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#OccupyGezi: Resistance Goes Mainstream in Istanbul

Justin Wedes of Occupy Wall Street is reporting from the front lines of the protests in Turkey for ANIMAL all week. He’s also tweeting from the field continuously.  It’s been eight days since the sit-in against a shopping mall development in Istanbul’s Gezi Park and something magical is happening. After extensive police skirmishes in the streets around Gezi, the […]

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The Best of ANIMAL 2012

Undoubtedly, 2012 has been a crazy year for ANIMAL. We made lots of stuff. Here’s a roundup of the best web shows, short films, features, and other editorial items our staff and freelance contributors conjured up. Original Video… What Are You Doing Tonight? Coney Island Animals Eating Animals: Episode 1 Jay Smooth’s Ill Doctrine: All […]

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Holiday In Cairo: Egypt Keeps It Real

With the arrival of ANIMAL photographer and Egyptian cultural attache Aymann Ismail this weekend — I flew out Wednesday — our “Holiday in Cairo” coverage comes to an end. But first some highlights. There was our first night. My brief stint as a Tahrir merchant. Tear gas on Sunday. A town hall of sorts. Nighttime […]

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Interview With the Yellowist:
Why Rothko Got Tagged
and You’re Next

It took all night to flag down Marcin Lodyga in Berlin, while his partner in Yellowism was being held in custody in London for calmly walking up to one of Tate’s precious Rothko’s and, with a black marker, writing “Vladimir Umanets ’12, A Potential Piece of Yellowism” on the canvas. What happened next was the strangest interview of my life. […]

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Hey, MTA: You Need To Fix the East New York Station Staircase

In 2010, with lots of pomp and fanfare, the LIRR’s newly renovated Atlantic Terminal Pavilion was opened in Downtown Brooklyn at a cost of about $108 million. The terminal–built out of limestone, granite and glass–was touted by the MTA as a shining jewel of the commuter rail system. Meanwhile, two stops away, the East New […]

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This Is Not Michael Bloomberg’s Driver’s License

Worried over reports of a spike in sales of fake IDs in Jackson Heights, Queens, State Sen. Jose Peralta, (D) has proposed stiffer penalties for perps accused of being part of what he deemed a thriving racket more lucrative than drugs. That last phrase made headlines back in February, when a street-smart New York Post […]

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Saatchi Slams “Eurotrashy… Vulgar… Super-Rich” Art Buyers and Their Super Yachts

Extremely successful art collector and Saatchi Gallery owner Charles Saatchi has unleashed a lengthy, scathing attack on “the hideousness of the art world” and the “vulgar and depressingly shallow” “super-rich art-buying crowd.” In his rant of dissent from within he has found a perfect metaphor for all that is wrong with the Art World: Russian […]

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