Four months after the iconic Long Island City graffiti destination 5 Pointz was painted white, supporters continue to show their appreciation for its legacy, as well as their lack of appreciation for its future as yet another luxury apartment complex. Two artists reportedly draped a banner reading "Gentrification in Progress" over the building this past weekend.
According to the Queens Courier, the banner—which appeared Saturday night—is the work of BAMN and gilf! Street art blogger Jowy Romano told Gothamist that the banner is the result of mounting frustrations among the artist community:
Gentrification is an especially relevant topic for artists because when the rent skyrockets in these neighborhoods, they are being displaced along with the people who grew up in them. Gilf, one of the collaborators on this banner at 5 Pointz, is hesitant to paint murals in her own neighborhood for fear of pricing herself out. It's really unfortunate.
The effort may be in vain, but it illustrates how willing artists are to voice their displeasure with what's happened to 5 Pointz, as well as gentrification in general.