Thursday, September 19, 2013
5 Pointz unveils 9/11 mural, is inundated by sewage
"Ladder 115 of LIC was checking out a call the other day at 5 Pointz. It turned out to be nothing but the curator Meres invited the firefighters to check out the new 12th anniversary 9-11 mural dedicated to their company and Engine 258 and take a few photos in front of it. I got some shots of that and put them together in this video." - George
"The Local Project art venue had to cancel a major event this past weekend. We need to cease operation at 45-10 Davis St.
We had to cancel an event, because we respect all of our guests and artists. Saturday September 14, 2013, the conditions were not what art deserves. The “Dust Art Collective” event has been canceled due to a flood of sewage water at our gallery located at the 5Pointz building in Long Island City, Queens. Dust turned to mud! A fetid mud!
The building is falling apart. The plan for building a pair of luxury towers at the Court Square 5Pointz location has taken the attention of the building owner who is not doing maintenance to the facility. An eviction notice is displacing us from our headquarters, where we have provided free art programming for 5 years. Regardless of this condition that could sound a death knell for our operations, we have found a new space in the same neighborhood where we started our organization 10 years ago.
The issue is, the economic development plans in Long Island City are skyrocketing real estate prices, and rent is becoming even more expensive.
In fact we seen many of our fellow community members move away, with the gentrification of the community that developed the neighborhood spirit. We ask for a moment of remembrance, as the artists in this NYC community need a space to become economically strong and/or claim a necessary place to innovate in world culture with artistic expressions." - Normandeau Newswire