Controversial plans are under way to turn the sprawling graffiti mecca 5Pointz, a landmark memorialized in many music videos, into high-end condos.

This article titled “5Pointz: New Yorkers prepare to say goodbye to a slice of hip-hop history” was written by Karen McVeigh in New York, for guardian.co.uk on Tuesday 17th January 2012 17.43 UTC

A group of rappers in puffy jackets and hoodies are being filmed jumping around in unison against a brick canvas of eye-popping red and yellow street art: a giant, leering Jim Carrey as Firemaster Bill winks out at them.

A short distance away, two men admire a portrait of Jam Master Jay – the Run-DMC deejay who was murdered in his studio in 2002 – spray-painted on to the same giant warehouse of a building.

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