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July 10, 2015 Liam Mathews

Stanley Kubrick was an exhausting perfectionist in a way that bordered on psychotic. When he made The Shining, he had secretaries type up the entire manuscript of Jack Torrance’s “all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy” novel in five different languages. What kind of person subjects another to that level of unnecessary […]

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Bucky Turco

Nowadays, graffiti is an art form that can be found in the collections of major museums and cultural institutions throughout the world, but back in the ’70s and ’80s, it was considered a symbol of urban blight and lawlessness in the city. In July 1985, mustached WPIX reporter Alec Roberts spoke to some New Yorkers […]

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Mike Immerman

Biel, Soho. (Photo: Aymann Ismail/ANIMALNewYork) […]

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July 9, 2015 Bucky Turco

Illegal graffiti is the only evidence of human activity at the very abandoned Glenwood Power Plant in Yonkers. (Photo: Lurkinism) […]

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Liam Mathews

Being a racist fartgoblin is bad for Donald Trump’s business interests but great for his apparently now-serious Presidential campaign. A new poll by The Economist/YouGov finds that The Donald is the preferred candidate among the highest percentage of registered Republican voters. Fifteen percent of survey respondents say that the hobo’s dream of a rich man […]

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Bucky Turco

According to published reports, renowned street artist Shepard Fairey was arrested at LAX airport for illegal artwork he put up in Detroit. He was reportedly returning from Europe on what must have been a very long flight, when he was flagged as he went through customs. He was held overnight and then released after authorities […]

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Liam Mathews

ANIMAL’s feature Artist’s Notebook asks artists to show us their original “idea sketch” next to a finished artwork or project. For this edition, Meryl Bennett shows us how she made her “Melting Statues” out of old trophies and candle wax. When it comes to my creative process I tend not to plan all that much. […]

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Liam Mathews

Lit Lounge is closing up shop on 2nd Avenue in the East Village and moving to more hospitable digs in Bushwick “sometime in the next two months,” owner Erik Foss told nightlife writer Steve Lewis. A “for rent” banner went up over the bar last month, and Foss confirmed that it’s due to “the new […]

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Backdoor Pharmacist

Quaalude (“kway-lewd”) or methaqualone (“meth-uh-kway-loan”), is something most people are only familiar with from movies and the news. It’s back in the spotlight because Bill Cosby, as part of an on-going rape scandal, admitted in a deposition to date raping a woman with them. The drug is an infamous downer, a powerful one, a highly […]

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Liam Mathews

A report by Comptroller Scott Stringer’s office and obtained by AMNY confirmed what anyone who’s called 311 to try to get help for a building emergency already knows: the Department of Housing and Preservation doesn’t respond to complaints in a timely fashion. Inspectors responding to the majority of pressing issues, like collapsed ceilings or no […]

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