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They Met Through Networking App Shapr

2017-04-27T00:00:00-05:00

(image) Dating apps always have beautiful stories that lead to pretty engagement photos and cheaper rent. This time with Shapr, there’s no “they got married and moved in” but rather their careers took off using this app. Shapr is a networking app that helps you connect with nearby professionals who share your interests. We spoke with Olakunle Oladehin and Akash Ghai, two Shapr users based in New York who share how the app has made an impact in their professional lives. [ more › ]



Extra, Extra: Clickhole Teams Up With George Saunders For Haunting Mousetrap Video

2017-04-26T17:27:00-05:00

(image) Because you've never tried to sneak into Canada via air mattress, check out today's end-of-day links: Clickhole teams with George Saunders, David Byrne pays tribute to Jonathan Demme, Silk Road book excerpt, ESPN layoffs, and a dachshund takes a horse for a walk. 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 › ]



Students Sue Fordham Over School's Refusal To Recognize Pro-Palestine Club

2017-04-26T17:10:00-05:00

(image) A new lawsuit accuses Fordham University administrators of unfairly blocking recognition for a pro-Palestinian student organization on campus. In announcing the lawsuit, students represented by the Center for Constitutional Rights and Palestine Legal say the Fordham administration committed "viewpoint discrimination" in refusing to give recognition to a branch of Students for Justice in Palestine on campus. [ more › ]



Jonathan Demme, Oscar-Winning Filmmaker, Dies At 73

2017-04-26T16:24:00-05:00

(image) Jonathan Demme, whose films spanned the Oscar-winning blockbuster Silence of the Lambs and the seminal concert film Stop Making Sense, died on Wednesday. He was 73. [ more › ]



Nur Makes The Case For Gefilte Fish (And The Bread Is Awesome, Too)

2017-04-26T15:44:00-05:00

"I am very skeptical of real gefilte fish, since fish should never have the same consistency as a sponge," Rebecca Fishbein, Gothamist's newly-minted taste tester, said after sampling a new dish from forthcoming restaurant Nur. "But this 'gefilte shrimp' concoction is more like the inside of a shrimp dumpling than suspicious fish sponge, and it is quite good." Topped with orbs of dashi gelee, with fuschia chrain—a horseradish condiment with beets—and pickled vegetables, this isn't quite the same as your grandmother's seder version of the polarizing dish. [ more › ]



Disabled NYers File Class Action Lawsuit Against MTA Over Inaccessible Subway Stations

2017-04-26T15:10:00-05:00

(image) Calling the New York City subway system "the least accessible in the country," disability advocates announced that they filed two class action lawsuits against the MTA for "excluding people with disabilities." One lawsuit against the agency, filed in state court, claims a huge majority of the system's stations are inaccessible to people who can't use stairs. The other, filed in federal court, accuses the MTA of negligence in maintaining the elevators that the system does have. [ more › ]



Grab Both Poke & Pocky At New Fast Casual Fishery RAW MKT

2017-04-26T14:35:00-05:00

Newly-opened RAW MKT on East 8th Street ticks off quite a few boxes in current NYC dining trends: chef-driven "fancy" fast casual, restaurants masquerading as grocery stores, and Hawaiian food. Cafe-type dining spots have proliferated in the NYU-adjacent stretch—chains like Cosi, Maoz, Subway and Chipotle have found great success there—so are freshmen ready for some fresh fish? [ more › ]



Met Museum May Start Charging Tourists Admission

2017-04-26T14:15:00-05:00

(image) The Metropolitan Museum of Art is considering charging admission to visitors from outside of New York in hopes of alleviating a significant budget deficit. Though the Met famously boasts a "suggested admission" thanks to an agreement with the city, the Times reports museum officials are trying to get the city to alter that deal to close the gap on the approximately $15 million deficit. [ more › ]



8-Year-Old Found Walking Alone On J Tracks In Brooklyn

2017-04-26T13:50:00-05:00

(image) An eight-year-old boy was spotted walking alone on the J tracks in Brooklyn yesterday, according to police. He was reported missing from his Bedford-Stuyvesant charter school before a good Samaritan found him. [ more › ]



Behind-The-Scenes Videos Show How The 'Saturday Night Live' Sausage Gets Made

2017-04-26T13:35:00-05:00

(image) As most fans know, Saturday Night Live has just a one week turnaround for new episodes. The cast and crew need to write sketches, build sets, come up with musical cues, develop visual effects, and create promos in an incredibly tight amount of time. It's truly remarkable, especially if you get to go to a taping and see all of that come together in real time on live television. [ more › ]



