By Justin CharlesRemember ‘Return to the Bubble Kingdom’? The huge, end of summer warehouse party in Brooklyn hosted by Unicorn Meat NYC, featuring performances by Conspirator and Two Fresh among others, that promised tons of quirky visual features to excite guests. Along with ‘large scale art installations’, ‘choreographed performances’, and ‘holograms that float in the air above the dance floor’, a major selling point was a ‘black light reactive waterfall on the dance floor’.How do you get a ‘black light reactive waterfall’ into a Brooklyn warehouse? Apparently by filling a swimming pool with glow stick chemicals. Gothamist is now reporting that two 19 year old women, Rocio Marie Cabrera and Sarah Deodath, both of the Bronx, have filled a lawsuit against both the promoters and the owner of the warehouse. They claim the pool left them with permanent vision impairment.Update:Unicorn Meat has Released This Statment on Their Website:As a small event organization, we work hard to create diverse, entertaining, but ultimately safe parties for our clientele. It’s all about doing good things and having fun — for us and our clients. We have become a leading event company in Brooklyn by doing just that. We try to support not only ourselves, but also other talented musicians, performers, and visual artists, through our events.We understand that claims have just been made – with massive and unnecessary publicity, both online and in mainstream media — that two individuals were injured at one of our events. We are of course concerned, as we pride ourselves on sponsoring safe events. We have not been served with any papers yet or arranged counsel. We do not know the full details of the accusations. We do know that no one else has come forward with similar claims. Yet dozens of other people participated in the same activities that allegedly produced injury.We just found out about all this in the last 24 hours or so. It has been a chaotic situation for us. We have not had a chance to investigate the facts. We know nothing about the people who are complaining about what happened at the event, if anything. We don’t know whether there is any legitimacy to the claims. We do know that one of the people complaining lists her place of employment as a hair styling salon that also manufactures and sells their own products. Those products, such as hair sprays and gels, can cause eye irritations. We will want to investigate the possibility that she developed an irritation from her workplace or other location but we haven’t done this yet. We just don’t know – and, again, no one except the two people complaining has reported any similar issues to us. We do intend to respond to this litigation in a responsible, thoughtful, and professional way, with help from counsel.– From Alex Kay, owner. Twenty-four-year-old, New York area native who has developed a great reputation from providing others with fun and safe entertainment.
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ROYAL Challengers Bangalore (RCB) stopped the rot with a 14-run Indian Premier League (IPL) victory over Mumbai Indians despite an excellent all-round display from Hardik Pandya.RCB had lost two consecutive matches to give themselves plenty of work to do in their quest for a top-four finish, but they claimed only a third win of the tournament at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium yesterday.Manan Vohra top-scored with 45 on a dry pitch, but the RCB lost their way, Brendon McCullum (37) and captain Virat Kohli (32) failing to go on after getting starts, posting 167-7.Pandya took 3-28 and made 50 off only 42 balls, but the RCB bowlers were much improved and raised their game in the field to claim an important victory.Defeat for defending champions Mumbai leaves them facing a major battle to reach the semi-finals.Vohra made his presence felt in only his third appearance of the tournament, smashing four sixes at the top of the order.JP Duminy suffered at the hands of the opener, who hit two sixes and two fours in four balls during a fourth over which went for 22.Pandya made a nightmare start, conceding seven runs off one ball when McCullum (37 from 25) hit a delivery above waist height over the ropes before taking full advantage of the free hit with a ramp for six to take 13 off one legal ball.Pandya was in no mood to feel sorry for himself, running former New Zealand captain McCullum out with a superb direct hit to leave RCB 121-3 in the 15th over.The India star also saw the back of Mandeep Singh and Washington Sundar as the RCB lost five wickets for 22 runs in the space of four overs.Colin de Grandhomme flexed his muscles in the final over with what proved to be a key contribution, emulating McCullum by hitting a full toss from fellow Black Cap Mitchell McClenaghan for six off what would have been the last ball and doing the same again with the free hit.de Grandhomme had already smashed the fourth delivery off the final over – which cost 24 – for a maximum to finish unbeaten on 23 off 10.The RCB bowlers have come in for some flak, but delivered under pressure on this occasion.Mumbai slumped to 84-5 when Umesh Yadav produced a great piece of fielding to send Duminy on his way and also finished with figures of 2-29.Tim Southee (2-25) and Mohammed Siraj (2-28) also made an impact, the former dismissing Pandya in the final over to all but end the contest. (Yahoo Sport)
