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Trump On AHCA Fail: 'The Losers Are Nancy Pelosi And Chuck Schumer'


(image) Hours after White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer promised that the House of Representatives would on the Republicans' American Health Care Act, the House Republicans ended up canceling their attempt to repeal Obamacare. House Speaker Paul Ryan said, "I spoke to the president a little while ago and I told him the best thing I think to do was to pull this bill and he agreed with that. I will not sugar coat this, this is a disappointing day for us. Doing big things is hard." [ more › ]

What To Eat At Citi Field This Year


It used to be that a trip to the ballpark meant a hot dog, a big plastic cup of expensive beer and maybe a bag of peanuts (for earners). Now, it's Saffron Risotto Balls and Angus Ribeye Cheesesteaks or GTFO. [ more › ]

UPDATE: MTA Cancels 29 Friday Rush Hour LIRR Trains Out Of Penn Station


(image) [UPDATE BELOW] Penn Station, typically THE Friday evening destination for hip New Yorkers in-the-know, may not be the place to be tonight, at least between the hours of 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Due to this morning's Amtrak train derailment, the MTA is advising commuters who rely on the Long Island Railroad "to leave New York City before 4 p.m. today, or delay departure from the city until after 8 p.m." As an alternative to this, the MTA suggests trying your luck at Brooklyn's Atlantic Terminal. They have a lovely Starbucks on the street level. [ more › ]

Queens Man Allegedly Threw Ex-Girlfriend's Pet Pug Off 7th Floor Balcony


(image) A Queens man was charged with throwing his ex-girlfriend's pet pug off a balcony and killing it. The former couple were reportedly arguing over who would care for the dog at the time. [ more › ]

Here Are 5 Good Things That Happened This Week While You Were Staring Into The Abyss


(image) This week was "good" because I decided not to look at you-know-who's Twitter feed. Don't tell me what he did! LalalalalaLALALAAAA here are five good things that happened this week when absolutely nothing awful was being done to, say, healthcare, by, say, old white men who don't think lady folk need mammograms. [ more › ]

Get Ready For Changes To The 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, A, C, D, F, J, M, N, R, S & W Trains This Weekend


(image) Did you know that pigeons can both do math and tell people apart? One day they will succeed in sucking the lives from our bodies and start their own Pigeon Utopia. Stale soft pretzels for everyone! [ more › ]

'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel' Brings Us To 1950s NYC & The Legendary Gaslight Cafe


(image) This week Amazon kicked off their new pilot season, offering one episode each for new shows they'll potentially pick up for their original programming. One of the more intriguing offerings is a new series from Amy Sherman-Palladino, creator of Gilmore Girls. [ more › ]

City Employee Resigned After Leaking Records Of Cop Who Killed Eric Garner


(image) The Civilian Complaint Review Board has confirmed that the leaked disciplinary records of the police officer who put a Staten Island man in a fatal chokehold were authentic. The records showed that Officer Daniel Pantaleo had seven pending complaints against him before his fatal arrest of Eric Garner in July 2014. [ more › ]

Early Addition: Trump's Treasury Secretary Raves About Trump's Genetic Superiority


(image) Because King Kendrick is back, check out today's mid-day links: Migos on Fallon, Pizzagate 'publicity whore,' movie trailer sounds, Patton Oswalt does Huckabee jokes, nature is evil, crowdsourced portrait of NYC, and puppy love Great Dane. 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 › ]

Mad Men & Twin Peaks-Inspired Cocktail Bar 'The Lately' Opens Tonight In Chelsea


Imagine Don Draper downing cocktails in a rural Washington state cabin and you'll have a pretty good idea of the vibe at The Lately, LDV Hospitality and Den Hospitality's newest venture that opens tonight in Chelsea. Said originally to have been inspired by Mad Men and Twin Peaks, the large bi-level bar goes for an "upstate cabin of yore" vibe that's the perfect setting for a murder palpable without being overly twee. Plus: mallards. Did Agent Cooper grow up to be Trey MacDougal? Yes. [ more › ]

Pearl Paint Is Reborn! As Expensive Luxury Apartments :(


Bruce Springsteen once sang, "Everything dies baby, that's a fact—but maybe everything that dies someday comes back to life as luxury housing." And so it goes for the former site of Pearl Paint, the beloved art supply store on Canal Street that closed down in 2014. According to Curbed, the old store has now been converted into four apartments going for over $16,000/month each. [ more › ]

