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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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While Urbanists Imagine NYC’s Retreat From the Coast, It’s Already Happening

“Bight City,” or the Rockaways without humans. (Photo via DLANDstudio + Landscape Architecture)

There were shocked murmurs at this year’s Municipal Art Society Summit when the crowd was shown a visualization of the Rockaways after the ecological displacement of hundreds of thousands of people.

“I don’t want to be insensitive,” said Susannah C. Drake, founder of the design firm DLANDstudio + Landscape Architecture. “But we anticipate that it is going to be a very different landscape.”

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Watch: Indigenous People Gather to Sing, Dance, and Say ‘Enough of Columbus Day’

Monday, October 9, Columbus Day, officially marks an Italian man’s passage across the Atlantic Ocean, an event that kicked off the genocide of New World natives and paved the way for the Atlantic slave trade. To mark the occasion, several hundred people on Randall’s Island in New York had something else in mind. Representatives of around 75 Native American tribes gathered for two days to celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day.

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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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Bouncing Around Bushwick Open Studios

Near the Jefferson stop this past weekend, chalk arrows on the sidewalks pointed to “art and beer,” leading the way to small gatherings in Ridgewood community gardens and parked moving vans filled with art. This could only be one thing: Bushwick Open Studios had returned for its 11th annual installment.

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Photos: The Wild, Wonderful Elements Festival Banged On in the Bronx

DJ Dirty Looks (center) with Bang On! co-founder Tim Monkiewicz (left) and Thomas Murphy (right) of The Golden Pony with their audience as they spun at the Water stage. (Photos: Nick McManus)

Deep in the Hunt’s Point section of the Bronx, behind the Bruckner Expressway and along the rotting industrial wharves, was a party bigger than any other in New York this past weekend. The thousands of attendees that came uptown for Bang On!’s Elements NYC Music & Arts Festival at the New York Expo Center were treated to a private playground that featured a rustic waterfront and a 45,000-square-foot indoor arena.

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Photos: Skrillex Kept Webster Hall’s Final Club Night Going Til 6am

Skrillex headlining Webster Hall's final club night, 8/6/17 at 2:30am. (Photos: Nick McManus)

Skrillex headlining Webster Hall's final club night, 8/6/17 at 2:30am. (Photos: Nick McManus)

Partygoers beneath Webster Hall's marquee, 8/6/17 at 4am.

Partygoers beneath Webster Hall's marquee, 8/6/17 at 4am.

The staff of Webster Hall before they opened for their final club night, 8/5/17 at 9:45pm.

The staff of Webster Hall before they opened for their final club night, 8/5/17 at 9:45pm.

Skrillex performing with Boys Noise as Dog Blood, 8/6/17 at 3am.

Skrillex performing with Boys Noise as Dog Blood, 8/6/17 at 3am.

Skrillex's audience during his performance, 8/6/17.

Skrillex's audience during his performance, 8/6/17.

Ekali performing on stage at Webster Hall, 8/6/17 at 12:30am.

Ekali performing on stage at Webster Hall, 8/6/17 at 12:30am.

DJ Prince Terrance (center) on stage with friends, 8/6/17 at 3:30am.

DJ Prince Terrance (center) on stage with friends, 8/6/17 at 3:30am.

Webster Hall's men's room attendant, Johnny, 8/6/17 at 4am.

Webster Hall's men's room attendant, Johnny, 8/6/17 at 4am.

T-shirt buyers at the reception table, 8/5/17 at 10pm.

T-shirt buyers at the reception table, 8/5/17 at 10pm.

DJs Dischetto, Tjani DALI (from left to right) of Girl & Boys opening up Webster Hall's final club night, 8/5/17 at 10pm.

DJs Dischetto, Tjani DALI (from left to right) of Girl & Boys opening up Webster Hall's final club night, 8/5/17 at 10pm.

Photographer Nicky Digital (at right) with DJ Hiawatha (at left) and his parents, 8/5/17 at 10pm.

