Kyle Shaw, 17, was arrested and charged in the Memorial Day explosion, which shattered two windows at an Upper East Side Starbucks and blew a hole in a bench, the New York Post reported Thursday. No one was injured.
Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said Shaw informed a friend he was starting a "Project Mayhem," an anti-consumerist campaign patterned after one in "Fight Club," in which the protagonist destroys corporate property.
The violent campaign in the 1999 film includes an act of sabotage against a coffee shop.
Kelly faces charges of arson, criminal mischief and criminal possession of a weapon.
Police said there was no connection between the Memorial Day blast and prior explosions such as the 2008 bombing of the Times Square Army recruiting center.
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