FP111613FP111613VanGoghFP111613nThe artists of 5Pointz held a rally yesterday, hoping to garner additional support and signatures for a petition to Landmark the historic building in Long Island City that has long been home to their work.

The building’s owner has city approval to replace 5Pointz with two high rise apartment buildings.

Various speakers, addressing several hundred people at the rally, talked about what 5Pointz has meant to them and the community.

One person said that looking at 5Pointz inspired her during her commute to work on the #7 train. Someone else said “sometimes the greatest progress is in preservation.” Another added that “to lose the magic would be tragic.”

Photographs: Stephen Wise