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Han Dynasty Opens First Brooklyn Location Inside City Point Development


(image) And Brooklyn makes three for Han Dynasty's NYC locations. The new location in City Point, the giant new Downtown Brooklyn development that also houses Alamo Drafthouse and DeKalb Market, is currently in soft open mode, with a grand opening coming later this month, according to Eater. [ more › ]

Anti-Defamation League: Anti-Semitic Incidents Almost Doubled In NYC This Year


(image) Total incidents of anti-Semitic graffiti, threats and assault are up by two-thirds nationally and have almost doubled in New York City and state when compared to 2016, according to a new report from the Anti-Defamation League. [ more › ]

City Will Install 'Blockers' Along West Side Bike Path In Wake Of Deadly Terrorist Attack


(image) New Yorkers and tourists took to the Hudson River Greenway on foot and bike Thursday, two days after 29-year-old Sayfullo Saipov allegedly drove a rented Home Depot pickup truck down the path, killing eight people and injuring 12 others. [ more › ]

Artist Claims Kevin Spacey Tried To Rape Him When He Was 15


(image) Earlier this week, actor Anthony Rapp revealed that when he was 14 years old, Kevin Spacey allegedly pinned him on a bed and "tried to get with me sexually." In the wake of the sexual assault allegation, Spacey was widely criticized for using his coming out story as a shield, and Netflix shut down production of House Of Cards. Several other people have now come forward accusing Spacey of behaving inappropriately toward them—and that includes a harrowing account of a man who says he had a sexual relationship with Spacey when he too was a 14-year-old. [ more › ]

Far Right 'Journalist' Banned From Uber & Lyft After Making Racist Tweets About Muslims


(image) In the aftermath of Tuesday's terror attack on the Hudson River Greenway bike path, city officials preached tolerance and unity. But, of course, white supremacist trolls gonna troll, and one far-right activist trolled so hard she got herself kicked off Uber and Lyft for targeting Muslim drivers in her tweets. Sad! [ more › ]

Hershey's Debuts Its First 'New' Candy Bar In A Generation


(image) One hundred and seventeen years after it created what is perhaps the world's most iconic (if basic) candy bar, Hershey's has...adapted. The candy company has announced a new candy bar to its lineup, a gilded treat called "Hershey's Gold." Somewhere deep within the White House, Trump feels a tingling in his loins. [ more › ]

Paparazzo Suing 2 Chainz & His Bodyguard For Alleged Assault


(image) A veteran paparazzo is suing 2 Chainz, claiming that he was knocked unconscious by the rapper's bodyguard in the lobby of NBC studios last week. [ more › ]

Inside Elsewhere, Bushwick's New Venue From The People Who Brought You Glasslands


One of the more beloved venues of circa-when-I-lived-there Williamsburg—a time when Kent Avenue was just a blank canvas for developers—was Glasslands. It was always very hot in there, no matter the season, the wine always stung my lips, and it's a goddamn miracle that rickety old balcony never collapsed... but it was close to where I lived, the people who ran it were nice, and my friends' bands kept playing there. So I went, again and again. And then time marched on, J. Crews and dream catcher boutiques moved in, and Glasslands shuttered. The space it once occupied is now part of Vice HQ. [ more › ]

How NY Prison 'Slave Labor' Powers A $50 Million Manufacturing Enterprise


(image) The hand-soap dispensers in City Hall bathrooms and “Secure Therapy Desks” used to shackle prisoners during class on Rikers Island are just a few of the products made by incarcerated New Yorkers, who earn as little as 16 cents an hour in a $50 million-a-year industry. [ more › ]

Early Addition: Russians Used Aziz Ansari Photo To Meddle In Election


(image) Russian hackers used Aziz Ansari to meddle in the presidential election, Rick Perry thinks expanding fossil fuel use prevents sexual assault, new Last Jedi teaser trailer, and more in today's midday links. 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 › ]

Gothamist Fall Guide: 16 Things To Do In NYC This November


(image) What the hell, it's already November? Most of the fall season has felt like a long, awkward goodbye embrace with summer, but the truth is we're standing on the edge of winter, gazing over the frosty precipice. Thankfully this month is loaded with things to do, including special film screenings, art parties, a special whiskey festival, and some of the best concerts of the year. October's over, so throw your old pumpkins at the tree and make some plans. [ more › ]

Video: Hillary Clinton Addresses Trump Dossier & Russian "Cyber Warfare" On Daily Show


(image) Hillary Clinton, the only person who can unite the GOP in 2017, was a guest on The Daily Show last night, amped to talk with Trevor Noah about all things Russia, Trump and the state of the nation. [ more › ]

Trump Wants West Side Bike Path Attacker To Get Death Penalty


(image) President Donald Trump wants West Side Highway bike lane attack suspect Sayfullo Saipov to get the death penalty, according to a series of tweets Trump sent last night and this morning. He also declared he would "love to send the NYC terrorist to Guantanamo," and claimed at a cabinet meeting that the U.S. justice system in regard to punishing terrorists is a "laughingstock." [ more › ]

