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

Last Build Date: Sat, 27 May 2017 14:10:00 -0500

Copyright: Copyright 2017

Extra Extra: Tinker, Tailor, Kushner, Spy


(image) A white supremacist murder in Portland, racism in the Hamptons, Jared Kushner is in hot water and more day's end 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 › ]

Extremely Relatable Bear With Bucket Stuck On Head Just Really Loved Cheese Balls


The Department of Environmental Conservation found and then rescued an upstate bear with a plastic bucket stuck on his head this week, ending a search for the elusive black bear after sightings of it were called in to the office for almost a month. And as it turned out, the bucket probably held cheese balls before the bear got its head stuck in it. Who among us does not love those so much they might not get their head stuck in the tub? [ more › ]

Pair Swindled $28,000 From Brooklyn Woman In 'Charity Scam,' Police Say


(image) A 65-year-old found herself $28,000 poorer after a run-in with two scammers earlier this month. Apparently they told her they needed to see her cash before they could trust her with a charitable donation. [ more › ]

Pies From Some Titans Of NYC Pizza Are Popping Up In NoHo


It's usually not until the annual Slice Out Hunger event that New Yorkers are treated to many excellent pizzas from around the city under one roof, but starting next week there's a mini version going down in NoHo. [ more › ]

Know If NYC Beaches Are Open With Text Alerts


(image) You know what beaches to go to. You know there's free sunscreen. Now you can find out if the beaches are even open by signing up for text alerts on beach weather conditions, thanks to a program from the NYC Health Department. [ more › ]

Man On Bicycle Shoots Three Men In Chelsea Early Saturday Morning


(image) An armed man on a bike pulled up in front of a group of men standing on the street in Chelsea and opened fire early Saturday morning, leaving three men alive but injured, cops say. [ more › ]

Reminder: The Prospect Av R Stop Will Close For 6 Months Soon


(image) While you're off gallavanting to the beach for some good food or taking long bike rides Memorial Day weekend, don't forget to say a temporary goodbye to a beloved friend. That is if you live off of the Prospect Av R stop and you have a particular fondness for the stop, because shortly after we get back from the long weekend, it's going under for 6 months for a facelift. [ more › ]

Video Shows Suspects In $750K Jewelry Store Robbery Jump Over Subway Turnstile


(image) The suspects in the violent Brooklyn Heights jewelry store robbery were caught on video as they were making their getaway, police say. [ more › ]

Say No To Low Battery


(image) A bit over-reliant on your smartphone to lead the way these days? We can't blame you — from GPS navigation to calendar reminders, our phones are like our own personal assistants. On that note, we've rounded up a few of our favorite handy charging accessories to help you out. [ more › ]

Extra, Extra: Hillary Clinton Says Effort To Derail Russian Inquiry Is 'Terrible For Our Country'


(image) The Onion invites Gianforte to assault them, Glenn Close yells at audience member, some troubling facts about sunscreen, and much more in our day-end 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 › ]

Fraud Investigators Raid Prominent Brooklyn Heating Oil Company


(image) Cops and city fraud investigators raided one of the city's top heating oil companies in Brooklyn on Thursday. [ more › ]

Bronx Borough President Will March In Puerto Rican Day Parade, Calls Boycotts 'Incredibly Disheartening'


(image) On Tuesday, Mayor de Blasio also reiterated his support for the parade during a press conference with City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, who is Puerto Rican and a longtime advocate for López Rivera. De Blasio has said in his defenses of López Rivera that he has renounced violence, but that is not true. [ more › ]

'Stealthing' Is Not A Crime, But One NY Lawmaker Wants To Change That


(image) "Stealthing," the recently publicized and widely condemned phenomenon of men secretly removing a condom during intercourse, has already been given the cutesy first-person editorial treatment in the NY Post. And now a legislator in the New York State Assembly has introduced a bill that would criminalize the despicable practice. [ more › ]

Chelsea High School Students Accuse Principal Of Slut Shaming Sophomores


(image) More than 100 students at a Chelsea public high school staged a brief sit-in outside of their principal's office on Thursday morning, following an assembly on dress code for the sophomore class, during which students say Principal Darlene Miller shamed female students. [ more › ]

UPS Ordered To Pay $247 Million To New York For Illegal Shipping Of Cigarettes


(image) The ruling stems from a 2015 joint lawsuit, filed by Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and city Corporation Counsel Zachary Carter, alleging that UPS "turned a blind eye" to these illicit shipments. The suit accused the company of illegally shipping nearly 700,000 cartons of cigarettes between 2010 and 2014, costing the city over $35 million in tax revenue. [ more › ]

Reminder: Don't Take Selfies With Seals, OK?


