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

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Traffic Deaths Down 23 Percent Under Vision Zero, But Cyclist & Pedestrian Deaths Are Up


(image) Mayor de Blasio's office released their third Vision Zero report yesterday, and there is good news—overall traffic fatalities have decreased an unprecedented 23 percent since the program was launched in 2013, bucking a 14 percent nationwide increase in the same period. The bad news is, though there were slightly fewer traffic deaths in 2016 than in the year prior, there were slightly more pedestrian and cyclist deaths. [ more › ]

This Maple Butter Pizza And Pasta Cake Are Here For You This Weekend


(image) Lady's, the new Downton Brooklyn restaurant serving honey butter pizza, brings their pies to your weekend hangovers with the launch of their new brunch this Saturday. Instead of honey, it's Maple Butter Pizza with calabrian chili and sea salt; Bacon, Egg, and Cheese Pizza with mozzarella di Bufala, country ham and hen egg; and Funghi y Uovo Pizza with wild mushroom, hen egg, pecorino and thyme. Non pizza dishes include a Frittata with confit potato, caramelized shallot, arugula and smoked trout and Baked Eggs with polenta, braised chicken, butter and roasted tomato. Don't skip out on the Lady's Bloody Mary, which is made with with vodka, San Marzano tomato juice, calabrian chili, clam juice. [ more › ]

Ask A Native New Yorker: Why Do Some People Wear Masks On The Subway?


(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. [ more › ]

Inside The Oldest Home In Brooklyn Heights


Brooklyn Heights is filled with charming old homes—it is America's First Suburb, after all—but one of the most unique and treasured of them all is the clapboard house at 24 Middagh Street. The 19th century abode—which has been in the same family since the 1950s—sits on the corner of Willow Street, and just a block from the best view of the Manhattan Skyline. The house is more like a compound, featuring the main house and a carriage house (the two are joined by a private courtyard), and it's now on the market for $6,650,000 (down from $7 million, which it listed for when it went on the market late last year). The rare opportunity to own the oldest house in Brooklyn Heights means that anyone can get a look inside, finally. [ more › ]

Early Addition: Does Global Warming Ruin Nice Weather?


(image) Because Caitlyn Jenner is disappointed, check out today's mid-day links: Americans embarrassed by Trump, snow anxiety, New Yorker on the new Cold War, Oxford Dictionary recognizes haterade, Trump-supporting socialites, and cat hates taxes. 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 › ]

NYPD Still Arresting Sex Workers Despite Pledge To Target Traffickers


(image) Tanya says she got a bad feeling when the man tried to take her picture with his cellphone. She'd been texting with him earlier that night, and he'd invited her to the Howard Johnson Inn near JFK Airport—presumably to pay her for sex, though she says they hadn't discussed specifics. "I was not trying to let him take a picture," she told Gothamist recently. [ more › ]

OBAMA ALERT: The 44th President Is In NYC!


(image) OBAMA IS HERE 🇺🇸 😌 🙌 [ more › ]

De Blasio's Big Day: Mayor To Meet With Federal Investigators For Questioning


(image) Mayor de Blasio is meeting today with federal prosecutors and FBI agents investigating whether he doled out favors in exchange for campaign donations, according to reports. [ more › ]

New York City Beer Week Kicks Off This Weekend


(image) Here's another reason to drink this weekend: New York City Beer Week begins its 11-day (that's more like two weeks, people) run on Friday night, with the official kick off party on Saturday in Greenpoint. Over the course of the hoppy celebration, dozens of breweries, beer bars and restaurants, and beer-related venues host tap takeovers, dinners, tastings, tours and even beer-related trivia events across the five boroughs. [ more › ]

On Its 30th Anniversary, It Is Time To Rewatch 'Eyes On The Prize'


This year marks the 30th anniversary of Eyes on the Prize, the 14-hour TV miniseries that brought an unvarnished look at the American civil rights movement into living rooms across the country. Since it premiered, Eyes On The Prize has become a seminal document on the movement, examining its origins and strategies; the men and women, heralded and unheralded, who drove it; and its victories, as well as its most bitter defeats. [ more › ]

Subway Dancers Assault Riders On The A Train After Argument


(image) Four subway dancers attacked a man and a woman who wouldn't clear space for them when they got on an A train, leaving them both with facial injuries according to police. [ more › ]

Totally Normal Forecast: It's Warm And Muggy In FEBRUARY


(image) This morning's low in Central Park was 56 degrees, average for late May but highly unusual for late February. So unusual that it broke the previous record high minimum temperature record of 54 set in 1985. [ more › ]

Judge Allows One Accuser To Testify Against Bill Cosby In Sexual Assault Trial


(image) A judge overseeing the sexual assault trial against Bill Cosby will allow the prosecution to have an additional accuser testify. [ more › ]

Video: Seth Meyers & Stephen Colbert Give Trump The Middle Finger Over Transgender Rights


