TIME Music

NYC’s Electric Zoo Festival Got Shut Down by Bad Weather

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A general view of atmosphere during the Electric Zoo Festival at Randall's Island, in New York City, on Aug. 31, 2013 Daniel Zuchnik—Getty Images

“We apologize to fans, but your safety is our main concern,” say organizers

New York City’s Electric Zoo Festival was shut down midway Aug. 31, with organizers citing treacherous weather conditions as the cause for cancellation.

Rolling Stone reported that there were still six hours left for the festival to end when attendees were asked to evacuate the grounds at Randall’s Island, where the popular music festival takes place. Chase & Status, Alesso, Bingo Players and Kaskade were some of the acts scheduled to perform on the final evening.

The final day of Electric Zoo was canceled last year as well, but for very different reasons: city officials forced the festival to a halt after two attendees succumbed to drug overdoses and four others were hospitalized. There were also 31 arrests made.

A flash-flood warning was issued just before the event was halted, following which the festival tweeted: “Electric Zoo NY has been shut down for the remainder of the festival due to extreme weather conditions. We apologize to fans, but your safety is our main concern.”

The organizers also made it clear that there would be no re-entry even if weather conditions improved, but have not yet revealed whether festivalgoers would be reimbursed for the canceled day, Rolling Stone said.

EDM artist Kaskade, whose show was among those canceled, took to Twitter to express his displeasure. “Soooooo…… Who has the keys to @barclayscenter???” he joked.

[Rolling Stone]

TIME Photos

Feel Good Friday: 14 Fun Photos to Start Your Weekend

From roller coasters to rhythmic gymnastics, here's a handful of photos to get your weekend started right

TIME Travel

See Images of Airplanes at Night Like You’ve Never Seen Them Before

This is what your Labor Day vacation flight looks like shot as a long exposure

While Labor Day is first and foremost a tribute to the nation’s workers, it is also billed as one of the worst travel days of the year. For many, it’s the final opportunity to take a three day weekend before the chill of fall, and eventually winter, sets in. Nearly 35 million people will be traveling this weekend, with nearly eighty percent traveling by air.

This summer, photographer Kevin Kunstadt began making long exposures of airplanes as they flew over the New York City area at night, creating these surreal and eerily beautiful images that chart the flight paths travelers will take this weekend. “A bit of guesswork and luck was involved due to the variability of the flight paths and the time it takes to set up each shot — you can only kind of estimate where the planes might go based on prior flight paths that you might see while framing the shot, ” Kunstadt told TIME. “The website Flightaware.com was tremendously helpful as far as gauging the timing of potential planes, and figuring out when to start an exposure. The exposures themselves were between 3 and 30 minutes.” His images capture light trails usually invisible to the human eye, and a view you are unlikely to see during this weekend’s travel.

TIME legal

Airbnb Hands Over Data on 124 Hosts in New York City to the Authorities

Airbnb'S Value Estimated At $10 Billion After New Round Of Investments
The Airbnb app is displayed on a smartphone on April 21, 2014 in San Anselmo, California. Justin Sullivan—Getty Images

The New York attorney general is seeking those who “flagrantly" misused the online platform

Airbnb has announced that it is handing over the personal information of 124 past and present hosts to the New York attorney general.

The online accommodation company said on Friday that the vast majority of the hosts were no longer on its site and the total is “far less than 1%” of its hosting community in the Big Apple.

“Nothing about these hosting profiles suggests [the attorney general] is after anyone but individuals who may be flagrantly misusing our platform,” said David Hantman, head of global policy for Airbnb, in a blog post on Friday.

The New York City battle for user information began last year. Attorney general Eric Schneiderman sent the first subpoena in October, requesting data on Airbnb’s hosts for the previous three years. Airbnb resisted but also reiterated its commitment to cooperate with authorities and eliminate illegal hotels and guesthouses. The San Francisco–based company then wiped out more than 2,000 listings in April.

The recent release of personal data followed the New York attorney general’s second subpoena for hosts’ information in May. Airbnb agreed to hand over “anonymized data” for about 16,000 hosts in New York. The office of the attorney general would then have a year to review the information and draft a list of individuals who are subject to further investigation. This means it’s possible that additional requests for user information are made in the months to come.

Airbnb says it has already contacted the 124 hosts concerned about the matter.

TIME New York

Man Arrested for Climbing Brooklyn Bridge Amid New Security Lapse

People walk and ride bikes across the Brooklyn Bridge in April 2014.
People walk and ride bikes across the Brooklyn Bridge in April 2014. Michael Trueblood—Flickr Vision/Getty Images

And he took photos while at the top

A 24-year-old man was arrested Sunday after scaling the Brooklyn Bridge, where he took the opportunity to snap some photos with his iPhone, said officials in New York City.

