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Here's What's Coming And Going From Netflix In September


(image) September is, somehow, very nearly here, and with the arrival of my birthday month comes both a crushing fear of new wrinkles and a bunch of new streaming options on Netflix. Like, for instance, the standout 2009 film Hotel For Dogs, whose cast is comprised nearly entirely by Very Good Dogs; four different Jaws movies, including the OG Jaws and Jaws: The Revenge; and Mulan, which is the best Disney movie of all time, don't @ me. Netfix is also gifting us with the third season of Narcos and the fourth season of Bojack Horseman, which you must watch IMMEDIATELY if you have not yet seen it. IMMEDIATELY. Like, RIGHT NOW. I'll wait. [ more › ]

Photos: Thousands Of People Dressed In White Filled Lincoln Center For Dîner En Blanc 2017


Massive group picnic Dîner en Blanc took over the outdoor plaza at Lincoln Center Tuesday evening, filling the space with rosé-swilling New Yorkers dressed head-to-toe in white. It's the second time organizers have put on the party at Lincoln Center, but the mood wasn't dampened by the repeat location, though attendees noted that security was tighter than recent years, with a larger NYPD presence and even a handful of K-9 units. [ more › ]

De Blasio Won't Say If Ulysses S. Grant Statue Is A Hate Symbol


(image) Mayor Bill de Blasio continues to be dogged by questions of where to draw the line when it comes to his new 90-day review of "hate symbols" in New York City. Speaking Tuesday, the mayor was at a loss when asked what would happen to public depictions of former U.S. President Ulysses S Grant and forgotten-by-all-but-the-nerdiest-local-historians New York Governor Horatio Seymour. [ more › ]

Gothamist Call For Fall Interns


(image) We're looking for a couple of enthusiastic interns to join us in our Manhattan office two or three days a week this fall. [ more › ]

Copenhagen Police Say NYC Reporter's Headless Torso Was Weighed Down With Metal To 'Make It Sink'


(image) Copenhagen Police confirmed Wednesday that a headless body found off the Eastern coast of Denmark is a DNA match with Kim Wall, a missing freelance journalist and recent Columbia graduate last seen on August 10th boarding a submarine alongside Danish inventor Peter Madsen. [ more › ]

Woman Pushed Onto F Train Tracks At 2nd Avenue In 'Unprovoked' Attack


(image) A 49-year-old woman was standing on the Second Avenue F train platform in lower Manhattan Tuesday night when an unknown man shoved her onto the subway tracks without provocation, according to the NYPD. [ more › ]

Two Stalled Trains + Sick Passenger = Morning Commute Problems On A, B, C, D, F, N, Q And R Trains


(image) If some of your work colleagues arrive drenched in sweat, it might be due to the fact that the A, B, C, D, F, N, Q and R trains were all delayed. But for different reasons! [ more › ]

NJ Transit Train With No Passengers Derails At Penn Station


(image) A NJ Transit train with only a conductor on board derailed at Penn Station today before the morning rush. [ more › ]

Break Into Coding For Less Than $20 With One of These Web Development Courses


(image) Programming has gotten a little more complex since we were all making profiles on MySpace. (Can't say we miss the drama of choosing our Top 8, though.) Not all of us have gone on to code for a living, but that doesn't mean you still can't hone your web or app development skills for use in your professional or personal life. Enter: Three hands-on web, Android, and Apple developer courses from renowned instructor Rob Percival. [ more › ]

The Future Of Food Will Arrive In Williamsburg This September


(image) Taste Talks is back at the Williamsburg waterfront September 8-10. They're celebrating food during three jam-packed days of events including parties, dinners, panels and tastings. Check out some highlights below! [ more › ]

Thousands Of Hungry People In White Are Flooding Lincoln Center Tonight For Diner En Blanc


(image) Elaborate all-white picnic Dîner en Blanc is HERE. Thousands of very dedicated and well-heeled gourmands are currently swarming towards Lincoln Center so they can hurriedly set up the tables, chairs, food spreads and bird cages (with birds!) they've (probably) been carting around on the subway to-and-from work today. Maybe that's what that duck-on-a-leash was about? [ more › ]

Extra, Extra: Do You Agree With BBC's List Of The Top 100 Comedies Of All Time?


