• Blogs

    October 21, 2014

    How Can New York Stop the City's Worst Landlords?

    When the trouble came to 90 Elizabeth Street, it arrived quietly, in a flurry of white papers. They blanketed the mailboxes and the front doors of many of the tenants in the modest Chinatown apartment building, a forbidding snowdrift of eggshell, piled with angry black type. When 43-year-old Betty E ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2014

    A New Company Is Framing and Selling 'Ownership' of NYC Street Art

    Who in New York City doesn't have $150 or so kicking around that they want to blow on something crazy? I mean, we're all trust fund kids and Russian oligarchs at this point, right? Thank God for Wall-(m)-Art, the mysterious dealership company/performance art project/racket that will take any graffi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2014

    Queens Assemblymember Fears Chalk-based Graffiti Toy Will Usher in New Urban Dystopia

    State Assemblymember Phillip Goldfeder is very worried; there's a toy on local shelves that's turning children into criminals.

  • Art

    March 27, 2013

    The Return of Cost: The Tag Machine is Back

    One of the nineties' best-known graffiti masters returns to the streets

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2012

    Anti-Islamic Subway Ad Scuffle: Time To Pick Sides

    It took just over 24 hours for several subway ads featuring an offensive, anti-Islamic message were vandalized, which, somehow, has led to a debate about the First Amendment, as apparent in the comment section of our story abut the vandals posted yesterday.The entire debate is a bit of an enigma/com ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2012

    "Love Your Muslim Neighbor" Campaign Organized To Counter Anti-Islam Subway Ads

    As some people spray-paint and vandalize the anti-Islam subway ads currently posted in 10 New York City subway stations, others are using different, more legal methods to discredit the Islam-o-phobic message in the ads, which compares Muslims to "savages."Sojourners magazine, a faith-based "social j ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2012

    Anti-Islamic Subway Ads Already Vandalized. That Didn't Take Long *VIDEO*

    It's been less than 48 hours since anti-Islamic subway ads went up in 10 New York City subway stops, and -- as we predicted/perhaps encouraged -- several of them already have been vandalized.In one case of alleged vandalism -- which was caught on tape and you can see below -- a self-described Egypti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2012

    Kony 2012 Activist Jason Russell: Humanitarian/Alleged Public Masturbator

    ‚ÄčUgandan warlord Joseph Kony hasn't been brought to justice, despite the viral video that made the Internet rounds last week. However, one of the men responsible for the Kony 2012 campaign -- intended on ending his reign of terror -- has...for allegedly masturbating in public.(Sigh).Invisible Chil ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2012

    Assemblyman Rory Lancman Announces Anti-Hate Crime Bill

    A recent spate of anti-semitic hate crimes has prompted Queens Assemblyman Rory Lancman to propose a law that would toughen penalties on perps who vandalize houses of worship. The proposed measure would amend the current penal code, so vandalism and thefts that take place on religious property wou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2012

    Swastikas Found In Midwood Neighborhood Of Brooklyn

    A week after midtown storefronts were vandalized with swastikas, there are reports of more of the symbols being found in Brooklyn over the weekend in Midwood. DCPI told Runnin' Scared they are is being investigated as "possible bias incidents"

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2012

    Swastikas Found on Midtown Storefronts, Scott Stringer Responds With Press Conference

    Hate has hit midtown Manhattan in the form of four swastikas graffitied onto 6th Avenue storefronts -- the latest in a string of anti-Semitic incidents across the city over the last four months. Several stores on 6th Avenue across the street from Bryant Park were vandalized on Sunday with a total ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    August 24, 2011


    Local bands pass the hat

  • Art

    August 17, 2011
  • Blogs

    June 29, 2011

    Pop-Up Pianos Stolen, Vandalized

    Esther ZuckermanThe Astor Place piano being installed. ​These are days the music died in the Bronx. Tragedies have struck two of of Sing for Hope's Pop-Up Pianos, whose installation we chronicled two weeks ago. This morning the Daily News reported that the piano at the Williamsbridge Oval was ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    April 27, 2011


    A controversial Spanish play tests New Yorkers

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2010

    Sidewalk ATM Crackdown! City Council Fights 'Blight' to Communities

    EV Grieve‚ÄčThe City Council has passed a resolution to crackdown on those sidewalk ATMs. Apparently they're illegal, so while you may have to work harder to find your local bank branch next time you're strapped for cash and wandering around the East Village drunk and/or hungry, at least you won't h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2010

    Shepard Fairey's Joaquin Phoenix: Comeback, or Final Blow?

    ​Shepard Fairey, creator of the frequently vandalized mural on Houston and Bowery, is back in the game with a series of street installations depicting bearded crazy person/actor Joaquin Phoenix. Vulture reports that the Joaquins have been spotted in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Bo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2010

    Music-Hating Vandals Wreck Astoria Street Piano

    ​Remember the street pianos? Have you played one yet? Well, it seems some people are not so in favor of the project: The Wall Street Journal reports that the upright piano stationed in Astoria's Athens Square Park has been vandalized not once but twice.

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2010

    The G20 Summit is Blowing Up Toronto

    ​Dress in all black, blow up a car, run. That's the general idea of attending the Group of 20 Summit this weekend in Toronto, if you're not invited to the shirt-and-tie party. As usual, the facist-hating environmental activists are causing a ruckus at the meetings where the world's most import ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2010

    The MTA Could Really Use a Copy Editor

    photo by Angela Riechers​When it comes to spelling, the MTA sometimes reminds us of what it was like to be an unfocused third grader -- same with balancing a budget, but that's another story, and it's not as funny. We showed you the FML sign at 14th Street a couple weeks ago, and a year before ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    May 18, 2010


    Pop the kickstand on your weekly art fix

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2009

    Authorities on the Trail of the "Staten Island Vandals"

    The Staten Island Advance! Exclusively! Takes us "inside the clubhouse of alleged Staten Island vandals." This would be a bunch of youthful mooks who robbed and vandalized a few places near their encampment, at which they apparently "used a generator to power a television so they could play vide ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    September 23, 2008
  • Blogs

    August 4, 2008

    1959 Wave of South Village Violence

    A wave of violence has been plaguing the South Village for the past three weeks.

  • Film

    April 22, 2008

    Bomb It: Graffiti Attacks

    Spray-can doc keeps it one-sided

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2007

    Kardz's Dope Window Display

    Don't know much about this writer Kardz, but gotta give props where they're due. Nice colorful piece, but shit, this was risky: a nasty B&E charge added to that already gnarly vandalism rap could've instantly ended dude's writing days. Not advocating breaking the law or anything (cough), but this wa ... More >>

  • News

    February 27, 2007
  • News

    February 20, 2007

    Kiko Was Here

    A would-be Basquiat goes to prison in a misguided graffiti crackdown

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2006

    Suit Tags Anti-Graffiti Law

    You've got to fight for your right to party—or at least to possess spray paint or a permanent marker—and so designer Mark Ecko is suing Mayor Bloomberg, the city, and his old nemesis Queens Councilman Peter Vallone, Jr., in federal court. The claim is that Vallone's 2005 anti-graffiti bill ... More >>

  • News

    August 15, 2000

    Flash Point: Los Angeles

    Arrests Climb as Police Practice Politics of Kevlar

  • Film

    October 27, 1998