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With Days Left to Legalize Their Lofts, Some Scramble, Others Stew, Many Have No Idea

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Landlords call him “the devil.”

Meet Arthur Atlas, an architect specializing in loft design. He earned this disparaging title as a result of his work with tenant advocacy groups, and a lifetime of finding loopholes within the city’s convoluted property laws. Currently, Atlas is helping a man who lives on the roof of a building in a small, prefabricated home. The man has water and a kitchen — amenities he built up himself. “It’s a great place,” Atlas said, “but it’s on the friggin’ roof.”
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Landlord Sabotage On the Rise; Kevin Corrigan's Live Talk Show

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Landlord sabotage is on the rise in gentrifying North Brooklyn. One woman who didn’t take a buyout had to deal with a sagging bathroom. [Gothamist]

Which isn’t as bad as the Bushwick tenants who had their kitchens and bathrooms gutted. [NY Times]

According to data, Broadway in Williamsburg is NYC’s worst street for traffic fatalities. [Brokelyn]

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Sochi Is Over and All We Got Was These Not-So-Lousy T-Shirts

Shelter Serra's "Dripping Rings" and Ray Geary's "Happy Putin" (Photo: Courtesy of Currentee)

Shelter Serra’s “Dripping Rings” and Ray Geary’s “Happy Putin” (Photo: Courtesy of Currentee)

If the Sochi Olympics have taught us anything, it’s that Russia is a strange, strange place. On the flipside, putting the spotlight on Russia and its political and social climate has brought about brave reactions from those advocating for freedom of speech, acceptance of diversity and the wellbeing of stray dogs.
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This Film Has It All: Rooftop Teepees, Reclaimed Water-Tower-Wood Surfboards

Just, wow. Any given frame of this short film created by Patagonia Surf Bowery along with Indoek (makers of everything from custom teepees to a Bro in the City app) is a diorama-like snapshot of what it is to be young and bearded in the Bedford + Bowery domain in the first quarter of this 21st century. If you aren’t sleeved up with pizza tats and don’t ride a fixie with dual skateboard and surfboard racks, you’ll want to study this video, starring the Bowery surf shop’s employees, to see what you’re doing so, so wrong. To that end, we’ve broken it down frame-by-frame, below.
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Artists Want to Stay Put By Buying a Building Together. This Is Their Blueprint

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William Powhida, a New York-based artist best known for his 2011 stunt of putting on a “VIP Douchebag”-inspired performance art show at the gallery Marlborough Chelsea, now seems to have something more serious to say.
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Allen Ginsberg’s Old Business Card, On the Occasion of His Post Office’s Closing

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With the Peter Stuyvesant Station post office closing today and moving over to a retail-only location next week, it seems like a good time to post this photo we took at San Francisco’s Beat Museum — of Allen Ginsberg’s old business card. We’re not sure who has that number now — it just rang and rang when we called it (which, come to think of it, is kind of eery).
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Starving Artist? NewPatron Will Find You a Medici

Michael Ellis working on a photorealistic painting. It takes 3-6 months for Ellis to complete a piece

Michael Ellis working on a photorealistic painting. It takes 3-6 months for Ellis to complete a piece. (Photo: Courtesy of NewPatron)

Unless you can survive without sleep or food or your parents have lots and lots of money, it’s tough being an emerging artist in New York these days. Studio spaces are expensive, the fancy gallerists and dealers don’t give a shit about you and neither do their patrons. On the flip side, unless you’re a gazillionare and/or have a formal art education, buying art in New York can be a rather daunting endeavor (the fancy gallerists and dealers don’t give a shit about you either).
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