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The theaters in Times Square didn't always show musicals based on cartoons. And the East Village sheltered generations of artists before New York University swallowed it whole. For half a century New Yorkers have been pushing back against the slow-moving glacier of gentrification that has subsumed their city under a Theme Park doppelgänger.
Somehow, however, Brooklyn has been off limits. It's messier, more far-flung and waaaay too specific. But every city has its own private wars over real estate development, right? So the Barclays Center was inevitable. Perhaps, but the battle for the soul of New York is not simply about physical turf. It's about cultural imperialism.
Hey, wait. Half the talent being honored Sunday night was Brooklyn born and bred. What better place for the Video Music Awards? The artists, sure, but MTV was not, and it has been colonized by its sponsors for decades. The VMAs aren't about music. They're an infomercial for corporate synergy.
So thanks, I guess, for wanting us so badly. And okay, you can have Williamsburg for your movie parodies of hipster culture, and Bushwick, and maybe even Sunset Park. But enough. No more. Brooklyn isn't cultural sausage.
Taylor Swift in the wilds of Flatbush? Absolutely not.
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Unfortunately for Nicki Minaj, her July 4th wasn't particularly exciting, and she didn't spend it at a party where people were trying to explain to her that ketchup is actually quite tasty on tuna fish salad. In fact, her holiday was pretty terrible. She announced on on Twitter on Monday night that her cousin, Nicholas (a.k.a. Juse) was murdered on Sunday near his home in Brooklyn, New York. The New York Post's Daily Blotter gave more information on what exactly went down, and wrote "A man was killed in a barrage of bullets in East Flatbush yesterday, police said. Nicholas Telamaque, 27, was shot five blocks from his home on East 52nd Street and Farragut Road at 2:40 AM. Cops were called and found him with gunshot wounds to his upper torso. He was rushed to Kings County Hospital, where he later died. It is unclear what spurned the violence."
After Nicki revealed the news to her fans and shared with them two pictures she had of her cousin, fans tweeted how they were sorry for her loss, including Perez Hilton and American Idol winner Jordan Sparks, which should certainly help Nicki the courage to continue as the headlining act for Britney Spears on her 'Till the World Ends' tour.
Sources: Twitter, NYP