Destruction Of NYC 'Graffiti Mecca' Broke Law, Judge Says

Law360 (February 12, 2018, 5:14 PM EST) -- A federal judge ruled Monday that the sudden destruction of famous New York City graffiti space 5Pointz was an intentional violation of federal law, issuing a strongly worded decision ordering the site’s “unrepentant” owner to pay $6.75 million in damages.

U.S. District Judge Frederic Block ruled that developer Jerry Wolkoff willfully violated the Visual Artists Rights Act in 2013 when he whitewashed the 200,000-square-foot Long Island City “graffiti mecca,” which the developer demolished a year later to build condominiums.

The judge didn’t mince words, at one...
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Case Title

Cohen et al v. G&M Realty L.P. et al


Case Number

1:13-cv-05612

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New York Eastern

Nature of Suit

Copyright

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Frederic Block

Date Filed

October 10, 2013

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