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Sleep Better On The Mattress That's Shipped For Free, To Your Door, In A Box


(image) Slumber is serious business—whoever said that sleep is for the weak probably lived with a not-so-great mattress. Sound like a familiar problem? Then it might be time for a mattress upgrade. For those that love catnaps, snooze buttons, late nights, early mornings, and everything in between, Casper provides an entirely new mattress buying experience—one that doesn’t involve sleazy salesmen or a delivery fee. [ more › ]

Extra, Extra: A Giant Alligator Roams Florida


(image) Because three-quarters of Americans want Trump to release his taxes, check out today's end-of-links: giant alligators, New Yorker on John Lewis/Trump, Broadway inauguration event, Obama's reading list, and dog hates flute. 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 › ]

Airbnb Guest Admits To Stealing Luxury Watches, Bags From Manhattan Apartment


(image) An Airbnb guest pleaded guilty to looting a New York City apartment—and not paying rent. The Daily News reports that Victoria Doramus "was released from jail Wednesday after admitting she stole Cartier and Rolex watches, handbags, Louis Vuitton luggage and clothing from a woman who rented her Bowery apartment to Doramus, authorities said." [ more › ]

Free Fried Oreos Herald Creamline's New Location In Chelsea


(image) Creamline, the Chelsea Market stand serving "American Classics" that opened last year, debuts its first brick-and-mortar location this week. Also in Chelsea on 7th Avenue, the new Creamline's offering the same menu of humble sandwiches like cheeseburgers and fried chicken biscuits and sides of fries and coleslaw. There's one special bonus this week though: free food. [ more › ]

Brooklyn Hip-Hop Podcaster Arrested In Fatal Irving Plaza Shooting


(image) A popular hip-hop podcaster has been arrested by the NYPD in connection with a shooting that left one man dead during a T.I. concert at Irving Plaza last May. Police and US Marshals arrested Daryl Campbell—also known as Taxstone—at a family member's home on Alabama Avenue in Brooklyn on Monday. [ more › ]

Remembering Martin Luther King Jr. In NYC


(image) New York City is commemorating Martin Luther King., Jr today, a day after what would have been the civil rights giant's 88th birthday. King's birthday has been a federal holiday since 1986. We had to wait 18 years after his death to get the federal holiday because King remained despised by white supremacists in Congress for long after his death. (Now, pretty much everyone in Congress at least pretends to celebrate King, although that generally just means celebrating the idea that we should all just get along). [ more › ]

Bruce Springsteen Cover Band Backs Out Of Trump Inauguration Party Out Of Respect For The Boss


(image) Donald Trump has struggled to find anyone—literally, anyone!—who wants to perform at his inauguration. When 3 Doors Down, a one-hit wonder from 2000, are your headliners, you probably know where you stand. But Trump is such a deeply toxic figure, even cover bands are dropping out of Trump-adjacent inauguration events: The B Street Band, the preeminent Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band cover band, has pulled out of the Garden State Presidential Inaugural Gala because of the backlash over the performance—and because of their deep respect for The Boss. [ more › ]

Cops Search For Driver Who Ran Over Man's Head In Midtown


(image) A 51-year-old man is in critical condition at Bellevue Hospital after a driver ran over his head and sped away, according to the NYPD. [ more › ]

Video: Lin-Manuel Miranda Attempts To Save Democracy With 'The West Wing' Rap


(image) I'm not saying what the world needs at this very moment is a Lin-Manuel Miranda rap about The West Wing, but when one's offered to you in a time of strife, you might as well go with it. Indeed, Sir Hamilton himself penned a little ditty for The West Wing Weekly Podcast about Jed Bartlet and Friends, and it's at once soothing and harrowing to be reminded of Aaron Sorkin's liberal presidential dream team on this precipice of political hell. [ more › ]

Disciplinary Hearing For NYPD Officer Who Killed Ramarley Graham Starts Tomorrow


(image) This week, nearly five years after NYPD Officer Richard Haste shot and killed 18-year-old Ramarley Graham inside the bathroom of the Graham family's Bronx home, the 35-year-old officer will face a disciplinary hearing at police headquarters. [ more › ]