Consider The Struggle Of A NYC Family Trying To Get By On $500K Per Year


(image) You there, poor person! Have you been agonizing over choices like how many meals you're going to eat today or whether walking in the bitter cold is a better financial option than taking the subway? Well, here's an opportunity to count your blessings, because I'm here to tell you who really has nothing in this cold, unforgiving world: a couple living in New York City who makes $500,000 per year. [ more › ]

Transphobic Bus Vandalized In Midtown On First Stop Of Hate Tour


(image) A trio of transgender rights supporters vandalized the heck out of a bus bearing anti-trans messages in Midtown on Thursday afternoon. The bus, an elaborate and well-funded trolling effort by conservatives bearing messages suggesting that transgender people don't and/or shouldn't be allowed to exist, was parked near the United Nations as the first stop on an anti-trans tour of the East Coast. [ more › ]

De Blasio's ASL Translator Has Starring Role In Future Islands' New Music Video


(image) Back in the Bloombergian era, American Sign Language translator Lydia Callis skyrocketed to local stardom thanks to her high-profile work during the Mayor's Hurricane Sandy press conferences. Though Callis's celebrity status has since gone the way of Ivy St. Ive and the Bronx cobra, a new mayoral ASL translator's star is on the rise: Jonathan Lamberton, who signs for de Blasio, has a starring role in Future Islands' new lyric video. [ more › ]

NYC Expands Composting Program To More Neighborhoods In Brooklyn, Bronx & Queens


NYC's Department of Sanitation is moving its curbside composting program into dozens more neighborhoods, like Williamsburg and Long Island City, in order to reach 3.3 million residents by the end of 2017. City Council Member Peter Koo, who represents Flushing, was among those who welcomed the news, saying, "An ineffective waste management undermines the sustainable development of our city. Through the NYC Organics Collection pilot program, DSNY helps to keep nutrients in the community, produce renewable energy, and most importantly, raise public awareness about reducing greenhouse gas emission." [ more › ]

Manhattan DA Asked To Prosecute Fatal Midtown Stabbing As Terrorism


(image) Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and the Anti-Defamation League are rallying this morning at the corner of East 36th Street and Ninth Avenue, where 66-year-old Timothy Caughman was fatally stabbed late Monday night. Caughman's alleged killer was a white man with a stated hatred of black men—a domestic terrorist, Adams argues. [ more › ]

This Weekend Is All About Waffles & Whiskey


(image) People are doing wild things with waffle irons these days and wouldn't you know it this Saturday is International Waffle Day. One off-beat suggestion is to head to The Flying Cock in Murray Hill to gorge on their Breakfast Waffle Sandwich ($14) stuffed with bacon, eggs, cheese and avocado with an optional maple syrup topping. [ more › ]

Video: Seth Meyers Blasts GOP's 'Insane, Cruel And Reckless' Effort To Repeal Obamacare


(image) "The last 24 hours in politics have been truly mind-boggling. You've got the president doubling down on his false wiretapping claim, Republicans scrambling to cobble together a healthcare bill before anyone even knows what's in it, and new reports that Trump associates may have coordinated with Russia," Seth Meyers said last night as he set the stage for his latest installment of "A Closer Look." "If you feel overwhelmed by the constant drumbeat of scandal with this administration, you're not alone: just check out Senator John McCain's face...congratulations Senator. You may not know what an emoji is, but you just became one." [ more › ]

Amtrak Train Derails, Collides With NJ Transit Train At Penn Station


(image) An Amtrak train derailed as it left Penn Station this morning and appears to have collided with a New Jersey Transit train when it came off the tracks, according to witnesses on the scene. New Jersey Transit service is suspended in and out of Penn Station as the train gets cleared off the track. [ more › ]

We Spoke With The Producer Of Planet Earth's Stunning 'Cities' Finale, Airing Saturday


(image) The series needs no endorsement—if mind-boggling nature footage narrated by David Attenborough and set to a Hans Zimmer score isn't your bag, what is?—but it's worth pointing out that this final episode is especially perfect. It features urban leopards in Mumbai, langur monkeys vaulting across rooftops in India, and peregrine falcons plunging into the Hudson River, the footage of which offers a view of New York unlike anything you've ever seen. Later on in the episode, Sir Attenborough appears on screen (another first for the series) and when he speaks into the camera, you feel as though the 90-year-old British naturalist is delivering the sum total of human knowledge right into your soul. It is a very good piece of television, is my point. [ more › ]

