Every morning when I hop on the 7 and heads towards midtown I get a glimpse of what was once the graffiti mecca – 5 Pointz. It’s a shell of its former self. The colorful bubble letters and the 3 dimensional designs are gone. Pieces by MERES ONE, CASE2, SHIRO, MARAKA, YES and countless other writers are all gone. I know street art is temporary by design, but still there were some gems at 5 Pointz. I guess its closing is just another sign of the times we are living in. One where gentrification and neighborhood change erases the things that were good in “bad” neighborhoods. I remember when this part of queens was a industrial wasteland of sorts. The elevated train line cast permanent shadows and added to the gritty look and feel of the neighborhood. The only bit of color were the murals and tags of the street artist. Today, there are fancy luxury condos going up everywhere and new lighting disrupts the shadows. And now 5 Pointz is white washed. Not for a fresh coat of spray paint, but as a site that will be redeveloped and out of reach from the many who originally made it home.