Man tries to rape woman in Union Square Park bathroom

Sketch of suspect

Sketch of suspect

Police are asking for the public’s assistance in finding a man who tried to rape a woman in a bathroom at Union Square Park on Sunday.

Cops said at around 3:15 a.m., a 63-year-old woman was inside the bathroom when a man confronted her and demanded she perform a sex act. The woman struggled as she tried to get away, biting the man’s hand in the process and leaving a cut. The wounded thug then fled the location in an unknown direction.

The victim was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment for pain. She was reported to be in stable condition and has since been released.

The suspect is described as black, approximately 30 years old with a thin build, short hair and a long goatee. He last seen wearing a green army camouflage jacket, an orange hooded sweatshirt, dark jeans and a backpack.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips online or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

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Roller coaster-like sculpture headed to Madison Sq. Park

Rendering of “Big Bling,”  which will stand 40 feet high (Photo courtesy of Madison Square Park Conservancy)

Rendering of “Big Bling,” which will stand 40 feet high (Photo courtesy of Madison Square Park Conservancy)

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

The Madison Square Park Conservancy announced at the beginning of this month that a multi-tier sculpture from American artist Martin Puryear will be the next public installation in the park beginning next May. The structure, which resembles a gilded rollercoaster and called “Big Bling,” will be the largest temporary outdoor public work that Puryear has completed, at 40 feet long and almost 40 feet high.

The structure is the 33rd public art installation by Mad. Sq. Art, the contemporary art program of the conservancy, and will be made of birch plywood and 22-karat gold leaf with multiple levels and wrapped in a fine chain-link fence. It will also include a gold-leafed shackle anchored near the top of the structure.

Puryear, who lives and works in the Hudson Valley region, tends to focus his work on handmade pieces using methods such as carpentry, boat building and other similar trades. His signature material is wood, which he is using for the Madison Square Park sculpture and which serves to anchor the physicality of the enormous piece.

Senior curator Brooke Kamin Rapaport said that the conservancy has been working with Puryear for about a year and a half to develop the piece. They approached him to create a commissioned work for the conservancy, and Big Bling is what he proposed.

“It’s an extraordinary work and though it’s a temporary outdoor piece, it maintains all of the strengths and power of his indoor projects,” she said.

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