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Universal Healthcare Looks Increasingly Possible In New York State


(image) As the debate rages in Washington, DC about whether to trade Trumpcare for Obamacare, a group of lawmakers in New York State see an opportunity for a progressive win here at home. Emboldened by an energized local left wing and operating in a political climate where millions of New Yorkers could wind up losing their health insurance under the American Health Care Act, advocates for single payer health insurance think this might be the ideal time for New York to establish the country's first universal health program. But even as legislation to do so advances, a number of challenges can keep it from coming to pass. [ more › ]

Forecast: More Clouds Than Sun For Memorial Day Weekend


(image) With any luck the worst of the recent rain has passed us by, but that doesn't mean we're in for a dry holiday weekend. After yesterday's storm, May rainfall is now over six inches. That storm is now east of Cape Cod and headed toward Nova Scotia. In its wake we'll have a mix of sun and clouds, but mostly clouds, this afternoon with a slight chance of showers. Today's high should hit the mid 70s, our warmest day in a week and normal for late May. [ more › ]

Brooklyn Online Eyeglass Purveyor Arrested Again For Allegedly Harassing Unhappy Customers


(image) The owner of an online eyeglasses website who has been previously convicted for threatening customers with violence—including rape and murder—has been arrested again. This time, the U.S. Attorney's office says he allegedly "misrepresent[ed] the authenticity and condition of eyeglasses sold through the website"—and "harass[ed] customers who complained or attempted to return their purchases." [ more › ]



(image) This morning I was awakened to the incessant chirp of an alarm clock. Not my alarm, mind you, which was set to bark at me many hours later, but one belonging to one of my neighbors. I have heard this alarm clock before in some borderless dream state, but this morning the alarm went ON and ON and ON and ON and ON and ON, because my neighbor went on vacation without turning off his clock. Or he is dead, in which case I both apologize for this blog post and hope someone finds his body/clock soon. [ more › ]

A Dramatic Plan To Rebuild Penn Station & Restore Its Lost Grandeur


(image) In recent weeks, Governor Andrew Cuomo has expressed increasing frustration with the state of affairs at the station. A "Summer of Agony," he's now predicting, for a "literally crumbling" station not expected to improve "for the foreseeable future." Construction on the Gateway Program, which would dig a desperately-needed new train tunnel with two tracks under the Hudson, is supposed to begin by the end of the year. But that $24 billion project has long relied on sizable federal assistance, and the White House doesn't seem to be returning Cuomo's calls. [ more › ]

Men Dressed As Construction Workers Rob Brooklyn Heights Jewelry Store At Gunpoint


(image) Three men disguised as construction workers in hard hats and orange vests assaulted a Brooklyn Heights jewelry store owner on Thursday evening before making off with jewelry and hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash, according to the NYPD. [ more › ]

This Smartwatch Redefines Wearables With Intuitive Design


(image) The Ticwatch 2 Active Smartwatch uses its own proprietary Ticwatch OS to produce an easy-to-use interface and sleek design that transitions from the gym to the office seamlessly. This is a watch that's made to be used every day. Set reminders, make calls, get text notifications, and much more. [ more › ]

Alamo Drafthouse Offers Women-Only 'Wonder Woman' Screenings... And Dudes Freak Out


(image) After the original Alamo Drafthouse in Austin announced women-only screenings of the upcoming Wonder Woman movie, the downtown Brooklyn location added its own women-only* screenings, with all the proceeds going to Planned Parenthood. The Brooklyn screenings are Sunday, June 4th at 3 p.m. and Monday, June 5th at 7:45 p.m.—and tickets are selling out! [ more › ]

Extra, Extra: 5 Pointz Luxury Condo Comes With Painfully Unironic Graffiti Branding


(image) Because the White House is waiting for the other shoe to drop, check out today's end-of-day links: Bieber boxing in Manhattan, TJ Miller leaving 'Silicon Valley,' Trump Soho in trouble, future of 'Louie,' pink doughnut boxes explained, and world's biggest bunny. 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 › ]

