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



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Impress Your Boss By Mastering Excel

2017-06-28T00:00:00-05:00

(image) Think you know Excel? We promise, you don't know it the way you could with this eLearnExcel Microsoft Excel School: Lifetime Subscription. [ more › ]



Extra, Extra: Fake Time Magazine Trump Cover Graces Trump Golf Clubs

2017-06-27T17:25:00-05:00

(image) Because dogs have OCD too, check out today's end-of-day links: hot dog taste test, 'Better Call Saul' picked up, Catholic Church freaked out by fidget spinners, lifestyle concepts, hotel refuses 'single ladies,' and brave dog confronts flower. 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 › ]



Not A Metaphor: Raven Tears Beating Heart Out Of Pigeon On Subway Platform

2017-06-27T16:57:00-05:00

(image) In what's surely not a dark, graphic omen for our struggling mass transit system, a hungry raven was recently caught on video plucking the beating heart from a pigeon on the platform of the Kings Highway station. It probably doesn't mean anything! Everything is FINE. [ more › ]



Augmented Reality Brings Super Mario Bros. To Central Park

2017-06-27T16:30:00-05:00

(image) We've never seen a more intriguing case for VR than being able to turn New York City into the landscape from your favorite 1980s Nintendo game (that isn't Zelda). Developer and NYU grad student Abhishek Singh has done just that, transforming Central Park (the best park in New Donk City) into a Super Mario Bros. video game via augmented reality. [ more › ]



On Third Thought, Trump Family Friend WILL Be NY/NJ HUD Administrator

2017-06-27T16:15:00-05:00

(image) After rumors that Lynne Patton, an event planner and longtime Trump family associate, was going to be named the administrator of Region II of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, which covers New York and New Jersey, it looked like the Trump administration would back off following an outcry. Now, however, Patton has been officially confirmed for the job. [ more › ]



A Negroni Fountain Arrives In Little Italy Courtesy Of A Top NYC Cocktail Bar

2017-06-27T16:04:00-05:00

"SAY WHAT NOW" was the reaction of cocktail aficionado and Gothamist contributor Dan Dickinson when I told him about the "Negroni Fountain" coming to the former Genuine space on Grand Street in Little Italy on Thursday. Dickinson knows a hell of a lot more about cocktails than I do, so let's take him at his word that this is some genuinely exciting news for those who prefer their alcohol in spirit form. [ more › ]



UPDATE: What To Expect For Tonight's Hotly Anticipated Post-Derailment Rush Hour

2017-06-27T15:54:00-05:00

Hours after a southbound A train derailed just outside the 125th Street station in Harlem, the MTA is gearing up for today's evening commute. The authority has confirmed damage to tracks, switches and the adjacent tunnel wall, all of which takes time to repair. And with shuttle bus service already underway, chances aren't looking good for a smooth ride home. [ more › ]



Lawmakers Shouldn't Leave Albany Until MTA Crisis Is Solved, State Senator Says

2017-06-27T15:14:00-05:00

(image) With Governor Cuomo now calling on state lawmakers to return to the capitol on Wednesday for a vote on mayoral control of city schools, one State Senator is demanding that his fellow politicians remain in Albany until they've also addressed the ever-worsening MTA crisis. [ more › ]



Tale Of Two Chickens: Fatbird Flops; FiDi Fuku Soars

2017-06-27T15:00:00-05:00

Our latest installment of Quick Bites brings us to two Manhattan spots serving up chicken: Fatbird and Fuku. [ more › ]



Activists Slam Jose Peralta For Skipping Jackson Heights Town Hall Meeting

2017-06-27T14:49:00-05:00

Activists and voters in Jackson Heights slammed State Senator Jose Peralta for declining to show up at a town hall meeting they held last night at the Jewish Center of Jackson Heights, and in his absence, turned the event into a briefing on what they said were Peralta and the breakaway Independent Democratic Conference's failures in Albany. [ more › ]



