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Staging a Performance with the NYPD

In the midst of the recent amazing outpouring of street presence supporting black lives, on Monday night I had an opportunity to witness something a little quieter. Willing Participant, a performance group led by artists Todd Shalom, Ben Weber, and Niegel Smith of Elastic City, held a simple public action that they called “disarm.”

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Protests Against Stop and Frisk Infiltrate a NY Design Icon

Milton Glaser’s “I Love New York” logo is one of, if not the most, classic symbols of the city; tourists can find it emblazoned on T-shirts sold at street vendors all around town. But visitors passing through these days might see a version of the I Love New York T-shirt that they weren’t quite expecting, and which they may not even fully understand: “I Stop and Frisk New York.”

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Brooklyn Designer Held Without Bail for Hanging Plastic Bags from Trees

File this under WTF: Japanese Takeshi Miyakawa, who lives in Brooklyn, was arrested for hanging a plastic bag filled with LED lights from a tree in Greenpoint, and he’s now being held without bail for 30 days. Miyakawa’s installation of glowing “I Love NY” bags was meant as a tribute to the city, in celebration of Design Week, but when he left one in Williamsburg on Friday, the bomb squad was called in and all hell broke loose. Police arrested him later on charges of planting false bombs.