(image) This week, Donald Trump rescinded protections for transgender students that had allowed them to use bathrooms of their own choice. Both Seth Meyers and Stephen Colbert came out with strong segments castigating Trump over his hypocrisy on the issue, with Colbert devoting the opening of Late Show to giving Trump the middle finger. [ more › ]

'We're Fighting For Simple, Basic, Human Needs': Thousands Rally At Stonewall Against Trump's Anti-Trans Rules


After the Trump administration announced it would roll back Obama-era guidelines that required public schools to let transgender students use the bathrooms of their choice, thousands of LGBTQ New Yorkers and allies rallied in front of the Stonewall Inn in support of transgender rights. [ more › ]

Brooklyn Dog Walker Found Dead In Red Hook Building


(image) A 53-year-old dog walker was found dead in the stairwell of a Brooklyn apartment building, and it's believed he died because the dogs "overpowered" him in the stairwell. [ more › ]

Expect Changes On The 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, A, C, D, E, F, M, N & R Trains This Weekend


(image) Did you know that plastic lawn flamingos are considered endangered? Anyway, here are this weekend's subway changes. [ more › ]

Update: Missing 6-Yr-Old CT Girl Found In PA After Amber Alert


(image) Authorities in Connecticut and New York are looking for a girl who went missing after a deadly double stabbing in Bridgeport, CT. It's believed her father, who is a suspect in the stabbing, took her and that she may be in danger. Update: The girl was found safe and her father was arrested in Pennsylvania. [More details below.] [ more › ]

Finally Launch Your Business With Help From This Silicon Valley Mentor


(image) Get the mentorship you need to navigate your way through the twists and turns of entrepreneurship. [ more › ]

Extra, Extra: Hero Scientist Wants To Eliminate Hangovers By 2050


(image) Because you want to know how much getting a pet will really cost you, check out today's end-of-day links: Kellyanne Conway on feminism, eliminating hangovers, Icelandic tourism, Bannon materializes at CPAC, protesting as the new brunch, and dog confronts himself. 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 › ]

Dude Scientifically Proves Which Is The Most Depressing Radiohead Song


(image) Radiohead have always had a special gift for making glitchy sad bastard music sound warm, inviting, and irresistibly catchy. But no matter how much you love to dance to "Idioteque" or rock out to "2+2=5," Radiohead's speciality, as far as most are concerned, lies in their ability to mine the depths of melancholy and find emotional resonance. (Or maybe I'm just a huge fanboy and it's really just one-dimensional music for moody people, shut up you're not my mom.) [ more › ]

Octavia Spencer & Scarlett Johansson Are The Next Two 'Saturday Night Live' Hosts


(image) Saturday Night Live has enjoyed its best ratings in over two decades thanks to the tireless work of the cast and crew, attention-grabbing guest star turns from the likes of Alec Baldwin and Melissa McCarthy, and a relentless hounding of Donald Trump. (You know, give or take that one time they had him on the show during the build-up to the election, but I guess we all are kind of ready to forgive them for that, considering how much they've reset themselves as an adversarial satirical force against Trump, and how much even their most mild sketches seem to get under the skin of the 45th president; it would have been better if the show, and particularly Lorne Michaels, publicly acknowledged that having Trump on was a huge mistake, but since when has Michaels apologized for anything, especially an episode that despite being god-awful remains a memorable one people still talk about—as has been repeated way too much since Trump was elected, comedy isn't going to save us, but if it pisses off the commander-in-chief enough that his aides have to hide the remote from him lest he turn the TV on and see Kate McKinnon as gremlin Jeff Sessions, then that's at least something of a corrective. In lieu of SNL being granted special powers to bring impeachment charges against the president, we'll settle for them being able to piss him off on a regular basis). [ more › ]

LI Woman Charged With Falsely Reporting She Was Raped By College Football Players


(image) A 20-year-old woman from Long Island was arrested for allegedly making false statements about a sexual assault at a Connecticut college. Nikki Yovino, of South Setauket, reported that she was raped by two football players at Sacred Heart University during a football party last fall, but an affidavit says that she made up the story in order to not alienate a potential boyfriend. However, the woman's lawyer says, "My client denies the allegations and stands by her original story." [ more › ]

Sicilian Seafood Swims Into SoHo Aboard An Adorable Truck


The opening of Piccola Cucina Estiatorio in SoHo on March 8th completes a trio of Sicilian-inspired restaurants from chef and restaurateur Philip Guardione, who's mining his childhood home's seafood bounty for the new restaurant on Thompson Street. [ more › ]

TSA Disciplines Agents Who Failed To Screen 11 Passengers At JFK


(image) The Transportation Security Administration has begun disciplining the agents who were responsible for letting 11 passengers walk through a JFK security line without getting screened earlier this week. [ more › ]

Pregnant Teen Tased By Cops Plans To Sue The City For $5.5 Million


(image) The pregnant teenager who an NYPD officer shocked with a stun gun in a Wakefield apartment building earlier this month is planning to sue the city. [ more › ]

