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Vegan Activists Will Hold Vigil For Escaped Bull Who Died In Police Custody


(image) Yesterday, the city was briefly enraptured by a brave bull that fled its Jamaica slaughterhouse and led cops on a wild chase through the streets of Jamaica, Queens. Sadly, the bull died shortly after cops shot it with tranquilizer darts—a fate all the more tragic considering he was about to be rescued by an animal sanctuary in New Jersey. And to memorialize poor Ferdinand&dmash;as well as to "urge the city to properly either train law enforcement to handle these situations appropriately, or else cease slaughterhouse operation within city limits," a local activist group will hold a candlelight vigil tonight outside the slaughterhouse from whence the bull came. [ more › ]

Standing Steakhouse Ikinari Steak Opens Thursday In The East Village


Will New Yorkers follow suit with the people of Tokyo and line up to eat steak standing up? The folks behind Ikinari Steak are betting so, opening up the first United States location of their standing steakhouse concept that's blown up in Japan since first opening in 2013. They've taken on a space on East 10th Street, an area that's already used to the queues from nearby Tim Ho Wan and stalwart Ippudo around the corner. [ more › ]

Ridiculously Good-Looking Male Models Explain How They Rescued Teens From Freezing Central Park Pond


(image) On Monday night, two skateboarding male models who happened to be rolling through Central Park were in the "right place at the right time" and managed to help save seven teenagers who fell through a frozen pond. The two men got into the water as the teens cried for help—good-looking Samaritan Bennett Jonas, 23, explains, "I knew the only way they were getting out is if someone got in to get them." [ more › ]

Early Addition: Donald Trump Has Lied Every Day Since Becoming President


(image) Because Louis C.K. has two new comedy specials coming, check out today's mid-day links: NSA spy state, dangers of working out too much, avoiding Trump in the news, man bangs, DeVos folds on transgender student rights, and a cat keyboard. 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 › ]

Staten Island Cops Crack Down On Teenagers Riding Bicycles


(image) The NYPD has arrested several bicycling teens on Staten Island after complaints of reckless bike riding surfaced on social media. [ more › ]

Queens DA's Early Plea Deal System Is Built On Something Rare: Trust


(image) A little over a year ago, Luke Scardigno, a criminal defense lawyer in Queens, took on the case of a 22-year-old man busted for possession of an illegal handgun. Just out of prison for a robbery, the man's case didn't look good. Scardigno, who has spent three decades as a defense attorney in Queens, thought there might have been an issue with the legitimacy of the search. His client had been frisked while buying a sandwich at a bodega by cops acting on a vague 911-call description of a black man in a hoodie. (The client had nothing to do with the incident that precipitated the 911 call). Scardigno used that information to help negotiate a plea deal with the Queens DA, which his client ultimately decided to take before a grand jury could indict him. The DA's offer: a class D felony charge and a recommended five years of prison time. [ more › ]

It's An All Day Meat Party At A&E Supply Co. In Gowanus


Restaurants have been breeding with butcher shops of late (see April Bloomfield's White Gold as a recent notable), ostensibly offering fresher cuts for in-house dining while also offering a valuable (and profitable) retail component. A&E Supply Co., which opened on 4th Avenue in Gowanus late last year, officially transitioned from daytime cafe and butchery to a hybrid serving dinner last night. [ more › ]

Kirsten Gillibrand Says Cuomo Should Run For President. Sigh!


(image) Kirsten Gillibrand's made a name for herself by being the only Democrat to vote against twelve of President Trump's 14 cabinet nominees, making her the biggest defense against this Administration of Horrors. Her fortitude has sparked rumors she might run against Trump in 2020, but Gillibrand says, no sirree—indeed, in an interview with NY1 last night, Gillibrand said it is not she, but Governor Cuomo who should attempt to valiantly defeat The Donald in the next presidential election. GIRL, WHAT. YOU WERE ONE OF THE GOOD ONES. [ more › ]