Three Brooklyn Federal Prison Guards Arrested On Charges Of Raping, Sexually Abusing Inmates


(image) Federal agents have arrested three guards from Brooklyn's federal jail on charges that they raped and sexually abused several female inmates. [ more › ]

'Confused' Traveler Charged With Trespassing After Wandering Past LaGuardia Airport Security


(image) The TSA also noted that "appropriate action will be taken" against their employee, but did not divulge further specifics. [ more › ]

Here's The 'Tangle And Mangle' Of Tracks Amtrak Will Try To Fix Under Penn Station This Summer


Amtrak offered a closer look today at the crisscrossing tracks underneath Penn Station slated for emergency repairs in July and August. An estimated six weeks of repair work on a network of aging New Jersey Transit and Amtrak tracks on the station's western end was confirmed last month, in the face of mounting service delays and residual commuter headaches. [ more › ]

Elaborate 'Breaking Bad'-Inspired Cocktail Lab Popping Up In NYC This Summer


               It's been almost four years since the end of Breaking Bad, but the show's legacy lives on in novelty t-shirts, wonderful spin-offs, and the occasional Heisenberg-influenced eateries. The Breaking Bad-themed Walter's Coffee Roastery in Bushwick was a pretty good way to get your C8H10N4O2 fix; the Los Pollos Hermanos pop-up was insanely popular for a few days in the Financial District; and now, we may have the best Walter White-inspired project yet: cocktail bar pop-up ABQ will roll an RV into the city this summer for an interactive cocktail mixing experience. [ more › ] [...]

Shake Shack Finally Opening East Village Location In Astor Place


(image) Brace yourself, East Village, because we've got a new Shake Shack alert! Looks like the Shack is going to be arriving in Astor Place this summer. Remember when there were three Starbucks in Astor Place? Just saying there are an awful lot of Shake Shacks now and there's a precedent. [ more › ]

Uber's Latest Alleged Scam Could Be Costing Riders In NYC Hundreds Of Thousands A Day


(image) The wife of a Brooklyn Uber driver is suing the company after the couple allegedly discovered that UberX is systematically overcharging riders. [ more › ]

Your Complete Summer Guide To Rockaway Beach Food 2017


The food lineup at Rockaway Beach this summer looks to be the strongest in years, with the return of all our most important favorites and a few key new additions that put the whole thing over the top. Here's our guide to your 2017 Rockaway Beach eats—read our thorough guide to NYC beaches here. Someday this rain's gonna end. [ more › ]

The 5 Best Second Dates In NYC


(image) All of my first and second dates in New York City have gone exactly like this: meet date, drink across from or next to or in general vicinity of date at the most convenient (to me) bar, leave, lose hope in finding another human to enjoy the next week or forever with. In my head—and heart—however, all I want is the kind of date that Hollywood has manipulated me into believing can exist. One with unplanned and seemingly imperfect but actually perfect moments, casual and witty banter... pretty much any scene between Ryan O'Neal and Ali MacGraw in Love Story. (Even the death one!) I am certain that people are having these idyllic date moments all around me, all of the time. [ more › ]

Check Out Your New Happy Hour Spot: Pret A Manger Bar In Penn Station


Are the crowds too dense at Applebee's? Not a fan of the "martinis" found in Flavortown? Relax. We've got your hottest new happy hour spot right here: Pret A Manger. [ more › ]

NYC Issues Zika-Related Travel Warnings In Miami, Texas, And Beyond


(image) It's been a while since we've screamed the word "ZIKA!!!!" at you in a headline, but mosquito season is on its way in the United States and elsewhere in our hemisphere, so here it is. Today, the city's Department of Health issued a reminder regarding areas still subject to Zika-related travel warnings in advance of the summer travel season and, yes, Miami's still affected. [ more › ]

MTA Taking On 'Crushing' Debt For Expansion Projects As Current Infrastructure Struggles