Early Addition: Anthony Bourdain's Tips For Tranquil Air Travel

2017-04-26T13:22:00-05:00

(image) Trump's Coke button, Facebook's existential crisis, Ann Coulter's Berkeley blues, and much more in our 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 › ]



Fox News Executives Accused Of 'Indefensible, Systemic Race Discrimination' In New Lawsuits

2017-04-26T12:55:00-05:00

(image) Allegations of a toxic workplace culture at Fox News continue to mount this month with the filing of a new racial discrimination lawsuit. Brought by eleven current and former employees of the cable news network, the lawsuit follows numerous sexual harassment charges and the ouster of superstar host/airport bookstore novelist Bill O'Reilly. [ more › ]



Chipotle's Payment System May Have Been Hacked

2017-04-26T12:35:00-05:00

(image) Chipotle says it has "detected unauthorized activity" on the system that processes payments, which could mean that customer data has been exposed to hackers. All of this after over a year of dealing with a food safety crisis...(and that whole cocaine thing). We now take you live to Chipotle's board room: [ more › ]



Rent-Stabilized Tenants Face Likely Rent Hike After Two Year Freeze

2017-04-26T12:15:00-05:00

(image) The Rent Guidelines Board [RGB], a nine-member body that votes annually on rent increases for close to one million rent-stabilized apartments across the city, recommended increases for one and two year leases on Tuesday, kicking off months of negotiations after two consecutive years of rent freezes. [ more › ]



Woman Injured By Falling Hammock In Tribeca

2017-04-26T12:00:00-05:00

(image) A tourist was hospitalized last night after a wooden hammock flew off a building's terrace and fell approximately five stories onto her. [ more › ]



Forecast: Drizzly Today, But Warming Starts Tomorrow

2017-04-26T11:38:00-05:00

(image) Over an inch of rain fell yesterday through this morning, bringing the monthly rainfall total back to almost normal. More rain is possible today, but the storm, which is centered just east of Atlantic City this morning, is weakening, so it's mostly going to be a misty, drizzly, foggy sort of day. This afternoon's high will be in the mid 60s, which is normal for late April. [ more › ]



Video: Stephen Colbert Lathers Himself In Yogurt In Tribute To Alex Jones

2017-04-26T11:13:00-05:00

(image) Performance artist Alex Jones has been engaged in a war with yogurt company Chobani ever since he alleged that the company's factory in Idaho was connected to a 2016 child sexual assault and a rise in tuberculosis cases. In an extremely unlikely coincidence, Stephen Colbert's fake right wing persona Tuck Buckford is also engaged in a war with Chobani—and he took the fight right to his own brain last night. [ more › ]



These Portable Speakers Will Help Fight Festival FOMO All Season

2017-04-26T11:00:00-05:00

(image) It's all the convenience of booming beats delivered by your favorite artists - without all that other stuff. Whether you're looking for a mobile powerhouse or feel like getting a little bit spacey with a floating speaker orb, we've rounded up some top picks below. [ more › ]



Coke Legs Again: Two Men Arrested At JFK For Taping $380K In Cocaine Around Their Legs

2017-04-26T10:53:00-05:00

(image) After two incidents last month, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers have once again found cocaine-taped to travelers' legs at JFK Airport. This time, two men on the same flight were arrested. [ more › ]



Penn Station Could Get Worse Before It Gets Better

2017-04-26T10:45:00-05:00

(image) Penn Station commuters have been enduring recurring delays and overcrowding of late, and it doesn't look like things are getting any better soon. Indeed, Amtrak officials are reportedly considering shutting down some of the lines operating under Penn Station in order to rehab them, which will cause commuters some more pain in the short-term. [ more › ]



Let These Slow Subway GIFs Ease You Through Old NYC

2017-04-26T09:52:00-05:00

(image) Slow Television is a wonderful creation that was popularized by the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK) in the aughts, and therefore sometimes referred to as Norwegian Slow Television. The genre aims for a sort of Zen viewing experience, by offering essentially hours and hours of footage documenting an ordinary event via a single shot. For example, NRK kicked off their foray into slow TV with a broadcast of a 7-hour train ride, all shot from one point-of-view, unedited. [ more › ]



