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Gothamist is a website about New York. MoreEditor: Jen ChungPublisher: Jake Dobkin

Last Build Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2017 17:45:00 -0500

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Extra Extra: The Fate Of Brooklyn's Rabbit Hoarder, Revealed!


(image) Inside the Breitbart CPAC party, YouTube's conspiracy theory problem, Brooklyn's rabbit hoarder gets sentenced and more day's end links. Don't forget to follow Gothamist on Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and Snapchat, and like us on Facebook. You can also get the top stories mailed to you—sign up here. [ more › ]

Police Find Dead Body In Lower East Side Bathroom


(image) A dead man was found in a Lower East Side bathroom late on Friday night, police say. [ more › ]

HBO's New Series 'Crashing' Shows The Importance Of Giving Up On Your Dreams


(image) "Follow your dreams," is a popular strain of advice, because unless you're like me and are constantly having dreams where someone chases you through a maze of warehouses while you're also late for work, dreams are a good place where good things happen. Doing something that you feel is your calling, something that makes you happy is an ideal way to live life, and so mass media encourages people to live this way. Just as important, though, and somewhat undercovered as a genre, is fiction that reminds you that following your dreams is a bad idea if you don't actually have the skills to achieve said dreams. Thank goodness for Crashing then, the new Judd Apatow-produced show starring (IRL successful comedian) Pete Holmes, that reminds people that your dreams are dumb and chasing them gets you nothing but shame and failure. [ more › ]

Man Reportedly Trying To Calm Subway Rider Gets Stabbed On 1 Train


(image) A 1 train rider was punched and stabbed in the back yesterday afternoon in Harlem. One account suggests that the victim had been trying to calm his attacker down, while other reports say the pair were fighting. [ more › ]

Photos: New Yorkers Enjoy Creepily Warm February Day


Yesterday's weather was, to go with an understatement, not what you usually think of for a February day. While the Mets kicked off their spring training schedule (with a win) in sunny Florida, New Yorkers enjoyed basically the same weather that the boys in orange and blue did. And, shrugging off the feeling that something was deeply wrong, everyone took advantage of the creepily warm weather as we all kind of told ourselves we might as well enjoy this potential harbinger of our demise. [ more › ]

NYPD Claims New Yorkers Won't Be Deported For Turnstile Jumping


(image) Larry Byrne, the New York Police Department's deputy commissioner for legal affairs, told reporters on Friday that non-citizen New Yorkers will not be deported from the United States over minor offenses. "Nobody is getting deported for jumping a turnstile," he said. [ more › ]

Residents Near Kosciuszko Bridge Raise Objections To Blowing It Up


(image) When the news first came in about the state blowing up the Kosciuszko Bridge, people were pretty excited, both at the prospect of a good old fashioned explosion and the chance to see a hated bridge turned into dust. However, residents who live near the bridge are raising concerns about the consequences that blowing up the bridge could have on their air quality. [ more › ]

NYPD: This Guy Took Man's Yarmulke, Made Anti-Semitic Remarks At Yankees Game


(image) The police are hoping the public can help them find a man accused of hateful, anti-Semitic actions during a Yankees game last fall. [ more › ]

4-Alarm Fire Rips Through Upper West Side Building, Injuring 7


A huge fire broke out in a Manhattan apartment on the Upper West Side and 170 firefighters responded to what ended being a four-alarm blaze. [ more › ]

Photos: President Obama And Malia Meet Mark Ruffalo, Danny DeVito At Broadway Play


President Barack Obama continued his father-daughter time in New York City by taking Malia to see a new production of an Arthur Miller play last night. They also met the cast of The Price—Malia is probably a fan of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, right? [ more › ]

Extra, Extra: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Sees Reasons For Hope Despite Trump


(image) Because Uber may be doomed, check out today's end-of-day links: anti-Semitic poop graffiti, spineless Peter King, New Yorkers reenact classic movie scenes, smart bees, Alec Baldwin on handling Trump supporters, and an all-natural monkey spa. Don't forget to follow Gothamist on Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and Snapchat, and like us on Facebook. You can also get the top stories mailed to you—sign up here. [ more › ]

