Opioid protest targets donors to New York City museum

Associated Press Published 1:46 pm, Sunday, March 11, 2018 Photo: AMY LOMBARD, NYT Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 Anti-opioid activists scattered pill bottles inside New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. Anti-opioid activists scattered pill bottles inside New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. Photo: AMY LOMBARD, NYT Opioid protest targets donors to New York City museum 1 / 1 Back to Gallery NEW YORK — Activists protesting a prominent donor family’s link to the opioid crisis unfurled banners and scattered pill bottles inside New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. The New York Times reported that the protest started just after 4 p.m. Saturday inside the museum’s Sackler Wing. The wing is named after brothers Arthur, Mortimer and Raymond Sackler, who donated $3.5 million for the gallery in the 1970s. Mortimer and Raymond Sackler also owned Purdue Pharma, the company that developed OxyContin, a widely prescribed and widely abused painkiller. Purdue Pharma pleaded guilty in 2007 to misleading the public about OxyContin’s risk of addiction and agreed to pay $600 million in fines and other payments. Recommended Video: Now Playing: New York City is suing eight companies that make or distribute prescription opioids, accusing them of fueling a deadly and nationwide epidemic of overdoses. The lawsuit, filed on Tuesday in the State Supreme Court in Manhattan, seeks $500 million in damages to recover expenses the city has to incur in combating the crisis. "More New Yorkers have died from opioid overdoses than car crashes and homicides combined in recent years. Big Pharma helped to fuel this epidemic by deceptively peddling these dangerous drugs and hooking millions of Americans in exchange for profit," Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement Continue Reading

New York’s Met Museum will start charging mandatory $25 fee

NEW YORK (AP) — The Metropolitan Museum of Art is partially abandoning its "pay-what-you-wish" admissions policy that has made it an egalitarian destination for generations of art lovers, even those who could barely afford a bus ticket into town. Starting March 1, the museum will charge a mandatory $25 entrance fee to most adult visitors who don't live in New York state, the Met's president and CEO, Daniel Weiss, announced Thursday. Admission will still be pay-what-you-wish for New Yorkers. He said the extra money — an estimated $6 million to $11 million per year — will help bring long-term fiscal stability to the institution. The Met, which has a $305 million operating budget, registered a shortfall of about $10 million in its most recently completed fiscal year. People from all over the world have been able to come to the museum for nearly nothing since its founding in 1870, but the number of people willing to pay a suggested donation of $25 has dropped off substantially in recent years. "The goal of the policy is to find a better balance for the institution," Weiss told The Associated Press. "The current policy has failed." Entrance will remain free for all children under 12 and pay-what-you-wish for students up to graduate school in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Students living outside the tri-state area will be charged $12 and seniors $17. The fee change will affect about 30 percent of the museum's visitors. The rest are either state residents, Met members, or they come in as part of a tour group or via a multi-attraction pass. Weiss said the $25 fee will allow visitors to enter the Met over three consecutive days, instead of just one. Two cousins visiting the Met from Bologna, Italy, on Thursday chose to pay $15 each and said that was plenty. "But $25 is a lot. It's absolutely too much," said Francesca Betocchi, an attorney celebrating her 35th birthday. "We think art education should be a free, open door for Continue Reading

New York Today: Free and cheap events, January 2 2011

Tunes for tots. Brooklyn-based musician Miss Nina entertains toddlers 3 and under with her signature pink guitar. 11 a.m. Free. Greenlight Bookstore, 686 Fulton St. (718) 246-0200. Runaway chicks. Catch a screening of "Chicken Run," a Claymation film about chickens trying to escape a British barnyard. 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. $8-$11. Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway, at 95th St. (212) 864-5400. HOP TO IT. Get the inside scoop on the famed Brooklyn Brewery's expansion and learn about its storied past with a 20-minute tour of the new space. 1, 2, 3 and 4 p.m. Free. 79 N. 11th St., Brooklyn. (718) 486-7422. "Treasure Trove." Examine artifacts left by Jewish immigrants living on the lower East Side and create a mezuzah to bring home. 1 p.m. $15 per family. Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge St. (212) 219-0888. Jazz for kids. Enjoy smooth tunes by the talented children of the Jazz Standard Youth Orchestra, directed by David O'Rourke. 1 p.m. $5 suggested donation. Jazz Standard, 116 E. 27th St. (212) 576-2232. Gizmos & gadgets. Visit this science playground for free on Sunday mornings. Continuing exhibits include "1001 Inventions," featuring gadgets by Muslim scientists from the seventh through 17th centuries. 10-11 a.m. Free admission. New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th St., Queens. (718) 699-0005. "Beauty and the beard." Cellist Steven Isserlis and other artists introduce kids to works by Brahms. Narrated by Judy Kuhn. 3 p.m. $18. 92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Ave. (212) 415-5500. Free access. Get free admission to the Brooklyn Museum. Take the opportunity to check out artist Fred Tomaselli's unique hybrid paintings and collages, closing after today. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Free admission. Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway. (718) 638-5000. Snowy creations. Design and decorate a sparkling snowflake. 1, 2 and 3 p.m. $6. Staten Island Children's Museum, 1000 Richmond Terrace.(718) 273-2060. "Ceremony of carols." The Cathedral Choir of Continue Reading