Photographer Nicky Digital (at right) with DJ Hiawatha (at left) and his parents, 8/5/17 at 10pm.

Skrillex's audience during his performance, 8/6/17 at 3am.

Skrillex's audience during his performance, 8/6/17 at 3am.

Skrillex taking the stage Webster Hall's final club night, 8/6/17 at 2am.

Skrillex taking the stage Webster Hall's final club night, 8/6/17 at 2am.

Skrillex headlining Webster Hall's final club night, 8/6/17 at 2:30am.

Skrillex headlining Webster Hall's final club night, 8/6/17 at 2:30am.

History was in the air Saturday night as Skrillex shook Webster Hall on its final club night. Two and half decades after the Toronto-based Bollinger brothers bought the East Village venue, they’re selling it AEG Presents, who will renovate the Hall over the next two years. The torch passing has meant some incredible shows, like Nine Inch Nails on July 31 and the just-announced surprise finale, Action Bronson on Thursday.

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Panorama Fest Stranded Everyone On an Island With NIN, Tribe, Tame Impala and More

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography

Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography

Vince Staples – Day 2 (Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

Vince Staples – Day 2 (Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography

Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography

Vince Staples – Day 2 (Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

Vince Staples – Day 2 (Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography

Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography

Chet Faker – Day 2 (Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

Chet Faker – Day 2 (Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography

Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography

ALT-J – Day 2 (Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

ALT-J – Day 2 (Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

The Lab Dome (Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

The Lab Dome (Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography

Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography

ALT-J – Day 2 (Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

ALT-J – Day 2 (Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

The Lab (Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

The Lab (Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

Sofi Tukker – Day 2 (Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

Sofi Tukker – Day 2 (Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography

Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography

Tame Impala – Day 2 (Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

Tame Impala – Day 2 (Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography

Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography

Tame Impala – Day 2 (Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

Tame Impala – Day 2 (Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

The Lab (Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

The Lab (Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

The Lab, wall installation (Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

The Lab, wall installation (Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

The Lab (Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

The Lab (Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

Hot Since 82 – Day 2 (Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

Hot Since 82 – Day 2 (Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

The Parlor Stage (Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

The Parlor Stage (Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

Jaguar Ma – Day 2 (Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

Jaguar Ma – Day 2 (Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography

Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography

Jaguar Ma – Day 2 (Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

Jaguar Ma – Day 2 (Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

Glass Animals – Day 3 (Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

Glass Animals – Day 3 (Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography

Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

Glass Animals – Day 3 (Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

Glass Animals – Day 3 (Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography

Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography

Tribe Called Quest – Day 3 (Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

Tribe Called Quest – Day 3 (Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography

Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography

Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography

Tribe Called Quest – Day 3 (Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

Tribe Called Quest – Day 3 (Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography

Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography

Tribe Called Quest – Day 3 (Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

Tribe Called Quest – Day 3 (Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

Justice – Day 3 (Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

Justice – Day 3 (Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

Justice – Day 3 (Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

Justice – Day 3 (Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

Nine Inch Nails – Day 3 (Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

Nine Inch Nails – Day 3 (Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

Nine Inch Nails – Day 3 (Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

Nine Inch Nails – Day 3 (Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

Nine Inch Nails – Day 3 (Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

Nine Inch Nails – Day 3 (Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

Nine Inch Nails – Day 3 (Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

Nine Inch Nails – Day 3 (Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

Nine Inch Nails – Day 3 (Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

Nine Inch Nails – Day 3 (Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography

Panorama returned for its second year, bringing a massive crowd to Randall’s Island for a maze of interactive tech installations, a trippy video dome, food vendors, a pop-up record store by Rough Trade, a ball pit by Macy’s(?), and, oh yeah, an eclectic array of live music. This year’s headliners ran the gamut from soulful crooners Frank Ocean and Solange on Friday to dance-rock heavies Tame Impala on Saturday to Lollapalooza throwbacks A Tribe Called Quest and Nine Inch Nails on Sunday. In between, highlights included Alt-J with an awesome stage show, French electronic rock duo Justice with a set that blew the power out Beyonce Super Bowl-style, and the Parlor stage, which brought bone-rattling Funktion-1 sound to New York dance acts like Tim Sweeney and Mister Saturday Night.