(image) Days after Governor Andrew Cuomo pledged to find additional funding for the MTA in order to improve subway service, the MTA Board on Wednesday approved a capital plan amendment that calls for an additional $1.6 billion in bonds. Several board members criticized the authority, accusing it of pushing through a bloated plan that relies too heavily on debt, and prioritizes some of Governor Cuomo's pet infrastructure projects over critical maintenance of aging infrastructure. [ more › ]

Early Addition: President Trump Shoves Prime Minister Of Montenegro


(image) When bears charge, California's missing nuts, America First at the photo op, and other 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 › ]

L.A. Transplant Eggslut Will Stick Around NYC... But Without The Egg Sandwiches


(image) Would it surprise you to learn that the egg sandwich pop-up that sold out of said sandwiches with record speed upon opening is sticking around longer than the anticipated time? No, of course not. But would it surprise you to learn that the sandwiches that were the main draw aren't part of the equation? Probably, yes. [ more › ]

Shea Stadium Is Going Out With One Final Macaulay Culkin Show Comedy Festival


(image) DIY hearts across Brooklyn (including mine) broke when we learned that despite a fantastically successful Kickstarter effort, Shea Stadium would still be forced to close forever. But before the curtain falls on the second place named Shea Stadium in New York history, there's going to be one last big summer comedy festival from the Macaulay Culkin Show team. Hopefully, hopefully, this ends better than the other Shea Stadium finale. [ more › ]

Ex-Teacher Charged With Hate Crime For Allegedly Ripping Off 8-Year-Old Girl's Hijab


(image) A substitute teacher who was fired by the Department of Education earlier this month after he allegedly yanked off an 8-year-old student's hijab at a Bronx elementary school has been charged with a hate crime, according to police. [ more › ]

Seamore's Swims Into Chelsea With An Underground Rum Bar


Two years after tossing aside the meatballs for fishier fare, The Meatball Shop's Michael Chernow expands his Seamore's brand into Chelsea—with an underground rum bar in tow. [ more › ]

Netflix Cancels Baz Luhrmann's 'The Get Down' After One Season


(image) The Get Down's first season came to Netflix in two parts, with six episodes dropping in 2016, and six more earlier this year. The musical drama—set in the Bronx during the tumultuous late 1970s—was promising, albeit overly ambitious with lengthy pre-production hours logged. That, in part, is because the man behind the camera was Baz Luhrmann, who does not work in a world of simplicity. [ more › ]

Boy Hit With Broken Bat At Yankees Game


(image) A young boy was hit with a broken bat during a Yankees home game on Wednesday night. [ more › ]

Parks Department Brings Free Sunscreen Dispensers To NYC Beaches This Summer


(image) Summer is coming, though you wouldn't know it from this B.S. perpetual rain cloud that's been hanging over the city for a couple of weeks now. Once it's finally here for real, however, you'll want to heed the advice of your parent/most responsible friend who yells at you to put on some sunscreen. Did you forget it before going to the beach? Well that excuse is gone now, because the Parks Department is just giving you sunscreen for free this summer. [ more › ]

Man Dies In Long Island Cesspool Collapse


(image) A 59-year-old man was killed after he fell into a cesspool he was helping install at a Long Island home on Wednesday. Edward Sinnott was buried under "as much as 15 feet of dirt," reports WABC 7. [ more › ]

Stop Hackers And Block Malware With This Tracker Blocker And VPN


(image) Disconnect declutters your browsing experience and blocks malware across your devices. It also works just like a VPN to encrypt your location and mask your IP address, so you can access geo-restricted sites with ease. [ more › ]

Extra, Extra: Sean Spicer Wasn't Allowed To Meet The Pope On Trump Trip


(image) Because that's all Spicer wanted, check out today's end-of-day links: terrible 'Spider-Man' poster, Oregon burrito shop controversy, 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' details, Ben Carson calls poverty a 'state of mind,' disappearing nuts, several-night stands, and a baby hippo. 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 › ]

State Senator Simcha Felder Demands IDC Rejoin The Democratic Party


(image) Albany, which was kind of at a low-level hum as hostilities ramped up between the Democratic Party and the breakaway Independent Democratic Conference, was officially upgraded to "rocked" this afternoon as fellow breakaway Senator Simcha Felder executed a perfect triple chutzpah lutz and called on the IDC to return to the Democratic fold. [ more › ]