ART MUSCLE. A Klimt painting fetches huge bucks – and New York takes notice

Approximately 24 hours passed while the Neue Galerie contemplated offering New Yorkers the chance to see its most recent acquisition, Gustav Klimt's 1907 portrait of his patron, Adele Bloch-Bauer, for a fee of $50 on Wednesdays, when the museum is normally closed. Eyebrows were raised when the Museum of Modern Art announced it would be raising its admission fee to $20 a year and a half ago, when it opened its new building. Similarly, the Metropolitan Museum of Art raised some hackles when it increased its suggested contribution to $20. But $50 to look at a painting is unprecedented. Nor is Klimt generally considered a big box-office artist, but the painting in question has just been acquired by the Neue Galerie for $135 million, the highest price ever paid for any work of art. Hence the sudden urgency to see it. Price tags have always been part of art history, especially since 1962, when the Met paid a then-steep $2.3 million for Rembrandt's "Aristotle Contemplating the Bust of Homer." (Younger readers, note: $2.3 million was once considered a lot of money.) When the painting was put on ­display in the lobby of the Met it drew huge crowds. Upstairs, a room with a dozen other Rembrandts was empty, obviously because they had no price tag. Is the Klimt worth $135 million? That is a complicated question. The portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer is unquestionably a rich painting. ­Shortly before he began it, Klimt had visited Ravenna, Italy, where he was struck by some Byzantine mosaics of a Roman ­empress. The use of gold and of geometric shapes reflects the impact of those mosaics. Bloch-Bauer's head, however, has a sensuousness ­characteristic of the artist. So do her oddly poised hands. Klimt's erotically charged canvases reflect the atmosphere of Vienna during the same years Sigmund Freud was writing about the primacy of the libido in the formation of character. Although the quality of the painting is not in doubt, the unusually high Continue Reading


Every year, we get a few days like this - days so hot it feels as if the rivers and harbors around New York are a giant kettle and we're the egg in the middle, being poached. This is weather when the toughest among us abandon our cavalier facade of adaptability and dive into any place that promises either air conditioning or air that moves enough so our beads of perspiration don't grow to the size of kalamata olives. Over the years, New Yorkers have developed a sense for places to visit when you're not fortunate enough to spend 24 hours in a mfortably climate-controlled office or home. Some of them are places we go all the time anyway. Others are heat- specific. People who don't know Leonardo Da Vinci from Leonardo DiCaprio may duck into the Metropolitan Museum, for instance, just because it looks like the kind of place that's air-conditioned. It is. But there is a $15 recommended admission charge for adults, which brings up another, larger question. Exactly where can New Yorkers get value for their cooling-off dollar? So here are 25 locations, scenarios and products that'll help keep your cool without burning a huge hole in your wallet. Our criteria were simple: balancing cost with quality-of-cool. 1 1 KINGS PLAZA & MANHATTAN MALLS COST: Free LENGTH OF COOL: All day. DOWNSIDE: If you're browsing, mall stores can get redundant fast. If you're buying, they can get expensive. If you're doing neither, it's pretty boring. What's the point of eating ice cream where it's already cool? UPSIDE: When your a. c. is blasting at night, you may find yourself reaching for extra covers. Conveniently, Macy's at Kings Plaza is having a sale on bedding in its home department. At Manhattan Mall, NY Shades is selling two pairs of sunglasses for just $22. 2 BAGS OF ICE IN YOUR POCKETS COST: Box of 20 quart-size Ziploc bags, $2. 89. Ice, free from most freezers. LENGTH OF COOL: 30 minutes before the ice melts. HOURLY COST Continue Reading

TRIPLE YOUR LOCAL TREASURES. Three exhibits at New York museums display Swiss, Mayan and Napoleon-themed pieces