Chunks Of Falling Concrete Smash Cars Under Bayonne Bridge

2017-06-27T14:13:00-05:00

(image) While the big story today is our city's crumbling mass transit infrastructure, spare a moment for our other crumbling infrastructure. To get more specific, this post is about the "softball-sized" pieces of concrete that fell from the Bayonne Bridge onto cars underneath the Staten Island to New Jersey crossing. [ more › ]



'Golden Girls' Cafe Owner Accused Of Sexually Harassing Employee

2017-06-27T13:35:00-05:00

(image) The owner of the famed (ish) Golden Girls themed cafe in Washington Heights has been accused of sexually harassing his former assistant, which sounds like the plot of the Season 1 Golden Girls episode "Adult Education," in which Blanche's creepy psychology teacher tries to get her to have sex with him, but alas, is not. [ more › ]



MTA Says Emergency Brake Preceded 'A' Train Derailment, Investigation Ongoing

2017-06-27T13:25:00-05:00

(image) An A train emergency brake was activated Tuesday morning just before two train cars derailed and hit the subway tunnel wall, according to newly re-minted MTA Chairman Joe Lhota. [ more › ]



Watch The Star-Studded Trailer For The Other Music Documentary

2017-06-27T13:05:09-05:00

It's been a year since beloved downtown record store Other Music unplugged the stereo and closed its doors for good after 20 years. (You can see photos from the store's final day in business above.) Now, a new documentary on the history and legacy of the store has launched a Kickstarter—you can see the trailer for the doc below. [ more › ]



Man Claims He Spent Months On Rikers Because No One Told Him His Bail Was $1

2017-06-27T12:45:00-05:00

(image) He says he didn't find out until a jail chaplain paid his bail. He's suing the city and the Legal Aid Society. [ more › ]



Marcus Samuelsson's Opening A Gigantic Restaurant In A New Greenpoint Development

2017-06-27T12:30:00-05:00

(image) Chef Marcus Samuelsson's portfolio of trendy Harlem restaurants will expand to Brooklyn, with the debut of a new restaurant inside a forthcoming condo development opening in Greenpoint. [ more › ]



Early Addition: Maybe Don't Watch This Video Of Life In First Class On Lufthansa

2017-06-27T12:25:00-05:00

(image) Milkshake duck jokesplained, Norway's troll penis rock destroyed, woman tries opening airplane door mid-flight, and much more in today's 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 › ]



Video: Stephen Colbert Says Russian Intelligence Followed Him All Over Russia

2017-06-27T11:18:00-05:00

(image) Stephen Colbert made a surprise trip to Russia last week, and returned to the Late Show with Stephen Colbert last night to kick off a special week filled with segments filmed there. "I don't know if you knew I was in Russia last week. You know who did know I was in Russia? Russian intelligence. Hardcore fans, evidently. Followed me everywhere," Colbert said. [ more › ]



UPDATES: Multiple Injured As Door Rips Off 'A' Train In Harlem Derailment

2017-06-27T10:33:00-05:00

Straphangers said a southbound A train crashed into a subway wall between 135th and 125th Streets in Manhattan on Tuesday morning. According to one witness the train plunged into darkness shortly before 10:00 a.m. and a door on the right side of one car 'ripped' open. [See below for updates; the MTA has confirmed a derailment at 125th Street.] [ more › ]



4-Minute Supercut Brings Over 70 NYC Movies Together

2017-06-27T09:45:00-05:00

(image) A compilation of clips from over 70 films set in New York City has been rearranged by film editor Sergio Rojo, and the result is a glorious 4-minutes cinematically bringing you from 1960 through 2016. There's even one of those predicable, cheesy pop songs to help you manufacture some feels. (You can opt for an alternative soundtrack if you want to mute the Vimeo and manufacture some different feels.) [ more › ]



