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

Last Build Date: Fri, 20 Oct 2017 10:35:00 -0500

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De Blasio & Cuomo's Unanswered Emails To Jeff Bezos


(image) On Thursday, New York State submitted four entries to host Amazon's second headquarters, a campus that the company says will cost $5 billion to build, and will create as many as 50,000 jobs. Both Mayor Bill de Blasio and Governor Andrew Cuomo have done their part to help one of the world's richest companies know that New York is ready to be capitalized, but could they have done more? Gothamist has obtained emails from both chief executives to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos that reveal an even more feverish campaign behind the scenes. [Editor's note: These emails are technically imaginary until proven otherwise.] [ more › ]

Bushwick Woman Awoke To Rapist In Her Bed, Prosecutors Say


(image) Jason Lasry, 38, of Bed-Stuy was arraigned in Brooklyn criminal court Thursday on charges of rape, burglary and sexual abuse after he allegedly entered a 24-year-old woman's home and raped her as she slept, according to the Brooklyn District Attorney's Office. [ more › ]

Paul Ryan & Other Elites Yuck It Up About Russian Election Meddling At Al Smith Dinner


(image) Paul Ryan headlined the annual white tie Al Smith charity dinner in Midtown last night, making a number of what I can only assume are jokes. Set-ups and punchlines included Donald Trump, Steve Bannon, Russia, and, basically, the end of liberal democracy. "When people ask me if I believe everything I see on Facebook, I say, 'Nyet,'" he said. Paul Ryan...welcome to the resistance. [ more › ]

De Blasio Escalates NYC's War On E-Bikes


(image) Two months after promising to look into complaints about electric bicycles in certain Manhattan neighborhoods, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced his plan on Thursday to address this "growing safety problem" by directing the NYPD to crack down on e-bike scofflaws and their employers. [ more › ]

NYPD: Man Grabbed Subway Rider's Butt, Then Punched Her When She Fought Back


(image) Police are hoping the public can help them find a man accused of groping a woman, and then attacking her after she tried to defend herself. [ more › ]

Safe Sex Is Not Only Smart, But It Can Be A Work Of Art


(image) Let’s face it—people have sex. Some do it indoors, some prefer au naturale and take it outdoors. (But please not in public in NYC!) Feeling festive, some even do it in costume. Gay, straight or anything in between, whatever and whoever you like, one thing is for certain: when the mood strikes, you need to use protection and #DressthatD. [ more › ]

5 Lights To Add Some Flair To Your Home


(image) It's hard to believe how many options there are when it comes to lighting, but there's good reason for it. A well-lit home can do wonders for your mood, so we've rounded up some inexpensive, fun lighting option. Make your home stand out by picking up any of these unique lights. And take an additional 15% off these deals with code SAVE15 (valid thru 10/29)! [ more › ]

Extra, Extra: A Haunting 'Garfield' Question Has Been Answered


(image) Because you want to know what happens when humongous stars die, check out today's end-of-day links: Taika Waititi profile, Garfield comic mystery solved, nondisclosure agreements, the race to save coffee, and a Toblerone pup. 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 › ]

Here's What A $1,000 Bagel Looks Like


(image) We at Gothamist are fully in support of bagels, be they Canadian or styled as pizza or, begrudgingly, rainbow colored (but never toasted). Things we are not fully in support of: ridiculous marketing gimmicks that involve our beloved bagels. And so, here we are, humbly asking guests of this Times Square hotel not to order this "$1,000 bagel" the hotel is resurrecting beginning November 1st. [ more › ]

Bank Of America Deems Chipotle A Risky Stock Because It Pays Employees Too Much


(image) Chipotle is having yet another rough day, although this time it has nothing to do with people getting violently ill from eating their product or other people expressing their disgust with the chain's queso. Wall Street has downgraded the chain's stock because they say Chipotle's wages are too high, since as we all know, capital is what creates value and not labor. [ more › ]

Jim Carrey Goes Full Andy Kaufman In Trailer For New Behind-The-Scenes 'Man On The Moon' Doc


(image) The making of Miloš Forman's 1999 film Man On The Moon was infamously fraught behind-the-scenes, with star Jim Carrey going full-method in portraying his idol, comedian Andy Kaufman. And there was a good reason why there's never been any footage from the production released before now: "Universal didn't want the footage we took behind the scenes to surface so that people wouldn't think I was an asshole," Carrey explains. [ more › ]

You May Now Buy This $125 Million 85-Acre Island With Stunning Manor House An Hour From NYC


A jaw-dropping estate on a private island off the North Shore of Long Island, which also includes five other homes and stables, is for sale. The asking price is $125 million. [ more › ]

Check Out The New-York Historical Society's Ambitious Vietnam War Exhibit


If you’ve streamed your way through all ten episodes of the Ken Burns Vietnam documentary and still want to make a friend of Horror, head over to the New-York Historical Society for their Vietnam War: 1945-1975 exhibition. [ more › ]

