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We Spoke With The Producer Of Planet Earth's Stunning 'Cities' Finale, Airing Saturday

2017-03-24T09:55:00-05:00

(image) The series needs no endorsement—if mind-boggling nature footage narrated by David Attenborough and set to a Hans Zimmer score isn't your bag, what is?—but it's worth pointing out that this final episode is especially perfect. It features urban leopards in Mumbai, langur monkeys vaulting across rooftops in India, and peregrine falcons plunging into the Hudson River, the footage of which offers a view of New York unlike anything you've ever seen. Later on in the episode, Sir Attenborough appears on screen (another first for the series) and when he speaks into the camera, you feel as though the 90-year-old British naturalist is delivering the sum total of human knowledge right into your soul. It is a very good piece of television, is my point. [ more › ]



Brad Lander Rips 'Outrageous & Dangerous' Proposal To Raise Speed Limit On Ocean Parkway

2017-03-24T08:59:00-05:00

(image) Felder is one of a coterie of southern Brooklyn politicians who have long chafed at road safety measures, and who have grown in volume in response to the traffic-calming road redesigns and driver regulations of Mayor de Blasio's Vision Zero initiative. In November 2014, the city reduced the default speed limit to 25 miles per hour as part of the campaign. In 2015, the Department of Transportation's Pedestrian Safety Action plan identified Ocean Parkway, which runs from Kensington to Brighton Beach, as a priority corridor, to be considered for redesigns, new signage, and changed signal timing. With 8 pedestrian deaths and 64 pedestrians seriously injured from 2009-2013, the road ranked as the fourth most dangerous for people on foot in Brooklyn. [ more › ]



Revisit Quentin Tarantino's First Masterpiece 'Reservoir Dogs' At Tribeca Film Festival

2017-03-24T00:00:00-05:00

(image) Reservoir Dogs—the nervy debut from devilish auteur Quentin Tarantino with a first-rate cast of Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Chris Penn, Steve Buscemi, Lawrence Tierney, and Edward Bunker—is back in a big way. For one night only, Reservoir Dogs will come to the Beacon Theater for its silver anniversary screening—using Tarantino’s own 35mm print from his personal archive! [ more › ]



Extra, Extra: Trump Pretends To Drive A Big Rig Like A Big Boy!

2017-03-23T17:30:00-05:00

(image) Check out today's end-of-day links: new Gorillaz, the rise of the Hard Left, whither the smart gun, Herzog on Trump, new Martin McDonagh movie trailer, first look at 'Twin Peaks' revival, and cat in a dapper hat. 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 › ]



Longtime East Village Vegan Spot Angelica Kitchen Will Close After 40 Years

2017-03-23T17:04:00-05:00

(image) At a time when veganism seems to be reaching the saturation point, we're faced with sad news about East Village stalwart and "before it was cool" vegan spot Angelica Kitchen, which will close in early April. The restaurant's last service will be April 7th, ending a 40-year run, first on St. Marks Place, followed by its current home on East 12th Street. [ more › ]



De Blasio Ends Press Conference After Press Asks 'Off-Topic' Questions

2017-03-23T16:42:00-05:00

(image) Mayor de Blasio held a press conference today in which he continued to pressure the New York State legislature to pass a mansion tax, or a tax on apartment sales above 2.5 million dollars. De Blasio used 432 Park Avenue, the city's tallest residential building and home to a number of multi-million dollar sales, as an example of a building whose home sales could have benefitted subsidized rent for senior citizens. The press conference...did not go well. [ more › ]



Dirty Projectors, Miguel & More To Play Northside Festival 2017

2017-03-23T16:11:00-05:00

(image) It's still freezing outside, but summer is right around the corner if you squint hard enough. And nothing screams summertime like summer music festival season: Northside Festival has announced their initial lineup for this year's festivities, which includes headlining performances from the likes of Dirty Projectors, Miguel, Kamasi Washington, and Thursday. [ more › ]



