In the News: Pipe-Wielding Attacker

••• An attack with a metal pipe and a couple of thefts in the Tribeca Trib police blotter.

••• “The city has banned doors-off helicopter tours that operate out of the Downtown Manhattan Heliport in response to last month’s deadly crash in the East River, it was announced Wednesday.” —New York Post

••• “Disney-owned [television network] ABC is seeking to cut a deal to move its longtime Midtown digs to a new building—and one of the prospective sites is on Trinity Church property at 4 Hudson Square, sources said. The site bounded by Hudson, Varick, Vandam and Spring streets now includes 304 Hudson—a circa-1898, U-shaped office building on the western end. Under a 2013 zoning scheme, the eight-story No. 304, with 300,000 square feet, could be enlarged by adding stories, and the remainder of the block turned into housing.” —New York Post

••• This weekend’s edition of T Magazine evidently has a package about New York in the 1980s. Besides the group portrait of Soho/Tribeca artists mentioned yesterday, various notables recalled their routines back then. (Because the New York Times is unhealthily obsessed with children of famous people, there’s an article about them, too.) Anyway, here’s curator Lisa Phillips:

I was working at the Whitney and helping to open different museum branches, so I was shuttling between 42nd Street, Stamford, Conn., and the downtown branch, which was just a few blocks from where I lived, on Front Street in the South Street Seaport area. Guerrilla art activities took place all over. Creative Time ran Art on the Beach on the landfill that is now Battery Park City—back then it was just a huge field of sand. The elevated West Side Highway, meanwhile, was a place you could ski. We would get on at the ramp at Chambers Street and ski up to Spring Street to the Ear Inn. One night I saw Jack Smith do a reading, and I can still remember this line, which kind of sums up that era: “The cockroach caravan crosses the rented desert of exotic landlordism.”

••• And “the abandoned Pier 34 at Hudson River Park” is one of T Magazine‘s “landmarks that made New York a cultural capital” because it “was the venue for a major exhibition that opened that year and featured site-specific works by artists like Mike Bidlo, Jean Foos, Peter Hujar, Andreas Sterzing, Kiki Smith and David Wojnarowicz.” Below: Pier 34 by Andreas Sterzing from the book about the pier, Something Possible Everywhere.

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