NYPD: E Train Groper 'Smiled' At Victim While Grabbing Her


(image) Police are looking for a man accused of repeatedly touching a woman on a subway car earlier this month in Queens. [ more › ]

Roman Bread Pockets Make Italian Entrees Portable On The LES


Like a brave tulip popping up amidst the dollar slice weeds of the Lower East Side, Roman import Trapizzino opened for business this week on Orchard Street. The casual shop sells meat-and-sauce-stuffed bread pockets, trapizzino, dreamed up by Roman pizza celebrity Stefano Callegari, who began his triangular sandwich empire in 2008. His mission: make Italian entrees ("secondi") portable by paring them down and squeezing them into some really outstanding bread. [ more › ]

Subway Ridership Went Down In 2016


(image) Weekend subway service is notoriously crappy and confusing. Of course, this makes sense. Track maintenance and other upkeep needs to happen, and it makes sense that work take place when it disrupts the fewest number of commuters. Still, it's possible months of D trains transforming into F trains transforming into A trains has put off riders—the Times reports that subway ridership has been declining on the weekends, with straphangers potentially swapping out wonky weekend service for private cars and apps like Uber and Lyft. [ more › ]

Here Are 5 Good Things That Happened This Week That You-Know-Who Couldn't Stop


(image) This week, President Brump (we're still working on Trump and Bannon's couple name) marked their one month anniversary in office. And yes, it has felt much, much longer than that. Also, a peach tree was stolen from a home on Blueberry Lane in my old hometown. What is happening to the world and its people? Don't let the madness take over your mind, though—there are still good humans in the world, and good animals too; learn about what some of them did this week: [ more › ]

Community Board Member Calls For City Island Restaurant To Lose Liquor License Following Chair-Throwing Brawl


(image) After a recent chair-throwing brawl that saw the City Island restaurant Seafood City turn into an ECW battle royal, one community board member is demanding the State Liquor Authority investigate the brawl and possibly rescind the restaurant's liquor license. [ more › ]

Grand Central Bar Carts Could Be Gone For Good


(image) The bar carts and commissary counters in Grand Central Terminal don't seem to be coming back as the Metropolitan Transportation Authority has furloughed the workers who ran them in the midst of an investigation into the beer operation's finances, according to a union rep. [ more › ]

Traffic Deaths Down 23 Percent Under Vision Zero, But Cyclist & Pedestrian Deaths Are Up


(image) Mayor de Blasio's office released their third Vision Zero report yesterday, and there is good news—overall traffic fatalities have decreased an unprecedented 23 percent since the program was launched in 2013, bucking a 14 percent nationwide increase in the same period. The bad news is, though there were slightly fewer traffic deaths in 2016 than in the year prior, there were slightly more pedestrian and cyclist deaths. [ more › ]

This Maple Butter Pizza And Pasta Cake Are Here For You This Weekend


(image) Lady's, the new Downton Brooklyn restaurant serving honey butter pizza, brings their pies to your weekend hangovers with the launch of their new brunch this Saturday. Instead of honey, it's Maple Butter Pizza with calabrian chili and sea salt; Bacon, Egg, and Cheese Pizza with mozzarella di Bufala, country ham and hen egg; and Funghi y Uovo Pizza with wild mushroom, hen egg, pecorino and thyme. Non pizza dishes include a Frittata with confit potato, caramelized shallot, arugula and smoked trout and Baked Eggs with polenta, braised chicken, butter and roasted tomato. Don't skip out on the Lady's Bloody Mary, which is made with with vodka, San Marzano tomato juice, calabrian chili, clam juice. [ more › ]

Ask A Native New Yorker: Why Do Some People Wear Masks On The Subway?


