Via Mass Appeal…
It’s already bad enough to see the condos building on the rubble of New York City’s graffiti mecca, 5Pointz, rise up and burn our eyes through the windows of the 7 train. What’s even worse is to see how this luxury residential building will incorporate the graffiti it destroyed into its interior design.
As first reported by Curbed NY, the developers of the 5Pointz site, G&M Realty, hit up design firm Mojo Stumer Associates to handle the interior lobby and residential spaces in the building. As shown in images from the company’s website, the bourgeoise amenities of living in a L.I.C. high rise is topped off with some awkwardly placed graffiti art. It’s the perfect way to show just how New York you really are without even stepping onto the sidewalk!
However, high-end real estate developers jacking graffiti is nothing new. Like avocado toast, luxury buildings with graffiti just resonate with people that have money to burn. Just two weeks ago, it was reported that there is currently a Banksy-themed building in Bushwick with some horribly inspired stencils.
But putting shitty Banksy renditions in a random building in Bushwick is very different from putting graffiti in the condo gravestone that is 5Pointz. Owner Jerry Wolkoff’s insistence to use the name of 5Pointz as the name of his crappy building was one thing. However, graffiti and street art is for the streets, not for some rich a-hole living in Long Island City’s latest eyesore.
In interviews, Wolkoff said he would add legal walls and artist studios to his residential high rise. As if it that would make up for all the work he suddenly whitewashed overnight, leading to a federal lawsuit. I mean, it’s funny how these rich white guys always act like they’re down with the culture when we all know they just vulture it for dollar signs. You ain’t low Wolfcock.