Iconic New York Graffiti Landmark to Be Torn Down (Steve Lew)

Iconic New York Graffiti Landmark to Be Torn Down

In This Photo: Steve Lew
Steve Lew, who goes by the artist name "Kidlew," paints a new piece on a section of wall of the "5 Pointz" building on August 9, 2013 in the Long Island City neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. 5 Pointz is a series of properties that graffiti artists use as an outdoor art exhibit space - it is considered the Mecca of the graffiti world. The space has been used as a space for graffiti artists since the early 1990s, though in 2011, Jerry Wolkoff, the owner of the property, announced he planned to demolish the building to build high-rise residential buildings. The 5 Pointz graffiti community has since been in a battle to keep the space as is; they are currently petitioning the government to consider the space a protected cultural landmark.
(Aug. 8, 2013 - Source: Andrew Burton/Getty Images North America)