(image) It's that time of year again, when you head to Rockaway Beach with your best friends, crack open a cold one from your millennial pink cooler, and wait. For what? A seal, remember? You love taking selfies with them! #SquadGoals! But please don't do that. [ more › ]

Report: 8 Of America's 10 Most Expensive Areas To Rent An Apartment Are In Manhattan


(image) Battery Park City tops the list. The other two offending zip codes are in San Francisco. [ more › ]

A Brooklyn Restaurant Is Topping French Toast With Foie Gras


(image) Have you ever been sitting at brunch and thought to yourself, "This French toast is great, but what's really missing is an engorged duck liver?" Same. So it brings me great joy to announce that Brooklyn restaurants are at it again, topping sweet breakfast bread with motherloving foie gras. [ more › ]

SUMMER'S HERE, BABY: Mary Lee The Shark Is Headed To NJ


(image) Some surefire signs of summer include: excess mucus, sidewalk roaches, back sweat, other people's back sweat, sunburn, late-night Googling "Is this mole weird?" and the threat of A/C-related electrical fires and/or crushing death. But the best indication that summer's arrived is the return of Mary Lee, our friendly local Great White Shark—and indeed, she may pay New Jersey a visit this weekend. [ more › ]

Free Ice Cream & Hot Dogs For Everyone Sticking Around NYC This Weekend


(image) Pictured above is the The Doughnut Project's Maple Bourbon Tabasco Glazed Doughnut serving as a bun for the Fried Chicken Sandwich at Root & Bone. If this tickles your taste buds, head to Root & Bone's East Village restaurant anytime this weekend to order it. The doughnut minus the chicken will also be available all weekend at The Doughnut Project's West Village shop. [ more › ]

Universal Healthcare Looks Increasingly Possible In New York State


(image) As the debate rages in Washington, DC about whether to trade Trumpcare for Obamacare, a group of lawmakers in New York State see an opportunity for a progressive win here at home. Emboldened by an energized local left wing and operating in a political climate where millions of New Yorkers could wind up losing their health insurance under the American Health Care Act, advocates for single payer health insurance think this might be the ideal time for New York to establish the country's first universal health program. But even as legislation to do so advances, a number of challenges can keep it from coming to pass. [ more › ]

Forecast: More Clouds Than Sun For Memorial Day Weekend


(image) With any luck the worst of the recent rain has passed us by, but that doesn't mean we're in for a dry holiday weekend. After yesterday's storm, May rainfall is now over six inches. That storm is now east of Cape Cod and headed toward Nova Scotia. In its wake we'll have a mix of sun and clouds, but mostly clouds, this afternoon with a slight chance of showers. Today's high should hit the mid 70s, our warmest day in a week and normal for late May. [ more › ]

Brooklyn Online Eyeglass Purveyor Arrested Again For Allegedly Harassing Unhappy Customers


(image) The owner of an online eyeglasses website who has been previously convicted for threatening customers with violence—including rape and murder—has been arrested again. This time, the U.S. Attorney's office says he allegedly "misrepresent[ed] the authenticity and condition of eyeglasses sold through the website"—and "harass[ed] customers who complained or attempted to return their purchases." [ more › ]



(image) This morning I was awakened to the incessant chirp of an alarm clock. Not my alarm, mind you, which was set to bark at me many hours later, but one belonging to one of my neighbors. I have heard this alarm clock before in some borderless dream state, but this morning the alarm went ON and ON and ON and ON and ON and ON, because my neighbor went on vacation without turning off his clock. Or he is dead, in which case I both apologize for this blog post and hope someone finds his body/clock soon. [ more › ]

A Dramatic Plan To Rebuild Penn Station & Restore Its Lost Grandeur


(image) In recent weeks, Governor Andrew Cuomo has expressed increasing frustration with the state of affairs at the station. A "Summer of Agony," he's now predicting, for a "literally crumbling" station not expected to improve "for the foreseeable future." Construction on the Gateway Program, which would dig a desperately-needed new train tunnel with two tracks under the Hudson, is supposed to begin by the end of the year. But that $24 billion project has long relied on sizable federal assistance, and the White House doesn't seem to be returning Cuomo's calls. [ more › ]

Men Dressed As Construction Workers Rob Brooklyn Heights Jewelry Store At Gunpoint


(image) Three men disguised as construction workers in hard hats and orange vests assaulted a Brooklyn Heights jewelry store owner on Thursday evening before making off with jewelry and hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash, according to the NYPD. [ more › ]

This Smartwatch Redefines Wearables With Intuitive Design


(image) The Ticwatch 2 Active Smartwatch uses its own proprietary Ticwatch OS to produce an easy-to-use interface and sleek design that transitions from the gym to the office seamlessly. This is a watch that's made to be used every day. Set reminders, make calls, get text notifications, and much more. [ more › ]

Alamo Drafthouse Offers Women-Only 'Wonder Woman' Screenings... And Dudes Freak Out


