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Skateboarder Killed By Hit-And-Run Driver In Brooklyn


(image) An 18-year-old in Gravesend was fatally struck by an SUV driver on Sunday afternoon while skateboarding, police say. The SUV was reportedly later found a couple miles away in Bath Beach. [ more › ]

Hone Your Business Savvy With This MBA Bundle


(image) Do you want to get the launchpad an MBA provides, without having to carve out the time or money for traditional format grad school education? Check out this MBA Bootcamp Bundle: Lifetime Access instead. [ more › ]

De Blasio Rides F Train To Deliver Message To Cuomo: Fix The Subways


(image) On Sunday morning Mayor Bill de Blasio ventured into the subway, a place where Governor Andrew Cuomo has not been for nearly seven months, with a simple message. “The governor names the head of the MTA and has effective control of the MTA,” de Blasio told the dozens of reporters who jammed into his F train car at 4th Avenue/9th Street. “The governor should step up and say once again, he’s responsible, because he seems to change that message every week or two whether he’s responsible or not. He’s responsible! It’s clear! Just take ownership and fix the problem.” [ more › ]

Extra, Extra: Do You Know What A Baby Pigeon Looks Like?


(image) Mooch loves his Friday hair and makeup person, Blinkin Park appears to be cancelled, George R.R. Martin says a new book is coming (just like winter) and more end-of-day links. [ more › ]

NJ Governor Chris Christie Signs Bill Protecting Trans Students


(image) In a Friday press release, NJ Governor Chris Christie's office noted that the governor "took action on dozens of bills," highlighting that the minimum age to smoke is 21 years (up from 18); measures relating to fighting the opioid epidemic; and protecting NJ's environment. Less publicized was how he signed a bill giving protections to transgender students in pubic schools. [ more › ]

Police Say Four Men Robbed Cyclist After Impersonating ICE Agents


(image) Police are searching for four suspects who allegedly impersonated immigration officers in order to rob a man in East Williamsburg earlier this month. [ more › ]

Video: 'The Defenders' Prepare To Save NYC From Sigourney Weaver


(image) This week's Comic-Con brought with it a new trailer for The Defenders, Marvel's forthcoming crossover miniseries in which four distinct superheroes—Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter), Daredevil (Charlie Cox), Luke Cage (Mike Colter) and Iron Fist (Finn Jones)—band together to save New York, while totally wrecking the city's hallways. [ more › ]

Furious Crown Heights Residents Protest 'Bullet Hole' Bar: 'People Of Color Are Not Props'


Dozens of Crown Heights residents gathered Saturday afternoon outside Summerhill, a new self-described "boozy sandwich shop" on Nostrand Avenue, to protest owner Becca Brennan's decision to advertise a cocktail in front of a "bullet hole-ridden wall" and Forty Ounce Rosé in a recent press release. [ more › ]

Police Release New Surveillance Footage Of Suspect Linked To Four Attempted Rapes In Crown Heights


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'I'm Gonna Fight Him': Parkgoers Consider The Potentially Rabid Squirrel


(image) On Friday, city officials warned people going to Prospect Park that five people had been bitten by an aggressive, possibly rabid squirrel. While some people reacted with, "Oh great, one more thing to worry about. F---," one Crown Heights resident told the NY Post, "I would kick it and kill it." [ more › ]

Construction Worker Found Dead In Elevator Shaft Of Hell's Kitchen Building


(image) A construction worker was found dead inside the elevator shaft of a Hell's Kitchen high-rise on Sunday morning, police said. [ more › ]

Around 100 Hospitalized At Chance The Rapper's CT Concert


(image) Around one hundred people, many of them teenagers, were hospitalized for drinking too much during a concert headlined by Chance the Rapper in Connecticut Friday night. [ more › ]

Free Yourself From The Cord With These Cable Alternatives


(image) Want to cut the cord on your expensive cable provider, but don't want to miss your favorite shows? These amazing subscriptions offer you the convenience of streaming with the amount of choice you'd usually get with cable — meaning you don't have to pick and choose. Check out three of the hottest streaming subscriptions below: [ more › ]

