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Gothamist is a website about New York. MoreEditor: Jen ChungPublisher: Jake Dobkin

Last Build Date: Fri, 09 Dec 2016 17:55:00 -0500

Copyright: Copyright 2016

Extra, Extra: SantaCon Virus Has Mutated & Spread To Coney Island


(image) Because Trump is a libido killer, check out today's end-of-day 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 › ]

Gothamist Call For Interns


(image) We're looking for a few enthusiastic interns to join us in our Brooklyn office a couple of days a week starting in January through at least the end of spring. Responsibilities vary widely, but we do require people to be available 2 full days out of the week. Bloggers, journalism students, photographers, autodidacts, and anyone with a passion for NYC and an interest in writing about it are encouraged to apply. [ more › ]

You Can Now Order Plan B On Seamless


(image) Thanks to Seamless, UberEATS, Caviar, and the approximately eight thousand other delivery apps, you can order just about anything you need without leaving your apartment—including Plan B, as one Reddit user recently discovered. [ more › ]

Chain Stores Are Spreading In Boroughs Beyond Manhattan


(image) Time was you could drop acid on Bedford Avenue and wander around for miles, tripping the light fantastic in quirky mom and pop stores, far away from the foul stench of Subway and fluorescent-lit satanic ritual that is CVS self-checkout. But alas, those unfettered days are gone: according to a new report from the New York City Center for an Urban Future, chain stores are swarming the outer boroughs. [ more › ]

Goodfella Martin Scorsese Gets Expansive Career Exhibition At Museum Of The Moving Image


If you're sitting at home after hours over the coming weeks, simmering like a raging bull with no one knocking on your door, you can break the silence by departing for the mean streets. Instead of heading to a casino, hail a taxi driver and head over to the Museum Of The Moving Image for an expansive exhibition on the work of the great Martin Scorsese. It's certainly much more enjoyable than my attempt at being the king of comedy in the previous sentences, which may have turned you the color of money. [ more › ]

Former Mets Manager Bobby Valentine May Be Trump's Ambassador To Japan


(image) Former Mets manager Bobby Valentine, who managed one of the greatest games in team history and also found success in Japanese baseball, is on the shortlist for Donald Trump's ambassador to Japan. [ more › ]

Sociological Study Confirms Men Can't Stop, Won't Stop Subway Manspreading


(image) At the start of 2016, we wondered whether this would be the year in which the apologists and proudspreaders would rise up to defend themselves after a concentrated effort by the MTA and other New Yorkers to make men aware of their casual invasion of space in public. While that revolution never took place, manspreading hasn't gone anywhere—according to a new study out of Hunter College, over one quarter of men in the subway are spreading, whether they realize it or not. [ more › ]

Obama Orders 'Full Review' Of Russian Election Hacking Claims


(image) President Obama has ordered a "full review" of reports of hacking-related activity aimed at disrupting or altering the presidential election, a White House official said Friday. [ more › ]

One Of NYC's Most Qualified Chefs Finally Has His Own Restaurant


When it comes to NYC chefs, there are few better prepared to open their first restaurants than Dan Kluger. With a career (so far) that's spanned both front and back of house positions with Danny Meyer, working with chefs like Floyd Cardoz, Tom Colicchio, and Jean-Georges Vongerichten, and winning awards for his own cooking and for the restaurants he helped to open, there's no doubting Kluger's proven resume. [ more › ]

City & Cops Pay Over $600K For NYPD Beating Caught On Camera


(image) The city has agreed to pay out $609,000 in taxpayer money to settle a lawsuit stemming from the 2012 beating and false arrest of a teenager on a Bronx sidewalk, the pepper-spraying of his friend who filmed the incident, and the arrest of his mother, two brothers, and friend when they visited the 42nd Precinct to inquire about his wellbeing. [ more › ]

A Secret Cocktail Club Is Launching In NYC Next Month


(image) The allure of the "secret" endures as a coveted dining experience, from supper clubs to burger joints to cocktail bars. A new cocktail club launching in January combines New Yorkers' penchant for things that are exclusive with our desire to drink. A lot. [ more › ]

How To Get Involved In The Trumpsistance In December


(image) It's been weeks since the election of Donald Trump touched off a series of protests in New York City, and despite the fact that it's getting colder, people are still making plans to march and get organized in the face of an administration that seems devoted to stripping both the environment and working people of their resources and dignity and leaving them empty husks. If you want to get involved this month, you've got plenty of options. [ more › ]

Ask A Native New Yorker: Is It Wrong To Have A Child Now?


