5 Pointz Supporters Appeal Demolition in NYC

In This Photo: Jonathan Cohen, Meres One
Jonathan Cohen, who goes by the street name Meres One, who is a volunteer, curator and manager of the 5 Pointz Building, the landmark of the New York graffiti scene that has attracted artists from around the globe, poses for a portrait on October 28, 2013 in the Long Island City neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. The artists that have been using 5 Pointz to paint for the past two decades are currently in a battle with the building's owners, who want to tear the building down to build apartment high rises worth $400 million. The 5 Pointz artistic community have also called on street artist Banksy who is currently in the midst of a high profile "month in residence" series, creating work through out the streets of New York, to weigh in on the battle, though so far the artist has stayed silent. Meres One says he is prepared to chain himself to the building, should demolition move forward.
(Oct. 27, 2013 - Source: Andrew Burton/Getty Images North America)