Statues coming to life at parks

Historical figures will speak through technology

July13 Statue Peter Stuyvesant

Statue of Peter Stuyvesant in Stuyvesant Square Park (Photo by Sabina Mollot)

 

By Sabina Mollot

Most of the time, the monuments built to honor historical figures go unnoticed by New Yorkers. Up on their pedestals, how could they even hope to compete with whatever is below, flashing on park goers’ cell phones? Fortunately for our forefathers, a history-loving Dane has found a way to get the stories behind the statues told today in a modern way.

David Peter Fox, a TV producer and documentary maker from Copenhagen, has for the past 18 months been organizing installations in different cities where statues speak to park goers via their smartphones. The project began in Denmark, then later went on to London and then the Unites States in San Diego and Chicago. Then on Wednesday, July 12, Talking Statues came to New York.

“I got the idea in 2013,” said Fox, reached on the phone this week. “I was curious about the stories that are behind statues.”

To make the project a reality, Fox and others fundraised to be able to hire a team of actors, one to play the part of each statue, and writers to come up with the material. To hear any of the 35 city monuments’ stories, participants just approach a statue, and scan a code on a sign. They will need a wi-fi connection and a QR scanner or scanning app on their phones to do this or they can type the web address they see on the sign. After that, the individual will be contacted from the great beyond.

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Police Watch: Senior arrested for threats, Bellevue patient arrested for assault

SENIOR ARRESTED IN KIPS BAY FOR THREATENING MAN WITH KNIFE
Eighty-year-old Sergio Richiez was arrested after allegedly pulling a knife on a man who confronted him for urinating in the street.
Police said that according to the victim Richiez was urinating at the corner of East 28th Street and First Avenue last Monday at noon. When the other man angrily demanded to know why he was doing this, in response, the octogenarian allegedly pulled a kitchen knife out of his pocket and waved it at the victim. He was arrested for menacing and weapons possession. There were no injuries.

BELLEVUE PATIENT ARRESTED FOR ASSAULTING OFFICER
Police arrested 55-year-old Harvey Henry for assault of a peace officer in front of 421 First Avenue last Thursday at 12:33 p.m. Police said that Henry was being discharged from the Bellevue Psych ward and an officer was attempting to handcuff him for transport when he allegedly punched the officer, causing an injury that required five stitches.

MAN ATTACKS FEMALE DUANE READE EMPLOYEE
Police arrested a 32-year-old man after he beat up a woman working at a Kips Bay Duane Reade. Police said that the man entered the store at 465 Second Avenue between East 26th and 27th Streets last Sunday and began harassing the employees there, causing alarm. The employees told him to leave multiple times and he refused, then began following one of the employees around the store and allegedly grabbed her hair, punching her in the face and head, and purposely broke the victim’s glasses. Police said that the man refused to give his name or date of birth.
“John Doe” was arrested for assault and criminal mischief

MEN BUSTED FOR HEROIN ON IRVING PLACE
Thirty-year-old Max Goren, 38-year-old Jason Hawk and 32-year-old Igor Pasikov were arrested for possession of a controlled substance at the corner of Irving Place and East 15th Street last Thursday at 3:25 p.m. Police said that the three men were in possession of heroin that was in plain view on a public sidewalk. Goren was also in possession of alleged cocaine and police said that Hawk was in possession of alleged Clonazepam.

MAN ARRESTED FOR TRESPASSING AT GUITAR CENTER
Police arrested 42-year-old Dashan Pinckney for criminal trespass inside the Guitar Center at 25 West 14th Street last Thursday at 6:16 a.m. An employee told police that when he was opening the store that morning, he saw Pinckney sitting inside on a staircase without permission to be there. Police said that Pinckney had gained access to the store while it was closed.

MAN ARRESTED FOR TRESPASSING AT BETH ISRAEL
Police arrested 32-year-old Jamel Holiday for criminal trespass inside Mount Sinai Beth Israel Hospital at 281 First Avenue last Wednesday at 4:26 p.m. Police said that Holiday was medically cleared to leave the hospital but he refused to leave after being discharged.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ASSAULT ON WEST 23RD
Police arrested 21-year-old Issaga Sow for assault in front of 171 West 23rd Street last Thursday at 9:02 p.m. Police said that Sow punched the victim in the face, causing a number of cuts. No further information about what prompted the attack was available.

MAN NABBED FOR BURGLARY AT CLEANERS
Police arrested 22-year-old Philyaw Najre for burglary inside Apple Cleaners at 149 West 24th Street last Friday at 1:23 a.m. Police said that Najre could be seen on surveillance video through a live feed inside a closed business without permission to be there. Police said that Najre could be seen walking away from the store and when he was searched immediately afterwards, he was allegedly in possession of items stolen from the store.

MEN ARRESTED FOR UNION SQUARE BURGLARY
Police arrested 24-year-old Blake Cummings and 25-year-old Sow Alioune for burglary and possession of stolen property last Friday at 1:43 a.m. at the corner of Fifth Avenue and West 15th Street. Police said that Cummings and Alioune entered the basement of a nearby building and took items without permission. Police said that the basement is a restricted area, but no further information was available about the specific building.

MAN BUSTED FOR HEINEKEN THEFT
Police arrested 24-year-old Gary Williams for petit larceny at the corner of Union Square West and East 14th Street last Friday at 2:32 a.m. Police said that Williams took a 12-pack case of Heineken beer in a nearby store and attempted to walk out without paying. While police were attempting to place Williams in custody, he allegedly resisted by pulling his arms away, tensing up his body and refusing to be handcuffed. He was also charged with resisting arrest and possession of stolen property.

MEN ARRESTED FOR ASSAULT
Thirty-year-old Reginald Wilson and 24-year-old Shaquille Urgent were arrested for a fight in front of 37 West 24th Street last Sunday at 5:17 a.m. Police said that Wilson and Urgent got into a fight with another person, causing swelling to the victim’s head and face, as well as a bloody lip and cuts to his neck and chest.

DRIVER ARRESTED AT FIRST AND EAST 23RD
Police arrested 53-year-old Aurelio Romero for allegedly intoxicated driving at the corner of First Avenue and East 23rd Street last Friday at 1:41 a.m. Police said that Romero was driving north on First Avenue towards East 23rd Street and was allegedly driving erratically, swerving in and out of the lane. Police conducted a vehicle stop and while talking with Romero, police found that he had a strong odor of alcohol on his breath, along with slurred speech, bloodshot, watery eyes and an unsteady gait.