(image) Are you relatively new to this bustling metropolis? Don't be shy about it, everyone was new to New York once upon a time, except, of course, those battle-hardened residents who've lived here their whole lives and Know It All. One of these lifers works among us at Gothamist—publisher Jake Dobkin grew up in Park Slope and still resides there. He is now fielding questions—ask him anything by sending an email here, but be advised that Dobkin is "not sure you guys will be able to handle my realness." We can keep you anonymous if you prefer; just let us know what neighborhood you live in. [ more › ]

Forecast: Get Ready For A Cold, Windy, Snowy, Rainy Weekend


(image) Today is shaping up to be the coldest day of the season so far, but tomorrow will be even colder. A cold front passed through the city yesterday opening the gates for an Arctic air mass. The temperature is going to hold steady in the mid 30s today, but with northwesterly winds gusting above 30 miles an hour, the wind chill will remain in the lower 20s. [ more › ]

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Will Play Forest Hills In 2017


(image) We can now report that Forest Hills Stadium is the most perfect venue in NYC, based on our personal preferences. The intimate feeling, open-air space is in the middle of a tennis complex that has been a part of the Queens neighborhood forever. It's all very picturesque, with a Tudor-style clubhouse matching the architecture you'll find around Forest Hills. As a venue it has seen some of the most legendary musicians when they were in their prime: The Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, Barbra Streisand... and last year they came back into the game in a big way, with some fantastic booking for their summer series of shows, including Paul Simon and Dolly Parton. AND NOW they've made their first announcement for 2017: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers! [ more › ]

Early Addition: A Teen's Guide To Improving Your Social Media


(image) Because 'The Fate Of The Furious' is almost as good as 'The F8 Of The Furious,' check out today's mid-day 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 › ]

Workers Say Jazz Age Lawn Party Founder Has History Of Late Payment


(image) Jessica Parker, a freelance consultant, emailed Jazz Age Lawn Party founder and bandleader Michael Arenella in mid-September explaining that she didn't want to continue pitching sponsors for his events until he paid her in full for months of work she'd done for him. The email included her itemization of outstanding payments stretching back to May, totaling $12,610. "I'd provided the work and services for which he was yet to pay," she recalled recently. "And the amount had grown to be too much." [ more › ]

UberEATS Expands To Upper Manhattan, The Bronx & Outer Queens


(image) UberEATS, the food delivery component of Uber's livery services that began offering lunch deliveries in Manhattan in April, has slowly expanded its reach, finally debuting delivery to upper Manhattan, the Bronx, and (some of) Queens. [ more › ]

[Update] Signs In Williamsburg & East Village Say SantaCon Is Cancelled


(image) [Update Below] After changing this year's stomping grounds from Williamsburg to Manhattan, SantaCon 2016 is set to kickoff a day of drunken revelry tomorrow in the Flatiron District around 11 a.m. Or perhaps not, according to some flyers that have been posted around Williamsburg and the East Village in the last day or so. Can locals really singlehandedly cancel a hotly-contested annual tradition with the power of flyers and petitions? [ more › ]

Brooklyn Woman Dies Inside Staten Island NYPD Jail Cell


(image) A 34-year-old woman who had been charged with DWI Thursday morning later died in an NYPD holding cell, police confirmed. [ more › ]

Faulty Radiator That Killed Little Girls Was Allegedly Reported Last Year


(image) Mayor Bill de Blasio visited the apartment where 1-year-old and 2-year-old sisters were fatally burned by scalding-hot steam—as high as 230 degrees—when the valve of the radiator suddenly popped off. He promised a "rigorous investigation to find out what happened here," because the deaths occurred in a unit used by the city for homeless families, but also called it a "freak accident." [ more › ]

President Trump Will Still Executive Produce 'Celebrity Apprentice' In His 'Spare Time'


(image) President-elect Donald Trump will continue to serve as Executive Producer on Celebrity Apprentice—a show responsible for the short-lived business careers of alleged celebrities like Tom Green, Teresa Giudice, Kate Gosselin, and Brandi Glanville—when he has time to spare from his other job as Chief Critic of Saturday Night Live. Folks, that's how easy Making America Great Again is, believe me. [ more › ]

Construction Worker Falls To His Death At 'New Domino' Project In Williamsburg


(image) A 59-year-old man fell to his death at the sprawling Domino construction site on Williamsburg's Southside this morning. The partially completed building at 325 Kent Avenue, which takes up an entire block between South Third Street and South Fourth Street, is the first of several residential and mixed-use buildings being developed at the old Domino Sugar Factory site on the Williamsburg waterfront. [ more › ]

Pick Your Weekend Poison: Cheese, Korean BBQ Brunch, Or Too Many Cocktails


(image) Tex-Pats and Longhorn Lovers (and BBQ lovers) can kick up their cowboy boots Saturday at the Texas Holiday Hoedown, a party and fundraiser for scholarships at the University of Texas. Thrown by the alumni group Texas Exes, the Hoedown gets down at Brother Jimmy's Union Square with a three hour open bar of liquor, wine and beer; passed barbecue hors d'oeuvres; and live music that encourages some two steppin'. Tickets are $60 for members, $65 for non. [ more › ]

Six Holiday Gift Items That Make It Look Like You Tried


(image) The holidays are here, meaning your arsenal of emergency gifts needs to be handy. You know, for unplanned visitors, like your Aunt Martha and that coworker that you didn’t actually expect to give you a gift (“Thanks! Who are you again?”). [ more › ]

Cop Suspended For Allegedly Being Drunk On The Job


(image) A Bronx police officer was stripped of his gun and badge Thursday after allegations that he was inebriated on the job. [ more › ]

