From the Times Ledger:
As more than 100 artists vacate their illegal studios in the Long Island City building where a staircase collapse seriously injured a woman, one bright spot for urban art aficionados remains: 5 Pointz, the graffiti art collective that has painted the structure’s exterior walls, is staying put.
A formal graffiti program has existed at the building since at least 1996, when Wolkoff and organizer Pat DeLillo launched what they called the Phun Factory. Cohen took over the graffiti project in 2002, renaming it 5 Pointz. He is now hoping to turn the building into a museum, noting he is in talks with a group to help him with fund-raising.
“We get anywhere from one to two tour buses every day,” he said, noting the building also draws crowds on Saturdays from P.S. 1’s outdoor parties. “New York needs a graffiti museum. It originated here. Whether you like it or not, it’s art.”