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Wettest, Wildest Looks From the Coney Island Mermaid Parade

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

It was mermaid time in Coney Island on Saturday, as New Yorkers once again paraded past the Cyclone and Nathan’s in everything from elaborate sea-creature costumes to, well, basically nothing. Despite a rainy start, the 35th annual Mermaid Parade was as merry as ever, with many a parader having cleverly turned their transparent umbrella into a floating jellyfish. Click through our slideshow to see the pageantry that, as the parade’s website puts it, “celebrates ancient mythology and honky-tonk rituals of the seaside.”

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We Went to the Jazz Age Lawn Party and Boy, Are Our Flappers Tired

Michael Arenella with his Master of Ceremonies at the conclusion of Jazz Age Lawn Party.

Michael Arenella with his Master of Ceremonies at the conclusion of Jazz Age Lawn Party.

Michael Arenella and his Dreamland Orchestra with their audience at the conclusion of their performance. (Photo: Nick McManus)

Michael Arenella and his Dreamland Orchestra with their audience at the conclusion of their performance. (Photo: Nick McManus)

The Penumbra Foundation photographers with the VIP attendees. (Photo: Nick McManus)

The Penumbra Foundation photographers with the VIP attendees. (Photo: Nick McManus)

Attendees in the VIP area. (Photo: Nick McManus)

Attendees in the VIP area. (Photo: Nick McManus)

The Rolls Royce team with their vintage automobile. (Photo: Nick McManus)

The Rolls Royce team with their vintage automobile. (Photo: Nick McManus)

Penumbra Foundation executive director Geoffrey Berliner with his photo recipient. (Photo: Nick McManus)

Penumbra Foundation executive director Geoffrey Berliner with his photo recipient. (Photo: Nick McManus)

Greenpoint bartenders Jodi and Jon with their son Montgomery. (Photo: Nick McManus)

Greenpoint bartenders Jodi and Jon with their son Montgomery. (Photo: Nick McManus)

The Penumbra Foundation photographers developing prints on location for attendees. (Photo: Nick McManus)

The Penumbra Foundation photographers developing prints on location for attendees. (Photo: Nick McManus)

Dancers awaiting their performance in the VIP area. (Photo: Nick McManus)

Dancers awaiting their performance in the VIP area. (Photo: Nick McManus)

Attendees being served in the VIP area. (Photo: Nick McManus)

Attendees being served in the VIP area. (Photo: Nick McManus)

Attendees at their picnic. (Photo: Nick McManus)

Attendees at their picnic. (Photo: Nick McManus)

The Canarsie Warblers before their last performance. (Photo: Nick McManus)

The Canarsie Warblers before their last performance. (Photo: Nick McManus)

Michael Arenella’s 12th Annual Jazz Age Lawn Party finished off its summer’s first weekend on Governors Island with a healthy heat that was free of humidity. The comfortable temperature encouraged everyone to linger at picnics under the trees gracing the island’s historic parade ground. Eventually they were summoned to the wooden dance floor for the final soirees. As the sun dwindled, Arenella’s swinging Dreamland Orchestra kept their feet jumping as one encore led to another. After every time Michael said it was the last song, his orchestra would spring forth with another. In the fictional Depression-era setting, all could say they got their money’s worth. When the finale creshendowed, Michael grabbed his microphone and thanked the crowd before adding, “Now I’ll ask everyone to please come up to the stage, we’re going to take a big group portrait like they used to do years ago!”

Click through the slideshow to see what you missed. And don’t fret: The lawn party returns August 26 and 27.

