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RockCenter-Houseago2RockCenter-Houseago9RockCenter-Houseago10British artist Thomas Houseago’s mask installation opens at Rockefeller Plaza April 28, 2015.

Photographs: Stephen Wise

ServiceDogThis is a Service Dog (not to be confused with a Compassion Dog or an Emotional Support Dog) at the Chambers Street subway station this week—looking a bit run down, perhaps from the ill-effects of WiFi.

The decision by New York officials to make NYC, including subways, a big WiFi hot spot is misguided, and will lead to negative health consequences for New Yorkers of all persuasions.

The day is coming when “WiFi Free” will be more desirable than “Free WiFi.”

NYIFF2015NYIFF2015aNYIFF2015cAroon Shivdasani, Executive Director, Indo-American Arts Council (top photo), briefed the press recently on the upcoming New York Indian Film Festival, May 4-9, 2015.

As in past years, this year’s festival will be presenting films (27) that are topical and poignant, including award winning Daughters of Mother India and Shonali Bose’s Margarita With A Straw, the Gala Opening Night Film at the Paris Theatre, May 4.

Tickets are still available.

AIPAD2015lAIPAD2015s“Some company recently was interested in buying my “aura.” They didn’t want my product. They kept saying, “We want your aura.” I never figured out what they wanted. But they were willing to pay a lot for it. So then I thought that if somebody was willing to pay that much for my it, I should try to figure out what it is.” Andy Warhol, The Philosophy of Andy Warhol (Harvest,1975)

The scene inside and outside the Park Avenue Armory and AIPAD today.

New York street photographer Louis Mendes in action (bottom photo).

Photographs: Stephen Wise

AIPAD2015AIPAD2015bAIPAD2015aAIPAD2015ErwittThe Association of International Photography Art Dealers is holding their annual fair at the Park Avenue Armory through April 19, 2015.

This year’s show features 89 leading photography galleries from around the world.

Eminent American photographer Elliott Erwitt was on hand for the preview (bottom photo), as was Japanese photographer Ayano Sudo (top right).

Photographs: Stephen Wise

Magnolia2015n“Loose me from fear and make me see aright.” Lizette Reese

Photograph: Stephen Wise

SwingInTheSpring2015SwingInToSpring2015aSpring seemed to break out everywhere in NYC today, the Second Sunday of Easter — a day recognized by Christians (in the Roman Church) as Divine Mercy Sunday .

Photographs: Stephen Wise

SPU2015The NYPD has a Special Victims Unit (SVU), while the DA’s Office has a Special Perpetrators Unit (SPU) — especially for Jewish men, with libido control problems, whom cops believe commit crimes but nevertheless are not charged.

Before they can save the world people need to conquer themselves.

EastVillage2015eEastVillage2015fMarch 31, 2015 — Second Ave. & 7th St.

Scene of the fatal gas blast, March 26, that destroyed three apartment buildings. A NYPD spokesperson told LE that a fourth building (top photo) is likely coming down.

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