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Tartt House Film: The Goldfinch Begins Shooting in the Village

(Photo: Libby Torres)

The highly anticipated adaptation of Donna Tartt’s 2013 novel The Goldfinch began filming in Greenwich Village this Friday, with film crews taking over sections of 11th and 12th streets between 5th Avenue and University Place. In case you were living under a rock in 2014, The Goldfinch won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction that year, and was selected as one of the 10 best books of 2013 by the New York Times Book Review.

The novel is a Dickensian bildungsroman; it tells the story of Theodore Decker, who becomes involved in art theft and forgery after a troubled childhood. Ansel Elgort is reportedly set to play the adult Theodore, while Finn Wolfhard (yes, of Stranger Things fame) has been cast as the younger version of Boris, Theodore’s childhood friend. Sarah Paulson, Luke Wilson, and Jeffrey Wright are all supposedly part of the cast as well.

While the film unfortunately won’t be released until 2019, you might as well get started on the book in the meantime– it’s a whopping 784 pages long.

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Video: Meet Ooti the Uterus at Renegade Crafts Fair

Over the next two weekends, the Renegade Crafts Fair will bring handcrafted works from 150 makers and a handful of food and beverage vendors to Industry City in Sunset Park. This past weekend, we checked out the first installment of the season and watched as holiday shoppers swarmed the glass works, ceramics, custom leather, jewelry, and a general panoply of knick-knacks. Play our video to hear more about the highlight of the fair, an “expressive uterus” that has caught the attention of the alt right.

Want to meet Ooti yourself? The Renegade Crafts Fair will return to Industry City (274 36th St., Sunset Park) on December 9-10 and 16-17 from 11am to 6pm. Brooklyn Flea will be in the same building. 

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This Blows: Tourists Are Snapping Sexy Selfies With Bali’s Deadly Volcano

Over 100,000 residents of the island of Bali are evacuating after Indonesia’s disaster agency issued its highest-level warning on Monday, in response to the ash which has been spewing from Mount Agung. All of which apparently has some people asking: Does this natural disaster make my butt look big?

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Our Gift to You: A Guide to the East Village’s Best Holiday Shopping

Some feminist swag from Bulletin in Soho. Both items are $24. (All photos by Diego Lynch)

Before you fall back on the Union Square Holiday Market this season, remember that there are plenty of indie gift shops a little further downtown. We scoured some of them (and, okay, the Holiday Market, too) for this year’s quirkiest stocking stuffers.

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Streetball Letterman Jackets, Art & AIDS, and More Exhibitions This Week

(image via Fort Gansevoort)

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Opening Thursday, November 30 at Fort Gansevoort, 6 pm to 8 pm. On view through

“Public Parks to this day exist as one of the very few remaining spaces that are designed to be democratic: free and open to all,” proclaims a statement for artist and boxing teacher Cheryl Pope’s latest installation at Fort Gansevoort. While the intent for a location isn’t always put into practice by all, it does remain true that public parks provide, or attempt to provide, such a freedom. Pope’s installation focuses on NYC youth, who often flock to parks and the street basketball courts that accompany them. After speaking with an array of young people, she created banner flags and “All-American Varsity Letterman Jackets” displaying some of their statements, elevating the words of youths who may be often ignored into literal fine art. Keep Reading »

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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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What to See During Friday’s Very Halloweeny Greenpoint Gallery Night

Image by Greenpoint Galleries.

How about one last gallery stroll before the weather turns cold and makes a night on the town a little less enticing? On Friday a host of fall shows will open during Greenpoint Gallery Night, and you can expect plenty of spooky art for Halloween.

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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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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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Supreme Comes to Williamsburg, Bringing Crazy Lines With It

Supreme in Brooklyn, photo by Diego Lynch

After months of rumors that Williamsburg was getting a Supreme store, the cult skatewear brand opened on Grand Street this past Thursday. If you’re familiar with the Soho institution, you won’t be surprised to hear the Williamsburg store is already drawing lines down the block. 

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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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