Third Suspect Sought In Park Slope 'Threesome' Murder

2017-06-27T09:08:00-05:00

(image) Police are looking for a third suspect in the murder of a young man who was killed after an apparent "threesome" in Park Slope. While anonymous police sources have said they believe the sex was consensual, the woman involved maintains that she was raped by the murder victim. [ more › ]



5 Accessories To Improve Your Mobile Photography

2017-06-27T00:00:00-05:00

(image) Want to give your smartphone's camera the same capabilities as a DSLR? Nab these accessories to instantly upgrade your mobile photography game: from a variety of lenses to ultra convenient mounts, you'll get everything you need to take an innovative, steady shot that'll win you new followers in no time.  [ more › ]



Video: How To Go Here, There, And Everywhere With The Bike Made For Cities

2017-06-27T00:00:00-05:00

(image) Real question: how long do you spend commuting around the city on a day-to-day basis? From the coffee shop, to work, to that appointment on the other side of town, and all the way home again—city dwellers are in transition a lot. So it stands to reason that if you’re going to spend that much time getting around, you might as well do your best to enjoy the ride. (And avoid traffic jams and stalled trains while you’re at it too.) [ more › ]



Extra, Extra: Potential Jurors Can't Stop Bashing 'Evil' Martin Shkreli

2017-06-26T17:35:10-05:00

(image) Because no one has anything nice to say about Martin Shkreli, check out today's end-of-day links: jet skier brain dead, Kelly Osbourne Starbucks incident, impeaching Trump, confronting Spicer, and St. Bernard puppy loves goats. 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 › ]



Video: Subway Seat Occupied By Ravenous Raccoon

2017-06-26T17:03:00-05:00

(image) The tentative peace agreement between New Yorkers and Raccoonkind has been held together with trash and Chinese food in recent years, to the point that some NYers have even started to keep them as pets. One such raccoon was spotted on the subway last week, nibbling out of a bowl of food like a real etiquette-breaking human. [ more › ]



East Village Woman Repeatedly Stabbed In Apparent Home Invasion Robbery

2017-06-26T16:19:00-05:00

(image) A woman was repeatedly stabbed during a home invasion robbery Sunday night in the East Village, on Avenue B near East 13th Street, NYPD officials said. [ more › ]



Police Say Teenage Girl Is To Blame For Six Flags Gondola Fall Caught On Video

2017-06-26T14:00:00-05:00

(image) Police are blaming "human error" after a teenage girl fell 25 feet from a gondola-ride at Six Flags Great Escape in Lake George over the weekend. [ more › ]






LOL, WTF: Preet Bharara Is Now A Blogger

2017-06-26T13:20:00-05:00

(image) Famed Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara was fired by the president a few months back, and ever since the chattering class has been speculating about his next move. Now we know, and for the time being, it's not running for governor. Nay, Bharara, scourge of corrupt politicians and small-time Bronx drug dealers (but not Wall Streeters), is becoming a blogger. [ more › ]



Interview: Bob Odenkirk On The Future Of 'Better Call Saul' & Returning To SNL

2017-06-26T13:01:16-05:00

(image) For the first two decades of his career, Bob Odenkirk was a comedy legend—cutting his teeth as a writer on Saturday Night Live, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Get a Life, and The Ben Stiller Show; co-creating and starring in beloved cult hit Mr. Show; producing Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!; and appearing in dozens of comedies from Curb Your Enthusiasm to Arrested Development. Over the last decade, he's expanded his range and become a formidable dramatic actor as well, playing Saul Goodman on Breaking Bad, and his precursor Jimmy McGill on Better Call Saul. [ more › ]



Nikki Haley Says She Was Booed During NYC's Pride Parade

2017-06-26T12:45:00-05:00

(image) Nikki Haley, current U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and former anti-same-sex marriage governor of South Carolina, was apparently booed while leaving an NYC restaurant in the middle of the Gay Pride Parade on Sunday. Haley, who in June 2010 declared that "marriage is between one man and one woman," seems upset about the incident: [ more › ]



Video: John Oliver Calls Trump The 'Human Megaphone' For Anti-Vaccine Conspiracies