New York Is Blowing The Kosciuszko Bridge Straight To Hell


(image) Ever been stuck in traffic on the Kosciuszko Bridge for so long that you think to yourself, "I would like nothing more than to blow this bridge the hell up, because I hate it with my life"? Great news, because with a new Kosciuszko Bridge almost ready to take on traffic, the state is blowing the old one straight to hell. [ more › ]

4 Must-Have Items You Shouldn't Leave Home Without


(image) Whether it's this durable key fob or this wallet and toolkit in one, these are the everyday carry items you should have on you at all times. [ more › ]

Stephen Colbert On Trump's Frequent Golf Trips: 'He Loves Making Fun Of People's Handicaps'


(image) Stephen Colbert touched on Donald Trump's field trip to the Smithsonian's new Museum of African American History and Culture ("he was so worried Steve Bannon wouldn't sign his permission slip") and the new immigration ban orders, but his best line of the night came as he tackled Trump's six golf outings in his first month as president: "Now, we know that the president has been to the golf course six times, but for some reason his aides would not confirm that Trump played golf each time he went to the course," he said. "Sure, he could be on the course for any reason—we know he loves making fun of people's handicaps." [ more › ]

How Many Animals Must Die Before De Blasio Resigns?


(image) Mayor de Blasio may not be very effective at ending homelessness or finding a treadmill anywhere near his house, but he is a savant when it comes to single-handedly wiping out the animal kingdom, the NY Post reports. In an exposé headlined "ANIMALS KEEP DYING UNDER MAYOR DE BLASIO'S WATCH," the Post takes a hard look at the long, bloody trail of animal carcasses rotting in the mayor's wake. Take, for instance, yesterday's runaway bull, which was ruthlessly executed by the mayor's goons just hours after it escaped a Queens slaughterhouse (where it was already scheduled for slaughter, to de Blasio's delight). Every day that slaughterhouse, and others like it across the city, send countless animals to their doom as the mayor gleefully watches via live video steam from a private, rubber-lined screening room in Gracie Mansion, sources say. In fact, de Blasio's fetish for animal snuff films is so widely known that City Hall staffers secretly call him death Blasio. [ more › ]

Stephen Miller Promises New Travel Ban Will Be 'Fundamentally' Just Like The First One


(image) President Donald Trump revealed earlier this month that his team will not bother to keep fighting the February court ruling that suspended his temporary ban on refugees and travel from seven majority-Muslim countries—a move that sent international airports spiraling into chaos and mobilized protesters and lawyers in travelers' defense. Instead, Trump's team is planning to release a new order. [ more › ]

Video: Firefighters Toss 'Never-Ending Stuff' Out Windows Of UWS 'Hoarders' Apartment


(image) Firefighters responded to a blaze that broke out in an Upper West Side apartment building yesterday afternoon. While they were able to put it out in an hour, the firefighters ended up tossing the apartment's belongings out the windows, because the home was apparently dangerously overstuffed with items. WABC 7 explained, "All of the things served as tinder for the apartment fire." [ more › ]

Woman Groped At Century 21 Store In Lower Manhattan


(image) The incident occurred last week, on February 16th, around 2 p.m. The NYPD says an unidentified man "approached the 66 year-old female inside Century 21 Department Store, located at 22 Cortlandt Street, and used his hand to touch her in her pelvic area." [ more › ]

5 Tips For Achieving Roommate Harmony


(image) TripleMint has successfully found apartments for thousands of roommates, and they’ve learned a lot about what it takes to achieve roommate harmony. Here are their top 5 tips. [ more › ]

Extra, Extra: NYers Can't Wait To Protest Trump To His Face


(image) Because our long national Milo crisis is over, check out today's end-of-day links: Kimmel considering late night retirement, Clowes forgives LaBeouf, teen wakes up on way to his own funeral, new Spoon & Dirty Projectors, and dog hunts cookie. 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 › ]

Watch 3 Wonderful Minutes Of Cate Blanchett Performing At Stonewall


(image) Cate Blanchett turned up at the Stonewall Inn last night to lip sync Dusty Springfield's "You Don't Own Me." And she owned it. Blanchett's performance was part of a benefit for Sandy Hook, and specifically the Newtown Action Alliance. And yes, this is the real Cate Blanchett, not someone doing drag as Cate Blanchett. [ more › ]