Danny Meyer's 'No Tipping' Restaurants Struggle To Make It Work


(image) Restaurateur Danny Meyer's bid to revolutionize the dining industry by eliminating tipping appears to have had a rocky rollout in the two years since the "Hospitality Included" model was first introduced at The Modern. An article written by a former Union Square Cafe server published on Grub Street reveals turmoil in both front and back of house operations, including high rates of staff turnover at the Union Square Hospitality Group restaurants that have implemented the practice. [ more › ]

Paul Ryan Will Make Jokes In Midtown Manhattan Tonight


(image) It's hard to believe it's already been a year since we were forced to watch Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton trade barbs at the annual white tie Al Smith charity dinner. But time, it flies, and tonight the Catholic elites will gather again to benefit the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation—this time, with House Speaker Paul Ryan as the keynote guest. Unsurprisingly, there's some dissent. [ more › ]

The Best Candy Shops In NYC


(image) Halloween is just around the corner, and we've got candy on the brain. Though a Duane Reade bag of miniatures will kill a craving in a pinch, nothing beats a real candy store, complete with loose candy gummies, fancy chocolates, and decor as colorful as its wares. Even with sugar becoming a pariah in this town, you've still got a fair share of unique candy shops to choose from. Here are our favorites; leave yours in the comments, and please remember that Dylan's Candy Bar is for tourists. [ more › ]

MTA Memo Reveals Second Avenue Line Fire Alarms Have Been Offline Since May


(image) Last time we checked in on the Second Avenue subway, the big-time project that showed Governor Cuomo was the kind of Liberal Who Gets Things Done, it turned out that the system opened with 17,000 minor safety defects. Hey, no biggie, it's not 20,000 or 25,000—and anyway no one has been injured on it. So, it should also be no big deal that the fire alarm system screwed up back in May and hasn't actually been online since then, right? Cuomo 2020: Fire Walk With Me. [ more › ]

NYPD: Bed-Stuy Man Turns Himself In For Bushwick Rape


(image) A 38-year-old Bed-Stuy man turned himself in to police Wednesday night in connection to a rape in Bushwick last weekend, police said at a press conference Thursday. Jason Lasry, 38, is in custody and isn't expected to be arraigned until later tonight, according to a spokesman for the Brooklyn District Attorney's Office. [ more › ]

Early Addition: The Most Romantic Catfishing Story Of All Time


(image) Because sometimes catfishing has a happy ending, check out today's mid-day links: life in North Korea, Trump conspiracy theories, David Sedaris on 'BoJack,' very good therapy dog, Mayim Bialik apologizes again, and dog recognizes owner. 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 › ]

Judge Calls NYPD's Handling Of Precarious Civil Forfeiture Database 'Insane'


(image) The New York City Police Department has not bothered to back up data on millions of dollars worth of property it's seized from New Yorkers, a surprised Manhattan Supreme Court Judge learned Tuesday. [ more › ]

UPDATE: Two Young Girls Who Ran Away Together Are Back Home In Queens


(image) The NYPD is hoping the public can help them locate two girls who haven't been seen in their Bayside homes since Wednesday afternoon. Update: The police now say the girls "returned home and were reunited with family." [ more › ]

Mr. Raspy Voice Murderer Seeks The Truth In New 'The Punisher' Trailer


(image) The second trailer for The Punisher—a.k.a. Mr. Raspy Voice Murderer—hits a lot of the same sweet spots as the first trailer did. There's the requisite Metallica soundtrack ("One"), Desi from Girls provoking Frank Castle with his terrible beard, some vague military conspiracy, and lots of gun fetishizing. But there are some new things too, like an implication of a possible romance between Castle and Karen Page, and new shots of Castle in his signature Punisher ...long sleeve shirt? Pajama top? Hot Topic outfit? [ more › ]

Police Search For Driver Who Dragged Man To Death In The Bronx


(image) An SUV driver dragged a man for four blocks in the Bronx earlier this week while the man held on to the outside of the car, eventually killing him, cops say. [ more › ]

NYC Reveals Amazon HQ Pitch, De Blasio Says Amazon Hurts NYC Businesses


(image) The deadline is finally here for cities across the country to submit bids—and empty gestures, and subsidy promises, and dignity—to become the home of Amazon's second headquarters. On Wednesday evening, NYC officials shared details of the city's proposal to land the e-commerce giant. Later that night, buildings and personal data harvesters throughout New York lit up in "Amazon Orange" as a tribute to the company's official corporate color. And on Thursday morning, hours after the orange had bled out into a crisp October dawn, Mayor Bill de Blasio acknowledged that Amazon is destroying communities. That, my friend, is called closing. [ more › ]

Video: Howard Stern Calls Harvey Weinstein & Sexual Harassers 'Freaks' On Kimmel


(image) Howard Stern was the guest last night on the latest episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live! in Brooklyn, and he did not hold back on his assessment of sexual predator Harvey Weinstein. "First of all, when did this guy have time to make movies? I don't know," Stern said. "I thought movie making was hard...It's an unbelievable story, and all these guys who do sexual harassment, they're freaks!" [ more › ]

