Artist James Rosenquist, who lived on Chambers, has died. [UPDATE from Vulture: “Earlier today, we mistakenly posted an obituary for the artist James Rosenquist. We regret the error, and happily, Mr. Rosenquist is alive.” (I changed the headline of the post but left the rest because it’s always nice to be appreciated—arguably more so when you’re still alive.)] “Rosenquist’s touch was flat, deadpan, super-skilled and little sassy simultaneously raising and lowering the painterly skill level. His work produced a resounding “Holy shit!” moment to artists of the 1960s and after. Art was moving on. Rosenquist was one of those markers. He was one of those who extended art into the hyperspace of culture and vice-versa, taking the non sequiturs of everyday life and creating what amounted to a buzzing optically-alive American Cubism of explicitness, clarity, and audacity.” I’ll never forget seeing his extraordinary “F-111” for the first time at MoMA. Above: Jane Freeman’s portrait of Rosenquist, after meeting him in 1983, as described in her recent post. —Vulture
••• “Several pieces of jewelry, including a woman’s $5,000 engagement ring and $2,000 wedding band, were stolen from a Murray Street apartment.” —DNAinfo
••• “Max Blagg was standing in Tribeca Park at Beach Street and West Broadway Thursday morning, hawking a poem. The printed sheets of paper hung like laundry from a line strung between two trees. This being one day after the darkest of December days, the poet was continuing a practice he’d begun a few years ago: Giving away a signed original poem to mark the winter solstice.” —Tribeca Trib
••• The Tribeca Trib posted a 2006 article by Oliver E. Allen on Calvert Vaux and his designs for Duane Park and Canal Park.
••• A New York Post article about how more Knicks players are living in the city says that Lance Thomas lives in Tribeca.