The Queens art mecca known as 5 Pointz has been the center of an ongoing court battle between land developers and 21 graffiti artists responsible for partially painting the historic building.
According to the New York Daily News, on Tuesday (November 7), Brooklyn federal jurors ruled primarily in the artists’ favor after a day of deliberations in what is being heralded as a “groundbreaking” case. The jury’s decision was an advisory ruling, meaning that a judge will still make the final calls.
The large collective of artists sued real estate developer Jerry Wolkoff under the Visual Artists Rights Act, a 1990 law that protects artwork of “recognized stature.” Therefore, the 49 pieces of graffiti art Wolkoff whitewashed overnight at the Long Island City spot four years ago were legally protected. This marks the first jury trial citing that specific law.
Eric Baum, attorney for the artists, said every artist was awarded damages. The 100-page verdict sheet is expected to be released this week.
Bright, from director David Ayer and starring Will Smith and Joel Edgerton, is probably Netflix’s highest profile movie release this year. Will Smith stars as a policeman on an Earth that’s inhabited by orcs, elves and other creatures. Edgerton is the first orc on the police force and becomes Smith’s partner. The movie releases on December 22nd, just in time for the holidays. The second trailer came out today, and you can take a look at it below.
Gett, a Tel Aviv-based taxi startup, claims they’ll take you anywhere in Manhattan for a flat rate of $10, besting even Uber’s 20 percent price cut.
Financed by Russian-American billionaire Len Blavatnik, Gett launched in NYC with little fanfare last year, having apparently been overshadowed by big fish like Uber and Lyft.
But Gett’s getting even! All rides in Manhattan run $10 no matter how long they are.
So the Taxi Wars rage on. Gett, which utilizes a 3,000-car fleet of licensed private livery cars, will only be offering this discount through New Year’s Eve, assuming the Taxi & Limousine Commission doesn’t issue some sort of mob hit on them in the meantime.