Before and after photos of New York’s graffiti mecca 5Pointz

New York’s historic graffiti mecca 5Pointz was erased early Tuesday, with a majority of the artwork being painted over with white paint.

The five-storey warehouse complex in Queens had been a popular gathering for art fans.

Here’s a look at before-and-after photo compilations of the historic graffiti mecca 5Pointz as seen on August 8, 2013 and again, after being painted over by developers in the night on November 19, 2013. (Photo credit: Andrew Burton/Getty Images)