Giuliani Now Says He Had Nothing To Do With Trump's 'Muslim Ban'


(image) Back in January, Rudy Giuliani told reporters President Trump asked him to help craft a legal "Muslim ban," using, in fact, that very phrase to describe it. Giuliani claimed he assisted the President in creating an Executive Order barring travelers from seven predominantly Muslim countries. "Perfectly legal, perfectly sensible, and that’s what the ban is based on," Giuliani told Fox News at the time. Unfortunately for Rudy, a number of high-ranking federal courts have taken issue with that whole "perfectly legal" thing, and now Giuliani says he wasn't involved at all. [ more › ]

One Of NYC's Loveliest Pocket Parks Could Soon Be Plunged Into Darkness


Midtown pocket parks are, as the name suggests, not exactly wide open spaces—they're tucked between buildings, just hidden enough so not everyone knows about them. One of our favorite little Manhattan oases is Greenacre Park, located at 217 East 51st Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues, where it's thrived ever since 1971. The 60' x 120' park is not only lush green,with bursts of color thanks to some azaleas, but it features a large waterfall—it will immediately take you out of Midtown and drop you into a paradise. But as we know from history and also Joni Mitchell lyrics, developers love to ruin paradise. [ more › ]

After Issuing Thousands Of New Parking Placards, De Blasio Promises Crackdown On Placard Abuse


(image) On the heels of his decision to issue thousands of new parking permits to Department of Education employees, Mayor Bill de Blasio on Wednesday announced a plan to crack down on so-called placard abuse, i.e. when city employees park illegally and rely on city-issued or counterfeit permits to avoid tickets. [ more › ]

Legislation Advances To Require DOH Letter Grades For Food Trucks


(image) Like brick-and-mortar restaurants before them, food trucks and food carts may soon be displaying the letter grade results of Health Department inspections alongside the price for hot dogs. [ more › ]

Billy Bush: 'I Sacrificed... My Own Dignity' During Infamous Trump Interview


(image) Billy Bush is talking more about his career-wrecking vulgar off-camera 2005 conversation with Donald Trump. The disgraced entertainment journalist told Good Morning America, "If I had ever thought...that there was a grown man sitting in front of me detailing his sexual assault strategy, I would have called the FBI... With Trump, it's not much of a give-and-take. When he said what he said at the me, it was more braggadocio, his word, and performance." [ more › ]

Your Guide To NYC Beaches, 2017


(image) This strip of sand is the closest you'll get to an anarchist commune, with the only authority in sight coming in the form of the very occasional park ranger coming by either car or horseback. It's entirely on you to bring food, water, other drinks (be aware that glass is prohibited), umbrellas and other beach supplies, and you might want to construct an eye-catching flag or beach fort if you want your friends to be able to find you, because cell service on Tilden is essentially non-existent. Just as well—why are you playing on your phone when it's such a nice day? [ more › ]

The Best Donald Trump Sketches From 'Saturday Night Live' Season 42


(image) Alec Baldwin appeared on Saturday Night Live in 17 of the 21 episodes this past season, each time performing as Donald Trump. Over the season he logged more minutes of screen time than many regular cast members. His impression, which emphasized and exaggerated Trump's most blunt qualities, started out as a phenomenon, helping to rocket SNL to its best ratings in two decades. Although he didn't always bring a lot of nuance to his impression, Baldwin picked up on one key detail which informed and propelled it to the national consciousness: no matter what happens, his Trump always seems miserable. [ more › ]

Forecast: Memorial Day Weekend's Looking Kind Of Wet


(image) Drizzly weather overnight pushed this month's rainfall total in Central Park to 5.48 inches. That's our wettest month since last July, when slightly over seven inches of rain fell. We could see some light sprinkles this afternoon, but it will generally be cloudy with a high in the upper 60s. However, much more is expected over the next couple of days and for a good portion of the long weekend. [ more › ]