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Protesters Decry ‘Racism Disguised as Art’ as Controversial Chinatown Show Closes

(Photo: Summer Eldemire)

Most artists would be happy to have a closing party thrown for their show. Not Omer Fast. On Saturday, activist groups held a protest to celebrate the end of an exhibition they deemed “racism disguised as art.” Fast’s work was an insult to native Chinatown residents being pushed out by galleries, critics argued.

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Banksy Precursor Richard Hambleton Dies at 65, Days Before MoMA Show and Shadowman Film

(Photo: Ben Buchanan, courtesy of Storyville Films and Motto Pictures)

Richard Hambleton died at the age of 65 on Sunday night, according to the makers of a forthcoming documentary about the downtown artist whose work inspired Banksy and was at one point as valuable as that of Basquiat and Haring.

Hambleton died in his hometown of New York City, according to an announcement from the Shadowman Twitter account. The cause and circumstances are not yet known, a publicist for the film said.

The pioneering artist’s death came at a time when his career was on the brink of a renaissance. Shadowman premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in April amidst two Hambleton exhibits, and is set to open theatrically at Quad Cinema on Dec. 1. In addition, one of Hambleton’s iconic “Shadowman” paintings, from 1982, is featured in a MoMA exhibit that opens today, “Club 57: Film, Performance, and Art in the East Village, 1978–1983.”

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Five Years After Sandy, Marchers Flood LES to Protest Storm Response

On October 29, 2012, Hurricane Sandy made landfall in New York. Five years later, advocacy groups and residents assembled to voice objections to how elected officials have responded to both the storm and the looming threat of climate change. On Saturday, hundreds representing organizations from around the country marched from downtown Brooklyn to Manhattan, in a protest called Sandy 5.

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The Deuce’s Set Designer On Her ‘Really Scrappy’ Recreation of ’70s NYC

(Photo: Paul Schiraldi/HBO)

The Deuce ended its season Sunday with a five-star episode. The show captured the porn scene of ’70s Times Square with remarkable atmosphere and accuracy, partly thanks to its production designer: Beth Mickle, who “provides a look of authenticity,” Vulture wrote after the season premiere, “but also an indefinable raw edge to every storefront and dark corner, as if danger or opportunity could be hiding anywhere.”

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Get Ready to Dance On the Grave of the Cabaret Law, Set to Be Repealed

Council Member Rafael Espinal and others at a hearing on the Office of Nightlife and cabaret law repeal in June (photo: Cassidy Dawn Graves)

Those attending bars and clubs in NYC can soon collectively shake their hips without fear, as a bill repealing the Prohibition-era cabaret law is slated to pass the City Council tomorrow. The repeal marks a win for the coalition of individuals and advocacy groups like the Dance Liberation Network and NYC Artist Coalition who have spent many months attending hearings, making calls, and staging town halls in their quest to make a ban on social dancing a thing of the past.

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Photo BOOth: 37 Hours, 16 Halloween Parties Across NYC

Tight Fright with their audience at the conclusion of their tour kickoff at Knitting Factory in Williamsburg, 10/27/17 at 10p.

New York City partied hard over the weekend and today is a bit of an intermission before we celebrate all over again tomorrow. My annual marathon of Halloween party portraits took me all over town and culminated backstage with Fatboy Slim after a raucous two-hour set that shook the block-long entirety of Bang On’s Warehouse of Horrors.

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If 8th St. Became Jimi Hendrix Way, Would It Get More Crosstown Traffic?

An imagination of Jimi Hendrix Way (Frank Mastropolo)

In the mid-1960s, Jimi Hendrix honed his craft as a singer and guitarist in Greenwich Village clubs like the Gaslight Café, Trude Heller’s, and Café au Go Go. After a 1966 performance at the Café Wha?, Hendrix was persuaded to go to London and form the Jimi Hendrix Experience. He returned to New York a superstar. Hendrix moved to West 12th Street in 1969 and in 1970 built his most enduring Village legacy, Electric Lady Studios.

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Newly Published Photos of The Strokes When They Were Just Kids

In Julian and Albert’s East Village apartment, in 1999. (Photo: Cody Smyth)

If I hadn’t waited so long before writing about Tuesday’s launch of The Strokes: The First Ten Years, I could’ve started this with “Last nite…

Next month, it’ll have been 16 years since that song, the second single off of Is This It, was released, forever solidifying the winter of 2001 as not just “the wake of 9/11,” but also “that time we put our iPods on Repeat and listened to the Strokes all day, all night.”

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City Council Race Heats Up As Two Bridges Towers Loom

Christopher Marte. (Photo: Razi Syed)

The race for the City Council’s District 1 seat heated up yesterday as frontrunners held dueling actions. On the steps of City Hall, women’s groups and officials gathered to back Margaret Chin’s bid for reelection. Meanwhile, on the Lower East Side, over 100 people marched to support Independent Party candidate Christopher Marte’s bid to unseat the incumbent.

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