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The Ai Weiwei Installation in Washington Square Park Already Has People Talking

(Photos: Matthew Silver, unless noted.)

The metal-wire Ai Weiwei installation that will reside underneath the Washington Square Arch from October 12 to Feb. 11 isn’t completed yet, but it’s already garnering mixed reviews from people in the neighborhood.

The project, “Good Fences Make Good Neighbors,” is part of a larger exhibition by the Public Art Fund in celebration of its 40th anniversary, and the tall fence-like structure is just one of more than 300 installations that will be scattered across the five boroughs. Another Ai Weiwei installation is going up at Cooper Union.

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At NY Film Festival, Caniba and Voyeur Delve Deep into Sexual Depravity

(From Caniba)

Two documentaries at the New York Film Festival show just how dark human sexuality can be, getting disturbingly up close and personal with the forbidden desires of their subjects. Both take on notable news stories: Voyeur, coming to Netflix and to theaters Dec. 1, is the tale of Gerald Foos, the man who installed a secret “viewing platform” in the attic of his motel in the Denver suburbs, so he could spy on his guests around the clock. Caniba, which also made its US premiere at the festival, is the story of Issei Sagawa, the Japanese man who killed a woman in Paris and ate parts of her in order to satisfy a cannibalism fetish.

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Boom For Real Considers Jean Michel-Basquiat While Another Doc Recalls His Shadowman

Two new documentaries take a look at downtown New York City in the late ’70s and early ’80s, each through the eyes of a different street artist. Boom For Real, making its US premiere at the New York Festival on Sunday, tells the story of Jean-Michel Basquiat as his career began taking off, and Shadowman, which opens wide at Quad Cinema on Dec. 1, considers Richard Hambleton, a contemporary who once fetched more money than Basquiat did, but who practically vanished into obscurity.

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Notorious Landlord Steve Croman Sentenced to a Year in Rikers, Which ‘Ain’t Exactly the Ritz’

Steven Croman (Photo from the Office of the Attorney General)

Steve Croman has been sentenced to a year in prison and ordered to pay a $5 million fine– an almost unheard-of punishment for a Manhattan landlord.

The sentence was delivered earlier today after Croman, who owns property in the East Village and Lower East Side, pled guilty to multiple counts of mortgage and tax fraud related to his 140 buildings.

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Noah Baumbach On Shooting in Brooklyn: ‘It’s Like a Conversation I’m Having with Myself as a Child’

Noah Baumbach, left.
(Photo: Natalia Winkelman)

The Squid and the Whale hinges on a Natural History Museum finale. While We’re Young includes a memorable Bushwick block party. Mistress America follows the adventures of a Barnard undergraduate and her Times Square-dwelling future stepsister. Frances Ha is basically an advertisement for millennial New York living. This month, writer-director Noah Baumbach returns with his newest title, The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected), a film that, like many of its predecessors, explores the contentious, comedic dynamic of a New York family.

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Woody Allen Films His 50th in the East Village Next Week

(Photo: Rubenstein, photographer Martyna Borkowski)

The Woodman cometh.

Woody Allen continues to shoot his WASP2017 (that’s “Woody Allen Summer Project, 2017,” if you’ve been baffled by the filming notifications around town) and he’s coming to the East Village next Thursday. Signs announcing a 6am shoot on Oct. 12 are posted at First Avenue and East 6th Street. Tomorrow, filming will occur in midtown, according to signs posted around Seventh Avenue and West 32nd Street, across from Penn Station.

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Watch: 3D-Printed Boats Go For Gold at the Red Hook Regatta

Gentlemen, print your engines!

The Red Hook Regatta, an annual race of 3D-printed boats, returned to Valentino Pier Park on Sunday. This year’s festivities promised to be pure “mayhem,” according to the folks at Pioneer Works (the artist residency program and events space teamed up with Red Hook Initiative, an education NGO, to put on the regatta). Which didn’t stop some 100 people from braving the cold and rain to watch the homemade boats shred water. Participants used remote controls to steer their vessels halfway up the pier, where they delivered bricks to a person with a red-colored hook (get it? Red Hook?). The boat that delivered the most bricks was declared the winner.

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Free Pizza Alert: &pizza Giving Away Pies at Astor Place Opening

Another Washington, D.C. import is joining Sweetgreen near Astor Place, and they’re giving away free pies to the first 100 people in line tomorrow.

No, &pizza isn’t one of those “jumbo slice” joints that attract Adams Morgan frat bros. The brand bills itself as “counter-culture” and believes in “celebrating the individual” and employing “people who think differently… who live with passion.” To show just how hip they are, they’re giving away free “&” tattoos, which allow the wearers to get free pizza for a year, to the first 23 people in line tomorrow. The store also features a sculptural installation by local artist Jason Woodside.

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Richard Linklater’s Last Flag Flying Explores the Soldier’s ‘Intense, Love-Hate Relationship’ With War

L to R: Darryl Ponicsan, Lawrence Fishburne, Bryan Cranston, J. Quinton Johnson, Richard Linklater. (Photo: Film Society of Lincoln Center on Twitter)

Richard Linklater isn’t really sure how to categorize his latest movie, Last Flag Flying, which premiered at the New York Film Festival last night.

“Is it a war movie?” he asked himself at a press conference at Lincoln Center yesterday afternoon.

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