The New York City Council has unanimously approved a plan to demolish a graffiti-art haven in the borough of Queens to make room for two apartment towers.
The decision was a blow to graffiti artists who have used the exterior of the former factory as an exhibition space, known as 5Pointz, for years.
The council on Wednesday said 5Pointz in Long Island City could be razed by the end of the year. It said it could not save the site because it is privately owned.
The Wolkoff family, which owns the building, last week put aside additional space for affordable housing and artists' studios in an effort to win approval for the $400 million project.
It says artists will be allowed to paint several walls.
The Associated Press