Cabbie Gets 20 Years For Rape; Blondie Plays Rough Trade

Cope2 bombs the Bowery Wall

(Photo: Scott Lynch)

Above: a look at the new Cope2 mural on the Bowery wall.

Gurmeet Singh, the cab driver convicted of raping a passenger he was transporting from Williamsburg to the East Village, has been sentenced to 20 years in jail. [DNA Info]

Those who purchase Blondie’s 40th anniversary double-album (out today) at Rough Trade will receive wristbands to see the band perform there Monday night. The concert and album coincide with a new Blondie/Debbie Harry-themed art installation at Rough Trade called “The Room.” [Brooklyn Vegan]
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Downtown Artist Dan Colen Buried a Couple of Semis in a Greenwich, CT Lawn

Dan Colen throws rocks at his own work. (Matteo Prandoni, BFAnyc.com)

Dan Colen throws rocks at his own work. (Matteo Prandoni, BFAnyc.com)

Dan Colen, the downtown artist best known for his charming antics with Ryan McGinley and the late Dash Snow, opened a solo show, Help!, at the Brant Foundation in Greenwich, Conn. yesterday. The pristine green lawns (with oversized pillows and blankets for, you know, lounging), decadent buffet (the burrata was delicious) and endless champagne were a far cry from Colen’s debauched legacy.
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Girls Returns to Williamsburg, and It Isn’t the Only HBO Show Filming There

Lena Dunham filming on the LES last July.  (Photo: Anna Silman)

Lena Dunham filming on the LES last July. (Photo: Anna Silman)

If you missed Lena and the gang outside of Toby’s Estate in Williamsburg on Friday you’ll have another chance to stalk them later this week, when Girls returns to Williamsburg. A sign on Bedford Avenue, near North 10th, indicates that Half a Yogurt Productions will once again be filming in the area Wednesday. Does this mean Ray gets fired in season four and is forced to take a job a the new Bean?
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SXSW Winner Fort Tilden Will Show at Northside and LES Film Fest Next Month

From left: stars Clare McNulty and Bridey Elliott with directors Sarah-Violet Bliss, Charles Rogers.

From left: stars Clare McNulty and Bridey Elliott with directors Sarah-Violet Bliss and Charles Rogers.

While many spent their glorious Saturday afternoons rolling out to the Rockaways, we spent it in a darkened movie theater, watching a film about a pair of friends trying to get to the hip strip of sand. Fort Tilden, coming off of a Grand Jury Award at SXSW, screened at the inaugural Vulture Festival, but don’t sweat it if you missed it — during a q&a with New York critic David Edelstein, directors Charles Rogers and Sarah-Violet Bliss revealed that the film would also show at the Lower East Side Film Festival and Northside, both of which start June 12.
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Didn’t Make It to NADA or Cutlog? Here’s a Fairly Comprehensive Tour

NADA photo op (Photos: Scott Lynch)

NADA photo op (Photos: Scott Lynch)

Cutlog: Jeremiah Johnson's pill house

Cutlog: Jeremiah Johnson's pill house

"Art School Entrance Exam No 3," by Li Lin

"Metamorphic Garden," by Fanni Futterknecht and Marianee Vlaschits

"See God," by Mark L. Power

Participatory art by Clara Feder: Sharpies and scratch-offs

Participatory art by Clara Feder: Sharpies and scratch-offs

Making full use of the Cutlog space

Making full use of the Cutlog space

Giant Moai Robots by Monstock!!

Giant Moai Robots by Monstock!!

Clemente classroom done up Cutlog style

Clemente classroom done up Cutlog style

New from prolific local street artist Robert Janz

New from prolific local street artist Robert Janz

Brooklyn's own Swoon

Brooklyn's own Swoon

Elle and Dain

Elle and Dain

Works by Robert Montgomery and Shoplifter at Cutlog

Works by Robert Montgomery and Shoplifter at Cutlog

The Hole bodega-booth at NADA

The Hole bodega-booth at NADA

The Hole bodega-booth at NADA

The Hole bodega-booth at NADA

The Hole bodega-booth at NADA

The Hole bodega-booth at NADA

NADA stretch

NADA stretch

NADA photo-op

NADA photo-op

Waves at NADA

Waves at NADA

NADA Playboy

NADA Playboy

NADA:

NADA: "Eight Days a Weel," by Marko Maetamm

Chicken-headed canoe jockey at NADA

Chicken-headed canoe jockey at NADA

PSA at NADA

PSA at NADA

NADA:

NADA: "At the Juncture Of And In The," by Xaviera Simmons

Rope at NADA

Rope at NADA

Shoot the Lobster's car-booth in the parking lot at NADA

Shoot the Lobster's car-booth in the parking lot at NADA

Shoot the Lobster's car-booth in the parking lot at NADA

Shoot the Lobster's car-booth in the parking lot at NADA

"Unbelievable!" at NADA

NADA:

NADA: "Cigarettes," by Katherine Bernhardt

Jess Stecklow hangs low at NADA

Jess Stecklow hangs low at NADA

Ezra Johnson fills Freight and Volume's booth at NADA

Ezra Johnson fills Freight and Volume's booth at NADA

Happy butt at NADA

Happy butt at NADA

Churner and Churner's panelled booth at NADA

Churner and Churner's panelled booth at NADA

Sculptures by Tamar Ettun at NADA

Sculptures by Tamar Ettun at NADA

"The Show Is Over," by Christopher Wool and Felix-Gonxalez Torres

Old-school Basquiat at NADA

Old-school Basquiat at NADA

NADA photo op (Photos: Scott Lynch)Cutlog: Jeremiah Johnson's pill house"Art School Entrance Exam No 3," by Li Lin"Metamorphic Garden," by Fanni Futterknecht and Marianee Vlaschits"See God," by Mark L. PowerParticipatory art by Clara Feder: Sharpies and scratch-offsMaking full use of the Cutlog spaceGiant Moai Robots by Monstock!!Clemente classroom done up Cutlog styleNew from prolific local street artist Robert JanzBrooklyn's own SwoonElle and DainWorks by Robert Montgomery and Shoplifter at CutlogThe Hole bodega-booth at NADAThe Hole bodega-booth at NADAThe Hole bodega-booth at NADANADA stretchNADA photo-opWaves at NADANADA PlayboyNADA: "Eight Days a Weel," by Marko MaetammChicken-headed canoe jockey at NADAPSA at NADANADA: "At the Juncture Of And In The," by Xaviera SimmonsRope at NADAShoot the Lobster's car-booth in the parking lot at NADAShoot the Lobster's car-booth in the parking lot at NADA"Unbelievable!" at NADANADA: "Cigarettes," by Katherine BernhardtJess Stecklow hangs low at NADAEzra Johnson fills Freight and Volume's booth at NADAHappy butt at NADAChurner and Churner's panelled booth at NADASculptures by Tamar Ettun at NADA"The Show Is Over," by Christopher Wool and Felix-Gonxalez TorresOld-school Basquiat at NADA
There were at least a dozen art and design fairs all over the city this past weekend, anchored by the glitzy-beyond-belief Frieze NYC on Randall’s Island, home of the $40,000 slab of torn blue packing foam and $16 burritos from (holla!) Mission Cantina.
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At Comedy Bang Bang, Wyatt Cenac Pandered to Manhattanites For a Change

Last night Scott Aukerman (Mr. Show, Between Two Ferns) once again brought his farcical Comedy Bang Bang podcast to NYU Skirball for a live taping. We hit the late show, where guest Wyatt Cenac revealed that his next comedy special, taped in January, will be out by the end of summer — on video and then also on limited-edition vinyl. He noted the special was taped in Brooklyn — which didn’t get much of a response.
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‘It’s Out of This World’: 18 Reactions to Kara Walker’s Domino Installation

(Photo: Kirsten O'Regan)

For 22 years, Kara Walker’s work has probed the ugly issues of race, colonialism and power. But she’s never done something quite like A Subtlety, or the Marvelous Sugar Baby: a monumental, sugar-coated sculpture of a naked African-American woman, crouching forward sphinx-like in a former Domino Sugar warehouse, her labia peeking out between her toes.
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Jay Ott Found Dead; $2.5M Coffee Shop Coming to Williamsburg

Dance partyyyyyy

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

The body of 31-year-old Bushwick designer Jay Ott, who went missing on March 22, was found Thursday night in the New York Bay near Sunset Park. [DNA Info]

Lifelong housing activist Edward Delgado is working to make sure Puerto Ricans displaced from the Lower East Side have a chance to inhabit the affordable housing in Essex Crossing. [NY Times]

The team behind the forthcoming Level Hotel in Williamsburg will kick off a sculpture design contest for Brooklyn artists. One winner will receive $200,000 to execute their design, which will be permanently housed in the new hotel’s lobby. [Curbed]

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Disturbing Video: 68-Year-Old Attacked and Killed On East Sixth Street

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The graphic surveillance footage below shows the brutal attack on a 68-year-old that happened Friday night in the East Village. It was sent to us by a resident of 745 East Sixth Street, where the assault occurred. “At first I heard yelling and didn’t think much of it,” said our tipster, who asked to remain anonymous, “until a couple of minutes later when I also heard police radios chirping. I looked outside and saw a bloodied man being taken off by a stretcher and into an ambulance.”
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Police Say This Man Attacked a 68-Year-Old On the Street

RMA 939-14 Assault_suspect PIC 1Police say the man at left beat a 68-year-old on the streets of the East Village last night.

Around 8:43 p.m., the victim was walking down East Sixth Street, near Avenue D, when the suspect approached him, started yelling at him, then grabbed him and pushed him against a wall, police say. The victim fell to the ground and was punched and kicked in the head. He was taken to Bellevue Hospital and is in critical condition.

The suspect is wanted for assault.

Watch This Trippy Reimagination of the Domino Site Before You See Kara Walker’s

Tomorrow, Kara Walker’s monumental installation in the Domino Sugar Factory, “A Subtlety” (or “The Marvelous Sugar Baby”) will be unveiled to the general public at the Domino Sugar Factory (sorry, you missed Creative Time’s preview dinner with folks like Chuck Close and Jenna Lyons of J. Crew, who played Hannah’s boss at GQ in Girls).
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