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Five Years After Sandy, Artists and Activists Still See ‘A Really Big Problem’

A rendering of Sen. Schumer inside the warehouse. Photo by Diego Lynch.

With the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Sandy happening this Sunday, artists and activists are preparing for the “Sandy 5,” a rally to urge New York’s elected officials to promote renewable energy, deal with unresolved damage, and prepare the boroughs for future storms.

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John Maus’s ‘Touchdown’ Video Takes Health Goth to a New Level

Over the weekend it was announced that Justin Timberlake will be the Super Bowl’s half time act. Yawn. It should’ve been John Maus. Just look at the synth-pop brooder’s just-released video for “Touchdown,” the new single off his album Screen Memories, out this Friday. In the lo-fi short, directed by Jennifer Juniper Stratford, Coach Maus tells himself to “go for the touchdown” in his usual Ian Curtis/Darth Vader drawl, making “touchdown” sound like a euphemism for an opium high. Seriously, watch the video; it’s like the health goth answer to “Are You Ready For Some Football?”

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Hear Syrian Activists Tackle the Problem of ‘Hell On Earth’

When Radwan Ziadeh was living in his hometown of Daraya, southeast of Damascus, its population was 300,000. Now, he says, the population is zero. Ziadeh, a political opponent of the Bashar al-Assad government, came to the U.S. after his outspoken belief in democracy made it unsafe for him to remain in Syria.

But after 10 years, the U.S. may no longer be an option. In June his application for political asylum was revoked because of a conference he organized between Syrian opposition groups. The State Department saw the conference as offering “material support” to terrorist groups despite the American government providing aid to several of them. During his 10 years in the U.S., Ziadeh has been a fellow at Harvard, Georgetown and the congressionally funded U.S. Institute of Peace.

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Julianne Moore, Kyra Sedgwick: You Can Now Press For Gun Control By Shooting a Text

Julianne Moore uses a phone booth with a direct line to the New York’s congressional representatives set up outside The Standard, High Line, making a plea for stricter gun control laws as a part of Everytown for Gun Violence’s #RejectTheNRA campaign. (Photo: Savannah Scott)

In May 2010, two men barged into a high-school graduation party on 147th Avenue and 176th Street in Springfield Gardens, Queens, and started a fight. Within minutes, 17-year-old Kendrick Ali Morrow, Jr., a popular student with a scholarship from St. John’s University for the following school year, was shot dead. The motive and murderer are still unknown.

“Even though last month would have been Kendrick’s 25th birthday, he will always be 17 to me because he did not have the chance to live the bright life that we all dreamt for him,” said Shenee Johnson, the victim’s mother. She said that her son couldn’t wait to start university and had dreams of becoming an attorney. “And I’m his voice now.”

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Nightlife King Paul Sevigny Shows His Paintings For One Night Only

(Photo courtesy of Half Gallery)

You might not be able to get into his clubs, but you’re welcome to attend his art show. Nightlife impresario Paul Sevigny will be showing his paintings publicly for the first time tonight at Cafe Henrie on the Lower East Side.

Sevigny is best known as a DJ, the proprietor of the legendary Beatrice Inn and exclusive boîtes like Paul’s Cocktail Lounge and the relaunched Sway, a member of noise band A.R.E. Weapons, and the brother of Chloe Sevigny. But he actually went to art school and has been painting over around two decades, said Bill Powers, owner of Half Gallery and curator of tonight’s show.

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This Collective Gets Women Artists Together For ‘Conscious Celebration’

(Photos: Desdemona Dallas)

As I watched many of my friends post their stories of sexual assault and harassment over the past week, I was reminded of the importance of artist collectives that create safe environments for women. This Thursday marks the Bae collective’s one year anniversary, and it couldn’t be better timed.

When my feed first began to fill with #metoo stories, I happened to be in a space cultivated by the Bae team. The collective was hosting another one of its wellness and feminine focused events, which bring women together to collaborate and share artistic gifts they may otherwise be unable to find a space for.

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Surviving the Cage: A New York Newbie Steps Onto the West 4th Street Courts

(Photos: Matthew Silver)

The West 4th Street Courts are some of the most fearsome in New York City; their reputation for physical play and cutthroat competition is the stuff of documentaries. They’re known as “The Cage,” which helps describe the four towering walls of chain-link fence that surround them, along with the openly hostile territory inside. It’s said that none other than NBA legend Julius Erving used to play here in his heyday. I, on the other hand, was cut from my high school basketball team (in Canada, no less). So, when I rolled up to The Cage with a freshly bought basketball, I had more confidence than actual talent.

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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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First Look: Kenny Scharf Brings a Psychedelic ‘Cosmic Cavern’ to MoMA For the Club 57 Show

Kenny Scharf’s move to the sunny climes of Los Angeles put an end to his Cosmic Cavern parties in Bushwick. But as you can see from his latest Instagram post, the onetime East Village artist has recreated the blacklit, day-glo play pen for an exhibit opening at MoMA on Halloween. “Club 57: Film, Performance, and Art in the East Village, 1978–1983” will pay tribute to the legendary club and performance space in the basement of a Polish church on St. Marks Place.

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5 Pointz Artists Go to Court With Building Owner Who Demolished Street Art Mecca

(Photo: Garrett Ziegler on Flickr)

The 5 Pointz building was a world-famous haven for spray-paint artists, until it was whitewashed in 2013 and then torn down to make way for luxury apartments. Now the owner of the Long Island City property is in court defending himself against artists who say the demolition destroyed their property.

“The art has to be recognized as of value,” said Judge Frederic Block, explaining the central legal point to the jury. “You are going to hear experts testify, and they are not going to agree with each other.”

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