5Pointz092514c5Pointz092514d“New York was swishing and jamming one minute and dirty and dead the next.” Flannery O’Connor, The Geranium 

The scene at what was once the 5Pointz graffiti mecca, now a demolition site, offers evidence of different ways that society can be built up and destroyed — by rebels and capitalists, all in the name of progress.

Photographs: Stephen Wise