Five people arrested for tagging whitewashed 5 Pointz building
A group of people were taken into custody for writing “RIP 5 Pointz” on the institution's walls, and three were charged
Thu Nov 21 2013
Photographer: Lauren Spinelli
Two days after Long Island City art and graffiti palace 5 Pointz was painted over, five people were arrested for tagging the whitewashed space. DNAinfo reports the NYPD apprehended five people for writing "RIP 5 Pointz" on the soon-to-be-destroyed walls in marker last night; of the group taken into custody, some of whom were teenagers, three were charged and released with tickets to appear in court at a later date.
It looks like the iconic art space will be demolished by the end of the year, despite a lengthy battle to save it, including a last-ditch lawsuit under the Visual Artists Rights Act. After last night's events, 5 Pointz asked on Twitter that people refrain from tagging the building and said they must find a different way for fans to say goodbye.
5 kids arrested at 5 pointz for writing rip messages with markers on walls that are to be destroyed ! Nypd in loading dock under cover— 5 Pointz (@5PointzNYC) November 20, 2013
We need to figure out a solution to give fans an outlet where they can xpress their farewell ..the building is going down so ..— 5 Pointz (@5PointzNYC) November 21, 2013
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