Many people learn about art from books and slides. And many New Yorkers learn about art firsthand from the steady stream of masterpieces that visit here on a regular basis. Sometimes the special exhibits at New York's museums fill in our knowledge of artists and periods we already know. But sometimes entirely new stars appear on the horizon - undeniably great artists that would only be known to specialists. Such is the case, for example, with the 18th-century Swiss portrait painter Jean-Etienne Liotard, an exhibit of whose astonishing work is currently at the Frick Collection. Liotard was born in Geneva and educated in Paris, but he also spent time in Constantinople, where he acquired Turkish techniques. He also acquired a beard, which enhanced his racy reputation when he returned to Western Europe. The exhibit features a number of powerful self-portraits, which suggest his intense honesty and a captivating sense of humor. Among the most fascinating works in the show are a set of portraits of 11 of the 12 children of the Empress Maria Theresa of Austria. Here too Liotard's uncompromising honesty trumps a portrait painter's natural propensities to flattery. Not all mothers might be pleased with this approach, but Maria Theresa told ­Liotard she carried the portraits with her whenever she traveled. For contemporary viewers, of course, the most interesting of the portraits is that of her daughter Marie Antoinette - in it we can see both the delicate ­beauty that made her greatly admired when she first came to France as well as the severity that came into play during her later years when she schemed to save the monarchy and her life, neither successfully. There are always discoveries to be made at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Right now, for example, there is an exhibit of ­historic significance. Raphael's Colonna Altarpiece has been at the museum since the early 20th century. But seven small panels that were part of the work when it was Continue Reading


WHEN A Brooklyn mom claimed she was harassed for breast-feeding her baby at the Toys "R" Us store in Times Square, her story brought forth complaints from other mothers with similar tales of woe. A state law, enacted in 2002, says that any mother can breast-feed a child in any place, public or privately owned, where she is otherwise authorized to be. But to hear some mothers tell it, there are still stores and restaurants hostile to women who nurse in public - or NIP, the shorthand used on breast-feeding Web sites. The Daily News put the issue to a test by dispatching reporter Tracy Connor and her 3-month-old daughter, Charlie, to nurse at humble and posh locations around town. Here's her account of who is hip to NIP and, perhaps surprisingly, who is not. The Apple Store - Inside the gleaming white Mac mecca on Fifth Ave. and 59th St., where workers in identical T-shirts rush to straighten iPods knocked askew, I'm certain my baby and I will be a spectacle. On a low circular concrete bench facing a busy bank of computers, I pick a spot between two guys - a businessman and a hipster glued to their laptops - and in full view of a dozen sales associates. Out comes the nursing pillow, down goes the baby, up comes the shirt and I toss a coverup over my shoulder. Twenty minutes, we're done - and no one has said a peep. My benchmates never look up. All in all, I would have created more of a stir if I'd announced my home computer is a Dell. "I don't know if we have a policy that you can or can't do it, but breast-feeding is natural," one employee tells me. "Now, we do have people who come in and log onto certain sites on the Internet and take out certain body parts - that we don't allow." Crosstown bus: We board a M79 at midday, taking a seat opposite the driver. At the next stop, the bus starts to fill up and we get down to business. The baby wriggles around, exposing a few inches of skin - and all around me, riders develop the kind of glazed-eye look Continue Reading

In the Now: Get your kicks in vegan leather from PETA and M4D3; Yoko Ono comes to MOMA; celebrate New York’s tech scene

HAPPY FEET Change the world one step at a time — through a line of socially conscious special-edition vegan leather espadrilles. They’re from M4D3 and PETA. In black, white and blue with jute soles, they’re $50 through June 15 (then price goes to $60) Visit PETA.org or M4D3Shoes.com on Monday for details. YOKO SHOW Forty-four years ago, Yoko Ono advertized a fictional show for herself at the Museum of Modern Art, much to the museum’s dismay. Finally, they’ve realize she deserved a real show all along. Starting Sunday, MOMA will acknowledge that history with “Yoko Ono: One Woman Show, 1960-1971.” The show features more than 100 vintage Ono works, including: “Grapefruit,” her witty book of sayings; “Smoke Painting,” where observers burned art with cigarettes; and “Touch Poem,” in which people at the show are encouraged to lay hands on each other. The 82-year-old artist blurs the line between creator and observer. May 17-September 7, The Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53rd St. Adults, $25; Seniors, $18, Students, $14; Children 16 and under, free. Jim Farber *** MOTHER COURAGE When her mother was diagnosed with cancer a year ago, it was a wakeup call for Gina Moffa. “It started to make me think about my own life,” she says, adding that her original purpose “was always music.” “Chasing Courage,” a solo show inspired by her mom’s ongoing battle. Proceeds go to cancer research. $15-$20 Sunday, 4:15 p.m. Stage 72/The Triad. Details at chasingcourage.brownpapertickets.com. David Boroff *** THE REEL THING Smart writing, direction and acting give Annie Baker’s 2013 play “The Flick” its rich resonance. Spilled popcorn helps maintain the deliberately pokey pacing of this Pulitzer Prize winner about employees at Continue Reading


