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    J&J Covid Vaccine Found Effective by FDA Before Panel Meets Neera Tanden hearing delayed in new sign of trouble for Biden budget czar nominee © Sean Pressley Raw. Imperfect. Gestural. Emotional. These are words Megumi Shauna Arai uses to describe textiles that inspire her—whether traditional Japanese boro, 19th-century American crazy quilts, or patchwork marvels by the women of Gee’s Bend, Alabama. But this self-taught artist could just as well be describing her own make-do confections, hand-stitched in her Brooklyn studio using vintage fabrics, rough-edged scraps, and colorful silks. (She dyes them herself with natural agents like logwood, indigo, and cochineal, jars of which fill her shelves.) Arai’s intuitive, pieceworked technique turned heads last fall at the 1955 Eliot Noyes House in New Canaan, Connecticut, where one of her tapestries was spread across the bed as part of an exhibition by Blum & Poe, Mendes Wood DM, and Object &...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A Brooklyn artist is fighting to stay alive. Police say he was attacked by a stranger. Cellphone video caught the brutal beating. A man with a baseball bat is seen hovering over his victim, who was on the ground with his bike, CBS2’s Andrea Grymes reported Tuesday. READ MORE: Tri-State Area Educators, Parents Disappointed Federal Education Department Is Mandating Standardized Testing “For him to get, you know, assaulted the way he was is just heartbreaking because he has seen so much and survived so much in the city,” said Shannon MacGregor, the victim’s best friend. Investigators said it happened last Wednesday at around 5:30 p.m. at the intersection of Flatbush and Parkside avenues in Prospect-Lefferts Gardens. A worker at a food cart said victim Pierre Francillon was ordering when the suspect approached him. “He ask him for food. He ask him for money. [Francillon] ignored him...
    Getty Kyrie Irving loses control of the ball as he is fouled by Reggie Jackson during the Nets' game against the Clippers at Barclays Center on February 2. The Brooklyn Nets debuted their City Edition court design Tuesday night as they played host to the Los Angeles Clippers. In a stark contrast to the white and black features normally seen on the Barclays Center hardwood, the court for Tuesday’s game popped with color and even included crowns — Jean-Michel Basquiat’s signature element — with one painted on each end of the floor. “Gave our canvas a new coat of paint,” the Nets tweeted from their official Twitter account. Gave our canvas a new coat of paint ???? pic.twitter.com/dZobD1v9rt — Brooklyn Nets (@BrooklynNets) February 2, 2021 Basquiat was a Brooklyn-born street artist of Haitian and Puerto Rican decent who used his paintings to cast light upon social issues...
    With the 2020-2021 NBA season quickly approaching, the Brooklyn Nets have unveiled new threads. For this year’s City Edition jerseys, the Nets have chosen to pay homage to Brooklyn-born artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. Basquiat was an artist of Haitian and Puerto Rican descent whose paintings explored themes such as segregation, racism and income inequality. In 1983, at age 22, he was one of the youngest artists to be featured at a Biennial Exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art. He died of a drug overdose in 1988.
    Jean-Michel Basquiat has been dead since 1988 — before most of the current Nets were even alive. But the late artist is still impacting the Brooklyn borough where he was born and the Nets now play. The Nets have honored local artists before with alternate uniforms. And their latest “City Edition” jersey will fete Basquiat, a 1970s street artist who made the transition to galleries before dying at 27. Nets star Kevin Durant has cited Basquiat as someone who inspired him; now he’ll don a Basquiat-inspired uniform. The news was first reported by SportsLogos.Net, and was later confirmed by the Post. The black jersey has “BKLYN NETS” emblazoned across the front in white lettering, along with a blue-and-gold Nike swoosh and multi-colored rainbow trim down the side. The NBA logo is adorned with a crown — befitting Kings County — under Basquiat’s name above that. At just 22, Basquiat became...
    A former MTA subway conductor pocketed $114,000 in disability payments — despite holding multiple law enforcement jobs in Florida and Pennsylvania, prosecutors alleged Tuesday. Giovanni Seminerio, 48, claimed to have been be injured on the job on Dec. 8, 2015 — the same day he was told he’d be fired for “disciplinary charges related to the operation of trains,” according to Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez. In order to receive the worker’s comp money, Seminerio signed multiple documents professing his unemployment status, prosecutors say. But in fact, he was working through a succession of corrections and law enforcement jobs in Florida and Pennsylvania between October 2016 and January 2020, prosecutors say. The MTA suspended Seminerio’s payments in August of last year following an investigation by MTA Inspector General Carolyn Pokorny. Seminerio — who faces charges of second-degree grand larceny, first-degree offering a false instrument for filing and first-degree falsifying business...
    The Downtown Brooklyn Partnership this week announced the first recipients of its Rehearsal Residency Initiative. The chosen performing arts organizations will use the space at the Plaza at 300 Ashland Place to rehearse throughout the fall, developing new work and perfecting ongoing pieces. The 17 organizations that signed up to participate in the program represent a diverse range of cultural practitioners and arts groups, from Senegalese artist and cultural collective Babacar Top and Topdance Dance Company to the Brooklyn Interdenominational Choir to solo theater artist Kim Katzberg. Argenis Taveras and the Jamal Jackson Dance Company. The program is the first opportunity that many of these groups have had to come together in months – Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro-Latin Jazz Alliance’s orchestra, for example, have not played together since March.