Trump Plans First Visit To NYC Since Becoming President

2017-04-26T09:29:00-05:00

(image) President Donald Trump hasn't been in New York City since January 19, before his inauguration, but next month he will make his first visit as president. The White House announced last night that he will travel to NYC on May 4th to "commemorate the 75th anniversary of the battle of the Coral Sea" aboard the U.S.S. Intrepid. While there, he will also "conduct a bilateral meeting" with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. [ more › ]



Photos: Swoon's New Gallery Show Jumps Right Off The Canvas

2017-04-26T09:14:00-05:00

Swoon has never put much stock in convention, and in To Accompany Something Invisible, her upcoming gallery exhibition, the entirety of her artistic process in all its entangled beauty is on display. The show, which opens at Meatpacking's Allouche Gallery this Thursday (4/27), features prep sketches and early-draft paper cutouts that Swoon usually only utilizes as creative tools; the ends and means are one and the same. With these new works Swoon (aka Caledonia Curry) has made bits of crucial elements of three-dimensional pieces that break free of their canvases and come straight at you. [ more › ]



LIRR, NJ Transit Face Delays Due To Amtrak Electrical Problems At Penn Station

2017-04-25T17:55:19-05:00

(image) Commuters heading to Penn Station on NJ Transit, Long Island Rail Road or Amtrak are facing what is becoming an increasingly common event: Delays because of issues with Amtrak infrastructure. Tonight's problem is, according to NJ Transit, "due to Amtrak overhead wire problems between the yard and [Penn Station] in East River Tunnel." [ more › ]



Extra, Extra: The Difference Between Old Millennials & Young Millennials

2017-04-25T17:45:14-05:00

(image) Because the media bubble is extra bubbly, check out today's end-of-day links: Trump's sanctuary city effort blocked, doggos language, Comedy Central trolls Mar-a-Lago, real life action hero Tom Hardy, Amtrak Penn Station repairs, and man wrangles 10 kittens. 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 › ]



Behold, Brooklyn's Cherry Blossom Trees FROM ABOVE

2017-04-25T16:20:00-05:00

(image) The Brooklyn Botanic Garden's cherry blossom trees are looking pretty, pretty good... but could they look better? With a little change is perspective, we can now see the cherry blossom trees as the pigeons would. That is, from above, not with all the ultraviolet light. Still looks pretty great with the portion of the light spectrum humans are able to see, though: [ more › ]



State Senate Kills Bill Extending Human Rights Protections To Transgender NYers

2017-04-25T15:55:00-05:00

(image) A New York State Senate committee killed a bill today that would have prohibited discrimination against individuals due to their gender identity or expression. [ more › ]



Report: Gentrification Brings Rapid Business Growth, But Unemployment Persists

2017-04-25T15:36:00-05:00

(image) Rapidly gentrifying neighborhoods including Crown Heights and Central Harlem have experienced a business boom in the last fifteen years, but the influx of economic activity has not translated into adequate job opportunities for local residents, according to a new report from Comptroller Scott Stringer's office. [ more › ]



Some Landlords Allegedly Keep Cooking Gas Off For Months To Drive Away Unwanted Tenants

2017-04-25T15:19:00-05:00

(image) Kristy Arroyo cooks with a pounding heart. She races around her kitchen from one hot plate to the next, unplugging the one that boils hot dogs so that she can start the one for potatoes. She has not forgotten the time when she left too many of the electric burners on at once, and smoke poured out of the wall’s outlet, as her three children played on the floor. [ more › ]



Bar Uni Exalts The 'Butter Of The Sea' In Greenpoint

2017-04-25T14:45:00-05:00

A new Greenpoint restaurant inspired by the "butter of the sea" opens Wednesday evening on Manhattan Avenue after several months in "soft opening" mode through neighborhood word-of-mouth. Owners Ben Pasquale and Shirley Yeo tapped two Morimoto alums—Jeremy Arias and Iman Khondker—to collaborate on a vision of Japanese "hospitality" at Bar Uni, creating a relaxed, izakaya-like spot for cocktails and Japanese whiskey alongside lots of seafood and composed dishes to complement the drinks. [ more › ]



Radiohead OK Computer Conspiracy Theory Alert: Threat Level Yorke

2017-04-25T14:25:00-05:00

(image) It's been too long since we've indulged in a ridiculously comprehensive Radiohead conspiracy theory, but it's time to strap in for some [Radiohead] game theory: fans are abuzz that a series of mysterious "More Fear" posters, which have appeared in major cities around the world in recent weeks, are signs that the band is planning a 20th anniversary release for their classic, OK Computer. It's...just like... a jigsaw... falling into place... [ more › ]