Yaroslav Kolchin, wearing a backward green cap, a grey T-shirt and jean shorts, was spotted climbing over a security fence by a uniformed officer who was stationed at the bridge. He then radioed the suspect’s description and location to the NYPD, says CNN.

A helicopter was soon deployed and additional units were dispatched before Kolchin climbed back down and was taken into custody. He faces charges of reckless endangerment, obstructing governmental administration, criminal trespass and disorderly conduct. No one was injured.

But there is some confusion regarding Kolchin’s nationality; Reuters reports that he hails from New York City, but CNN says he is visiting from Moscow.

The stunt comes a month after two American flags on the Brooklyn Bridge were replaced with white flags. Two German artists claim they carried out the act.

[CNN]

TIME sleep

Find Out Which Cities Get the Most Sleep

There's no city that never sleeps

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Is your city getting enough sleep?

The Wall Street Journal recently published a list revealing the cities that get the most and least sleep based off a one year dataset provided by Jawbone. Jawbone makes a digital wristband called UP that tracks when its wearers are awake or asleep and how many steps they take within a day.

The Journal reports that this is not a representative study of the general population, and rather a representation of how UP users sleep across the world.

[Wall Street Journal]

TIME Sports

Here’s a Giant Corn Maze in the Shape of Derek Jeter’s Face

Behold: Derek Jeter's face stretched across five acres. VonThun Farms

Sure, why not

How do you pay tribute to a ball player like Derek Jeter? Um, obviously you build a giant corn maze in his likeness.

Yup. VonThun Farms in central New Jersey has created a five-acre maze dedicated to the retiring Yankees star. It features his face, of course, along with the words “Thanks Captain Clutch” and his jersey number. The maze boasts “four miles of twists, turns, and fun interactive family activities.”

“We are right in the middle of Yankees territory,” owner Cindy VonThun tells NJ.com. “No matter which way you turn, everybody just loves Derek Jeter. He’s just the all-around good guy.”

It’s probably a bit of a stretch to say that EVERYBODY loves Jeter (remember: some Phillies fans live in central Jersey) but sure.

The maze will be open to the public from Sept. 20 through the end of October. No word if Mr. November himself has plans to stop by, but you never know.

 

TIME New York

Amish Sisters Reportedly Kidnapped In New York Are Safe

There are currently no compelling leads on a suspect

A pair of Amish sisters purportedly kidnapped near their home in upstate New York on Wednesday night are safe, authorities told the Associated Press.

Fannie Miller, 12, and her 7-year-old sister Delila were tending to customers at their family’s farm stand at around 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday night when they went missing, prompting a manhunt as far north as the Canadian border that lasted until the girls appeared at a private residence in Richville, 13 miles from their home.

Their disappearance prompted the State of New York to issue an Amber Alert and created a panic among St. Lawrence County’s Amish community — the second largest in the state — many members of which had gathered for a vigil just before the girls turned up on Thursday.

There are currently no compelling leads on a suspect, although authorities believe that more than one person may have been involved.

TIME cities

Mystery of Who Placed White Flags on the Brooklyn Bridge Solved

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A white flag flies atop the west tower of the Brooklyn Bridge, in New York City, on July 22, 2014 Richard Drew—AP

The culprits appear to have been German artists who are mystified by the reaction the act got in the U.S.

Two Berlin-based artists have taken credit — and provided evidence to back up their claim — for swapping out two giant American flags over the Brooklyn Bridge earlier this summer and replacing them with all-white versions.

After the flags suddenly appeared over the bridge on July 22, numerous people rushed to claim credit for the stunt. But German artists Mischa Leinkauf and Matthias Wermke have produced videos and pictures apparently taken from the Brooklyn Bridge that indicate they were, in fact, the culprits, the New York Times reports.

Many in New York City saw the flag stunt as a security breach, and embarrassed authorities rushed to launch an investigation. But Leinkauf and Wermke say they were shocked that the flags were perceived that way. Their actions weren’t supposed to be provocative, they said, but merely intended to celebrate “the beauty of public space.” They pulled off the caper on the anniversary of the 1869 death of John Roebling, the German engineer who built the bridge.

“We saw the bridge, which was designed by a German, trained in Berlin, who came to America because it was the place to fulfill his dreams, as the most beautiful expression of a great public space,” Leinkauf said. “That beauty was what we were trying to capture.”

The pair said that between 3 a.m. and 5 a.m. on July 22 they carried the homemade white flags in backpacks while climbing the cables to the top of the bridge, where they replaced the American flags with the all-white versions. They did not see security cameras. They ceremonially folded the American flags, they said, and promise to return them.

[NYT]

TIME New York

Photos: Mourners Remember Slain Rabbi

Rabbi Joseph Raksin of Brooklyn, N.Y., was shot several times Saturday on his way to a synagogue in North Miami Beach while he was in town visiting family members. Authorities say the incident was not a hate crime and was likely a robbery gone bad

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