Racist Mailer Calls For Deportation Of Asian School Board Candidates To 'Make Edison Great Again'


(image) Residents of Edison, New Jersey received a brazenly racist campaign mailer on Wednesday calling for the deportation of two Asian-American candidates for school board, and promising to "Make Edison Great Again." [ more › ]

Michelin-Anointed Chef Pivots With New UES Meat & Cheese Bar


Chef Danny Brown has transformed his newish Upper East Side bistro into a charcuterie and cheese-centric restaurant with a more informal environment than his previous concept. Despite being well received by the neighborhood, X Bar Bistro will transform into Charc beginning November 8th, serving meats and cheeses plus sandwiches and share plates. [ more › ]

Photos: The Best Halloween Costumes On The NYC Subway (Round 2)


Yesterday, we published an estimated one gazillion photos showing New Yorkers traversing our mass transit system during Halloween while dressed up as sexy Darth Vader, Morty from Rick & Morty, and Duff Man. But photographer Sai Mokhtari, who spent seven hours in the subway system on Halloween night, captured too many creative and whimsical costumes for just one post. [ more › ]

Mayoral Hopeful & Neat Freak Bo Dietl Calls NYC 'Dirtiest City I've Ever Seen' In Final Debate


(image) Last night's second and final mayoral debate was a much more subdued affair than its predecessor last month, mostly because it occurred in the wake of Tuesday's terror attack on the Hudson River Greenway bike path, but also because the last time Bo Dietl shouted so much they had to turn off his mic. The lack of antics gave Dietl and fellow challenger Republican Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis a chance to get some good jabs in at Mayor Bill de Blasio, particularly when it came to allegations of pay-to-play. Still, the mayor held his own. So let's dig in. [ more › ]

How Do We Define Terrorism? A Conversation With The Author Of 'The Muslims Are Coming!'


(image) A day after 29-year-old Sayfullo Saipov allegedly drove a rented Home Depot pickup truck 20 blocks down the West Side Highway bike path Tuesday, killing eight people and injuring 12 others, he was charged with committing an act of terrorism. [ more › ]

Photos: Barbara Kruger's Bold Statement Pieces Now Up Around NYC


Artist Barbara Kruger, famous for her photographs emblazoned with red and white and bold typography, has taken over several spaces in NYC this month as part of the Performa Biennial. On Wednesday the work was unveiled, broadcasting messages from the subway to the sky "that engage issues of and ideas about power, desire, adoration, contempt, and capital." [ more › ]

NYPD Officer Who Shot Terror Suspect: 'We Were Just Doing Our Job'


(image) The five-year NYPD veteran who shot Sayfullo Saipov addressed the media on Wednesday afternoon, one day after Saipov drove his truck down the bike path by the West Side Highway, killing eight people and injuring 12 others. [ more › ]

This Simple App Keeps Prying Eyes Out Of Your Webcam


(image) With how sophisticated hacking attacks and malware are these days, you can't do enough to secure your devices — that includes your webcam camera. Camera Guard 2 Pro is a comprehensive solution that helps block any invasive attempts to access your webcam camera or microphone. [ more › ]

Suspect In Deadly Terror Attack Planned To Keep Driving To Brooklyn Bridge To 'Kill As Many Pedestrians As He Could'


(image) Federal terrorism charges were brought Wednesday evening against 29-year-old Sayfullo Saipov, the suspect accused of driving a truck down the West Side Highway bike path yesterday, killing eight people and injuring twelve more. [ more › ]

Extra, Extra: The Most Peaceful Place On The Internet


(image) Because you need a timeout from Internet life, check out today's end-of-day links: Dustin Hoffman sexual harassment accusation, coal miners stubborn, baby Frankenstein, Papa Johns complains about NFL, Linklater movies ranked, and dogs who need attention. 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 › ]

NYC Needs Radical Street Redesigns To Thwart Truck Terrorism, Experts Say


In light of Tuesday afternoon's deadly truck attack that killed eight people and injured twelve more, questions are being raised about how to prevent or at least mitigate the kinds of attacks that had until yesterday been seen largely in Europe but not America. With cars and trucks still a major facet of American life, some legislators, street safety advocates and urban design experts see street redesign and safety improvements as a major facet of counter-terror tactics. [ more › ]

Paul Manafort's Brooklyn Brownstone Gets Unofficial Landmark Status


(image) Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort was indicted this week for tax fraud and money laundering. Along with indictments against two other former Trump staffers, it was the most explicit evidence to date, in the NY Times' words, that Trump's campaign "was eager to coordinate with the Russian government to damage his rival, Hillary Clinton." And Manafort's dramatic plunge from a highly paid Republican consultant to alleged conspirator against the United States had a local twist: some Brooklyn bloggers had previously figured out that Manafort owned a brownstone at 377 Union Street, which turned out to be one of several ventures which he used to allegedly launder money. [ more › ]

NYPD Looking For Man Accused Of Sexually Assaulting Woman On 6 Train


(image) The NYPD is searching for a man they say sexually assaulted a 20-year-old woman onboard a 6 train in Union Square. [ more › ]

