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Campus Crime Report: Sexual Assaults, Burglary On the Rise at NYU

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Reported rapes more than doubled at NYU’s Washington Square campus from 2014 to 2016, rising from 6 to 16 reported incidents, according to the university’s 2017 security and fire safety report.

The rise in reported rapes at the Washington Square campus has outpaced the rise in the NYPD’s 6th precinct, which also covers the Washington Square Park area. From 2014 to 2016, there was a 36 percent increase in the 6th precinct, or 11 incidents in 2014 and 15 incidents in 2016. During that same period, NYU saw a 166 percent increase in reported rapes.

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Turn On, Tune In, Drop Into This Weekend Conference on Psychedelics

 

Michael Bogenschutz (Photo: Steve Duncan)

Five decades after psychedelics first made their mark on American culture, the promise of psychedelic drugs is being championed by artists, activists, scientists and scholars.

On Oct. 6 to 8, Horizons: Perspectives on Psychedelics will hold its 11th annual conference which brings together researchers and activists to advocate for expanding the use of the mind-altering in medicine and explore the use of psychedelics in art and culture, says Kevin Balktick, who founded the symposium in 2007.

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Can Hallucinogens Have You Seeing Dollar Signs? Attend ‘The Psychedelics of Money’ to Find Out

Tricia Eastman (Photo: Dana Jonas)

Short on cash or struggling to pay bills? The answer, says Tricia Eastman, may lie in using powerful psychedelics like DMT and Iboga to address internal traumas and expand the mind.

Eastman, a medicine woman who trained in facilitating Iboga and DMT experiences for others at a treatment center in Mexico, will give a talk on money and psychedelics at East Village herb store The Alchemist’s Kitchen.

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The Art of the Prank Unmasks Joey Skaggs, Father of Fake News

In Art of the Prank, set to release on October 9, longtime New Yorker and media hoaxer Joey Skaggs is gearing up to pull off the largest and most demanding hoax of his career.

Long before “fake news” or “alternative facts” had become a part of the public consciousness, Skaggs put together elaborate hoaxes to feed the media, like claiming to run a brothel for dogs or his portable confessional booth, to satirize the media’s gullibility and explore the media’s role in shaping and molding public opinion.

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Immersive EDM Musical Celebrates Cleopatra, ‘the Beyonce of Her Day’

Talia Thiesfield as Cleopatra. (Photo courtesy of Nathaniel Hill).

Over the past couple decades, electronic dance music has expanded beyond the realm of raves, nightclubs and festivals and received mainstream exposure as Kanye West, Lady Gaga and other major pop acts have included EDM elements in their chart-topping songs. Now, EDM has expanded to new horizons: musical theater.

Opening Sept. 21 at the East Village’s Theater for the New City, “Cleopatra: The New Pop Experience” fuses an EDM score with musical theater for an immersive audience experience that includes a live DJ and a dance floor.

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Could More Be Done to Stop All the Suicides at the George Washington Bridge?

The George Washington Bridge has been the site of dozens of suicides in recent years. (Photo: Razi Syed)

Around 4 a.m. on Oct. 5, Daniel Lomtevas slipped out of his Dyker Heights home. Eight minutes later, the 17-year-old hailed an Uber to take him to 2111 86th Street, Brooklyn and boarded the D train towards Manhattan.

At 7:16 a.m., according to photo metadata, Daniel had reached the George Washington Bridge, which connects Washington Heights and New Jersey. He took a picture around the start of southern pathway, overlooking the Hudson River. Less than 20 minutes later, his unconscious body was brought to New York-Presbyterian hospital. He was pronounced dead about an hour after his arrival there.

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