NYPD Releases Video Of Shooter Killing Off-Duty Correction Officer


(image) A surveillance video captured the moment a rookie correction officer was fatally shot while she sat in her car on a Brooklyn street. Police released the footage, as well as images of two individuals who are wanted in connection of Alastasia Bryan's murder. [ more › ]

Homeless Commissioner: Girls' Tragic Radiator Death Highlights Urgent Need To End Cluster Sites


(image) The death of two sisters from a malfunctioning radiator at a Bronx shelter site was a "terrible tragedy," and reinforced the need for the city to end its cluster housing policy for homeless residents, Department of Homeless Services Commissioner Steven Banks said on Thursday. [ more › ]

Here Are The First 'Spider-Man: Homecoming' Trailers


(image) After "underoos" swung his way into millions of comic book movie fans' hearts last summer in Avengers 2.5: Captain America: Civil War: Maybe We Should Also Include Iron Man In This Title Somehow?: Age Of Ant-Man, the third (and youngest) iteration of Spider-Man is back in the first trailer for his new movie, Spider-Man: Homecoming. And this Peter Parker (played by the excellent Tom Holland) is back in high school, obsessing about typical teenager stuff like crushes (Liz Allen, not Mary Jane Watson, this time around), science fairs, and joining The Avengers. Sure, most teens don't get mentored by Tony Stark, but the MGMT soundtrack seems pretty right-on. [ more › ]

Extra, Extra: Will Millennials Learn To Love The Suburbs?


(image) 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 › ]

NYU Unveils Flashy Renderings Of Giant $1 Billion Mercer Street Building


Despite pushback from the community and a lawsuit, NYU is moving forward with its massive 2031 expansion plan and today released the renderings for the 23-story facility that will replace the former Coles Sports Center at Houston and Mercer Streets. [ more › ]

College Trumpkins Now Require Safe Spaces To Celebrate Dear Leader


(image) For the most part, millennials did not vote for Donald Trump, though somehow the outcome of this election is their fault anyway. But for the few young folk who did cast a vote for the Republican candidate, the last month has been a hard road indeed—according to the Times, pro-Trump college students feel so bullied for helping elect this incoming kakistocracy that they're in search of "safe spaces," where they can cheer about Trump all they want without someone pointing out that he might be a teensy bit flawed. [ more › ]

NYPD Seizes Guns, Tiger Hook Swords In Queens Apartment


(image) Police executing a search warrant early this morning in Queens recovered an arsenal made up of a number of guns, ammo, and also a couple of extremely cool-looking swords. [ more › ]

Report: Sea Levels Surrounding NYC Could Rise A Full Foot By 2030


(image) The sea levels surrounding the New York metropolitan area have risen a foot since 1900—and, due to our rapidly changing climate, could rise another foot in less than 15 years, according to a new report by the Regional Plan Association. [ more › ]

David Chang's Fuku Chicken Chain Is Moving Downtown


(image) David Chang—who rivals Danny Meyer in the Busiest Restaurant Guy In NYC category—is apparently cruising into the Financial District in a big way, opening an outlet of his Fuku fleet in the neighborhood. The FiDi Fan Page, a Facebook group for the area, posted the news last night, indicating the fried chicken outlet would be coming in for a landing at 110 Wall Street. The prolific restaurateur is also opening a restaurant in Pier 17 at the South Street Seaport at some point in the future. [ more › ]

SantaCon 2016 Will Drunkenly Dash Through These Lucky Neighborhoods Saturday


(image) A few months ago, SantaCon announced on their website and social media that this year's events would take place in Williamsburg, right in the heart of the West Bedford Meatpacking District. But it seems the neighborhood wasn't the right fit this year, as the festivities have now moved back to Manhattan—SantaCon 2016 will take place this Saturday, and travel through Midtown, Flatiron District and the East Village. [ more › ]

Here's Where To Watch Holiday Movies In NYC Theaters This Month


(image) If you prefer seeing a holiday classic this December over the latest releases like La La Land or Rogue One, the city's theaters are providing. Below, find a list of some really old classics like It's A Wonderful Life, some sort-of-old classics like Christmas Vacation, and some non-traditional Christmas favorites like Die Hard. [ more › ]

MTA Bus Driver Pleads Guilty To Felony In Fatal Brooklyn Hit-And-Run


(image) Update below [ more › ]

The 14 Best Comfort Foods In NYC


(image) Over the past couple of months, I've eaten a ton of classic comfort-food dishes around the city to compile this thorough roundup of deeply satisfying eats. These are the best examples I could find, in a wide range of categories. [ more › ]

For Some Reason You Can Still Get Tickets To See 'Rogue One' Before Everyone Else


(image) The latest installment in the Star Wars universe officially hits theaters on Friday, December 16th. But really it hits theaters the night before. That's how movies work sometimes! Who knows why they do this. (Hype.) But the first night of a Star Wars movie hitting theaters is something to behold—remember when it happened last year? Good times. Remember when it happened in the '70s? Even better times. Remember those first lines from the 1980s? Wow. Surely the huge fanbase in any given city is larger than seats availalbe, right? Apparently not anymore. [ more › ]