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Here’s What You Missed at Governors Ball

Lorde

Lorde

Lorde

Lorde

(Photos: Daniel Leinweber - Razberry Photography)

(Photos: Daniel Leinweber - Razberry Photography)

The Head and The Heart

The Head and The Heart

(Photos: Daniel Leinweber - Razberry Photography)

(Photos: Daniel Leinweber - Razberry Photography)

Indian dance crew

Indian dance crew

Franz Ferdinand

Franz Ferdinand

(Photos: Daniel Leinweber - Razberry Photography)

(Photos: Daniel Leinweber - Razberry Photography)

Rae Sremmurd

Rae Sremmurd

A$AP Ferg

A$AP Ferg

(Photos: Daniel Leinweber - Razberry Photography)

(Photos: Daniel Leinweber - Razberry Photography)

(Photos: Daniel Leinweber - Razberry Photography)

(Photos: Daniel Leinweber - Razberry Photography)

Wu Tang Clan

Wu Tang Clan

Wu Tang Clan

Wu Tang Clan

ODB art

ODB art

Wu Tang Clan

Wu Tang Clan

(Photos: Daniel Leinweber - Razberry Photography)

(Photos: Daniel Leinweber - Razberry Photography)

Wu Tang Clan

Wu Tang Clan

(Photos: Daniel Leinweber - Razberry Photography)

(Photos: Daniel Leinweber - Razberry Photography)

RUFUS DU SOL

RUFUS DU SOL

(Photos: Daniel Leinweber - Razberry Photography)

(Photos: Daniel Leinweber - Razberry Photography)

(Photos: Daniel Leinweber - Razberry Photography)

(Photos: Daniel Leinweber - Razberry Photography)

EDEN

EDEN

(Photos: Daniel Leinweber - Razberry Photography)

(Photos: Daniel Leinweber - Razberry Photography)

Phantogram

Phantogram

(Photos: Daniel Leinweber - Razberry Photography)

(Photos: Daniel Leinweber - Razberry Photography)

(Photos: Daniel Leinweber - Razberry Photography)

(Photos: Daniel Leinweber - Razberry Photography)

BANKS

BANKS

Sean Glass of Small Difference clothing and Daniel Glass of Glassnote records.

Sean Glass of Small Difference clothing and Daniel Glass of Glassnote records.

Parquet Courts

Parquet Courts

(Photos: Daniel Leinweber - Razberry Photography)

(Photos: Daniel Leinweber - Razberry Photography)

Mac Demarco

Mac Demarco

Mac DeMarco

Mac DeMarco

Skepta

Skepta

Parquet Courts

Parquet Courts

(Photos: Daniel Leinweber - Razberry Photography)

(Photos: Daniel Leinweber - Razberry Photography)

Parquet Courts

Parquet Courts

(Photos: Daniel Leinweber - Razberry Photography)

(Photos: Daniel Leinweber - Razberry Photography)

(Photos: Daniel Leinweber - Razberry Photography)

(Photos: Daniel Leinweber - Razberry Photography)

Skepta

Skepta

(Photos: Daniel Leinweber - Razberry Photography)

(Photos: Daniel Leinweber - Razberry Photography)

(Photos: Daniel Leinweber - Razberry Photography)

(Photos: Daniel Leinweber - Razberry Photography)

Governors Ball came in like a something ball this weekend, bringing with it local acts like Parquet Courts, Wu Tang Clan, and Mac DeMarco, who was all smiles and laughs, as well as touring artists like Mississippi’s Rae Sremmurd and English grime act Skepta, who could be heard working the crowd (aka his energy crew) all the way across the island. There was the requisite crowd-riding, courtesy of Cage the Elephant, and SAINt JHN’s hypemen used golden water guns to shoot champagne into the audience. Compared to all this, Childish Gambino’s set was relatively chill, though that didn’t prevent some in the younger-leaning crowd from passing out. We snapped photos of performers like Lorde, Franz Ferdinand, and Phantogram; bumped into A$AP Ferg backstage; and cruised around to see what everyone was wearing. Click through the slideshow to have a look.

Reporting by Shannon Barbour; photos and reporting by Daniel Leinweber – Razberry Photography.