(image) Are you relatively new to this bustling metropolis? Don't be shy about it, everyone was new to New York once upon a time, except, of course, those battle-hardened residents who've lived here their whole lives and Know It All. [ more › ]

Inside The Oldest Home In Brooklyn Heights


Brooklyn Heights is filled with charming old homes—it is America's First Suburb, after all—but one of the most unique and treasured of them all is the clapboard house at 24 Middagh Street. The 19th century abode—which has been in the same family since the 1950s—sits on the corner of Willow Street, and just a block from the best view of the Manhattan Skyline. The house is more like a compound, featuring the main house and a carriage house (the two are joined by a private courtyard), and it's now on the market for $6,650,000 (down from $7 million, which it listed for when it went on the market late last year). The rare opportunity to own the oldest house in Brooklyn Heights means that anyone can get a look inside, finally. [ more › ]

Early Addition: Does Global Warming Ruin Nice Weather?


(image) Because Caitlyn Jenner is disappointed, check out today's mid-day links: Americans embarrassed by Trump, snow anxiety, New Yorker on the new Cold War, Oxford Dictionary recognizes haterade, Trump-supporting socialites, and cat hates taxes. Don't forget to follow Gothamist on Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and Snapchat, and like us on Facebook. You can also get the top stories mailed to you—sign up here. [ more › ]

NYPD Still Arresting Sex Workers Despite Pledge To Target Traffickers


(image) Tanya says she got a bad feeling when the man tried to take her picture with his cellphone. She'd been texting with him earlier that night, and he'd invited her to the Howard Johnson Inn near JFK Airport—presumably to pay her for sex, though she says they hadn't discussed specifics. "I was not trying to let him take a picture," she told Gothamist recently. [ more › ]

OBAMA ALERT: The 44th President Is In NYC!


(image) OBAMA IS HERE 🇺🇸 😌 🙌 [ more › ]

De Blasio's Big Day: Mayor To Meet With Federal Investigators For Questioning


(image) Mayor de Blasio is meeting today with federal prosecutors and FBI agents investigating whether he doled out favors in exchange for campaign donations, according to reports. [ more › ]

New York City Beer Week Kicks Off This Weekend


(image) Here's another reason to drink this weekend: New York City Beer Week begins its 11-day (that's more like two weeks, people) run on Friday night, with the official kick off party on Saturday in Greenpoint. Over the course of the hoppy celebration, dozens of breweries, beer bars and restaurants, and beer-related venues host tap takeovers, dinners, tastings, tours and even beer-related trivia events across the five boroughs. [ more › ]

On Its 30th Anniversary, It Is Time To Rewatch 'Eyes On The Prize'


This year marks the 30th anniversary of Eyes on the Prize, the 14-hour TV miniseries that brought an unvarnished look at the American civil rights movement into living rooms across the country. Since it premiered, Eyes On The Prize has become a seminal document on the movement, examining its origins and strategies; the men and women, heralded and unheralded, who drove it; and its victories, as well as its most bitter defeats. [ more › ]

Subway Dancers Assault Riders On The A Train After Argument


(image) Four subway dancers attacked a man and a woman who wouldn't clear space for them when they got on an A train, leaving them both with facial injuries according to police. [ more › ]

Totally Normal Forecast: It's Warm And Muggy In FEBRUARY


(image) This morning's low in Central Park was 56 degrees, average for late May but highly unusual for late February. So unusual that it broke the previous record high minimum temperature record of 54 set in 1985. [ more › ]

Judge Allows One Accuser To Testify Against Bill Cosby In Sexual Assault Trial


(image) A judge overseeing the sexual assault trial against Bill Cosby will allow the prosecution to have an additional accuser testify. [ more › ]

Video: Seth Meyers & Stephen Colbert Give Trump The Middle Finger Over Transgender Rights


(image) This week, Donald Trump rescinded protections for transgender students that had allowed them to use bathrooms of their own choice. Both Seth Meyers and Stephen Colbert came out with strong segments castigating Trump over his hypocrisy on the issue, with Colbert devoting the opening of Late Show to giving Trump the middle finger. [ more › ]