Extra Extra: Finally, An Airline For Millennials


(image) Why Kyrie Irving wants out of Cleveland, Harrison Ford's big future plans, millennials get their own airline and more day's end 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 › ]

Man Successfully Robs One Queens Bank Minutes After Failing To Rob Nearby Bank


(image) A man who attempted to rob one bank in Forest Hills on Friday morning popped up at a bank around the corner minutes later and successfully stole money from that one. [ more › ]

Flushing Ave J Train Entrance Finally Reopens After Decades, But Don't Expect More From The MTA


(image) The Metropolitan Transportation Authority quietly reopened a long-closed entrance at a Brooklyn subway station earlier this month to handle crowding from the ongoing M train closure and the L train shutdown set for 2019. But riders shouldn’t expect more shuttered entrances to be revived anytime soon, and it’s because the MTA’s foot-dragging on elevators has embroiled it in a legal morass. [ more › ]

New Jersey Woman Gets Locked In Lower East Side Bar Overnight


(image) Talk about a bar rescue! Police had to break a woman out of a Lower East Side drinkery this morning after staff accidentally locked her inside overnight. [ more › ]

Expensive LI Tennis Courts Closed For Being Too Small


(image) A pair of tennis courts in a brand new $3.5 million Long Island park have been shuttered for being too small to actually play tennis on. [ more › ]

Sean Spicer On Melissa McCarthy's SNL Portrayal: 'A Lot Of It Was Over The Line'


In his first interview after resigning as the most beleaguered White House Press Secretary ever, Sean Spicer discussed what everyone wanted to know about (well, aside from how he stole a mini-fridge from junior White House employees): His true feelings about Melissa McCarthy's no holds barred portrayal of himself on Saturday Night Live [ more › ]

A Potentially Rabid Squirrel Is On The Loose In Prospect Park


(image) Nature continued its war on humankind this month, as the New York City Department of Health warned that a potentially rabid squirrel was reported to have been biting people in Prospect Park this month. [ more › ]

NYC Resident Dies From Papaya Salmonella Outbreak


(image) The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is investigating a multi-state salmonella outbreak—linked to Maradol papayas—that has hospitalized left a person dead in New York City. The CDC says that 12 people have been hospitalized and a total of 47 have been infected across 12 states. [ more › ]

Cyclist Killed By Garbage Truck Driver In Greenpoint Hit-And-Run


(image) A cyclist was killed in Greenpoint early this morning when he was struck by the driver of a garbage truck, who then kept driving, according to police. [ more › ]

Pulitzer Prize-Winning WSJ Writer Found Dead In Manhattan Apartment


(image) Joseph Rago, a Wall Street Journal opinion writer, has died at age 34. Rago's body was found in his Manhattan apartment on Thursday night. [ more › ]

Wine Lovers Need These Artisan Decanters


(image) Want to start pouring your evening glass of vino from something a little more special than the bottle? Check out this Eravino Wine Decanter. [ more › ]

Sea Plane Makes 'Hard Landing' In East River, Passengers Removed


(image) A sea plane that left East Hampton Airport ended up landing in the East River near 23rd Street on Friday afternoon. Seven people were removed from the plane. [ more › ]

Extra Extra: What Was The Grossest Place You Lived In Your 20s?


(image) R.I.P. ViceSports, R.I.P. 'The Walking Dead' comic book, Lana del Rey tried hexing Donald Trump and more day's end 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 › ]

In The 1960s, The NY Times Suggested Avocado Toast With Butter, Mayo & Cream Cheese


(image) Some early avocado toast recipes have been going around lately, thanks to a longread on the food trend that won't go away over at Bon Appetit. The article led to the discovery of a 1927 recipe from the San Francisco Chronicle, which featured the pretty boring ingredients of bread and lemon juice. We did some digging around the NY Times archives, and found the Paper of Record hit its own avocado toast stride in the 1960s, writing about the dish several times that decade. [ more › ]

Cop Who Tackled James Blake Rejects Plea Deal, Will Stand Trial


(image) The NYPD officer who tackled and wrongfully detained former tennis star James Blake in 2015 has rejected a plea deal that would have allowed him to avoid a public disciplinary hearing. As a result, Officer James Frascatore now faces a trial in September on charges of excessive force. [ more › ]