Part Of Manhattan's East Side Is Getting A Gorgeous New Esplanade

2017-04-25T14:10:00-05:00

Mayor de Blasio announced today a new initiative that aims to narrow a mile-long gap on the East Side's section of the Manhattan Waterfront Greenway. The city says it will build a new esplanade between East 61st Street and East 53rd Street, offering at least some relief to cyclists and pedestrians on the East Side who've felt shortchanged, considering the Greenway's contiguous pathway over on the West Side. [ more › ]



Celebrate Ella Fitzgerald's 100th Birthday With Live Music, Timeless Recordings

2017-04-25T13:55:00-05:00

(image) When Ella Fitzgerald—who would've turned 100-years-old today—first approached the Apollo stage in the winter of 1934, she didn't plan on singing. It was amateur night at the notoriously competitive venue, and the then-unknown teenager had thrown her name into the hat on a whim, only to be picked to perform after a popular local dance troupe. She'd initially signed up as a dancer, but abandoned the idea en route to the stage. [ more › ]



Seeking Compromise, Advocates Ask De Blasio To Phase In Half-Price MetroCards For Poor NYers

2017-04-25T13:35:00-05:00

(image) Since last spring, transit advocates have urged Mayor de Blasio to fund a half-price MetroCard program for New York City's working poor—about 800,000 New Yorkers, excluding seniors and the disabled, who live at or below the federal poverty threshold. A joint study [PDF] released in conjunction with the campaign found that more than a quarter of low-income, working New Yorkers were unable to afford subway or bus fare at least once in 2015, impacting trips to work and school. For non-citizen New Yorkers, fare beating increases the risk of exposure to federal immigration authorities. [ more › ]



Beyoncé Announces Scholarships At Four Schools, Including Parsons

2017-04-25T13:20:00-05:00

(image) To mark the one year anniversary of her groundbreaking album, Lemonade, Beyoncé just announced the establishment of Formation Scholars awards, which will be given out to "bold, creative, conscious and confident" women over the 2017-2018 academic year. The effort is "to encourage and support young women who are unafraid to think outside the box." [ more › ]



Chef Jose Garces Brings Flavors Of Basque Region To New Restaurant Near Bryant Park

2017-04-25T13:00:00-05:00

For his second NYC restaurant, Jose Garces—a James Beard-award winning chef known for both his status as a prolific restaurateur in Philadelphia (and elsewhere) and a stint as a "Next Iron Chef"—mines the rich tapestry of Spanish cuisine yet again at Ortzi, which debuted near Bryant Park this week. The Basque Country, the cuisine of which Garces says "helped shape the chef [he] is today," informs the dishes coming from Ortzi's kitchen, which will be led by Chef de Cuisine Michael Han. [ more › ]



Video: Meet Commuter Barbie, The Ultimate MTA-Riding Millennial

2017-04-25T12:45:00-05:00

(image) You've seen her everywhere: the NYC millennial woman decked out in leggings and Canada Goose, toting around the latest Zadie Smith novel and knocking out innocent bystanders with a yoga mat. This woman is a constant fixture in our subway system, and now local comedians Carina Hsieh and Claudia Arisso have given her a name: Commuter Barbie. [ more › ]



Early Addition: Bourdain Has Some Thoughts On The Starbucks Unicorn Frappuccino

2017-04-25T12:35:00-05:00

(image) Is de Blasio dying his hair? Is Bourdain enjoying Unicorn Frapps? Is Mike Flynn in trouble? All your questions answered in our 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 › ]



Turmeric Tortillas And A Relaxed Vibe At Vegan Mexican Joint Jajaja

2017-04-25T12:05:00-05:00

Our latest installment of Quick Bites brings us to a vegan spot on East Broadway with turmeric tortillas AND turmeric queso. [ more › ]



Bill O'Reilly Is 'Sad' He's No Longer On TV

2017-04-25T11:52:00-05:00

(image) Bill O'Reilly, the allegedly handsomely paid-off former "King of Cable News," has spoken out about his ousting. O'Reilly was axed (reportedly to the tune of tens of millions of dollars) after it was revealed he and Fox News paid millions of dollars to settle sexual harassment allegations lobbed against him by a number of the network's female employees, prompting advertisers to pull out of the show. O'Reilly, meanwhile, says he is "sad" he is no longer on air. [ more › ]