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Williamsburg Hasidic Group Wants Bike Share

An unlikely group hopes to bring more bike share stations to North Brooklyn: Hasidim for Bikes, a Williamsburg-based organization which hopes to “give a voice to the silent majority of Hasidim who live in Hasidic neighborhoods and want bikes in their neighborhoods.” The Hasidic community in Williamsburg has a long history of battling against bikes–one […]

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NYC Real Estate: Where The Worlds of Gentrification and Urban Art Collide

As more and more iconic properties get gobbled up and regurgitated as condos, and street art gets more and more popular, the real estate and art industries continue to intersect and seem to be doing so more frequently. And they’re both ripe for affiliation. Savvy developers know that urban art can cheaply provide great cover […]

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Egyptian Officials Seize Big Scary Street Art Book For “Instigating Revolt”

Egyptian officials, who have in recent years arrested journalists, artists and even a popular satirist, have now confiscated a book about street art and graffiti out of fear that it is “instigating revolt.” The book, Walls of Freedom, by design professor Basma Hamdy and street artist and activist Don Stone, documents the 2011 Egyptian revolution […]

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Get Cash For Your Undies: A How-To Guide For Enterprising Ladies On The Web

Are you living in a financially punishing city that you can’t afford? Does no one give a shit about your art degree? Are you barely scraping by paycheck-to-paycheck only to cry into a pile of bills at night in your tiny apartment? Are you us? If you’ve answered yes to any of these questions, congratulations, […]

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ANIMAL’s Best Of The Village Voice’s Best Of New York, 2014

The Village Voice’s annual “Best Of New York City” list came out today. They got a lot of shit wrong. Newark Airport sucks. Who the hell can afford to shop at Paragone? Big Bar is not a dive bar and there are no dive bars for blocks anywhere near it. And don’t even get us […]

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Hong Kong Police Take Chainsaws To Barricades, Bust Up Protests

Hong Kong police took chainsaws and sledgehammers to barricades set up by pro-democracy demonstrators today. The New York Times reports that the barricades were largely symbolic, but the dismantling by authorities has prompted protesters to build stronger ones out of bamboo, trash cans, bus stop signs and other available materials. Reports say that crackdowns prompted […]

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Have A Good Weekend: Burning Fleshtival, Klaus Kinski and an Acid Western

Here are some art, film, music and other things happening in NYC so you can Have a Good Weekend. Drop your suggestions in the comments or to tips@animalnewyork.com. FRIDAY 81° LOW 69° Flux Factory’s 20th Anniversary “Homecoming” Weekend, art, 5-course dinner, dance parties and more. (6pm, price varies, Queens) Freestyle Friday including live Ableton jam at Pwrplnt. (7pm, […]

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You Can Buy an 98-Foot-Long Jeff Koons “Balloon Dog” Knock-Off From China

Aside from making half the shit you own, China has a rich culture of manufacturing copies of artworks. Right now, the country’s biggest e-commerce site Alibaba is offering a “stainless steel sculpture of a balloon-animal dog – VSSSP-038A.” Colors vary. Sizes vary — from 100 centimeters (39 inches) to 30 meters (98 feet). Quality, presumably, also varies. Since Jeff […]

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17-17 Troutman Kicks Out Its Art Galleries

A depressing new development in Bushwick gentrification, Art F City reports: The loft space 1717 Troutman, which housed artist-run galleries on the border of Bushwick and Ridgewood, has asked all its tenants to leave and cease operating as galleries immediately. The space attracted attention in part because of its curation, which was a step above the […]

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Backdoor Pharmacist Doesn’t Drink Coffee

Caffeine is a strong stimulant of the xanthine class. Naturally occurring, it’s the world’s most commonly consumed upper. Religions even exempt caffeine from restrictions on intoxicants because no one would worship a god that didn’t let you have a tea or a Coke. Caffeine is an addictive psychostimulant drug. It’s not known exactly how many […]

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