Man Charged In Fatal Midtown Stabbing Was 'Angered By Black Men Mixing With White Women'

2017-03-23T15:49:00-05:00

(image) James Harris Jackson, a 28-year-old Maryland man and admitted white supremacist, was charged with murder in the second degree as a hate crime on Thursday afternoon, for allegedly stabbing 66-year-old Timothy Caughman, a black man, to death: a killing prosecutor Joan Illuzzi-Orbon described as "most likely an act of terrorism." [ more › ]



Here's The First Harrowing Trailer For Hulu's 'The Handmaid's Tale'

2017-03-23T14:35:00-05:00

(image) Hulu has released its first full trailer for its upcoming miniseries adaptation of The Handmaid's Tale, and considering our current political state of affairs, it's a little tough to watch. Still, it looks like star Elizabeth Moss is set to give a haunting performance as heroine Offred: [ more › ]



Shake Shack Is Doing Delivery This Weekend Only

2017-03-23T14:15:00-05:00

(image) Since first launching in 2012, Caviar has begun to soften Seamless's vice-like grip on our dinner delivery addiction by partnering with restaurants that wouldn't ordinarily opt for delivery, making things like super hyped pizza and star chef dishes available pretty much anywhere. This weekend, add Danny Meyer's name to that list, as Shake Shack will be testing out delivery at eight NYC locations, Friday through Sunday only. [ more › ]



The 14 Best Cookies In NYC

2017-03-23T13:55:00-05:00

(image) In the realm of desserts, the hierarchy is clear. Ice Cream > Cookies > Flan > Pie > Fancy Stuff > Cake. [Ed. note: flan is bad.] Bonus points to cookies, though, for being the only one you can carry around in your bag all day and it's still delicious when you break it out at the movies that night! Plus you're never too far from that sweet, chewy (or crisp!) satisfaction: there are a lot of excellent bakers in New York City, making a lot of excellent cookies. These, however, in no particular order, are the absolute best. [ more › ]



Twin Baby Girls Found Dead in NJ Apartment

2017-03-23T13:28:00-05:00

(image) Two infant twin girls were found dead inside their family's apartment in southern New Jersey on Wednesday, after their mother called 911 to report the twins had turned "purple." [ more › ]



Early Addition: Trump Taunts World With 'I'm President & You're Not'

2017-03-23T13:07:00-05:00

(image) Because Bob Dylan loves watching 'I Love Lucy' reruns, check out today's mid-day links: Seth Meyers takes closer look at FBI investigation, Renner's Goop, Trump channels Chevy Chase, Trevor Noah defends Tomi Lahren, and giant puppy doesn't get stairs. 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: House Health Care Vote Postponed... For Now

2017-03-23T12:40:00-05:00

(image) [Update below] It's health care vote day on Capitol Hill, as House Republicans are set to vote on the American Health Care Act, their much better replacement for the Affordable Care Act (you see, AHCA has an "H" in it whereas the ACA has no "H"). Apart from making Paul Ryan's very strange late 20s kegger dreams come true, what will the bill mean for you? [ more › ]



Video: Samantha Bee Has The Perfect Metaphor For Trump's Budget

2017-03-23T12:25:00-05:00

(image) Donald Trump had another spectacular week as president in which everything went tremendously...is something we could say if we lived in an alternative universe. In the real universe in which we currently reside, Trump had another awful week in which pols from both sides of the aisle pushed back against his healthcare plan. Samantha Bee pointed out that the only thing more disastrous than Trumpcare is Trump's budget: "Distilling Trump's spittle-flecked campaign jeremiads and incoherent revenge fantasies into policy isn't an exact science, and if it were an exact science, this budget would defund it," she said. [ more › ]



