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Brooklyn Woman Sexually Abused By Man Who Followed Her Home From The Train


(image) A Brooklyn woman was followed home from the train last night and sexually abused, according to the authorities who are now investigating the incident. [ more › ]

Watch SNL Spoof Final Presidential Debate: 'They're Ripping Babies Out Of Vaginas!'


(image) One day, we'll all look back at this election cycle as a bad acid trip. But for now, we have Saturday Night Live to slightly take the edge off the insanity that is our reality. Especially when Alec Baldwin's portrayal of Donald Trump seems to just crystallize everything about the Republican nominee. The cold open tackled the third presidential debate, of course. [ more › ]

Extra, Extra: The World's Most Metal Engagement Shoot


(image) Metal engagement shoot, Hillary Clinton's childhood girl gang, Florida man mad at Krispy Kreme, panda does sit-ups and more day's end 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 › ]

$2,500 A Month Will Get You A Couch In Fort Greene


(image) There's no end to the unique real estate deals in this town—apartment-hunting in NYC could net you a kitchen shower, bunk bed, or a micro-apartment the size of a hamster cage, to name a few. And now, here's a new singular offering on the market—a $2,500/month studio in Fort Greene taken up entirely by... a couch. But it's a cool couch! With a view! [ more › ]

Trump's 100 Day Plan Includes Suing All The Women Who Accused Him Of Sexual Assault


(image) Donald Trump traveled to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania—the bloodiest site of the Civil War and, in Trump's words, "hallowed ground where so many lives were given in service to freedom"—to lay out a vision for his first 100 days as president. Oh, and to complain about the system being rigged against him and to announce that he plans on suing the 11 women who have accused him of sexual assault. [ more › ]

New Airbnb Legislation Won't Automatically Remove All Illegal Hotels From The Market


(image) Governor Cuomo may have signed legislation on Friday making it illegal for New Yorkers to advertise entire apartments on Airbnb for less than 30 days—but the law is complaint-based, meaning landlords with illegal listings will only be punished if the city manages to find out about them. [ more › ]

This Interactive Map Shows You Where NYPD Officers Live


(image) A new interactive map shows you where NYPD officers live—and suggests that some officers aren't adhering to the NYPD's residency requirements. [ more › ]

Airbnb Hires Bridgegate Law Firm To Represent Them In New York


(image) Everyone knew Airbnb would fight the legislation banning New Yorkers from advertising short-term rentals of their homes on the site if it was enacted, especially since they explicitly said they'd sue New York State if Governor Cuomo signed the bill. Now, AirBnB has lawyered up and is suing Mayor Bill de Blasio, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and the City of New York. Who did AirBnB choose in this fight, that in their telling, involves the middle class sticking up to big mean special interests? Gibson Dunn, a law firm famous in these parts for telling us Chris Christie had nothing to do with Bridgegate. [ more › ]

MTA Had To Shave Down Second Avenue Line Walls That Were Too Narrow To Fit Some Trains


(image) Ah, the Second Avenue subway, the MTA's little line that couldn't. On the one hand, the MTA was testing train cars on the tracks, but on the other hand, the line which might as well officially be renamed "The Oft-Delayed Second Avenue Line" might have to open with at least one stop unfinished. And now it turns out that some of the tunnels had to be shaved down to fit some of the trains cars that the MTA uses. [ more › ]

Stay Up All Night To Celebrate 400+ Years Of NYC At The Museum Of The City Of New York


In a city where some neighborhoods have changed radically in just a decade, it should come as no surprise that today's New York doesn't look much like the New Amsterdam of the seventeenth century. But you can look back at the NYC of yore (and get a glimpse at its future) at the Museum of the City of New York's new exhibition, "New York At Its Core," which explores the 400-plus-year history of the city, its people, and the hundreds of transformations that made New York what it is today. And to celebrate the opening next month, the museum is offering a 32-hour activity marathon, so you can spend a whole night with Old NYC if you wish. [ more › ]

Mexican Model Goes Missing In Brooklyn


(image) Police are searching for a 20-year-old model from Mexico who was last seen in Bushwick and and has now been missing for over a week. [ more › ]

Anthony Bourdain Reveals New Details About His Upcoming Chelsea Food Market


(image) The grand opening of Anthony Bourdain's massive food market is still at just over two years away, but Bourdain is already confident he'll be able to fill it with some of the best food vendors from around the world. [ more › ]

Woman Hit And Killed By MTA Bus Driver In Lower Manhattan


(image) A gruesome scene unfolded in lower Manhattan early last night as a woman was hit by an MTA bus driver and dragged for several blocks, according to police. [ more › ]

The New Yorker Will Endorse Hillary Clinton, Wishes She Had 'A Worthy Opponent'


(image) The New Yorker has been pretty clear about its feelings toward Donald Trump, as various covers show (if they only knew how apt the July 2015 "bellyflopping Trump" cover would be), so it's not surprising that the esteemed magazine is #WithHer. But in next week's issue, whose cover hypothesizes a possible Hillary Clinton swearing-in with Bubba at her side while Trump's inauguration would have Vladimir Putin, the Talk of the Town section will be dedicated to an endorsement of Clinton. [ more › ]

Woman Arrested For Allegedly Lighting Molotov Cocktail In Times Square


(image) A 24-year-old woman was arrested for allegedly trying to light a Molotov cocktail in Times Square last night. [ more › ]

