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Developers Whitewash Graffiti Mecca; 50-Story Seaport Tower

1) Long Island City: 200,000-square-foot factory building 5Pointz is widely considered to be world's premier "graffiti mecca." Or, rather, it was, until Monday night when owner Jerry and David Wolkoff had it whitewashed, with police protection. The Wolkoffs plan to raze the building and replace it with two residential towers, and the aerosol art community has been fighting them.

2) Seaport: The Howard Hughes Corporation has been secretly plotting to build a 50-story hotel and condo tower, designed by SHoP Architects (famous for, among other things, the Barclays Center), at the South Street Seaport. The neighbors are not pleased.

3) West Village: Singer/songwriter Carly Simon finally found a buyer for her 2BR/2BA West Village duplex, which includes such charming features as exposed brick, two fireplaces, and a bathtub in the living room. The final sale price has not been revealed, but it was last asking $2.325 million and the word on the street is that it got around that.
· Curbed NY [ny.curbed.com]