[photo credit: Evan R. Wexler]
Of all the possible reasons a pair of Brits visiting NYC could get arrested, illegally building a huge, mythical wooden bird-monster overlooking a Brooklyn street has got to be the most interesting.
UK-based artists operating under the noms de guerre Jimmy Bumble and Leonard White built the Brooklyn Griffin, a nine-foot sculpture made from shipping pallets and skateboards, atop an industrial building on Brooklyn's Billyburg-Bushwick border (without permission); the infuriated building manager subsequently had the pair arrested and the sculpture smashed to bits.
After spending more than 24 hours in the NYPD's pleasant custody system, Bumble and White were released--and soon sweet-talked a different Brooklyn landlord into letting them put the structure up. Check out the photo gallery on White's Facebook page, and read the full story at Cityroom.