    EAST FLATBUSH, Brooklyn (WABC) -- A large mural honoring the late actor Chadwick Boseman will be unveiled Saturday in Brooklyn.Artist Kenny Altidor created the mural which depicts Boseman as T'Challa, the iconic character he portrayed in "Black Panther" and other Marvel superhero movies.Art installation in honor of Chadwick Boseman now on display at Downtown DisneyEMBED More News Videos A tribute to Chadwick Boseman, star of "Black Panther," is now on display at Downtown Disney in Anaheim. The artwork will be on display on Clarendon Avenue in East Flatbush.It will be unveiled at 3:30 p.m. with community leaders and members of the NYPD in attendance.Boseman, who also played Black icons Jackie Robinson, Thurgood Marshall, and James Brown over his years in Hollywood, died in August after a four-year battle with colon cancer. He was 43 years old.Street art legend Maria 'Toofly' Castillo paves the way for women in graffiti sceneEMBED More...
    A Brooklyn artist is arguing that his biting parodies of sweet treats should be protected by the First Amendment. Hershey wants Andrew Bell to stop selling his pricey, vinyl toys, which are menacing takes on some of the candy giant’s classics such as Hershey Kisses and KitKats. The vinyl sculptures have monster-like faces with sharp teeth — and carry names like Kisses of Death and Kill Kats. Large versions sell for as much as $130. Bell’s Kill Kat won 2018 designer toy of the year, but Hershey believes consumers could confuse his artwork for its crispy, chocolatey bar. Last year, the company accused Bell of infringing on its trademarks and sent him letters telling him to stop making his toys. The artist fired back, going to Brooklyn Federal Court to protect his designs. The toys are “expressive works of art entitled to First amendment protection as commentary and parody,” insists...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City Brooklyn artist and life-long resident of Canarsie Kenny Altidor, 42, spends his afternoons finishing a second mural on East 80th Street and Flatlands Avenue on the side of a building that he says represents peace and love. One mural is a finished George Floyd, emblazoned on the top with “Black lives Matter.” He wants to remove the “black” and say “all.” He wants there to be no racial divide in his message of “peace and love.” The second mural is of rapper Pop Smoke, a known Crips gang member who was murdered in his California home in February. The death of the rapper has been a source of violence throughout Brooklyn especially after five people were arrested three weeks ago reportedly from a rival gang. Altidor said people in the community...
    (CNN) — A hospital in Brooklyn received a special delivery this week during the coronavirus pandemic: A truckload of 1,800 paintings, one for every employee, each representing a flower. The paintings were created and donated by Los Angeles-based artist Michael Gittes, whose works have been shown at The National Portrait Gallery in London, the Park Avenue Armory in New York, and even in the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea. “At the height of the pandemic, Michael had this brilliant idea to donate a painting to every single employee at a hospital, specifically in New York, because New York was fighting it the hardest,” Eli Bronner, Gittes’ manager and dealer, told CNN. Gittes enlisted Bronner to help him find the perfect hospital for the donation. Based on Gittes’ specifications, it had to be a non-profit hospital in an underserved community, with an intensive care unit treating coronavirus patients. It...
    By Francesca Giuliani-Hoffman | CNN A hospital in Brooklyn received a special delivery this week during the coronavirus pandemic: A truckload of 1,800 paintings, one for every employee, each representing a flower. The paintings were created and donated by Los Angeles-based artist Michael Gittes, whose works have been shown at The National Portrait Gallery in London, the Park Avenue Armory in New York, and even in the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea. “At the height of the pandemic, Michael had this brilliant idea to donate a painting to every single employee at a hospital, specifically in New York, because New York was fighting it the hardest,” Eli Bronner, Gittes’ manager and dealer, told CNN. Gittes enlisted Bronner to help him find the perfect hospital for the donation. Based on Gittes’ specifications, it had to be a non-profit hospital in an underserved community, with an intensive care unit treating...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City Jane Walentas, an artist, philanthropist, and Dumbo pioneer who restored Brooklyn Bridge Park’s historic carousel, died on July 5. She was 76 years old. An accomplished artist and creative director, Walentas played a critical role in nurturing Dumbo’s artistic renaissance for more than 30 years. She sponsored local artists, brought arts programs to the Brooklyn neighborhood, and dedicated her life’s work to restoring the 1922 carousel in Brooklyn Bridge Park that’s named in her honor.  Walentas was born Jane Leslie Zimmerman in Teaneck, New Jersey in 1944. She graduated from Moore College of Art & Design in Philadelphia in 1966, and began working at Estée Lauder four years later, where she served as a creative director until 1983. She received a master’s degree in printmaking from New York University one year...
    Public health experts urge caution ahead of July Fourth as U.S. hits record number of cases AMERICAN RESILIENCE: How 5 industries bounced back from 9/11, hurricanes, and the Great Recession — and what their success can teach us about hope after the coronavirus This Brooklyn artist is honoring Black victims of police brutality through his love of sports A New York artist is honoring the Black victims of police brutality by splashing basketball-style jerseys with their names all over the Brooklyn. © Provided by Yahoo! Sports Photos provided by Raafi Rivero A filmmaker by trade, Raafi Rivero says he was inspired to start the “Unarmed” series following the February 2013 murder of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, and subsequent acquittal of George Zimmerman. The ruling coincidentally fell on the same weekend as the premiere of “Fruitvale Station,” a film depicting the events leading up to the death of Oscar Grant, a Black...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City A 35-year-old clothing designer and graffiti artist was shot to death while washing his car in front of his Brooklyn home Saturday morning, police reported. Published reports identified the victim as Kenneth Singleton, 35, also known by his graffiti tag Foot 4 Mayor. Singleton also used his tag as the name of his clothing line based in East New York.  Police say just after 11 a.m. on June 20, Singleton was washing his Chrysler 3o0 in front of his home at 334 Milford St. in East New York when a gunman walked up to him and shot him at point-blank range. Moments later, officers from the 75th Precinct found Singleton sprawled on the ground next to his car, with multiple gunshot wounds. The cleaning products he used sat on the hood...
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