Brad Lander Rips 'Outrageous & Dangerous' Proposal To Raise Speed Limit On Ocean Parkway


(image) Felder is one of a coterie of southern Brooklyn politicians who have long chafed at road safety measures, and who have grown in volume in response to the traffic-calming road redesigns and driver regulations of Mayor de Blasio's Vision Zero initiative. In November 2014, the city reduced the default speed limit to 25 miles per hour as part of the campaign. In 2015, the Department of Transportation's Pedestrian Safety Action plan identified Ocean Parkway, which runs from Kensington to Brighton Beach, as a priority corridor, to be considered for redesigns, new signage, and changed signal timing. With 8 pedestrian deaths and 64 pedestrians seriously injured from 2009-2013, the road ranked as the fourth most dangerous for people on foot in Brooklyn. [ more › ]

Revisit Quentin Tarantino's First Masterpiece 'Reservoir Dogs' At Tribeca Film Festival


(image) Reservoir Dogs—the nervy debut from devilish auteur Quentin Tarantino with a first-rate cast of Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Chris Penn, Steve Buscemi, Lawrence Tierney, and Edward Bunker—is back in a big way. For one night only, Reservoir Dogs will come to the Beacon Theater for its silver anniversary screening—using Tarantino’s own 35mm print from his personal archive! [ more › ]

Extra, Extra: Trump Pretends To Drive A Big Rig Like A Big Boy!


(image) Check out today's end-of-day links: new Gorillaz, the rise of the Hard Left, whither the smart gun, Herzog on Trump, new Martin McDonagh movie trailer, first look at 'Twin Peaks' revival, and cat in a dapper hat. 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 › ]

Longtime East Village Vegan Spot Angelica Kitchen Will Close After 40 Years


(image) At a time when veganism seems to be reaching the saturation point, we're faced with sad news about East Village stalwart and "before it was cool" vegan spot Angelica Kitchen, which will close in early April. The restaurant's last service will be April 7th, ending a 40-year run, first on St. Marks Place, followed by its current home on East 12th Street. [ more › ]

De Blasio Ends Press Conference After Press Asks 'Off-Topic' Questions


(image) Mayor de Blasio held a press conference today in which he continued to pressure the New York State legislature to pass a mansion tax, or a tax on apartment sales above 2.5 million dollars. De Blasio used 432 Park Avenue, the city's tallest residential building and home to a number of multi-million dollar sales, as an example of a building whose home sales could have benefitted subsidized rent for senior citizens. The press conference...did not go well. [ more › ]

Dirty Projectors, Miguel & More To Play Northside Festival 2017


(image) It's still freezing outside, but summer is right around the corner if you squint hard enough. And nothing screams summertime like summer music festival season: Northside Festival has announced their initial lineup for this year's festivities, which includes headlining performances from the likes of Dirty Projectors, Miguel, Kamasi Washington, and Thursday. [ more › ]

Man Charged In Fatal Midtown Stabbing Was 'Angered By Black Men Mixing With White Women'


(image) James Harris Jackson, a 28-year-old Maryland man and admitted white supremacist, was charged with murder in the second degree as a hate crime on Thursday afternoon, for allegedly stabbing 66-year-old Timothy Caughman, a black man, to death: a killing prosecutor Joan Illuzzi-Orbon described as "most likely an act of terrorism." [ more › ]

Here's The First Harrowing Trailer For Hulu's 'The Handmaid's Tale'


(image) Hulu has released its first full trailer for its upcoming miniseries adaptation of The Handmaid's Tale, and considering our current political state of affairs, it's a little tough to watch. Still, it looks like star Elizabeth Moss is set to give a haunting performance as heroine Offred: [ more › ]

Shake Shack Is Doing Delivery This Weekend Only


(image) Since first launching in 2012, Caviar has begun to soften Seamless's vice-like grip on our dinner delivery addiction by partnering with restaurants that wouldn't ordinarily opt for delivery, making things like super hyped pizza and star chef dishes available pretty much anywhere. This weekend, add Danny Meyer's name to that list, as Shake Shack will be testing out delivery at eight NYC locations, Friday through Sunday only. [ more › ]

