5 Pointz repainted and erased overnight in Queens, New York

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Queens’ graffiti space is no more. The series of properties that served as a renowned haven for artists was painted over early Tuesday morning.

The space, considered the Mecca of the graffiti world, was located Queens in New York City. Used as a space for graffiti artists since the early 1990s, the owner of the property announced in 2011 he planned to demolish the building to build high-rise residential buildings, which was approved by city council in Oct. 2013. The 5 Pointz graffiti community had since been in a battle to keep the space as is and petitioned the government to consider the space a protected cultural landmark.