the saying goes, the best camera is the one you have with you – so sometimes it’s my phone.
When I looked back through my pictures to chose these I realised that pretty much 99% of the graff in them is gone now – even stuff I shot last week has either been buffed, dogged or burned – and that is one of the reasons I do this. I think it’s vital that walls are constantly changing but at the same time it’s great to have a record somewhere of all all that skill and creativity (and sometimes just the bottle).
Here’s some links to his work:
http://deletism.tumblr.comAny links to your work
Another of London’s top graffiti snappers is Lee102. Quiet and unassuming, his knowledge of the London graffiti scene is extensive after a decade of following the trail around the city for the best graffiti, throwies and dubs he can find. He always has the first pics from any of the numerous city spots.
Locations traveled: Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Czech Rep, Hungary, Austria, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Poland, Italy, Spain, Portugal, France, Belgium, Holland, Japan, Malaysia, Indonesia, USA (in 2 weeks)
Years snapping graff: 10
Equipment used: My trusty Nikon D40 with various lenses
Here’s some useful links to his works:
Today’s ‘Five Of The Best’ photo feature is from one of London’s most respected graffiti documenters ‘Graffiti Junkie’.
For those of you who sit trawling through Flickr(like us) for hours on end, you’ll probably already be aware of Graffiti Junkie’s stream. For those of you who aren’t, get to know. We caught up with him for a quick interview.
Name: Graffiti Junkie
Location: East London
Years Snapping Graff: 3 years
Equiptment: Nikon D3100 Nikon D7000 various lenses
I’m actually an old skool East London writer who first painted as a school kid back in around 1982-83. I was always more into the bombing side of graff than actual piecing but I probably did about 50 pieces over a 3 or 4 year period. I left the whole graff scene behind when I discovered the London rave scene in around 1986. My story’s not that much different from most writers my age, lost the passion for graff in my late teens early twenties only to return to it in my late 30’s. I did have a bit of a paint up again but was never satisfied with my work so gradually found myself drawn towards documenting graff rather than painting it.
-admin- It was very hard trying to whittle down just 5 pictures from the dozen or so that Graffiti Junkie sent us as he has so many excellent pictures to choose from, (that’s why we used 6). We hope you like our final selection.
Follow his work here- http://www.flickr.com/photos/66019512@N03/
Some nice flicks from our boy at FrogSnakes if you haven’t already checked them out then check them out here.
Also they have just released they’re second magazine which is available here and retails at a swanky price of £3.15 you can’t afford not to really can you?!