(image) Because you want to argue about the BBC's picks for best comedies ever, check out today's end-of-day links: 101 NYC facts, Village Voice stops print edition, Breitbart editor pledges to do Bannon's 'dirty work,' fake polls, exploiting social justice for clicks, and Chihuahua shows bulldog who's boss. 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 › ]

Feds Will Not Pursue Investigation Into Fatal NYPD Shooting Of Harlem Man


(image) Federal prosecutors will not pursue a case against the NYPD officers who shot and killed 28-year-old Mohamed Bah in Harlem in 2012, according to a release from the U.S. Attorney's office. [ more › ]

Here's Your Chance To Score A $613/Month Studio At Hudson Yards


(image) Rents are going nowhere but up and wages aren't really going anywhere at all, so obviously this is as good a time as ever to play the housing lottery. Yes, even though I've argued many times that they should really call it the jack squattery since that's all I've ever won from it, I'd recommend you try to snag one of affordable apartments now available at 555Ten at Hudson Yards. [ more › ]

NYers Rally For Mother Taking Sanctuary From Deportation In Washington Heights Church


(image) Last week, 33-year-old Amanda Morales Guerra sought sanctuary from federal immigration agents in a Washington Heights church with her three young children. "I am scared, but at the same time I feel safe here," she told reporters at Holyrood Episcopal on West 179th Street, her home for the foreseeable future. [ more › ]

Jerry Seinfeld Diving Into His Archives For New Netflix Special


(image) Netflix has been spending lavishly on comedy specials in recent years, with big performers such as Dave Chappelle, Chris Rock, Amy Schumer, Tracy Morgan, Sarah Silverman and Louis C.K. producing original material for them. Jerry Seinfeld was also among that illustrious group, signing a big deal with Netflix last January that included two stand-up specials and 24 new episodes of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. Now, Netflix has announced that his first special, Jerry Before Seinfeld, will be released on September 19th. [ more › ]

Quacky Video: A Duck On A Leash On A G Train


(image) A captive duck graced the G train Monday evening, though unlike previous subway ducks, this one was neither lost nor on the clock. Rather, this was a leashed duck, who did not seem particularly jazzed about his commute to Broadway. [ more › ]

Mad. Sq. Eats Teases Sweet Collaboration For Fall 2017 Season


(image) Summer is dead; long live summer. If the eau de pumpkin spice scent burning a hole in your nasal passages at your local Starbucks didn't clue you in: fall is coming and, all too soon—like, WAY, WAY TOO SOON, winter. Before you settle into your Slanket for the season, note that there are still some outdoor markets heading our way, including Mad. Sq. Eats, the bi-annual market adjacent to Madison Square Park, opening on Saturday, September 2nd. [ more › ]

Video: Behind-The-Scenes Of The 'Game Of Thrones' White Walker Battle


(image) This past week's penultimate episode of the penultimate season of Game Of Thrones had everything: zombie polar bears, flaming swords, Viserion being drafted into the skeleton army, ridiculously murky timelines, sexy incestuous hand holding, Gendry breaking the world record for fastest human being in Westeros, and Tormund professing his desire to make babies with Brienne. HBO has now released a behind-the-scenes video of how they turned those green screens into wight screams. [ more › ]

Gothamist Call For Fall Interns


(image) We're looking for a couple of enthusiastic interns to join us in our Manhattan office two or three days a week this fall. Responsibilities vary widely, but we do require people to be available in person at least two full days out of the week, possibly including a weekend day working from home or on assignment. Bloggers, journalism students, photographers, autodidacts, and anyone with a passion for NYC and an interest in writing about it are encouraged to apply. [ more › ]

NASA Just Released Absolutely Amazing Eclipse Photos Taken From Space


The Great American Eclipse is behind us now, with only memories of midday office escapes and about one billion photos to scroll through on social media to remember it by. For most glasses-wearing terrestrials, adequately capturing the phenomenon as it happened was nearly impossible (capturing New Yorkers enjoying the event, on the other hand, was not). [ more › ]

One Of The Last Tool & Die Shops In Manhattan Has Closed


(image) By Sophie Butcher & Martin Diegelman [ more › ]

De Blasio Puts Congestion Pricing In Slow Zone


(image) Mayor Bill de Blasio came out wholeheartedly against congestion pricing in remarks to reporters on Monday, suggesting that his idea for a tax on high earners in the city was a better and more fair way to fund the MTA in its moment of need. [ more › ]

Early Addition: Tucker Carlson Becomes His Own Twitter Parody


(image) 'Blue racism' is not a thing, the Mets made Steven Matz pitch hurt, Tucker Carlson became an exact parody of himself and more midday 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 › ]

Did You Damage Your Vision During The Eclipse?