(image) After the original Alamo Drafthouse in Austin announced women-only screenings of the upcoming Wonder Woman movie, the downtown Brooklyn location added its own women-only* screenings, with all the proceeds going to Planned Parenthood. The Brooklyn screenings are Sunday, June 4th at 3 p.m. and Monday, June 5th at 7:45 p.m.—and tickets are selling out! [ more › ]

Extra, Extra: 5 Pointz Luxury Condo Comes With Painfully Unironic Graffiti Branding


(image) Because the White House is waiting for the other shoe to drop, check out today's end-of-day links: Bieber boxing in Manhattan, TJ Miller leaving 'Silicon Valley,' Trump Soho in trouble, future of 'Louie,' pink doughnut boxes explained, and world's biggest bunny. 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 › ]

Three Brooklyn Federal Prison Guards Arrested On Charges Of Raping, Sexually Abusing Inmates


(image) Federal agents have arrested three guards from Brooklyn's federal jail on charges that they raped and sexually abused several female inmates. [ more › ]

'Confused' Traveler Charged With Trespassing After Wandering Past LaGuardia Airport Security


(image) The TSA also noted that "appropriate action will be taken" against their employee, but did not divulge further specifics. [ more › ]

Here's The 'Tangle And Mangle' Of Tracks Amtrak Will Try To Fix Under Penn Station This Summer


Amtrak offered a closer look today at the crisscrossing tracks underneath Penn Station slated for emergency repairs in July and August. An estimated six weeks of repair work on a network of aging New Jersey Transit and Amtrak tracks on the station's western end was confirmed last month, in the face of mounting service delays and residual commuter headaches. [ more › ]

Elaborate 'Breaking Bad'-Inspired Cocktail Lab Popping Up In NYC This Summer


               It's been almost four years since the end of Breaking Bad, but the show's legacy lives on in novelty t-shirts, wonderful spin-offs, and the occasional Heisenberg-influenced eateries. The Breaking Bad-themed Walter's Coffee Roastery in Bushwick was a pretty good way to get your C8H10N4O2 fix; the Los Pollos Hermanos pop-up was insanely popular for a few days in the Financial District; and now, we may have the best Walter White-inspired project yet: cocktail bar pop-up ABQ will roll an RV into the city this summer for an interactive cocktail mixing experience. [ more › ] [...]

Shake Shack Finally Opening East Village Location In Astor Place


(image) Brace yourself, East Village, because we've got a new Shake Shack alert! Looks like the Shack is going to be arriving in Astor Place this summer. Remember when there were three Starbucks in Astor Place? Just saying there are an awful lot of Shake Shacks now and there's a precedent. [ more › ]

Uber's Latest Alleged Scam Could Be Costing Riders In NYC Hundreds Of Thousands A Day


(image) The wife of a Brooklyn Uber driver is suing the company after the couple allegedly discovered that UberX is systematically overcharging riders. [ more › ]

Your Complete Summer Guide To Rockaway Beach Food 2017


The food lineup at Rockaway Beach this summer looks to be the strongest in years, with the return of all our most important favorites and a few key new additions that put the whole thing over the top. Here's our guide to your 2017 Rockaway Beach eats—read our thorough guide to NYC beaches here. Someday this rain's gonna end. [ more › ]

The 5 Best Second Dates In NYC


(image) All of my first and second dates in New York City have gone exactly like this: meet date, drink across from or next to or in general vicinity of date at the most convenient (to me) bar, leave, lose hope in finding another human to enjoy the next week or forever with. In my head—and heart—however, all I want is the kind of date that Hollywood has manipulated me into believing can exist. One with unplanned and seemingly imperfect but actually perfect moments, casual and witty banter... pretty much any scene between Ryan O'Neal and Ali MacGraw in Love Story. (Even the death one!) I am certain that people are having these idyllic date moments all around me, all of the time. [ more › ]

Check Out Your New Happy Hour Spot: Pret A Manger Bar In Penn Station


Are the crowds too dense at Applebee's? Not a fan of the "martinis" found in Flavortown? Relax. We've got your hottest new happy hour spot right here: Pret A Manger. [ more › ]

NYC Issues Zika-Related Travel Warnings In Miami, Texas, And Beyond


(image) It's been a while since we've screamed the word "ZIKA!!!!" at you in a headline, but mosquito season is on its way in the United States and elsewhere in our hemisphere, so here it is. Today, the city's Department of Health issued a reminder regarding areas still subject to Zika-related travel warnings in advance of the summer travel season and, yes, Miami's still affected. [ more › ]

MTA Taking On 'Crushing' Debt For Expansion Projects As Current Infrastructure Struggles


(image) Days after Governor Andrew Cuomo pledged to find additional funding for the MTA in order to improve subway service, the MTA Board on Wednesday approved a capital plan amendment that calls for an additional $1.6 billion in bonds. Several board members criticized the authority, accusing it of pushing through a bloated plan that relies too heavily on debt, and prioritizes some of Governor Cuomo's pet infrastructure projects over critical maintenance of aging infrastructure. [ more › ]