'We're Fighting For Simple, Basic, Human Needs': Thousands Rally At Stonewall Against Trump's Anti-Trans Rules


After the Trump administration announced it would roll back Obama-era guidelines that required public schools to let transgender students use the bathrooms of their choice, thousands of LGBTQ New Yorkers and allies rallied in front of the Stonewall Inn in support of transgender rights. [ more › ]

Brooklyn Dog Walker Found Dead In Red Hook Building


(image) A 53-year-old dog walker was found dead in the stairwell of a Brooklyn apartment building, and it's believed he died because the dogs "overpowered" him in the stairwell. [ more › ]

Expect Changes On The 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, A, C, D, E, F, M, N & R Trains This Weekend


(image) Did you know that plastic lawn flamingos are considered endangered? Anyway, here are this weekend's subway changes. [ more › ]

Update: Missing 6-Yr-Old CT Girl Found In PA After Amber Alert


(image) Authorities in Connecticut and New York are looking for a girl who went missing after a deadly double stabbing in Bridgeport, CT. It's believed her father, who is a suspect in the stabbing, took her and that she may be in danger. Update: The girl was found safe and her father was arrested in Pennsylvania. [More details below.] [ more › ]

Finally Launch Your Business With Help From This Silicon Valley Mentor


(image) Get the mentorship you need to navigate your way through the twists and turns of entrepreneurship. [ more › ]

Extra, Extra: Hero Scientist Wants To Eliminate Hangovers By 2050


(image) Because you want to know how much getting a pet will really cost you, check out today's end-of-day links: Kellyanne Conway on feminism, eliminating hangovers, Icelandic tourism, Bannon materializes at CPAC, protesting as the new brunch, and dog confronts himself. Don't forget to follow Gothamist on Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and Snapchat, and like us on Facebook. You can also get the top stories mailed to you—sign up here. [ more › ]

Dude Scientifically Proves Which Is The Most Depressing Radiohead Song


(image) Radiohead have always had a special gift for making glitchy sad bastard music sound warm, inviting, and irresistibly catchy. But no matter how much you love to dance to "Idioteque" or rock out to "2+2=5," Radiohead's speciality, as far as most are concerned, lies in their ability to mine the depths of melancholy and find emotional resonance. (Or maybe I'm just a huge fanboy and it's really just one-dimensional music for moody people, shut up you're not my mom.) [ more › ]

Octavia Spencer & Scarlett Johansson Are The Next Two 'Saturday Night Live' Hosts


(image) Saturday Night Live has enjoyed its best ratings in over two decades thanks to the tireless work of the cast and crew, attention-grabbing guest star turns from the likes of Alec Baldwin and Melissa McCarthy, and a relentless hounding of Donald Trump. (You know, give or take that one time they had him on the show during the build-up to the election, but I guess we all are kind of ready to forgive them for that, considering how much they've reset themselves as an adversarial satirical force against Trump, and how much even their most mild sketches seem to get under the skin of the 45th president; it would have been better if the show, and particularly Lorne Michaels, publicly acknowledged that having Trump on was a huge mistake, but since when has Michaels apologized for anything, especially an episode that despite being god-awful remains a memorable one people still talk about—as has been repeated way too much since Trump was elected, comedy isn't going to save us, but if it pisses off the commander-in-chief enough that his aides have to hide the remote from him lest he turn the TV on and see Kate McKinnon as gremlin Jeff Sessions, then that's at least something of a corrective. In lieu of SNL being granted special powers to bring impeachment charges against the president, we'll settle for them being able to piss him off on a regular basis). [ more › ]

LI Woman Charged With Falsely Reporting She Was Raped By College Football Players


(image) A 20-year-old woman from Long Island was arrested for allegedly making false statements about a sexual assault at a Connecticut college. Nikki Yovino, of South Setauket, reported that she was raped by two football players at Sacred Heart University during a football party last fall, but an affidavit says that she made up the story in order to not alienate a potential boyfriend. However, the woman's lawyer says, "My client denies the allegations and stands by her original story." [ more › ]