Transgender Rights Rally At Stonewall Thursday Night After Trump Revokes Public School Protections


(image) Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina said, "We are dedicated to ensuring every student is provided with a safe, supportive and inclusive learning environment." [ more › ]

The Best Kale Salads In NYC


(image) The Kale Salad has come a long way—some have kept it simple, others have added more filling toppings to go along with the greens, and others have adapted classic salads to fit the kale base (the Kale Ceasar is popular, for example). You can't really do a kale salad wrong, but some have done them very right—tip: usually it involves massaging the kale and putting an egg on it. Below, some of our favorite kale salads in NYC. [ more › ]

Early Addition: CPAC Organizer Says Alt-Right Is Actually A 'Left-Wing Fascist Group'


(image) Because Tucker Carlson has some issues, check out today's mid-day links: child begs Senator to keep PBS, giraffe birth censored, man tackles Confederate flag, Obamacare repeal-and-replace just 'happy talk,' Bob's Burgers tunes, NY Times ad, and very good dog goes shopping. 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 › ]

[UPDATE] Customs Agents Checked IDs Of Domestic Flight Passengers At JFK


(image) Customs and Border Protection agents met a domestic flight at John F. Kennedy Airport on Wednesday night and checked the IDs of every passenger on board, according to one traveler who documented the scene. [ more › ]

Depeche Mode Responds To Richard Spencer: We Do Not Support The Alt-Right


(image) Earlier today before he was kicked out of CPAC (the Conservative Political Action Conference), white nationalist Richard Spencer was asked if he likes rock music, at which point he declared that Depeche Mode is the "official band of the alt-right," according to New York magazine's Olivia Nuzzi. [ more › ]

Thanks For The Memories, Hipster Cop


Hipster Cop will soon be a cop no more—after 25 years on the force, Community Affairs Detective Rick Lee of the NYPD's 1st Precinct will turn in his badge. It's a bittersweet end for the dapper media darling, who both baffled and dazzled the city when his tweed suit-clad self was spotted policing protestors at Occupy Wall Street in 2011. [ more › ]

Protecting Trump Tower For 75 Days Cost The City $25 Million


(image) Need a little good news in your life? I would imagine you do, given the constant unyielding nightmare that is life even when Cheeto Mussolini isn't the president. So, here's some good news, although it's a very thin sliver of good news: it costs $10 million less than was originally projected for the city to protect Trump Tower. Yay? [ more › ]

Video: Seth Meyers Examines Trump's Cruel, Unnecessary & Ineffective Immigration Policies


(image) While Stephen Colbert was focused on Trump's predilection for keeping conspiracy theorist nuts as advisers, Seth Meyers turned to Trump's newly-revised immigration ban and plans for his "beautiful" wall, so eloquently expressed by his most noxious surrogates: "So Trump wants to spend as much as $20 billion on a wall that even some Republicans think won't work, but don't worry, Trump adviser Stephen Miller said there's no need to worry about who will pay for the wall," Meyers said before showing a clip of Miller saying the wall will "pay for itself many, many, many times over." [ more › ]

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'We Have Overcome Tyranny Before': Rep. Clarke Blasts Trump At Packed Town Hall


(image) Brooklynites packed Union Temple in Prospect Heights to the rafters Wednesday night for a town hall with U.S. Representative Yvette Clarke, back in her district during this week's Congressional recess. [ more › ]

Long Island City Taqueria Mines The World For Fillings


(image) The versatility of the taco is being mined once again at a new DIY taqueria in Long Island City, Unico, that opened on Monday. Behind the concept is Suvir Saran, who runs internationally-inspired restaurant Tapestry, which opened last year in the West Village. Together with restaurateur Roni Mazumdar, Saran's offering "global tacos" in a choose-your-own-adventure-style setup of which tortilla configuration sounds best to you. [ more › ]

Video: Stephen Colbert Thinks Alex Jones Is What Happens When You "Mix Steroids With Peyote"


(image) After starting last night's show with a series of jokes about Donald Trump's visit to the Museum of African-American History and Culture, Stephen Colbert took a step back to consider Trump's delicate temperament: "I hope that doesn't upset Donald Trump, because he's a bit of a hothead, loose cannon, powder keg, dump truck, which is why it's important for him to be counseled by people who are even-keeled," Colbert, who has become the king of late night ever since he took the kid gloves off post-election, said. "Unfortunately, he's talking to some jerk named Alex Jones, the far-right conspiracy theorist who is apparently taking on a new role as occasional information source and validator for Trump, with whom he sometimes speaks on the phone." [ more › ]

Chris Christie May Have A Second Career As A Sports Talk Radio Jockey


(image) [Update below] Chris Christie, who's maybe going to sit trial for his bridge crimes and who maybe keeps telling people he's getting a job with the Trump administration any day now, has a third future in front of him if he wants to grab for it, and frankly it's the future he's been working towards his whole life: afternoon sports yak radio host on sports radio 66 (dah dah dah dah dah) the Fan, WFAN, New York. [ more › ]