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iOS Developer Faigy Mayer Jumps 20 Stories To Her Death From NYC Rooftop

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Faigy grew up in Williamsburg as part of a Hasidic Jew community, but rebelled against her religious upbringing

Alyssa Norwin writes:

…Faigy Mayer, a new resident of Brooklyn, tragically died after jumping 20 stories off the top of 230 Fifth Rooftop Bar in New York City on July 20. The horrifying incident took place while the bar was hosting a corporate party.

“Besides being in the process of developing an app for ex-Hasidics to navigate New York City, she also took part in a 2012 documentary called ‘Inside Hasidism’, in which she discusses her decision not to follow her parents’ strict beliefs, which led to them kicking her out.”

It’s unknown if Faigy, who worked as an iOS developer at Appton, was attending the event, but she was spotted running through the crowd before jumping over the wall. “They closed off the section where she jumped from,” one eyewitness told the New York Post. “I think a lot of people up there had zero clue what was going on.”

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Indeed, many who were hanging out at the bar continued to drink and carry on with their evenings, unaware of the chaos taking place below. As of now, police believe Faigy jumped deliberately, however, with just a 4-foot ledge around the outside of the roof, the environment could be deemed a bit unsafe when drinking is involved.

With unprecedented access, National Geographic introduces you to the passionately orthodox community of Hasidic Judaism. Some of the people who share their stories include a revered Hasidic rabbi challenging what it means to be spiritual in the modern world, a young man raised Catholic now attending a Hasidic yeshiva in Brooklyn, and a young Hasidic woman taking her first steps to leave this tightly knit community and live a secular life in Manhattan.

Faigy grew up in Williamsburg as part of a Hasidic Jew community, but rebelled against her religious upbringing, according to The Daily Mail. Read the rest of this entry »

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Picasso’s ‘Le Tricorne’ To Be Removed From Four Seasons For Wall Renovations

inancially troubled French entertainment conglomerate who owns the tapestry, has asked auction houses for proposals to sell its prized modern art collection. (Photo by Matthew Peyton/Getty Images)

Financially troubled French entertainment conglomerate who owns the tapestry, has asked auction houses for proposals to sell its prized modern art collection. (Photo by Matthew Peyton/Getty Images)

For over half a century, New York City’s Four Seasons restaurant has been a place where Picasso meets the power lunch.

“I’ve seen a tremendous amount of reservations, a tremendous number of people coming to see the Picasso for the final time.”

But the pairing between one of the artist’s biggest paintings and one of New York’s most illustrious eateries is due to end Sunday. The unusual artwork – a painted stage curtain – is to be eased off its wall and moved to a museum.

“It’s spectacular. It’s huge, it’s colorful, it’s meaningful. I mean, it’s an outstanding artist.”

One of the restaurant’s managing partners, Julian Niccolini, told WCBS 880’s Monica Miller business has been strong, with man observers wanting a last look at the water color completed in 1919.

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Naked Virgin Mary Statue Stirs Controversy in Long Island

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There’s no room in Long Island for this pregnant Virgin Mary

A 33-foot-tall bronze statue of a naked, pregnant woman that stands on real estate mogul Aby Rosen’s luxurious Old Westbury property has been covered in black after neighbors complained that the artwork was disrupting their “bucolic views.”

“It’s out of character with the neighborhood.”

— Mayor Fred Carillo

The immaculate piece was conceived by British artist Damien Hirst and features a walking woman whose skin has been ripped away from the right side of her body, exposing skull, muscles and her fetus.

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Old Westbury Mayor Fred Carillo said residents were “up in arms” about the statue.

He’s received half a dozen letters of complaint about the statue, and the village is considering a new height restriction for statues that would boot Mary out of sight. Read the rest of this entry »


Picasso’s Unmovable Feast: Pablo Picasso’s most readily accessible painting isn’t in a museum…

The Pablo Picasso stage curtain on a wall of the Four Seasons in New York, gets a cleaning in 2008. Bloomberg News

The Pablo Picasso stage curtain on a wall of the Four Seasons in New York. Bloomberg News

Terry Teachout writes:  Pablo Picasso’s most readily accessible painting isn’t in a museum. It hangs in a New York restaurant—a restaurant that is housed in a building whose owner reportedly thinks that the painting is a piece of junk and wants to get rid of it.

“I don’t want to be the judge who has a Picasso destroyed”

— Justice Matthew F. Cooper

“Le Tricorne” is a 19-foot-tall canvas that Picasso painted in 1919 for Sergei Diaghilev‘s Ballets Russes. It was originally used as a curtain for “The Three-Cornered Hat,” a now-classic ballet composed by Manuel de Falla and choreographed by Léonide Massine for which Picasso designed the sets and costumes. John Richardson, Picasso’s biographer, considers the décor for the ballet to be his “supreme theatrical achievement,” and the curtain is a priceless relic, one of the last surviving souvenirs of the most influential ballet company of the 20th century. Forty years after Picasso painted it, Philip Johnson incorporated “Le Tricorne” into his plans for the Four Seasons Restaurant, which is located in Mies van der Rohe‘s Seagram Building, a 38-story skyscraper that is itself a classic of modern architecture. Ever since the Four Seasons opened in 1959, “Le Tricorne” has hung in the entryway, where it can be seen not only by patrons but by passers-by. The interior of the Four Seasons was designated as a landmark in 1989, meaning that it can’t be altered without official approval.

End of story…right? Not even close.

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