Statue of Liberty drowns in plastic installation in Flatiron

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A pop-up installation aimed to highlight the worsening crisis of plastic in the oceans. (Photo by Sabina Mollot)

By Sabina Mollot

On Labor Day, a 20-foot replica of the Statue of Liberty appeared on the north Flatiron Plaza, brought there by SodaStream International LTD, to highlight the over-use of plastic bottles. To do this, the statue was buried chest deep in empty plastic water bottles packed in a large steel cage.

The project, “Drowning Liberty,” was done in partnership with the nonprofit organization Oceanic Society, and the installation will visit other cities. It remained up across the street from the Flatiron Building through Wednesday, installed near an abstract, dome shaped wooden sculpture, Jorge Palacios’ “Link,” that’s been on view since late August.

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Murray’s on First Ave. closes

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Former Murray’s owner Murray Allon at the restaurant (Photo by Maria Rocha-Buschel)

By Sabina Mollot

On Monday, August 27, Murray’s Falafel & Grill on First Avenue, the only kosher restaurant serving meat in the Stuyvesant Town and Stuyvesant Square neighborhoods, was hit with an eviction notice from the city marshal’s office.

An employee for the marshal confirmed the notice and said such evictions are usually due to nonpayment of rent, though she didn’t have specific information in this case.

However, a Stuyvesant Town resident who was a customer said she heard from the previous owner, Murray Allon, that the restaurant had recently been sold to a family member who’d gotten behind on rent in the past few months.

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