"The extensive aerosol art on 5Pointz — an internationally renowned haven for urban artists — was quietly painted white early Tuesday morning.
The Long Island City building is set to be demolished by the end of this year to make way for a pair of luxury apartments. The redevelopment plan — spearheaded by the owners of the site Jerry Wolkoff and his son David — was approved overwhelming by City Council in October.
“I didn’t want any confrontation,” the elder Wolkoff said of the overnight overhaul that occurred between 3 a.m. and 8 a.m. “It’s torturous.”
The artist collective sought to block the building’s demolition, filing a request for an injunction based on the Visual Artists Rights Act, which protects works of art that have “recognized stature.”
Federal Judge Federic Block officially rejected their injunction last Tuesday, allowing for the demolition plans to move ahead."
I don't understand why they had to paint it over if they were just going to tear it down.