(image) Monday's historic solar eclipse was a wonderful gift, a chance to experience something real, to come together with friends and strangers, to bask in our mortal humility. Hopefully you took it all in under the safety of special eclipse-viewing glasses, but if you did what the President did, and stared directly at the damn thing, you may be wondering if today is your last day of perfect vision. [ more › ]

Construction Worker Discovers Human Remains Near Brooklyn Psychiatric Hospital


(image) A construction worker discovered human remains while repairing a sewer system near the campus of an East Flatbush psychiatric hospital Monday afternoon, according to the NYPD. [ more › ]

Heat Advisory Is Now In Effect For NYC


(image) It's been a fairly mild summer, minus a few scorchers, but though I have already started dreaming of sweaters, we're not out of the very hot and muggy woods just yet. Today's high will be about 90 degrees with 80 percent humidity, creating an atmosphere so sweaty the National Weather Service has issued a HEAT ADVISORY, in effect from noon until 6 p.m. today. [ more › ]

City Council Speaker Suggests Christopher Columbus Statue Is A Hate Symbol


(image) Less than a week after Mayor de Blasio called for the review and removal of potential "hate symbols" across New York City, the namesake statue of one of Manhattan's busiest intersections has been called into question. On Monday, City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito questioned the merits of the Christopher Columbus statue that overlooks Columbus Circle. In her remarks, the speaker acknowledged that, for many, Columbus is seen as a murderous colonizer responsible for the prolonged oppression and killing of Native Americans. [ more › ]

Danish Inventor Allegedly Admits To Dumping Body Of NYC Journalist, Headless Torso Found Nearby


(image) The Danish inventor suspected of deliberately sinking a home-built submarine and killing freelance journalist and recent Columbia University graduate Kim Wall has allegedly told authorities that he dumped Wall's body overboard after she died in an accident, Danish police revealed Monday. [ more › ]

Video: Panic & 'So Much Blood' On Cape Cod Beach As Brooklyn Teens Flee Shark Attack


(image) There were nine reported shark sightings on Cape Cod beaches yesterday, with the most harrowing by far occurring at Nauset beach, which stretches between the towns of Orleans and Chatham. Around 1:30 p.m., beachgoers spotted a dorsal fin in the water, followed by what one witness described as "blood everywhere." Fortunately, it was the blood of an unfortunate seal, not a human, but the source of all that blood was not immediately clear. Here's video of the panicked scene: [ more › ]

Video: Astonished Queens Fishermen Catch Sea Turtle In The East River


(image) A fisherman in Queens reeled in an unexpected catch from the East River yesterday: A sea turtle. [ more › ]

More Outlet Malls Could Come To NYC After AG's Settlement With Woodbury Commons Operator


(image) The operator of the Woodbury Commons has essentially held a monopoly on outlet mall development, preventing outlet stores from opening additional locations within a 60-mile radius of the flagship, NY Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said. [ more › ]

Why You Can't Rely On Your Local Hard Drive


(image) Sure, you might have trusted your handy local hard drive all these years, but you're one virus, bad power supply, or corrupted operating system away from losing all your precious files. This Zoolz Cloud Storage: 2TB Lifetime Subscription is a much more trustworthy option to preserve your data. [ more › ]

Photos: Thousands Flock To Central Park For Solar Eclipse


While most New Yorkers could simply step outside and see the Great American Eclipse from rooftops or sidewalks, thousands headed to Central Park seeking a little more space to spread out and enjoy the celestial event. "The Sheep Meadow is our favorite place," Talia Barrington explained. [ more › ]

Extra, Extra: Did You Squeeze In Any Eclipse Sex?


(image) Because you are into eclipse sexting, check out today's end-of-day links: John Oliver on nuclear waste, James Murphy on new LCD Soundsystem, trying to understand Dylann Roof, Joss Whedon fansite shuts down, and dog advertises for restaurant. 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 › ]

Photos: Times Square Was Packed With Eclipse Watchers


Times Square really did become a sort of Crossroads of the World this afternoon, as hundreds of tourists and area workers piled into the streets and pedestrian plazas to watch the Great American Eclipse. Some folks were armed with special glasses, welding goggles, and homemade pinhole cameras, while others simply put on regular sunglasses, sat on the steps by the TKTS booth and hoped for the best. [ more › ]

Activism In NYC This Week: Rally For Right To Know, Charlottesville Solidarity, And More


(image) From rallies for local police reform to protests against white nationalists, here's a roundup of some of the most notable opportunities for activism in NYC this week. As always, feel free to leave anything we've missed in the comments. [ more › ]

Photos: NYC Reacts To The Great American Eclipse


New York City came to a partial halt on Monday afternoon as New Yorkers grabbed their special cardboard sunglasses and momentarily turned their gaze from their navels to the skies for the first total American eclipse in almost a century. [ more › ]

Despite Promises, NYPD Still Arrests Tens Of Thousands For Low-Level Marijuana Possession


(image) Despite Mayor Bill de Blasio's repeated promises to end arrests for low-level marijuana possession, the NYPD is on track to arrest tens of thousands of pot-smoking New Yorkers this year, with enforcement once again overwhelmingly centered on minority communities. [ more › ]