The 14 Best Cookies In NYC


(image) In the realm of desserts, the hierarchy is clear. Ice Cream > Cookies > Flan > Pie > Fancy Stuff > Cake. [Ed. note: flan is bad.] Bonus points to cookies, though, for being the only one you can carry around in your bag all day and it's still delicious when you break it out at the movies that night! Plus you're never too far from that sweet, chewy (or crisp!) satisfaction: there are a lot of excellent bakers in New York City, making a lot of excellent cookies. These, however, in no particular order, are the absolute best. [ more › ]

Twin Baby Girls Found Dead in NJ Apartment


(image) Two infant twin girls were found dead inside their family's apartment in southern New Jersey on Wednesday, after their mother called 911 to report the twins had turned "purple." [ more › ]

Early Addition: Trump Taunts World With 'I'm President & You're Not'


(image) Because Bob Dylan loves watching 'I Love Lucy' reruns, check out today's mid-day links: Seth Meyers takes closer look at FBI investigation, Renner's Goop, Trump channels Chevy Chase, Trevor Noah defends Tomi Lahren, and giant puppy doesn't get stairs. 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 › ]

UPDATE: House Health Care Vote Postponed... For Now


(image) [Update below] It's health care vote day on Capitol Hill, as House Republicans are set to vote on the American Health Care Act, their much better replacement for the Affordable Care Act (you see, AHCA has an "H" in it whereas the ACA has no "H"). Apart from making Paul Ryan's very strange late 20s kegger dreams come true, what will the bill mean for you? [ more › ]

Video: Samantha Bee Has The Perfect Metaphor For Trump's Budget


(image) Donald Trump had another spectacular week as president in which everything went something we could say if we lived in an alternative universe. In the real universe in which we currently reside, Trump had another awful week in which pols from both sides of the aisle pushed back against his healthcare plan. Samantha Bee pointed out that the only thing more disastrous than Trumpcare is Trump's budget: "Distilling Trump's spittle-flecked campaign jeremiads and incoherent revenge fantasies into policy isn't an exact science, and if it were an exact science, this budget would defund it," she said. [ more › ]

How Arts Advocates Are Mobilizing Against Trump's Proposed NEA Cuts


(image) The fight to protect public arts funding began in earnest on Tuesday, as over 700 arts advocates from across the country descended on Capitol Hill for the 30th annual Arts Advocacy Day. Their purpose, unchanged for the past three decades, was to convince lawmakers of "the importance of developing strong public policies and appropriating increased public funding for the arts." But their mood, just days after Donald Trump's first federal budget proposal promised to gut funding for the National Endowment of the Arts, was one of renewed urgency. [ more › ]

Spa Castle Owners Indicted For Tax Fraud


(image) The owners of Queens spa facility Spa Castle have been indicted by the NY Attorney General's office for allegedly failing to pay over $1.5 million in taxes. [ more › ]

Sip Themed Cocktails At A New 'Silent' Cinema Series Screening Art-Inspired Films


After the pioneers at Nitehawk Cinema lobbied and won for the right to booze in a cinema, the city has welcomed lots of new ways to get a load on while watching a film. Governor Cuomo even wants to make it the norm for first run movie theaters across the state. And the Upper West Side might have lost that Alamo Drafthouse, but now they've got a much smaller approximation of the real deal with a new film screening and paired cocktail series at the NYLO Hotel on Broadway. [ more › ]

Body Found On Crown Heights Sidewalk Wrapped In Bed Sheet


(image) Police say they recovered a dead woman wrapped in a bed sheet on a Crown Heights sidewalk early Thursday morning. [ more › ]

Photos, Video: At The Drive In Sets Off A Psych-Punk Explosion At Terminal 5


At The Drive In's long-awaited return to New York City has been a tale of reunions and rescheduling, but last night at Terminal 5 the psych-punk quintet let bygones be bygones. The band stormed through a setlist mainly sourced from their 2000 indie masterpiece Relationship of Command, hitting classics like "Cosmonaut," "Arc Arsenal" and "One Armed Scissor," along with brand new singles "Incurably Innocent" and "Governed by Contaigons." Between guitarist Omar Rodriguez-Lopez's mindfuck solos and frontman Cedric Bixler-Zavala's high-jump acrobatics, Wednesday night's show proved the punk band that launched a thousand math rock demo tapes has plenty left in the tank despite breaking up in 2001, and then again in 2012. [ more › ]

5 Ways To Spring Clean Like A Real Adult, On A Budget


(image) Whether your bedroom could use a revamp or you need to prep your patio for some backyard barbecues, now's the perfect time to pick up a few home goods that'll have you feeling all warm and summery inside. [ more › ]