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC – Captain Kieron Pollard belted an astonishing half-century as Trinbago Knight Riders pulled off an exhilarating run chase to stun reigning champions Barbados Tridents by two wickets in a last-over thriller here yesterday. Entering the contest in the 13th over with unbeaten TKR floundering on 62 for five in pursuit of 149 for victory, Pollard smashed 72 off just 28 balls to haul his side back into contention at Queen’s Park Oval.He counted two fours and nine giant sixes in a jaw-dropping display of power-hitting to single-handedly take the game away from Tridents, as TKR gathered 70 runs from the last five overs of the innings.When Pollard was run out off the second ball of the final over, TKR still needed a further eight runs but the nerveless Khary Pierre (10 not out) sliced the fourth delivery – a high full toss from left-arm seamer Raymon Reifer – over point for six before thrashing the next ball to the backward point boundary for four to spark celebrations in the hosts camp. The victory extended TKR’s winning streak to six on the trot and put them on 12 points at the top of the six-team standings, all but securing a spot in the semi-finals.In contrast, the defeat for the Tridents was their fourth in six outings and even though they still remain third on four points, they face the possibility of missing out on the final four if their form in remaining matches fails to improve.Sent in, Tridents rallied to 148 for seven off their 20 overs, thanks mainly to opener Johnson Charles’s top score of 47 off 37 balls and the in-form Kyle Mayers’s 42 also off 37 deliveries. Zimbabwean off-spinner Sikandar Raza snatched two for 10 from his only over while fast bowler Jayden Seales (2-21) and left-arm spinner Akeal Hosein (2-30) chipped in with two wickets apiece.Shai Hope’s wretched form, which has yielded a dreadful 63 runs from six innings, continued when he edged a cut at Hosein off the keeper’s gloves into Lendl Simmons’s hands at first slip to depart for four, after posting 34 with Charles.The innings was then energised by Charles and Mayers who added 51 for the second wicket, as Tridents reached 59 without further loss at the half-way stage. Charles struck four fours and a couple of sixes before steering a Seales full toss to Simmons at point in the 12th over while the left-handed Mayers counted three fours and a six before finding long off with Raza in the 17th over.Ashley Nurse struck a nine-ball 19 towards the end to help Tridents gather 51 from the last five overs.Faced with a hardly imposing required run rate of just under 7-½ per over, TKR found themselves in early trouble thanks to a double strike from fast bowler Holder (2-27) in the second over, and plunged to 36 for four in the eighth. Opener Simmons, whose 32 came from 29 balls and included three sixes, put on 26 with Hosein (12) for the fifth wicket in an attempt to revive the innings but when both fell within the space of 11 balls, TKR were still in deep trouble at 77 for six in the 15th over.Pollard smashed the first ball he faced over mid-wicket for six off leg-spinner Hayden Walsh Jr and cleared the long off ropes with leg-spinner Rashid Khan in the next over, to reinforce his intentions.Even so, TKR were 79 for six at the end of the 15th over, still requiring 70 from 30 balls, and the pressure increased when Rashid Khan conceded only four runs from the 16th over.Now faced with an asking rate of 16-½ per over, Pollard finally pulled the trigger, smashing 25 runs from the 17th over bowled by Walsh, with four of the last five balls of the over disappearing for sixes. He lost Raza (3) to the first ball of the 18th but leg-side boundaries from the last two balls of the over, took Pollard to his fifty off 22 deliveries and kept TKR in the game.Two back-to-back straight sixes by Pollard in the penultimate over from Holder which leaked 16 runs, left TKR with 15 runs needed from the last over but after blasting Reifer’s first ball over long on for six, the right-hander was run out at the striker’s end attempting a second run.With the result in the balance, Reifer twice missed his lengths and was punished by Pierre.