It is known as 5 Pointz in Long Island City. The owner of the private building has allowed artists to cover the exterior with graffiti and street art. There is nothing prohibiting him from tearing down the building on Jackson Avenue in Long Island City and re-building on the site.
The plans approved this week by the NYC Planning Commission allow for a bigger residential building.
NYC Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer represents the area. He has called for a full city council vote and 2 hearings within the next 50 days.
“The public will be invited to comment and testify,” Van Bramer said in a statement. “I will review the application at City Planning’s recommendation. I will participate in the City Council’s public meetings. I will also meet with various stakeholders and ultimately make a decision based solely on what I believe is best for Long Island City.”
Artists and their supporters say they are would like to purchase the building and make it into a museum.