How Arts Advocates Are Mobilizing Against Trump's Proposed NEA Cuts

2017-03-23T12:05:00-05:00

(image) The fight to protect public arts funding began in earnest on Tuesday, as over 700 arts advocates from across the country descended on Capitol Hill for the 30th annual Arts Advocacy Day. Their purpose, unchanged for the past three decades, was to convince lawmakers of "the importance of developing strong public policies and appropriating increased public funding for the arts." But their mood, just days after Donald Trump's first federal budget proposal promised to gut funding for the National Endowment of the Arts, was one of renewed urgency. [ more › ]



Spa Castle Owners Indicted For Tax Fraud

2017-03-23T11:50:00-05:00

(image) The owners of Queens spa facility Spa Castle have been indicted by the NY Attorney General's office for allegedly failing to pay over $1.5 million in taxes. [ more › ]



Sip Themed Cocktails At A New 'Silent' Cinema Series Screening Art-Inspired Films

2017-03-23T11:25:00-05:00

After the pioneers at Nitehawk Cinema lobbied and won for the right to booze in a cinema, the city has welcomed lots of new ways to get a load on while watching a film. Governor Cuomo even wants to make it the norm for first run movie theaters across the state. And the Upper West Side might have lost that Alamo Drafthouse, but now they've got a much smaller approximation of the real deal with a new film screening and paired cocktail series at the NYLO Hotel on Broadway. [ more › ]



Body Found On Crown Heights Sidewalk Wrapped In Bed Sheet

2017-03-23T11:11:11-05:00

(image) Police say they recovered a dead woman wrapped in a bed sheet on a Crown Heights sidewalk early Thursday morning. [ more › ]



Photos, Video: At The Drive In Sets Off A Psych-Punk Explosion At Terminal 5

2017-03-23T11:00:00-05:00

At The Drive In's long-awaited return to New York City has been a tale of reunions and rescheduling, but last night at Terminal 5 the psych-punk quintet let bygones be bygones. The band stormed through a setlist mainly sourced from their 2000 indie masterpiece Relationship of Command, hitting classics like "Cosmonaut," "Arc Arsenal" and "One Armed Scissor," along with brand new singles "Incurably Innocent" and "Governed by Contaigons." Between guitarist Omar Rodriguez-Lopez's mindfuck solos and frontman Cedric Bixler-Zavala's high-jump acrobatics, Wednesday night's show proved the punk band that launched a thousand math rock demo tapes has plenty left in the tank despite breaking up in 2001, and then again in 2012. [ more › ]



5 Ways To Spring Clean Like A Real Adult, On A Budget

2017-03-23T11:00:00-05:00

(image) Whether your bedroom could use a revamp or you need to prep your patio for some backyard barbecues, now's the perfect time to pick up a few home goods that'll have you feeling all warm and summery inside. [ more › ]



Racist Murder Suspect Reportedly Stalked Another Black Man Before Fatal Stabbing

2017-03-23T10:33:00-05:00

(image) James Harris Jackson, a 28-year-old Maryland army veteran and admitted white supremacist, stalked an unidentified black man in Hells Kitchen on Monday night before fatally stabbing 66-year-old Timothy Caughman, also black, according to media reports. [ more › ]



Brooklyn Conman Offered False Hope To Parents Of Kidnapped Children

2017-03-23T10:25:00-05:00

(image) A man who scammed parents of international kidnapping victims by telling them he could find their children in exchange for payments to his non-profit was sentenced to 36 months in prison yesterday, according to an announcement from the acting U.S. Attorney. [ more › ]



Israeli-American Teen Arrested In Israel For Making Numerous Bomb Threats To Jewish Community Centers In U.S.

