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5Pointz#7Train20135PointzDemolitionAfter white-washing the graffiti mecca last November, the building’s owner began demolition today.

Top Photo: October 2013; Bottom Photo: August 22, 2014

Photographs: Stephen Wise

WhiteDiner en Blanc, the viral impromptu chic picnic, where everyone wears white, arrives in NYC, August 25.

This year’s meal, expected to draw 4000 people, will feature white wines from Bordeaux.

CleanOur favorite products at NY Now were: Clean eau de parfum, Scottish Fine SoapsAcca Kappa soaps, and Virginia Cocktail Fine Virginia Peanuts.

Pig-themed products seemed to be everywhere, from Hammond’s Pigs N’ Taters (milk chocolate with bacon bits), to pig dolls from Maileg.




Tutem-MasksmyzenhomeNY NOW, billed as the ‘market for home and lifestyle,’ opened today with 2800+ vendors from 55 countries.

A couple of products that caught our eye — the personal microbe manager mask from Tutem and the yoga cushion from MyZenHome.

VladHolidayVlad Holiday, front man for the alternative rock band Born Cages, worked on a video in Tompkins Square Park today.

The American ‘way of life’ is producing plenty of displaced (and caged) persons, at home and abroad.

GazaProtest-JacksonHeights080214A small but motivated group, opposed to Israeli treatment of the Palestinians. gathered in Jackson Height’s Diversity Plaza today. They were joined by Jewish activist Nathan Finkelstein, who decried Israel’s characterization of its Gaza incursion as ‘mowing the lawn every few years.’ He wants people to “never forget and never forgive” those who enabled and perpetrated — “the mowed lawn.”

Analysis: The flaw in Mr. Finkelstein’s message is his encouragement to “never forget and never forgive.” Such is the recipe for hate. The pathology in Israel, a state built on hate (“We fight, therefore we are”), is testimony to that.

The best hope for Jews, to achieve justice, righteousness, love and peace, is to set aside Zionism (egoism), and embrace the New (everlasting) Covenant — rooted in solidarity with their Creator and fellow man.

HenrietteSimonPicker“We’re living in an upside down world.” Henriette Simon Picker

Artist Henriette Simon Picker, age 97, is not slowing down. In fact she’s speeding up — producing 70-80 paintings per year. After attending the Art Student League (1939-41), Mrs. Simon Picker went on to raise a family, and have a distinguish 45 year career designing shoes, with her painting back-burnered until she picked it up again at age 92. Her first solo show was three years later.

One of her latest works: Coney Island, 2014 is on display at Carter Burden Gallery in NYC, as part of a group show, through August 21, 2014.

Photograph: Stephen Wise

JohnDean073014bJohn Dean, White House Counsel for Richard Nixon (1970-73), was hawking his latest book: The Nixon Defense on the Upper West Side this evening.

It seems an odd title for the book given Dean’s role in the Watergate break-in, and the subsequent bringing down of the Nixon White House.

Mr. Dean recounted confronting Nixon with the news that a “cancer” had formed on his Presidency, and yet it doesn’t appear that Mr. Dean did anything, as White House Counsel, to prevent the cancer in the first place.

He was asked about “Nixon’s illegal (secret) bombing of Cambodia” and why he didn’t say anything to oppose it? Dean replied: “Why did I (as Counsel) not step in and say something about his bombing of Cambodia and the additional deaths that that would cause? The primary reason is because I was totally unaware of all those activities.”

That’s unlikely given that the press reported the story in May 1969.

Referring to the ‘secret’ bombing of Cambodia (1969-70), Walter Isaacson said in his book Kissinger: A Biography (Simon & Schuster, 1992): “American policy was edging toward what had heretofore been an unfamiliar realm: the use of military power not anchored by concerns about morality and international law.”

Analysis: Even a casual reading of American history, reveals that the U.S. government’s disconnect from morality and international law began long before the bombing of Cambodia. While Nixon may have been forced from office, his pardon by President Ford (a former member of the Warren Commission) represents the continuation of a pattern of no accountability in Washington, that continues to this day.

Photograph: Stephen Wise

TimesSquareNYPD072814New York City may have solved its problem of predatory Spiderman and Elmo characters, intimidating tourists for tips, in Times Square.

Today in Times Square, one tourist-after-another got their picture taken with this member of the NYPD, and he wasn’t asking for tips.

Golub2014lGolub2014q“I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked.” Allen Ginsberg, Howl, 1956

Artist Andy Golub is at it again — along with an army of artists he painted 40 nude models today in Columbus Circle. This year’s performance was sanctioned by the City. In the past he’s been arrested for his ‘art’.

Perhaps NYC officials wanted to distract the people away from the evil being perpetrated by the U.S. and Israeli governments, vis-a-vis Ukraine and Gaza.

Photographs: Stephen Wise


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