5 Fun Things To Do In NYC This Week


(image) Film Forum will liven up a 90-year-old masterpiece this month when they screen Variety, the German tale of a retired trapeze artist who drops everything when a beautiful orphan dancer lures him back into the business. Widely censored in its initial release and rarely screened today, the film is considered to be far ahead of its time, filled with breathtaking acrobat stunts and practical effects. Recently-restored thanks to special nitrate prints found in both the US Library of Congress and Austria's Filmarchiv, the special engagement is a must-see for both long-time Variety fans and rookies who have yet to delve into pre-Depression cinema. Film Forum is also upping the old-timey ante by bringing in live piano accompaniment during both special screenings. [ more › ]

Transit Workers Union Announces Tentative 11th Hour Agreement With MTA


(image) After previously failing to come up with a new deal before their contract expired at midnight Monday, the Transit Workers Union has reached a tentative agreement with the MTA. [ more › ]

Explore The Roots Of Southern Cooking & Other Ways To Eat Well This Week


(image) Sip on funky farmhouse ales and other brews by the LIC Beer Project on Tuesday evening at a special dinner hosted by DBGB. The LIC Beer Project Dinner pairs brews with dishes by Chef Nicholas Tang, like a beet cured salmon with the Trigger Rye farmhouse saison, and a duo of guinea hen with Party Crasher and Higher Burning, two IPAs. The multi-course dinner costs $75; purchase tickets here. [ more › ]

Forecast: Plentiful Sun Today, Rain Arrives Tuesday


(image) The slow-moving winter storm that produced a wide swath of damaging freezing rain across the Great Plains and Midwest, as well as severe weather in Texas and Oklahoma, is moving eastward. Lucky for us in New York the conditions responsible for the bad weather, a wedge of cold air near the ground topped by warm, moist air moving northward from the Gulf of Mexico, are going their separate ways, with the cold air expected to stay well north of the city. We will, however, have to put up with a fair bit of rain tomorrow. [ more › ]

Tell Us About Yourself For A Chance To Win An Apple Watch


(image) Interested in winning a free Apple Watch? Yeah, we thought that sounded pretty sweet too. Of course you are! [ more › ]

Alec Baldwin, Michael Moore, Mayor de Blasio & More Will Protest Trump Hotel Thursday


(image) With just a few days left before the inauguration no one wants to go to, plans are in motion for mass protests in DC and New York. And while almost no celebrities, besides Riff Raff, want to hang out with Trump, plenty of big names are coming together to march on Trump International Hotel on inauguration eve. [ more › ]

Meet The Unicorn Parade Milkshake, Now Offering Sugar Highs On The LES


New York City's Instagram ice cream game is not for the faint of heart. One minute you're sucking down Black Tap's insane sugary shakes; the next, taking giant licks of the genuinely excellent Soft Swerve. It's tough to tell which is the larger addiction: the sugar or the sharing. [ more › ]

Staten Island Woman Devastated City Is Making Her Give Up Her Pet Pig


(image) Today's sad animal news is brought to you by Christy Matteo, a Staten Island woman who says the city is making her give up her pet pig, Wilbur, over health regulations. Wilbur is adorable: [ more › ]

School Bus Driver Strikes Woman In Brooklyn Crosswalk


(image) The driver of a mini school bus ran into a woman walking in a Brooklyn crosswalk, knocking her unconscious just before 3 p.m. Friday afternoon. According to the NYPD, the unidentified woman was struck at the corner of Nostrand Avenue and Avenue M. [ more › ]

Trump Spokesman: Rep. Lewis Started It & SNL Is Mean!


