NEW YORK (AP) – A federal judge has denied an effort by graffiti artists to stop the demolition of a Queens building known as the city’s mecca for aerosol-produced art.
Judge Frederic Block told lawyers for the artists in Brooklyn federal court Friday that he loves the artwork painted on the building _ but said the law was on the building owners’ side.
The Landmarks Preservation Commission said in August the 5Pointz building didn’t meet landmark status.
The Daily News reports (
http://nydn.us/1hrxJ0x) Block will issue a written ruling Tuesday.
A post on the website of British street artist Banksy last month read: “Save 5pointz.”
The New York City Council has unanimously approved a plan to demolish the Queens building to make room for two apartment towers. The new development would include artist studio space.
Information from: Daily News,
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