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3 Essential Gifts For Your Favorite Coffee-Lover


(image) Who doesn't love a fresh cup of joe first thing in the morning...or in the afternoon as a pick me up...or in the late-afternoon -- well, at any time really? For the caffeine-crazy, here's a few coffee-related goods to soothe any java-related cravings.  [ more › ]

Summer Ticket Package Sale For 2018 Tribeca Film Festival


(image) One of the best ways to experience the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival is with a Ticket Package! 8 or 16 Ticket Packages give you exclusive access to grab your seat at the Festival’s hottest screenings a full two weeks before single tickets go on sale to the general public. Take advantage of Tribeca’s special summer discount today! But it’s only for a limited time. Sale ends July 5th. [ more › ]

Extra, Extra: Piers Morgan Got Owned On Live TV


(image) Because flips-flops on men remain controversial, check out today's end-of-day links: horniest time of the year, psychedelic drug research, new Snapchat feature, Piers Morgan owned, Michelle Rodriguez threatens to leave FF series, and dog relaxes during bath. 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 › ]

New 'Hamilton Mixtape' Music Video Artfully Slams Trump's Immigration Policies


(image) Lin-Manuel Miranda might have ditched Hamilton for the bright lights of Hollywood, but he's still using his mega-hit musical to make a political stand. Today he released the music video for "Immigrants (We Get The Job Done)," a track off the "Hamilton Mixtape," and, well, it's not a particularly veiled rebuke on President Trump's polarizing immigration policies: [ more › ]

New 'Non-Alcoholic Cocktail Bar' Opens In Nolita With $10 Lemonades


(image) A gigantic old fashioned neon sign above the bar shouts DRUGS. It lies. There's not an intoxicant in sight at this pop-up shop coming to Elizabeth Street that publicists are branding a "non-alcoholic cocktail bar." There are no highs here: only lemons. [ more › ]

Police Hope Tattoo Can Identify Headless Torso Found Floating In Red Hook


(image) Police investigating a headless body that was found floating in the waters off of Red Hook are hoping that publicizing a tattoo found on the body can help investigators identify the victim. [ more › ]

Photos: Hurricane Sandy-Ravaged South Ferry Subway Station Is Finally Back


Lower Manhattan's upgraded South Ferry subway station, which closed for four years after being devastated by Hurricane Sandy, finally reopened at noon on Tuesday. [ more › ]

This Rat Dragging A Dead Pigeon Is Really Putting In The Work


(image) While some New York City animals exist as metaphors for your commute, labor in the shadow of Pizza Rat, get unfairly pressured to be The Next Big Viral Animal or just flop down subway stairs exhaustedly, New York City's other animal friends are just trying to go about their lives. For instance, check out this rat dragging a dead pigeon around Central Park, pretty cool, huh? [ more › ]

NYPD, ATF Offer $40K Reward For Information On Central Park Explosion That Maimed Teen


(image) Just under one year ago, an explosion in Central Park cost Virginia teenager Connor Golden his left leg below the knee, after he stepped on what police have said was a homemade firework. Investigators have never been able to find whoever left the explosive materials on the ground, and are now offering a large reward for any information that could lead to an arrest and conviction in the case. [ more › ]

Interactive Play Lets You Cosplay Heroin Addiction On The Bowery


I wasn't quite sure what to expect from Live In Theater's J & K 1965, a "highly interactive" performance piece surrounding the subjects of a real-life LIFE magazine photo essay about heroin addiction in 1960s NYC. I wasn't prepared to find myself holding hands with a bunch of strangers in the middle of a Lower East Side park as we simulated shooting up. We flexed our left arms and used our index fingers as faux-needles, nervously giggling as the theater director played trippy music on his iPad. We were directed to run in a circle and collapse on the ground while kids playing ball stared at us. It was profoundly uncomfortable, which was, I suppose, the point. [ more › ]

Inside Levain Bakery's Huge New Upper West Side Location


Will increased square footage at Levain Bakery's new Upper West Side location help alleviate the lines that form daily for the bakery's signature cookie gut-bombs? Find out starting today, when the new shop—located a three minute mosey from the West 74th Street original—flung open its doors to human customers (and wistful canines). [ more › ]

Cellino & Barnes Have Been Fighting For Over A Year


(image) Few legal feuds have shaken the TV jingle community to the core quite like the one involving Cellino & Barnes, Injury Attorneys. The law partners and holders of the renowned 800-888-8888 phone number made shockwaves in May when Ross Cellino sued Stephen Barnes in the hopes of dissolving their eponymous firm. And according to a petition released this week, Cellino and Barnes have been dealing with some irreconcilable issues for over a year. Their ad still airs on NY1, but we'll never view it in the same way again. [ more › ]