2017-03-23T10:05:00-05:00

(image) A teenager with dual citizenship in Israel and the U.S. was arrested in Israel on Thursday for making "scores" of threats against Jewish community centers in the U.S. and around the world. [ more › ]



Fugitive 'Serial Scam Artist' Landlord Still Ruining Lives, Tenants Say

2017-03-23T09:37:00-05:00

(image) She had already put money down to hold the apartment, and the veteran's program that was covering her rent had cut checks for three months at $1,250 a month, so when he said again that he would take care of it, she waited. She moved in three weeks later, after he replaced the window and did some painting, she recalled. But when she called to connect the gas, she was told that Erez owed $1,000 and, until he paid it, she could not get the account placed in her name. There was also no hot water. As winter began, this became more of a problem. [ more › ]



Cops: Woman Made Anti-Muslim Remarks Before Punching Queens Pedestrian

2017-03-23T09:00:00-05:00

(image) A woman walking in Jamaica, Queens was attacked another woman making anti-Muslim remarks earlier this month. [ more › ]



Extra, Extra: Trump Still Has The Dilbert Guy In His Corner

2017-03-22T17:30:00-05:00

(image) Because you want to meet the Turkish Trump, check out today's end-of-day links: Dilbert dude loves Trump, David Lynch weather reports, NBA partying, downside of gig economies, 'Fargo' trailer, and a dog who loves a pony. 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 › ]



Dim The Lights & Enjoy This Soothing Timelapse Of Spring (Remember Spring?)

2017-03-22T17:04:00-05:00

(image) Spring has stepped out for a pack of smokes so Winter can come back for a couple of days to remind everyone in NYC how fun it is to sleep with the windows wide open next to a seething steam radiator playing an avant garde minimalist art noise symphony that was too edgy for Bang On A Can. While we wait for heaven to fall to the earth in the form of gardenias, please enjoy Jamie Scott's downright mesmerizing timelapse video of flowers blooming, in the dark and in the park. [ more › ]



Three Brooklyn Subway Stations Will Soon Close For Six Months To Become Exciting Stations Of The Future

2017-03-22T15:57:00-05:00

(image) In case you'd forgotten, Governor Cuomo has big plans for the subway. What? No, not increasing service in any way that would make your crowded platform experience any less hellish. Getting crushed in a sea of bodies will be more aesthetically pleasing soon though, thanks to improvements planned for 30 subway stations around the city. The first work on the project begins this month on a Sunset Park R station, with another two R stations nearby slated for work in the spring and summer. [ more › ]



Jean Grae On Her New Show At Alamo, Her Favorite TV Judge And Nollywood

2017-03-22T15:40:00-05:00

(image) Jean Grae stays busy. Between her music career, her frequent appearances at comedy shows like Night Train, her own The Show Show and the Church of the Infinite You, both at Union Hall, there's plenty of opportunities to catch up on what she's doing. And this week she'll add to that resume, with the debut of Dubbled Over at the Alamo Drafthouse. The show is a collaboration with Quelle Chris in which the two tear up TV and movie clips and turn the blended up entertainment into "a one hour experience, designed to feel like you’re flipping through your own TV…only better." We talked with Grae about the process of editing everything together, why she stays so busy all the time, who her favorite TV judge is and just how much, if any, pornography Dubbled Over will contain. [ more › ]



Here's What's Coming & Going From Netflix In April

2017-03-22T14:55:00-05:00

(image) I was horrified to discover the other day that The Wild Thornberrys, which is indisputably one of the greatest television shows of all time, is no longer streaming on Netflix. This is a travesty, and I will not stand for it, for Nigel Thornberry is a True Hero of the small screen. [ more › ]



NYPD: Midtown Stabbing Suspect Wanted To Kill Black Men In The Media Capital Of The World

2017-03-22T14:35:00-05:00

(image) James Harris Jackson, the 28-year-old man suspected of fatally stabbing a 66-year-old man in midtown on Monday night, took a Bolt Bus from Baltimore, Maryland to NYC last Friday with the explicit intention of harming black men, according to Manhattan Chief of Detectives William Aubry. [ more › ]