(image) If you happened to wander away from the perpetually smoldering Trump toilet fire for a minute or two this weekend, you may have blessedly missed the President-elect's Twitter-bashing of Representative John Lewis. During an interview on Meet the Press, Lewis, a Georgia congressman and civil rights icon who was beaten by police while marching with Martin Luther King, Jr. in Selma, Alabama, in 1965, became the first congressman to openly question the legitimacy of Trump's presidency because of Russian interference. (He was subsequently joined by NYC congressman Jerry Nadler.) In response, President-elect Trump denigrated Lewis on Twitter. [ more › ]

4 Must-Have Accessories For Surviving The Winter Chill


(image) From frigid fingers to numb ears, winter in the mean streets can be the worst. But just because the weather is miserable doesn’t mean you need to be. Check out a few of our favorite ways to stay warm this winter...while even getting in a few tunes in the process: [ more › ]

'Homeland' Moves To Brooklyn, A Parallel Universe With America's First Female President


(image) Something unusual happens in the sixth season premiere of Homeland, Showtime's long-running international espionage thriller about how too much exposure to free jazz causes otherwise brilliant CIA investigators to constantly go off their anti-psychotic medications. It's not that Carrie Mathison, as played by the always-compelling Claire Danes, is living a relatively mundane life in Brooklyn; it's not that her former mentor, Saul Berenson (Mandy Patinkin), now seems to be a CIA company man through-and-through; it's not even that Peter Quinn (Rupert Friend) has grown some terrible facial hair and started dancing to the Cowboy Junkies in random brothels. [ more › ]

Need A Show To Distract You From Everything?


(image) Reality is a lot to swallow right now, and after a long day spent organizing and resisting the incoming regime, you may find that your mind requires some moments of narrative, televised escapism in order to recharge. We're in the golden age of television, but not every show is going to give you a comforting feeling that briefly silences the inner-screams of "how is this happening?!"—for that, you need something that's not, say, Homeland. You need something simple, and ideally something that you haven't seen before. [ more › ]

Congressman Jerry Nadler: Trump Was 'Legally Elected' In An Illegitimate Election


(image) Rep. Jerry Nadler took to CNN to explain why he will not be attending President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration this Friday. The Manhattan Democrat, whose spokesman confirmed to us on Saturday that he was skipping the event, said, "I cannot go because of the President-elect's inflammatory comments racist campaign, his conflict of interests, refusal to disclose his taxes, and the last straw was his personal ad hominem attacks on an icon of civil rights movement, someone who suffered beatings and almost gave his life for this country, John Lewis." [ more › ]

Extra Extra: IHOP Briefly Suggests Bernie Would Have Won


(image) The pros and cons of living above a bar, Cecile Richards is taking knitting lessons, Scottish TV listing goes in on Trump, IHOP joins the revolution 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 › ]

You Can Now Buy Your Own Piece Of The Circus (And We Don't Mean By Donating To A Congressman)


(image) Ringling Brothers announced today that they're ceasing operations, but if you're a circus fan with deep pockets, there's some good news for you: the assets of the Big Apple Circus, which announced it was shutting down last year, are up for auction. Finally, a chance to start your own damn circus and show those clowns just what you can do. [ more › ]

Cuomo Introduces Rebranded 421-a Tax Credit Bill In Legislature


(image) Ever since the 421-a tax credit expired in 2016, Governor Cuomo, the real estate industry and construction unions have been trying to work out either an extension of the credit that would make all three sides happy. After reaching that deal in November, a press release from Cuomo's office says that the bill is going in front of the state legislature today. [ more › ]

Wildlife Officials Have Killed 70,000 Birds Near NYC-Area Airports Since 'The Miracle On The Hudson'


It's been eight years since Captain Chelsey "Sully" Sulzberger became a national hero by calmly landing an airplane on the Hudson River after it lost power in two engines, preventing the deaths of 155 passengers. And while Sully got a movie out of it, in which he was played by Tom Hanks no less, what of the birds who hang out near the city's airports and were blamed for the crash? As it turns out, they're just getting a heaping helping of death. [ more › ]

Maison Pickle Takes The French Dip Sandwich To The Next Level


The unstoppable Upper West Side brunch force Jacob's Pickles hopes to strike gut-busting gold twice with their next restaurant, Maison Pickle, now open in the former Ouest space on Broadway. And friends: it's all about the french dip. [ more › ]

The Studio Museum In Harlem To Offer Free Admission On MLK Day


The Studio Museum in Harlem is usually closed on Mondays, but this year, it's opening its doors for Martin Luther King Jr. Day—and admission will be free. [ more › ]

Trump Fight With John Lewis Continues As More Congresspeople Drop Out Of Inauguration


