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NEW YORK (AP) A federal judge has denied an effort by graffiti artists to stop the demolition of a Queens building known as the city's mecca for aerosol-produced art.

Judge Frederic Block told lawyers for the artists in Brooklyn federal court Friday that he loves the artwork painted on the building but said the law was on the building owners' side.

The Landmarks Preservation Commission said in August the 5Pointz building didn't meet landmark status.

The Daily News reports (http://nydn.us/1hrxJ0x) Block will issue a written ruling Tuesday.

A post on the website of British street artist Banksy last month read: "Save 5pointz."

The New York City Council has unanimously approved a plan to demolish the Queens building to make room for two apartment towers. The new development would include artist studio space.

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Information from: Daily News, http://www.nydailynews.com