For One Week, I Kept A Diary Documenting My Subway Commutes


(image) New York City's subway system has been having a bit of a rough time lately, and to illustrate some of the problems riders face day after day, last week I decided to document a week's worth of my subway commutes. Some were good, some were bad, some were in-between, and almost all were soundtracked by Lorde. Here's what happened: [ more › ]

Two Subway Maintenance Supervisors Suspended Following 'A' Train Derailment


(image) Two track maintenance supervisors have been suspended following Tuesday morning's A train derailment that left 34 injured and forced frightened passengers to evacuate through the subway tunnel. [ more › ]

Lindsey Buckingham Doesn't Know Why Fleetwood Mac Never Played SNL, Either


(image) A couple of years ago, as Saturday Night Live was celebrating its 40th anniversary, we wondered how it was possible that during all that time on air Fleetwood Mac had never been the musical guest. [ more › ]

Tonight: BAM Hosting Short Film And Talk On NYC's Trump Travel Ban Protests


(image) The night before parts of President Donald Trump's travel ban on majority-Muslim countries go back into effect, immigrant advocates and attorneys will gather at BAM Rose Cinemas in Fort Greene Wednesday for the screening of 48 Hours of Resistance—a short film about the emergency response to Trump's initial executive order dropped in January. [ more › ]

After Two Year Freeze, Board Approves Hike On Rent Stabilized New Yorkers


(image) For the first time in two years, the Rent Guidelines Board [RGB] voted Tuesday to raise the monthly payments of 1.6 million rent-stabilized tenants. In a 7 to 2 vote at Baruch College in Manhattan, the board decided to hike rents on one year leases by 1.25 percent and two year leases by 2 percent. The news of the hike follows months of negotiations, and was largely expected after the nine-member board recommended increases in April. [ more › ]

Hallelujah: The Knicks And Phil Jackson Have Broken Up


(image) Good news has been very hard to find for Knicks fans in the last...let's just say ten years and leave it at that. Still, when Knicks fans woke up this morning, the sun was shining in New York and the team had abruptly parted ways with team president Phil Jackson after three chaotic seasons of failure and what has already been an insanely tumultuous off-season this year. [ more › ]

Early Addition: These Animals Get Treated Better On Flights Than You


(image) Trump may trip up psychedelic research, a dispatch from CrimeCon, first class pets, and much more in today's midday link roundup. 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 › ]

Pop Some Bottles At Air's Champagne Parlor, Opening Wednesday In Greenwich Village


The former wine director at Riddling Widow, Ravi DeRossi's subterranean bubbly bar, opens a different champagne-focused bar and restaurant this Wednesday in the bi-level MacDougal Street space. Ariel Arce will open Air's Champagne Parlour in the former Ladybird space—another of DeRossi's properties that was formerly his fondue restaurant Bourgeois Pig—which is above Riddling Widow. She'll be opening a separate entity in the Riddling Widow space later this summer. Keeping up with the shuffle? Let's soldier on. [ more › ]

Enraged Subway Commuters Will Descend Upon Cuomo's Office Tonight


(image) This morning the MTA reported "extensive delays" still rippling along the A, B, C and D train lines following yesterday's A train derailment at 125th Street in Harlem. But while many commuters are still attempting to get to work somewhere between reasonably late and extremely late, transit advocates are urging frustrated riders to clear their Wednesday rush hour schedules for a vent session in front of the NYC office of Governor Andrew Cuomo: the man who controls the MTA, despite his recent statements to the contrary. [ more › ]

Starbucks Plans New Location On Border Of Bed-Stuy & Bushwick


(image) It seems like just yesterday everyone was freaking out over Williamsburg's first Starbucks, but now the Bushwick/Bed-Stuy area is about to get its second Starbucks, and I didn't even know it had a first one. Either I'm losing my touch, or Brooklyn is. (It's probably Brooklyn, but also maybe me.) [ more › ]

Human Error: MTA Says A Train Derailment Caused By 'Improperly Secured' Rail On Trackbed


The frightening derailment of an A train Tuesday morning, leaving dozens of subway riders injured, was not caused by a track defect or decaying infrastructure, but rather "human error," the MTA said last night. [ more › ]

Impress Your Boss By Mastering Excel


(image) Think you know Excel? We promise, you don't know it the way you could with this eLearnExcel Microsoft Excel School: Lifetime Subscription. [ more › ]

Extra, Extra: Fake Time Magazine Trump Cover Graces Trump Golf Clubs


(image) Because dogs have OCD too, check out today's end-of-day links: hot dog taste test, 'Better Call Saul' picked up, Catholic Church freaked out by fidget spinners, lifestyle concepts, hotel refuses 'single ladies,' and brave dog confronts flower. 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 › ]

Not A Metaphor: Raven Tears Beating Heart Out Of Pigeon On Subway Platform


(image) In what's surely not a dark, graphic omen for our struggling mass transit system, a hungry raven was recently caught on video plucking the beating heart from a pigeon on the platform of the Kings Highway station. It probably doesn't mean anything! Everything is FINE. [ more › ]

