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SantaCon Photos: Drinking in a Winter Wonderland

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

The joyous delight/pestilent scourge that is SantaCon brightened/darkened our city once again on Saturday, as thousands of red-suited revelers were disgorged from Penn Station into what happened to be a wet, glorious snow globe of an afternoon.

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Transgender Day of Remembrance Is Both Memorial and Call to Action

All photos by Diego Lynch

New Yorkers gathered in Washington Square Park last night to mark the 17th Transgender Day of Remembrance and memorialize the 25 transgender people murdered in the U.S. so far this year. More violence has been reported against transgender people in 2017 than in any previous year.

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On Women’s Suffrage Centenary, Some Feminists Push For a Constitutional Convention

Yesterday marked 100 years since women won the right to vote in New York State. Activists used the occasion to urge New Yorkers going to the polls today to vote yes on Proposition 1, which would authorize, for the first time in 50 years, a convention to amend the state constitution.

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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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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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