In the News: Man Trapped Between Buildings

••• You think you know everything terrible that can happen to you in New York City, and then something new comes up. “An NYU student believed missing was actually trapped for up to 36 hours in a tiny gap between his dorm building [80 Lafayette] and a neighboring structure—and was rescued only after his worried pals raised the alarm and rescue workers heard his moans. […] Cops said they believe Vongtau somehow fell into the gap, which fire officials said was six to 18 inches wide. It was not clear how far he fell. The dorm building is 18 stories high and the victim lives on the fifth floor.” He’s in serious but stable condition; the photo, courtesy FDNY, is of the shaft. —New York Post

••• “Area—the short-lived but legendary 1980s club favored by artists including Andy Warhol—on Tuesday will celebrate the 30th anniversary of its opening. Kathy Grayson’s gallery The Hole will launch a show of work made for the club that famously adopted a new theme every few weeks by Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, Julian Schnabel and others. […] A Bowery Hotel after-party will serve as a book launch for Area 1983-1987 by Area and hotel co-owner Eric Goode and his sister Jennifer.” Hey, Abrams PR people! Let’s do a post! Please get in touch at —New York Post (via Eater) UPDATE: New York magazine has a slideshow.

••• The back story on the Art in General show by Jill Magid, involving the late Mexican architect Luis Barragán and his archives in Switzerland. —The New York Times

••• A man named Shawn Alexander, who is under the impression his mom bought him the Lilac ship docked at Pier 25, has repeatedly been breaking in and staying there. At one point, he even set up a TV and DVD player, possibly to watch this (skip to the 2:00 mark and prepare to be dazzled).

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