Augmented Reality Brings Super Mario Bros. To Central Park


(image) We've never seen a more intriguing case for VR than being able to turn New York City into the landscape from your favorite 1980s Nintendo game (that isn't Zelda). Developer and NYU grad student Abhishek Singh has done just that, transforming Central Park (the best park in New Donk City) into a Super Mario Bros. video game via augmented reality. [ more › ]

On Third Thought, Trump Family Friend WILL Be NY/NJ HUD Administrator


(image) After rumors that Lynne Patton, an event planner and longtime Trump family associate, was going to be named the administrator of Region II of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, which covers New York and New Jersey, it looked like the Trump administration would back off following an outcry. Now, however, Patton has been officially confirmed for the job. [ more › ]

A Negroni Fountain Arrives In Little Italy Courtesy Of A Top NYC Cocktail Bar


"SAY WHAT NOW" was the reaction of cocktail aficionado and Gothamist contributor Dan Dickinson when I told him about the "Negroni Fountain" coming to the former Genuine space on Grand Street in Little Italy on Thursday. Dickinson knows a hell of a lot more about cocktails than I do, so let's take him at his word that this is some genuinely exciting news for those who prefer their alcohol in spirit form. [ more › ]

UPDATE: What To Expect For Tonight's Hotly Anticipated Post-Derailment Rush Hour


Hours after a southbound A train derailed just outside the 125th Street station in Harlem, the MTA is gearing up for today's evening commute. The authority has confirmed damage to tracks, switches and the adjacent tunnel wall, all of which takes time to repair. And with shuttle bus service already underway, chances aren't looking good for a smooth ride home. [ more › ]

Lawmakers Shouldn't Leave Albany Until MTA Crisis Is Solved, State Senator Says


(image) With Governor Cuomo now calling on state lawmakers to return to the capitol on Wednesday for a vote on mayoral control of city schools, one State Senator is demanding that his fellow politicians remain in Albany until they've also addressed the ever-worsening MTA crisis. [ more › ]

Tale Of Two Chickens: Fatbird Flops; FiDi Fuku Soars


Our latest installment of Quick Bites brings us to two Manhattan spots serving up chicken: Fatbird and Fuku. [ more › ]

Activists Slam Jose Peralta For Skipping Jackson Heights Town Hall Meeting


Activists and voters in Jackson Heights slammed State Senator Jose Peralta for declining to show up at a town hall meeting they held last night at the Jewish Center of Jackson Heights, and in his absence, turned the event into a briefing on what they said were Peralta and the breakaway Independent Democratic Conference's failures in Albany. [ more › ]

Chunks Of Falling Concrete Smash Cars Under Bayonne Bridge


(image) While the big story today is our city's crumbling mass transit infrastructure, spare a moment for our other crumbling infrastructure. To get more specific, this post is about the "softball-sized" pieces of concrete that fell from the Bayonne Bridge onto cars underneath the Staten Island to New Jersey crossing. [ more › ]

'Golden Girls' Cafe Owner Accused Of Sexually Harassing Employee


(image) The owner of the famed (ish) Golden Girls themed cafe in Washington Heights has been accused of sexually harassing his former assistant, which sounds like the plot of the Season 1 Golden Girls episode "Adult Education," in which Blanche's creepy psychology teacher tries to get her to have sex with him, but alas, is not. [ more › ]

MTA Says Emergency Brake Preceded 'A' Train Derailment, Investigation Ongoing


(image) An A train emergency brake was activated Tuesday morning just before two train cars derailed and hit the subway tunnel wall, according to newly re-minted MTA Chairman Joe Lhota. [ more › ]

Watch The Star-Studded Trailer For The Other Music Documentary


It's been a year since beloved downtown record store Other Music unplugged the stereo and closed its doors for good after 20 years. (You can see photos from the store's final day in business above.) Now, a new documentary on the history and legacy of the store has launched a Kickstarter—you can see the trailer for the doc below. [ more › ]

Man Claims He Spent Months On Rikers Because No One Told Him His Bail Was $1


(image) He says he didn't find out until a jail chaplain paid his bail. He's suing the city and the Legal Aid Society. [ more › ]

Marcus Samuelsson's Opening A Gigantic Restaurant In A New Greenpoint Development


(image) Chef Marcus Samuelsson's portfolio of trendy Harlem restaurants will expand to Brooklyn, with the debut of a new restaurant inside a forthcoming condo development opening in Greenpoint. [ more › ]

Early Addition: Maybe Don't Watch This Video Of Life In First Class On Lufthansa


(image) Milkshake duck jokesplained, Norway's troll penis rock destroyed, woman tries opening airplane door mid-flight, and much more in today's midday link roundup. 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 › ]