Over 200 Affordable Apartments Near The Manhattan Bridge Are Up For Grabs...If You Win The Lottery


(image) The city's housing lottery, which should really be called the housing jack squattery because that's all I ever win from it, is back with an enticing new offer for anyone who manages to meet the income requirements and beat the odds: over 200 apartments that cost $1,230/month at most located next to Extell's controversial One Manhattan Square development. [ more › ]

Step Aside Halloween: The Thanksgiving Croissant Is BACK


(image) Have you clicked through all the galleries of amazing Halloween costumes? Good, because the time for goo-filled skulls is OVER and the time for the turkey-and-cranberry onslaught has begun. [ more › ]

Police Identify Victims In West Side Bike Path Terror Attack


(image) The NYPD has released the names of the deceased victims in yesterday's terror attack on the West Side Highway bike path. Among them are five Argentine tourists and a 31-year-old Belgian tourist, in addition to a 23-year-old West Village resident and a 32-year-old resident of New Milford, NJ. [ more › ]

PETA Condemns LES Art Gallery For Displaying Live Mice In The Floor


(image) Outraged animal advocates are calling for an end to a Lower East Side exhibition in which visitors can walk over mice living in plexiglass compartments under the floor. Titled "Prehysteria," the Joseph Grazi installation debuted at the Castle Fitzjohns Gallery on Orchard Street on October 19th, and has since drawn protests and public backlash from those who see the use of mice as animal cruelty. [ more › ]

U. Of Hartford Student Charged With Hate Crime After Allegedly Putting Bodily Fluids On Roommate's Belongings


(image) A University of Hartford first-year student was expelled and arrested on Saturday for harassing her roommate, after allegedly admitting that "she licked her roommate’s dining utensils and smeared bodily fluid on the woman’s backpack." [ more › ]

Close Encounters Of The Noodle Kind At Fast Casual 'Pasta Flyer' In Greenwich Village


Nearly a year ago, Chef Mark Ladner left his job as Executive Chef at Del Posto to pursue his dream of a fast casual pasta restaurant, Pasta Flyer. Now the chef, along with partner Nastassia Lopez, have made it a reality, opening up the restaurant Monday evening in Greenwich Village. [ more › ]

De Blasio On West Side Bike Path Terror Attack: 'We Won't Blink, We Won't Change'


(image) At a press conference this morning, Mayor Bill de Blasio excoriated the suspect accused of driving a truck down the West Side Highway bike path yesterday, killing 8 people and injuring 12. "This was an attack on the United States of America, an attack on New York City, an attack on our people, and it was the definition of terrorism," he said. Still, de Blasio urged New Yorkers to carry on as normal, citing the 1 million people who attended last night's Halloween parade in Greenwich Village and that 2.5 million people expected to cheer on the NYC Marathon on Sunday. [ more › ]

Early Addition: Here's The Best NYC Halloween Costume From Last Night


(image) The sticky, untold story of Cinnabon; the Illuminati secrets under Denver airport; Florida woman on horseback saves kittehs; and more in today's midday links. 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 › ]

Watch As Improv Everywhere Opens Fake Apple Store At Subway Station


(image) Apple's Fifth Avenue flagship glass store was shut down for renovations earlier this year, and won't be reopened until later in 2018. Between that and the hype over the new iPhone X, Apple nerds were ripe for some pranking—and Improv Everywhere heeded the call, opening up their own fake glass Apple Store at the 23rd Street 6 train elevator. [ more › ]

Photos: The Best Costumes At NYC's Village Halloween Parade


The crowds along the parade route were massive, and the costumes as crazy as ever, despite the terror attack just hours before the start. [ more › ]

Trump Blames Terror Attack On Schumer's Support For 1990 Visa Law George Bush Signed


(image) In a series of early morning tweets, President Donald Trump attacked Senate Minority Leader and New York State senior Senator Chuck Schumer for Schumer's hand in passing a decades-old law that the president claimed allowed West Side Highway terrorist Sayfullo Saipov to enter the country from Uzbekistan. [ more › ]

Forecast: Briefly Cool Start To November After The Warmest October Ever


(image) It's official: we just experienced the warmest October since temperature observations began in Central Park just after the Civil War, and the eighth straight warmer-than-average October. Last month's average of 64.1 degrees was a half-degree higher than the previous record years of 1947 and 2007. Fourteen days were at least ten degrees warmer than the 30-year average and only three days were cooler than that average. The prolonged warming actually began in mid-September, with 44 of the last 49 days being warmer than normal. [ more › ]

Photos: The Best Halloween Costumes On The NYC Subway, Round 1


New Yorkers take their Halloween celebrations very seriously, whether they're dressing up their dogs, their police precincts, or their levitating speeders. As we love to do every year, we sent inexhaustible photographer Sai Mokhtari down into the tunnels of Manhattan and Brooklyn to capture all the costumes New Yorkers donned for Tuesday night's Halloween celebrations. [ more › ]

Great New Pho & Curries Now On The LES


Our latest installment of Quick Bites brings us to Rivington Street for some pho. [ more › ]