(image) After firing off a couple of tweets about Atlanta congressman John Lewis and his failings in the eyes of Trump, the president-elect is enjoying a second day of people getting mad at him for calling a famed civil rights leader "all talk and no action." On the one hand, this explains Trump's already low approval ratings, but on the other hand if you've already called parents of a dead soldier names and still became president, why stop doing this? [ more › ]

Photos, Videos: Felicity Jones Tackles First SNL Of 2017 With Visit From Tina Fey


              British starlet Felicity Jones kicked off the new year by hosting Saturday Night Live. The Rogue One star didn't reference her Star Wars film as much as Adam Driver did when he hosted last year, but there was a hologram of Tina Fey during the monologue. And, no, Fey wasn't dressed as Princess Leia—it was just something she got at Eileen Fisher. [ more › ] [...]

Conservative Commentator Laura Ingraham Tweets Picture Of Brandy Bottle To Prove New York Is Falling Apart


(image) Liberal, immigrant-heavy New York has always been something of a conservative boogeyman. And now with Mayor de Blasio as one of the most visible liberal leaders in the country picking fights with the incoming Trump administration, it's no surprise that conservative commentators want to make his leadership of the city a symbol for the failures of liberalism nationwide. That still barely explains what Laura Ingraham, a conservative commentator who almost became Trump's press secretary, was thinking when she took a picture of a bottle on a clean sidewalk as proof that New York was filthy and full of vagrants. [ more › ]

SNL's Cold Open Has Alec Baldwin's Donald Trump Brag About 'A Thick Stream Of Jobs' And 'Golden Opportunity'


If you were hoping that Saturday Night Live, back after a four-week break, would bring up the extremely unverified but extremely crazy dossier about compromising info Russian intelligence has on Donald Trump, you're in luck. The cold open tackled the President-elect's surreal press conference, featuring Alec Baldwin promising, "Yes, this is real life, this is really happening. On January 20, I, Donald J. Trump, will become the 45th president of the United States. And then, two months later, Mike Pence will become the 46th.” [ more › ]

Ringling Bros. Circus Will Close Forever In May


The company that runs the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus announced today that it will shut down the 146-year-old show in a few months. Kenneth Feld, chairman and CEO of Feld Entertainment, wrote in a letter that he and his family "made the difficult business decision that Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® will hold its final performances in May of this year." And it's the elephants' fault, partially. [ more › ]

Extra Extra: How To Transform Yourself Into Donald Trump


(image) SpaceX launches a new rocket, the case to pardon Chelsea Manning, how one man made himself into Donald Trump 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 › ]

Go See Kerry James Marshall At The Met Breuer Before It Closes


The incredible exhibit, Kerry James Marshall: Mastry is at the Met Breuer through January 29th, so you have two weeks left to see it! If you haven't, you now have weekend plans. (Or next/week-after-next weekend pans.) If you've already been, consider going again. [ more › ]

NY's Asian Lawmakers Blast Steve Harvey For Joking That White, Black Women Don't Like Asian Men


(image) Steve Harvey's genial comedian persona took a controversial turn last week when he ridiculed the possibility of white or black women liking Asian men. Now, New York elected officials are demanding that the clip be retracted and that for Harvey to make a pubic apology. [ more › ]

New Jersey Man Arrested For Owing More Than ONE MILLION DOLLARS In Tolls


(image) Toll scofflaws can rack up impressive numbers in their attempts to get around paying one red cent while crossing over a bridge or through a tunnel. $20,000, $30,000, $123,000 (blamed on cocaine problems). All of this pales in comparison to the New Jersey man who was arrested this week for owing over one million dollars in tolls [ more › ]

Broadway Icon Jennifer Holliday Suddenly Quits Trump Inaugural


(image) Jennifer Holliday, who won a Tony for originating the role of Effie in Dreamgirls ("If the curtain didn't fall, the audience would probably cheer Jennifer Holliday until dawn"), made waves yesterday when she revealed she would sing at President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration next week. But one day later, she has decided to skip the show, a decision prompted by reading the Daily Beast's article, "Jennifer Holliday Will Perform at Trump’s Inauguration, Which Is Heartbreaking to Gay Fans." [ more › ]