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07.03.14 Bucky Turco

Mark Panzarino is a 42-year-old artist. He draws on the pavement with chalk. He does this out in the open, during the day, while tourists and even some curious New Yorkers watch and take photos. He has done Sandy Hook tributes, dog portraits, and yoga images for a Manhattan spa. He does not condone vandalism. […]

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06.11.14 Marina Galperina

According to a new report from the Marijuana Arrest Research Project (PDF), in the first four months of 2014, the NYPD made 80 low level weed possession arrests a day. Despite efforts to change this and Mayor de Blasio’s calling the arrest policy “unjust and wrong,”  statistics have stayed the same as in 2013. What’s more […]

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02.28.14 Marina Galperina

A 22-year-old man was smoking a “pot cigar” on the corner of 10th Avenue and West 39th Street last Saturday night, when he was approached by a police officer. According to the police, he swallowed the “physical evidence” of his alleged infraction, while it was still lit. He is being charged with obstructing governmental administration and tampering […]

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01.30.14 Bucky Turco

As first reported by EVGrieve, a bunch of graffiti artists were busted in the East Village on Wednesday while painting a rooftop. The New York Post named CASH4 as one of the five who were arrested and since he was the only one ID’d by the tabloid, we’ll keep it at that. In 2012, CASH4 […]

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12.21.12 Andy Cush

A new report from DNAinfo confirms an upsetting, but unsurprising truth–that arrests of New Yorkers are at an all-time high under Mayor Michael Bloomberg. The numbers began climbing almost immediately after Bloomberg took office and Ray Kelly became Police Comissioner–from 334,163 in 2003 to 351,435 in 2004–then climbed to an all-time high of 422,982 in 2010. A huge number of […]

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10.01.12 Andy Cush

U.S. District Court Judge Richard Sullivan ruled today that several arrests of protesters at the 2004 Republican National Convention in New York City were made without probable cause. According to Sullivan, video of the arrests, which took place on Fulton Street in the Financial District, “makes it clear that marchers were trying to comply with […]

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06.04.12 Allison Burtch

In a press conference today, New York Governor Cuomo announced that he will seek legislation to decriminalize the public possession of small amounts of marijuana, placing him squarely in the stop-and-frisk debate and annoying the crap out of Mayor Bloomberg. Possessing weed was decriminalized in New York State in 1977 and according to the current […]

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