CASTING YOUR FATE TO FILM "The Squid and the Whale" Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Noah Baumbach is casting for a talented girl (age 10 to 12) and a boy (age 11 to 14) to be in his next film alongside stars Nicole Kidman and Jennifer Jason Leigh. Applicants should be "smart," and, most importantly, real. Make sure to bring a snapshot. Today, 11 a. m.-1 p. m.; free. Hilton Theater Rehearsal Studio, 214 W. 43rd St., third floor. (212) 353-3874. TICKLING DEM FUNNY BONES Laughing Liberally may be one of the more ambitious comedy troupes around. Their self- proclaimed goal is "to save democracy - one laugh at a time. " Due to their politically themed humor, they've been described as a "live version of 'The Daily Show. '" Tonight, 8:30 p. m.; $15-$50. Town Hall, 123 W. 43rd St. (212) 730-2423. OFF THE RACK & BACK! What's old is new again - and fashionable. The latest Manhattan Vintage Clothing & Antique Textile Sale at the Metropolitan Pavilion is focusing on clothing from the 1960s and 1970s, particularly styles by late designer Ossie Clark. Today, 11 a. m.-6 p. m.; $20 admission. 125 W. 18th St. (212) 691-7297. Y TELLS HOW TO LIVE BETTER Find yourself glued to the tube during makeover shows? Get off the couch and join in the fun during the 92nd Street Y's Real Age Makeover Lecture/Brunch with Dr. Michael F. Roizen. The seminar promises to teach you how to "be biologically younger and live a happier and healthier life. " Tomorrow, noon-4 p. m.; $25. 1395 Lexington Ave. (212) 415-5500. COMBINING GOOD TALK & ART Artist Robert Rauschenberg sits down at the Metropolitan Museum of Art tomorrow afternoon at 2 with New Yorker magazine art critic Calvin Tomkins to discuss his life and work, including "Combines," a mixed-media exhibit of 67 works by Rauschenberg. It's on display at the Met through April 2. Today, 9:30 a. m.-9 p. m.; tomorrow, 9:30 a. m.-5:30 p. m. $15 museum admission Continue Reading

Harvey Weinstein hosts party of New York inflentials for Russian-born media magnate Evgeny Lebedev

Harvey Weinstein and Georgina Chapman hosted a private cocktail party for Moscow-born 35-year-old Evgeny Lebedev at the Lotos Club before the weekend got underway. Weinstein and his gorgeous designer wife greeted a handful of guests inside the book-lined second-floor library of the exclusive Upper East Side mansion, which operates a members-only club. The drinks do was at the request of businessman Lebedev, who owns The Evening Standard and The Independent in the U.K. We hear he emailed Weinstein directly asking to meet some New York influentials. He’s also a theater lover who throws the Evening Standard Theatre Awards show in London annually, and is hoping to make a splash in New York society circles, particularly around the Tony Awards weekend. After a brief introduction by Weinstein, Lebedev took the microphone to tell the group he was happy to be meeting everyone and how intoxicating he finds the city. “He’s hoping to get in with the right circles here, meet the right people,” one guest tells [email protected] Among the notable names at the intimate event, [email protected] spotted Anna Wintour, clad in a red lace number. The Vogue editrix discussed Weinstein’s pet project, “Finding Neverland,” with him at a table for two, and shook hands with Lebedev before we spotted her quietly slipping away and down the staircase to her waiting car after just 15 minutes. Harper’s Bazaar editor Glenda Bailey arrived to chat with Chapman and her Marchesa partner Keren Craig, who was also seen chatting up Michael Bloomberg and his girlfriend Diana Taylor. Lincoln Center head Jill Lloyd was there with Jed Bernstein, Tina Brown arrived on the later side, as Bloomberg was leaving. Scattered throughout the hour, we spotted Annette de la Renta, opera singer Renee Fleming, Marie Claire Editor-in-Chief Anne Fulenwider, Newsweek editor James Impoco, Princess Firyal of Jordan, Continue Reading