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Artist arrested in Queensboro Bridge climb


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Video/Screenshot via YouTube/Anthony Sneed

Police have arrested a Brooklyn street artist after a YouTube video was posted of him scaling the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge to install one of his pieces last week, the NYPD said.

Brendan Fagan, 35, turned himself in at Manhattan’s 19th Precinct Friday morning, while accompanied by his lawyer, according to officials.

He has been charged with criminal trespass, reckless endangerment and violation of local law, police said.

A video that went up Saturday shows the artist, who goes by the name Judith Supine , as he makes his way across the bridge before his nighttime climb, then cuts to the artist perched on top of the span with views of the city skyline before he installs his work.

The climber made the trek up the bridge just after midnight on March 24, according to the NYPD.

After seeing the footage, police said  they were investigating the incident earlier this week.

The video coincides with the March 29 opening of Supine’s show at the Mecka Gallery in East Williamsburg.

Supine told Fox 5 New York he pulled the stunt to get publicity for his work.

In 2009, he placed a piece on top of the Williamsburg Bridge and two years earlier he lowered one from the Manhattan Bridge.

This latest incident has raised concerns over security in the city following recent breaches at the World Trade Center.

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NYPD investigating after street artist installs piece on Queensboro Bridge


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Video/Screenshot via YouTube/Anthony Sneed

Police are investigating after a YouTube video was posted over the weekend of a Brooklyn street artist scaling the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge to install one of his pieces.

The video shows Judith Supine as he makes his way across the bridge before his nighttime climb, then cuts to the artist perched on top of the span with views of the city skyline before he installs his work.

The NYPD said it is reviewing the footage and no charges have been filed yet.

Supine’s trek up the East River bridge coincides with the March 29 opening of his show at the Mecka Gallery in  East Williamsburg.

This isn’t the first time Supine has pulled a daring stunt in the name of art.

In 2009, he placed a piece on top of the Wiliamsburg Bridge and two years earlier he lowered one from the Manhattan Bridge.

This weekend’s incident raises more concerns over security in the city following recent breaches at the World Trade Center.

 

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Ridgewood musician kills himself, three others in Brooklyn shooting


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A Ridgewood man fatally shot himself and three fellow musicians at a Brooklyn home Monday morning, according to police and published reports.

Ali Akbar Mohammadi Rafie, 29, allegedly killed the three men and wounded a fourth just after midnight at a residence on Maujer Street in East Williamsburg, said cops.

Two of the homicide victims, Soroush Farazmand, 27, and his brother, Arash, 28, were both members of Yellow Dogs, an indie band that originated in Iran, according to published reports.

The third victim, Ali Eskandarian, 35, was reportedly not a part of the band, but was also a musician.

The wounded victim, a 22-year-old man, was shot in the right arm and was taken to Elmhurst Hospital, where he remains in stable condition, said cops.

Police said they discovered Rafie dead on the roof of the Maujer Street home with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head and a rifle next to his body.

Rafie was a member of another Iranian band, the Free Keys, the New York Times reported. Members of both bands were acquaintances, but Rafie was no longer a part of the Free Keys.

According to reports, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said the shooting seems to have stemmed from a dispute over money “involving an indie rock band.”

 

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