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The graffiti mecca in Long Island City known as 5 Pointz has served as a cultural resource as well as a safe, legal space for graffiti artists from all over the world since 1993. Just recently, New York’s City Council unanimously approved a plan to demolish the site and build two high-rise towers in its place. But the case took a twist last week when 16 artists filed a lawsuit alleging a violation of the unique 1990 Visual Artists Rights Act, which grants limited so-called “moral” rights to certain visual artists. This is the first lawsuit in the nation in which graffiti artists have sought legal protection for their artwork. BTR Pulse’s Lauren Hawker spoke with artists and supporters at the Brooklyn Courthouse this past week who have been granted a temporary restraining order against any demolition at 5 Pointz.
What’s better than world class tennis? World class food and entertainment to accompany it.
Tennis fans descended upon Arthur Ashe Stadium in Queens, New York, on Monday, August 26th, for the opening day of the 2013 U.S. Open. This year’s tournament, as usual, will be extremely lucrative for the city, generating more than $720 million. BTR Pulse’s Lauren Hawker spoke to people about their love of the sport and who they look forward to seeing in competition.
Cold Blood Club usually exhibit their inspired take on dance pop through sweaty beats and joyous bursts of electro enthusiasm. In this setting — stripping their music down to the essentials and spreading out in an artists’ studio near the border of Brooklyn and Queens — there’s the added warmth of bare vocal strength blended with minimal instrumentation and a bit of wine, like the most fun open studio visit possible.

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