2018-02-14 / Features

5Pointz Owner To Pay Damages To Graffiti Artists


The 5 Pointz graffiti art at 45-46 Davis St. in Long Island City. 
Photo Jason D. Antos The 5 Pointz graffiti art at 45-46 Davis St. in Long Island City. Photo Jason D. Antos Five years after developer James Wolkoff painted over the iconic 5Pointz graffiti art in Long Island City, a federal judge has ordered him to pay the artists a total of $6.75 million in damages.

Many attempts to save 5Pointz were made over the years, including calls from legendary painter Banksy, and a plea to the Landmarks Preservation Committee to make the site a cultural and historic landmark.

The attornies for Wolkoff argued that the artists should have known that the industrial space would eventually be developed. When that time came, Wolkoff decided to paint over the murals in anticipation of the redevelopment of the building located at 45-46 Davis Street in Long Island City.

The reason for the judge’s decision came solely based on the fact that, “If not for Wolkoff’s insolence, these damages would not have been assessed,” Judge Frederick Block wrote in his decision. “If he did not destroy 5Pointz until he received his permits and demolished it 10 months later, the court would not have found that he had acted willfully.”

According to the judge, Wolkoff was within his rights to destroy the artwork.

However, since it was done in the midst of a court injunction this weighed against him in the final outcome.

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