Eric Adams's Support Of Pfizer Site Development Contingent On More Affordable Housing


(image) Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams is pushing for changes to a proposed apartment development on a plot of land in South Williamsburg formerly owned by Pfizer, asking the City Council to reject zoning alterations on the land without more affordable housing in the planned apartment buildings. [ more › ]

Interview: Kyle Mooney Talks About Making The Leap From SNL To His First Feature Film


(image) After breaking out with their sketch comedy group Good Neighbor, Kyle Mooney and director/editor Dave McCray joined Saturday Night Live and helped create some of the most esoteric, pop culture-savvy parodies on the show in recent years. Anyone familiar with their work on SNL will recognize the same guiding hand behind their first feature film Brigsby Bear, the story of a boy (played by Mooney) who was abducted as a child then raised by kidnappers (Mark Hamill, Jane Adams) who created an elaborate children's show just for him. It's one part Room, one part Be Kind Rewind, and one part homage to painstakingly-crafted '80s children's TV shows. [ more › ]

Ice Cream Shop Sugar Hill Creamery Opening In Harlem Soon


(image) Some of the best things are born out of necessity, like a desire to take your children out for ice cream that isn't from a chain or a truck. That's what led husband and wife team Nicholas Larsen and Petrushka Bazin Larsen into the world of independent business ownership and to Sugar Hill Creamery, the ice cream parlor they'll open in Harlem on July 29th. [ more › ]

Join The 'Jollof Hackathon' This Weekend In DUMBO


(image) "Take an umami-rich tomato-based stew. Add just enough rice. Garnish at will." That's the description for Sunday's Jollof Festival, a celebration of the West African rice dish taking place at the 26 Bridge venue in DUMBO. Teams representing at least four countries are slated to participate in what's being dubbed the "Jollof Hackathon," whereby teams of a few people will present their rendition of the versatile dish. Tickets begin at $28. [ more › ]

Watch This Insane Trailer For The 9/11 Film Starring 9/11 Conspiracist Charlie Sheen


(image) A Japanese trailer for the action drama about 9/11, starring Charlie Sheen and Whoopi Goldberg, was released today, and hoo boy, it's really something. [ more › ]

Two Fancy New Terminals Landing At NYC Airports


(image) Major additions are coming to both LaGuardia Airport (America's nicest place to catch a flight) and JFK Airport. [ more › ]

PSA: Tickets For Yo La Tengo's Revived Hanukkah Shows Just Went On Sale


(image) To the delight of indie Jews and gentiles alike, Yo La Tengo announced earlier this week that they'll be bringing back their beloved Hanukkah shows for the first time in five years. The eights nights of fun run from December 12th through the 19th at Bowery Ballroom, and tickets went on sale at Friday at noon—i.e. Today Is The Day. [ more › ]

Elon Musk Claims His 'Verbal Gov't Approval' For NYC-DC Hyperloop Is At The 'Federal Level'


(image) Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk's Thursday morning Tweet about getting "verbal govt build an underground NY-Phil-Balt-DC Hyperloop. NY-DC in 29 mins" sent the Internet into a tizzy. The only thing: Local governments had no idea what he was talking about. [ more › ]

New Harlem Resident Declares War On Jingle-Happy Mister Softee Man


(image) A recent Harlem transplant is trying to silence the ice cream man who parks on her block and plays his truck's jingle in the evenings, and some of her neighbors could not be rolling their eyes harder about it. [ more › ]

Early Addition: Can The President Pardon Himself?


(image) We're on the brink of an 'authoritarian crisis,' but take an ice cream tour of downtown Manhattan anyway, and much 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 › ]

New Jersey Baby Miraculously 'Fine' After Fall From Third-Story Balcony


(image) A New Jersey toddler survived a fall from a three-story balcony earlier this week, and is "doing fine" following his release from the hospital, according to officials. [ more › ]

Forecast: Today Might Be The Hottest Day Of The Year In NYC


(image) Yesterday's high was 94 degrees in Central Park, the tenth day of the year in which the temperature reached at least 90, and tying it with June 13th as the hottest day of the year. Ten 90-degree days through yesterday is close to the long-term average. [ more › ]