7 Fearless Women Statues That Should Replace The Fictional, Infantilized 'Fearless Girl'

2017-03-22T14:20:00-05:00

There are five historical female statues in New York City. Men? They have about 150. Recently there has been a big push for more female statues depicting real women, and not, say, fictional statues like Alice in Wonderland or some nameless muse. Yet in the latest addition of the temporary statue "Fearless Girl," we get yet another fictional, infantilized female statue—this one put there by a global corporation with a gender diversity problem. It's been a fairly divisive installation, with some rejecting it, and others hoping to keep it as a permanent piece of the city's landscape. But what about the real, deserving women who have paved the way as fearless leaders in their respective fields, where are their statues? Here's a short list (by no means comprehensive) of women who deserve their own permanent place in this city. [ more › ]



An Exclusively Pescetarian Restaurant Called Gloria Has Opened In Hell's Kitchen

2017-03-22T13:42:00-05:00

"So far, meat has never come through my front door," Phil Johnson explains of his fish friendly new restaurant Gloria that opened recently in Hell's Kitchen. Chef and business partner Diego Garcia created a menu centered entirely around seafood after stints at Le Berardin and Contra awakened the duo to the common dietary practice of pescetarianism. "There are a lot of fish restaurants that do use a lot of meat like pork butt and chicken stock in their sauces...we really looked around and there isn't a fish restaurant that's 100% fish." [ more › ]



Early Addition: Melissa McCarthy Observing Spicer Closely Before SNL Return

2017-03-22T13:15:00-05:00

(image) Because Sean Spicer lies a lot, check out today's mid-day links: Trumpcare support hits new low, Millennials avoiding doctors, Swedish utopia, Rex Tillerson's begrudging job, sleepy snakes on a plane, and workout puppy. 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 Increasing Presence At British-Related Sites In NYC After Possible Terrorist Attack At UK Parliament

2017-03-22T12:55:00-05:00

(image) A man was shot in London today after allegedly stabbing a police officer and trying to storm Parliament, and pedestrians were run over by a driver in a 4x4 car on the nearby Westminster Bridge. The Metropolitan Police says it's "treating this as a terrorist incident until we know otherwise." [ more › ]



Newly Leaked Documents Suggests Cop Who Killed Eric Garner Had History Of Misconduct

2017-03-22T12:49:00-05:00

(image) NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo, who killed Staten Island man Eric Garner in July 2014 while administering a chokehold explicitly prohibited by the department, appears to have a lengthy history of misconduct complaints with the Criminal Complaint Review Board. [ more › ]



De Blasio Says He'd Be Cool With Keeping 'Fearless Girl' Statue

2017-03-22T12:30:00-05:00

(image) [UPDATE BELOW] The controversies surrounding the publicity-stunt-turned-feminist-thinkpiece 'Fearless Girl' statue have yet to die down, but it appears the tiny bronze icon's got one more fan—Mayor de Blasio said yesterday that he's open to extending the 'Fearless Girl's stay in the city. [ more › ]



[UPDATE] Man Arrested For Deadly Midtown Stabbing Reportedly Came To NYC To Kill Black People

2017-03-22T12:04:00-05:00

(image) Police are questioning a man who turned himself in for the fatal Monday night stabbing of a 66-year-old man in Midtown Manhattan. The suspect reportedly approached officers at the Times Square police station shortly after midnight this morning and said, "You need to arrest me. I have the knife in my coat" [ more › ]



Forecast: The Return Of Winter

2017-03-22T11:47:00-05:00

(image) Winter has roared back following the passage of a cold front in the early morning hours last night. Today's high was 50 degrees at midnight, before the front arrived. Now that a cold air mass is moving in it looks like the temperature will stay in the mid 30s all afternoon before dipping to the lower 20s overnight. Strong northwest winds will push the wind chill down to 20-25 degrees for the daytime hours and to the lower teens tonight. The temperature will recover to the lower 40s tomorrow, but it will still be windy, and that is still ten degrees cooler than normal. [ more › ]