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NYC's 5 Pointz Under Threat

Long a haven for graffiti artists, 5 Pointz in Queens, New York, might be luxury apartments very soon. On Thursday, the NYC Council will be discussing a proposal by the warehouse's owners to convert the privately owned building, which attracts artists and gawkers with its brightly decorated facade, into a $400 million housing project. The two towers, including artists' studios and affordable apartments, would be the tallest in Queens. "The truth is there was not a way to save the building," Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer said of the proposal.