Brutal Beating Of Food Deliveryman Caught On Video


(image) A worker making a food delivery to a Bronx apartment building earlier this month was viciously attacked by two people who took his cellphone and money. Police are still searching for the two robbery suspects, and the NYPD now is hoping the public can help track them down. [ more › ]

The Woolworth Building Now Has A Bar Where You Can Channel Spirits Over Cocktails


You're never going to get into the penthouse of the Woolworth Building (ever), so the next best thing will be to drink inside its storied neo-Gothic interior...on the ground floor. A new bar, The Wooly Public, opens tonight inside the historic downtown building, with Death & Co. and Maison Premiere vets running the drinks and food, respectively. [ more › ]

Man Punched Repeatedly Following Bathroom Dispute At Staten Island Restaurant


(image) A restaurant patron who became enraged that someone else wanted to use the restroom he was occupying allegedly assaulted a fellow diner on Staten Island earlier this month. [ more › ]

'Refugees Welcome' Banner Unfurled Across Statue Of Liberty's Pedestal


(image) [UPDATE BELOW] On the same day that the Trump administration unveiled its expansive mass deportation plan, activists unfurled a giant "Refugees Welcome" banner across the Statue of Liberty's pedestal. [ more › ]

Eleven Madison Park Will Close For A Revamp This Summer


(image) Eleven Madison Park, one of the city's most decorated restaurants, will close this summer to completely overhaul the space and the menu. Owners Will Guidara and Daniel Humm revealed their plans to the Times, telling the paper it was "time for a change." [ more › ]

New National Security Advisor Uses Bad Seinfeld Reference To Explain Military Philosophy


(image) President Donald Trump's new national security advisor, H.R. McMaster, was in his late 20s when Seinfeld came on the air, and the hit show apparently made an impression on him. [ more › ]

Dale Talde's New Sports Bar Is Serving Up Chicken Pot Pie Ramen


Our latest installment of Quick Bites brings us to a Dale Talde sports joint in Brooklyn serving up Chicken Pot Pie Ramen. [ more › ]

Early Addition: Lindsay Lohan Says She Was Racially Profiled


(image) Because Migos performed on 'Ellen,' check out today's mid-day links: Han Solo cast, Anne Frank Center unimpressed with Trump, how Trump spent his first month in office, living in post-water world, Keith Ellison profile, Instagram depression, and sleepy doggy. 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 › ]

Homeland Security Begins Rollout Of Trump's 'Mass Deportation' Plan


(image) The Department of Homeland Security today unveiled extreme immigration enforcement guidelines that direct interior and border enforcement officials on how to carry out President Donald Trump's policies. The published memos differ little from a pair of memos leaked over the weekend, and are already being met with resistance. [ more › ]

5 Fun Things To Do In NYC This Week


(image) Japandroids have a new album out. Janapdroids are playing at Terminal 5. It's going to be a knock-down, drag-out rock show and some inexplicable reason, tickets are still available. You know what you need to do. No gods, only Japandroids. [ more › ]

[UPDATED] Cops Are Chasing A Runaway Cow On The Moove In Queens


(image) [UPDATES BELOW] A cow (or maybe a bull?) was spotted gallivanting around Jamaica, Queens today, and though details as to where it came from were not immediately available, there's a slaughterhouse nearby, so there's a good chance Mr. Moo was attempting to escape his future as dinner. [ more › ]

This Is The 'New Yorker' Milkshake. Yes, That's Cheesecake.