Quintessential East Village Bar HiFi Will Close At The End Of October


(image) HiFi, one of the quintessential East Village bars, will close at the end of October. Owner Mike Stuto, who's run the joint for the past 23 years, penned a Facebook note explaining the shutter has nothing to do with a rapacious landlord; rather, that the tastes of the neighborhood have changed, and "there is no shame in being a 50 year old who no longer knows how to appeal to 25 year olds." [ more › ]

That Runaway Bull Nearly Trampled Brooklyn Toddler: 'Her Face Was Covered In Blood'


(image) Shankar The Bull is getting settled in at an animal sanctuary in New Jersey, having come out the other side of his brief brush with fame after he frolicked on the Prospect Park ballfields earlier this week. But though the young bull's mad dash to freedom was mostly met with citywide acclaim, there was one tiny victim—a two-year-old girl, whom Shankar knocked out of her stroller in his haste. Now, her mother's speaking out. [ more › ]

Beloved NYC News Anchor Michele Marsh Dies At 63


(image) Michele Marsh, who was a familiar, reassuring face to millions of television news viewers across the tri-state area, passed away earlier this week at age 63. The NY Times reports that "she died on Tuesday at her home in South Kent, Conn."; her son said the cause was complications from breast cancer. [ more › ]

Nas Sued In State Supreme Court For Failure To Deliver Sick Verse


(image) A Nigerian music label is suing Queensbridge's own Nasir Jones, who you might know better as Nas, for allegedly welshing on his promise to provide a verse to one of the label's artists even after they paid him for it. The good news for Nas, though, is that the court papers are very complimentary about his career. [ more › ]

Months After Sick Dog Was Supposedly Put Down, Family Discovers Vet Gave Dog Away


(image) A dog owner grieving over the death of her family's beloved miniature pinscher was shocked to learn the pup was still alive—five months after her veterinarian allegedly said the ailing dog needed to be euthanized. [ more › ]

L Train Robbers Beat Woman Trying To Get Her Wallet Back


(image) Police are investigating a violent robbery along the L line where a woman was beaten after she tried to get her wallet back from three young women.. [ more › ]

Learn All You Need To Know About WordPress With This Seven Course Bundle


(image) The internet is a huge marketplace filled with opportunities to get you noticed: whether you're working on a passion project, looking to improve your career by learning a new skill or want to build a sophisticated website for your startup, WordPress is one of the best tools to get you there. Carve out some space for yourself on the web with the Pay What You Want: 2017 WordPress Hero Bundle. [ more › ]

Extra, Extra: Check Out Fake Melania Conspiracy Tape


(image) Because you want to see the Wildlife Photographer of the Year winners, check out today's end-of-day links: dark chocolate is health food, Bruce Springsteen might extend Broadway run, worst 'Jeopardy!' game ever, weed degrees, and pigs go shopping. 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 › ]

The Parks Department Needs Another Blacksmith


(image) You there, wasting away in an office with stale air and fluorescent lighting beating down on you from the ceiling and the computer screen and oddly for some reason from the floor as well. It's time for a big change, and I've got just the thing for you. Just a quick question before we move ahead, you do have five years of blacksmith experience, right? Great, because the Parks Department needs a blacksmith and the job pays big money. [ more › ]

Video: Oblivious Actor Solves Climate Change In Cut-For-Time SNL Sketch


(image) Another week, another cut-for-time Saturday Night Live sketch that was better than a large amount of what actually made it onto the show. Last week's Kumail Nanjiani-hosted episode was a big improvement over the Gal Godot one— Nanjiani's monologue and "Customer Service" were two of the best things on the show so far this year—but still had plenty of dead spots ("Nursing Home," "Hotel Check-In," the mess that was the Trump cold open). [ more › ]

Cool Cats Seek To Name Williamsburg Bridge After Sonny Rollins


(image) A group of jazz fans waging a campaign to name the Williamsburg Bridge after jazz saxophonist Sonny Rollins now have allies in City Council Member Stephen Levin, who introduced a piece of legislation in the council to rename the bridge, and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, who's reportedly lobbying state legislators to support the renaming. [ more › ]

Ducktails Shows Cancelled After Ex-Real Estate Guitarist Accused Of Sexual Misconduct


(image) Matt Mondanile, the former guitarist of the band Real Estate who performs solo as Ducktails, was accused of sexual misconduct by multiple women this week. In the aftermath of the accusations, multiple Ducktails shows have been cancelled, including one scheduled for the Music Hall Of Williamsburg in November. [ more › ]

Driver Who Killed Cyclist Matthew Von Ohlen Sentenced To Up To Fifteen Years In Prison


(image) The hit-and-run driver who struck and killed Queens man Matthew von Ohlen in a Williamsburg bike lane in July 2016 was sentenced to five-to-fifteen years in prison Wednesday, according to the Brooklyn District Attorney's Office. [ more › ]

De Blasio Will Turn NYC 'Amazon Orange' In Hopes Corporation Will Notice Us


(image) There's just one day left before proposals are due for Amazon's second headquarters, and politicians across the country are tripping over themselves to woo the Seattle-based corporate behemoth. Here in New York, Mayor de Blasio has decided to show off the city's innovative spirit by inventing a new color—"Amazon Orange"—and casting it across the city's buildings and advertising spaces tonight. [ more › ]