The Lowline

Where do you build new green space in a crowded city like New York? One architecture firm in the city’s lower east side says “Why not underground?” In a project called Lowline, the firm is aiming at building a new community park beneath the streets of New York. According to the project’s Kickstarter page, the idea is to leverage space from an abandoned trolley terminal. Unlike other underground public areas around the world, like shopping centers or commuter tunnels, Lowline wants to build an ecosystem that feels like an actual outdoor park.

Something tells me this is gonna end in rapes and a plethora of smelly homeless people.

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Police Brutality in Philly

Brutal. We don’t know exactly what led to the officer in the white shirt (significant, as this means he has acquired the rank of sergeant or above; he’s not some campus cop on a power trip) to blindly sucker punch this woman in the head. We don’t know whether the scene itself was provocative in any way. The woman, there to celebrate Puerto Rican heritage over the weekend, *appears* to spray the officer with water or some other liquid.

HA! A white shirt cop is a cop who is way more incharge then the regular blue shirts. He is supposed to be the leader of these city protectors. What kind of example does this white shirt set? If someone pours some water on you and then a chick sprays some silly string in your vicinity… YOU SHOULD CRACK HER IN THE FACE AND ROUGHLY LOCK HER ASS UP. Gotta love the 5-0.

@oakshades

PS. Come on hoe. I’m not saying you deserved to get the blood slapped out your mouth but if you’re gonna be a douchebag and do anything other then nod your head when you’re around cops… BAD THINGS ARE GONNA HAPPEN

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FOX News Just Broadcasted A Live Suicide

Every single day we get closer and closer to the world of television that was predicted in Network or Videodrome. BuzzFeed is getting slammed for posting this video — effectively, for now, taking the heat of FOX for AIRING IT LIVE — but either way…someone was going to post this. That’s just the way it is. It will end up on Reddit, or Documenting Reality or Best Gore. Maybe FOX should take a note that there’s other shit going on right now besides ridiculing a guy’s car during a frenzied live car chase.

Either way, the reaction by Shep Smith here is an all-timer. GEDOFF! GEDOFF! GEDOFF! into a a commercial. Woof.

I’m so de-sensitized to this awful shit. It’s sad.

-Droog

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@JColeNC x @MajorLazer = Get Free ColeWorld

One year ago I went to Best Buy and copped five copies of Cole’s debut album. Tonight Diplo and Cole dropped this joint ‘Get Free’. In one year we’ve seen Cole go from underground rapper to hitting up Diplo and telling him he got bars on deck for his brand new song. I always talk about how inspirational Cole’s journey has been but ya’ll don’t even know half of the story. LISTEN TO THESE FUCKING BARS.

@oakshades

PS. Shouts to Adam aka one of the biggest fiends I know and the Dreamville nigga that creeps behind the scenes doing shit like sending Cole this beat. Better believe the fiends put a little birdie in one of their favorite rapper’s ear about reaching out to one of their favorite djs and making this an official remix.

PPS.

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“The House I Live In” Trailer

Documentary? Check. Documentary on the drug war? Double check. Documentary by Eugene Jarecki, who crafted complete fire with Why We Fight? Triple check. Prison industrial complex mentioned? Che–, know what fuck it, catch @oakshades, @Wave_Bandana and I mooked as fuck checking this shit out October 5th.

-Droog

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#TBT @FiendBassy – Trip x @TheTanayaShow

The lovely @TheTanayaShow sent us this little gem of a fan vid. All she does is get it in. Her Jewelry is dope as fuck and has been in so many goddamn music videos (most recently Pyramids by Frank Ocean) it’s not even funny. She is in MADDDDDDD videos looking all lusty and shit and now she’s dabbling in directing videos??? Goddamn I’m lazy as fuck. Anyway if you not familiar with this oldie but goodie (how fucking terrible is that phrase?) check it out.