2017-06-26T12:25:00-05:00

(image) John Oliver wasn't allowed to speak freely about being sued by Murray Energies magnate Robert Murray (something he predicted would happen during his segment on the coal industry last week) on Last Week Tonight yesterday. Instead, he turned his attention to vaccines, and specifically, the odious anti-vaccine conspiracy theorists who have turned their skepticism into memes, despite a lack of evidence. "There comes a point where there's so much evidence, none of which shows any link between vaccines and autism, that you have to say enough," he said. [ more › ]



Early Addition: Step Right Up & Meet The World's Ugliest Dog

2017-06-26T12:09:00-05:00

(image) Rainbow colored clouds grace Pride day, Public Enemy's sign language interpreter rules, Carrier workers feel betrayed by Trump, and much more in today's 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 › ]



A 'Michelin-Starred' Shake Shack Burger From Japan Comes To NYC For One Day

2017-06-26T11:55:00-05:00

(image) Williamsburg's Brooklyn Bowl plays host to the Williamsburg Wine Bash on Monday evening, when over 60 wines will be on offer, along with food from local restaurants. The wine selection is curated by Sherry-Lehmann, while food will be on hand from Andrew Carmellini (who does a lot of the food at nearby William Vale Hotel), Chef Al Di Meglio of Barano, Robert Arbor's Le Gamin Café, Lorenzo and Francesco Panella and Chef Emanuele Baldassini of Antica Pesa and Wylie Dufresne's Du's Donuts. Tickets $200. [ more › ]



Chelsea Manning Attends NYC Pride Parade On ACLU Float

2017-06-26T11:20:00-05:00

(image) Chelsea Manning, the former Army intelligence officer who was convicted of espionage after sharing hundreds of thousands of classified military documents with Wikileaks, appeared in her first pride parade—since being released from prison—yesterday, joining the NYC Pride Parade grand marshal ACLU (and NYCLU) on its vehicles. [ more › ]



Man Breaks Both Legs After Falling Through Skylight At Bed-Stuy Roof Party

2017-06-26T11:03:00-05:00

(image) He is expected to survive, and no criminality is suspected. The incident is still under investigation. [ more › ]



Attention Harry Potter Fans: There's A Mini-Hogwarts In East Harlem

2017-06-26T10:27:00-05:00

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone was released in the United Kingdom exactly 20 years ago today, which is sort of scary. Didn't I just read Harry Potter for the first time, soundtracked, probably, by the Spice Girls' magnificent Spiceworld album, or someone's Tamagotchi announcing its death with a chirp? The speed with which the Earth turns is unsettling, indeed, and to celebrate Harry Potter's milestone, the New York Academy of Medicine in East Harlem has dug up some even older books—they're releasing a digital archive of literature dating as far back as the 15th century that focuses on some of the creatures, plants, and other magical entities featured in the series. If you've ever wondered what a real merperson looks like, now's your chance. [ more › ]



Video: Tornado Rips Through NJ Home Depot

2017-06-26T10:03:00-05:00

(image) If you thought last Monday's sideways rain was stressful, people in Howell, New Jersey had us beat this weekend. It appears two tornadoes hit the Monmouth County town on Saturday, with one ripping right through a Home Depot like it's Young Helen Hunt's house: [ more › ]



Photos: NYC's Massive LGBTQ Pride Parade Mixes Party And Protest

2017-06-26T09:40:00-05:00

The outrage was palpable yesterday—towards the NYPD, Trump and the GOP, capitalism in general—but there was also a lot of joy and celebration. [ more › ]



Cyclist Struck By Allegedly Drunk Driver Going The Wrong Way In Midtown

2017-06-26T09:02:00-05:00

(image) A bicyclist was critically injured when a driver fleeing the police in Midtown Manhattan slammed into him last night. Police say the driver was drunk and going the wrong way up Seventh Avenue when he struck the cyclist. [ more › ]