(image) For their next installment of milkshake this, Black Tap—the burgary turned 2,500 calorie Instagram bait pushers—takes the hometown angle, partnering with Brooklyn-born Junior's for a milkshake/cheesecake mashup. [ more › ]

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Coveted Supreme MetroCard Debuts With Subway Crowding, Big Ebay Markups


(image) Streetwear brand Supreme has bought ads on an undisclosed number of MetroCards, and because the company's products are coveted in large part for the Supreme logo and the hype stoked by scarcity, the cards themselves are causing a subway-station-clogging frenzy among collectors and resellers. [ more › ]

A 165-Year-Old Walt Whitman Novel Has Been Unearthed And Republished


(image) A "new" Walt Whitman story has been unearthed 125 years after his death. The novel, titled The Life and Adventures of Jack Engle, was only published once in a newspaper in 1852. It ran in six installments, and was published anonymously. The Sunday Dispatch, a New York City paper that Whitman was known to contribute to, ran the 36,000-word story in March of that year, and alerted the public via an advertisement that ran in a rival paper, the New York Times. You can see the ad here on page 3; it read:
"This week's Sunday Dispatch will contain The Life and Adventures of Jack Engle, an autobiography, in which will be handled the philosophy, philanthropy, pauperism, law, crime, love, matrimony, morals... which are characteristic of this great city at the present time, including the manners and morals of boarding houses, some scenes from church history, operations in Wall St, with graphic sketches of men and women, as they appear to the public, and as they appear in other scenes not public. Read it and you will find some familiar cases and characters, with explanations necessary to properly understand what it is about."
According to the NY Times, the story was rediscovered last summer by a graduate student, and you can now purchase it in book form thanks to the University of Iowa Press. You can also read it all online, as it was published on The Walt Whitman Quarterly Review on Monday. [ more › ]

Federal Authorities Still Searching For 8 Passengers Who Breached Security At JFK


(image) Federal authorities are still looking for eight of the 11 passengers who breezed through a TSA security line at JFK without getting fully screened yesterday. [ more › ]

Connecticut Couple Fined For Refusing To Remove Racial Slur Vandals Painted On Garage Door


(image) An interracial couple in Stamford, Connecticut is being fined $100-per-day for refusing to remove racist graffiti that was spray-painted on their garage door in January. Heather Lindsay and her husband Lexene Charles say they will not paint over the "N" word that vandals sprayed in big letters on their home until police "do their job." The couple contends the Stamford police department has not aggressively investigated the incident, and they have vowed to leave the graffiti up until they do. [ more › ]

Video: Seth Meyers & Stephen Colbert Enjoy How Much Sweden Is Roasting Trump


(image) "Between Trump's press conference and his event in Florida, Trump has made a series of wild and unhinged appearances over the last few days. But there has been one common theme," Seth Meyers said during his latest "A Closer Look" segment last night. "The president of the United States just wants a friend. You know, someone he can force to eat meatloaf." [ more › ]

Restaurant Fire Sent Black Smoke Billowing In Times Square This Morning


(image) A three-alarm fire ripped through a Times Square restaurant on Seventh Avenue early Tuesday morning, sending up billows of black smoke and eventually spreading to adjacent buildings. According to the FDNY, firefighters responded to the scene around 4:45 a.m. and fought the blaze for three hours. No serious injuries were reported, though one person was hospitalized and two firefighters were treated on the scene. [ more › ]

Photos: Thousands Denounce Trump At 'Not My President's Day' Rally


Anti-Trump demonstrators poured into the Upper West Side Monday, filling Columbus Circle and numerous blocks of Central Park West. The "Not My President's Day" rally was the latest in a steady stream of actions against the Trump administration; thousands waved signs, chanted, and navigated a maze of NYPD barricades and roadblocks while organizers shouted out calls for resistance and multiple live bands broke into song. [ more › ]

Burglar Steals $10,000 Plus Tablets From Champs Diner In Williamsburg


(image) Champs Diner, a popular vegan restaurant in Brooklyn, was burglarized early yesterday morning by a thief who took thousands in cash as well as a number of tech gadgets. The suspect was caught on surveillance video, and now the cops hope someone can help identify him. [ more › ]

[UPDATE] Selfie-Seeking Teens Rescued From Central Park Pond After Falling Through Ice


(image) [UPDATE: NBC has obtained video, below, of the moments before and after the teens fell through the ice.] A group of teenagers were apparently trying to take a selfie on an iced-over Central Park pond—but, with the unseasonably warm weather, the ice broke and the kids fell into the frigid water. A witness said told the Daily News, "They were taking a selfie and they all went down together... I was very scared." [ more › ]