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Street Artists Sons NYPD

On Sunday, September 16th at around 1am, a white van—labelled with “Van Wagner’s” blue logo and topped by a yellow strobe light—circled through permanently lit Times Square. Inside the vehicle, the driver and passenger, both dressed as construction workers, were nervous. They had just vandalized one kiosk a few yards away from an NYPD tower, now they were about to hit another one right underneath the nose of a large white NYPD security camera. Hearing his partner worry, “we’re really pushing some buttons here!” “Essam” shot back, “keep your head down, if they don’t see our faces we’re in the clear.”
They hopped out of the van with their tool belts and in less than a minute another authorized Van Wagner spot was replaced with one of the drone spoofing pieces that have so angered the NYPD lately. Five hours later Essam and the team he calls his “bros” (they also utilizes two “security vehicles” to scope out the scene, and in one instance “dodge a tail”) had knocked out 50 such spots. The next night, again concentrating mostly in midtown, they knocked out fifty more.
“That first night I couldn’t sleep at all,” Essam recalls. “My heart was pumping and I kept waking up in a cold sweat. Bloomberg, Kelly and his cronies are not going to take this lightly if I get caught.”
Last Friday, “Essam,” a 29-year-old art-school grad from Maine, who served in Iraq as a “geo-spatial analyst,” sat down with ANIMAL in an undisclosed Brooklyn studio to talk about his philosophy and technique. Right off the bat, he admitted, “I’m not part of the street art scene at all.”

Correcting recent tabloid reports (and this blog’s own speculation) he stressed that he is not affiliated with Occupy, which he calls “a broken down movement.” Instead, the latest spate of kiosk vandalism, which just happened to fall on the anniversary of #OWS, was timed to coincide with the “signing of the constitution” and the convening of the UN General Assembly. He says, “I’m not a big fan of the UN,” adding, “I didn’t even know about [Occupy Anniversary] until my boy told me on the radio, ‘dude there’s a protest.’”
As far as his political views, the artist feels that Obama and Romney are “essentially the same.” If anything, he says his work “identifies strongly with libertarianism.” Asked if he’s looking to build a movement, he laughs, and says: “definitely! I’d love if it someone like [Paypal founder and libertarian] Peter Thiel would back me.”
He agrees that there is an inherent irony in his spoofs: the very fact that the NYPD (which claims to be strongly pursuing him with their “counter terrorism squad”) hasn’t caught him yet, is proof that we have not reached a state of Orwellian control. “But we’re going in that direction and no one’s talking about it,” he says. “And I think that’s pretty scary.”

We also did a video interview with Essam and he goes into further details about his motivations and how his military training helped him pull off this feat. We agreed to obscure his face and voice to protect his identity.

Wanted “Drone” Poster Artist Discusses How He Punked the NYPD from ANIMALNewYork.com on Vimeo.

I’m such a pussy. I sit and bitch while this mug is out being Robin Hood and shit. Dope read and watch tho.

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Anthony Griffith: The Best of Times, The Worst of Times

Right after High School graduation every student should be locked in a room and forced to watch this.

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PS. I swear I’m not crying at my desk right now.

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Belgian Mindreader Actually Just Has Facebook

Fucking dope. I’m so mad the Illuminati has pictures and videos of my jerking off on Chatroulette.

@oakshades

PS. Why do like 62% of dope viral videos come out of Europe?

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This 12 Year Old Fiend is Gonna Get His First BJ Pretty Soon

Like there’s no shot every little horny 13 year old in his class is tryna be his first blow job now. Kid just made such a serious power move on the social scene at his school. The dudes are prolly salty. Shit I wonder if this homie is one of the cool kids. If he’s one of the cool kids, he’s gonna have a threesome before I do. If he’s one of the lamer homies, it could be 50/50 on how the dudes react. The hoes gonna fuck with him regardless tho.

@oakshades

PS. If this was a rapper and a 12 year old girl this would not have gone so well.

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