Graffiti Artists Awarded $6.7 Million for Destroyed 5Pointz Murals – The New York Times

Ruling that graffiti — a typically transient form of art — was of sufficient stature to be protected by the law, a federal judge in Brooklyn awarded a judgment of $6.7 million on Monday to 21 graffiti artists whose works were destroyed in 2013 at the 5Pointz complex in Long Island City, Queens. In November, […]

Suit Alleges 5 Pointz Developer Stiffed His Kid’s Tutor on Her Bill

David Wolkoff—the developer tore down Queens graffiti institution 5 Pointz to put up condos—and his wife are being sued by their child’s tutor, the New York Post reports. Lauren Lowenthal alleges that the couple stiffed her nearly $33,000.… In the suit, filed in Manhattan Supreme Court, Lowenthal (an “academic and self-management coach”) invoiced the Wolkoffs […]

Bill Inspired by LIC Sculpture Plan Requires Public Input for Outdoor Art – Long Island City – New York

A rendering of “The Sunbather” planned for Jackson Avenue. View Full Caption Department of Cultural Affairs LONG ISLAND CITY — The City Council passed a bill Thursday that will require public hearings before some public art projects can be installed. The legislation was introduced by Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer earlier this year after outcry over […]