Extra, Extra: People Are Less Afraid Of Death Than They Are Of Clowns


(image) Donald Glover plays Lando, baby seal, Joe Biden wants to take Trump "behind the gym," distressing study, and more day's end 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 › ]

Former Christie Aide Says Governor Knew About Bridge Closure, Threw Stuff At Her


(image) If there's anyone out there who's hoping the 2016 campaign never ends, it's embattled New Jersey governor Chris Christie. While campaign staffers and reporters will go home to their families and have a few scotch and Xanax cocktails, Christie will have to turn his full attention to an increasingly shitty situation for him regarding Bridgegate. His latest piece of bad news came today in the form of testimony from his former aide Bridget Kelly, who said that Christie knew about the planned lane closures on the George Washington Bridge when they were first proposed and that he once threw a water bottle at her in anger. [ more › ]

NYC May Ban Use Of Wild Animals For Entertainment


(image) We are city people. It's best not to pretend otherwise. As such, most of us, especially blogger types, don't know what to do about wild animals. Are they friends? Enemies? A new kind of designer dog? [ more › ]

Blessing Scam Suspect Indicted For Grand Larceny As A Hate Crime


(image) One of the women suspected of duping Chinese immigrants out of hundreds of thousands of dollars in so-called "blessing scams" has been indicted by a Brooklyn grand jury. Xuekun Su, 44, was charged with grand larceny as a hate crime—but her lawyer says she's actually a victim herself. [ more › ]

Murdered Teenager Is Fifth Teen Slain In Long Island Town In Recent Months


(image) A Long Island town 45 miles east of Manhattan is grappling with a series of gang-related murders that has claimed the lives of at least five teenagers since mid-September. According to ABC, the body of Jose Pena-Hernandez, 18, was found Monday in a wooded area near Brentwood's Pilgrim Psychiatric Center. Hernandez was reportedly missing since June 13th, and had been a known member of the MS-13 gang, a violent cadre with roots in Los Angeles and El Salvador that has been wreaking havoc in Brentwood since the late 1990s via extortion, robbery, drug dealing, and murder. [ more › ]

King Restaurant In SoHo Charms In The Details


In the modern restaurant, very few things come for free. There's almost never a complimentary, appetite-ruining (but still welcome) bread basket to start the meal. We know the guac is extra. Sometimes, even the reservations cost money. That's why it was such a lovely change of pace to be offered a little something to nibble on without asking when dining at King, a new restaurant that opened in September in SoHo. [ more › ]

It's Now Illegal To Advertise Your Apartment Short-Term On Airbnb


(image) Governor Cuomo today signed legislation effective immediately that makes it illegal within the five boroughs to advertise entire apartments on home "sharing" websites like Airbnb for fewer than 30 days. Renting out an entire apartment for a stay shorter than 30 days is already against the law for most New York City hosts, but that hasn't stopped New Yorkers from advertising short term stays—a recent data dump from Airbnb revealed that over half of NYC Airbnb users advertise this way. [ more › ]

New Brooklyn Luxury Building 'The Hamilton' Greets Tenants With No Gas Or Hot Water


(image) "I strolled through the building only to find that the hallways were a disaster, the laundry room that I was told would be ready upon move-in had trash, water and dirt on the floor, and a table saw in the middle of the room." [ more › ]

Augmented Reality Hidden Cash Game Coming To NYC On Halloween


(image) People love, or at least loved, Pokemon Go's enhanced version of reality, where your boring sidewalk became a place where you could snag a Jigglypuff. What if instead of a fake Pokemon though, you could use augmented reality to snag some real life cash? I guess we'll see if that possibility creates similar waves of zombified hordes, since a phone-based augmented reality hidden cash hunt is coming to New York City on Halloween night. I, for one, can't wait to see a stampeding group of Ken Bones with their phones out running just ahead of a group of Sexy Harambes. [ more › ]

Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons Will Be Costume Institute's Big Spring 2017 Show


(image) After months of speculation, the big spring exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute will center on the influential designer Rei Kawakubo and her line, Comme de Garçons. The museum said the show will look at her "fascination with interstitiality, or the space between boundaries," and the big Met Gala will be co-chaired by Katy Perry, Pharrell Williams and Anna Wintour. [ more › ]

Williamsburg Coffee Shop Charges By The Minute, Not By The Cup


(image) A new cafe has opened in Williamsburg that charges customers by the minute rather than by the drink—for some freelancers (or students), it could be the solution to posting up in a Starbucks or shelling out for a coworking membership. [ more › ]

Bronx Science Student Arrested For Allegedly Threatening Daily News Reporter


(image) A 16-year-old student at the Bronx High School of Science has been arrested for allegedly threatening a Daily News reporter after the tabloid reported on the school's secret fight club. [ more › ]

PBS Doc 'Hamilton's America' Is A Fascinating Walk Through Revolutionary New York


(image) It feels like just yesterday the nation was gripped by the musical version of the Election of 1800 instead of our current trashfire nightmare. But even though the Hamilton mania's died down a bit, now that much of original cast has departed, you're still about as likely to get tickets as you are to hear a rap number from Hamilton's own ghost. Still, for folks desperate to get even a glimpse of the musical in action—or for history buffs who want to learn more about the dude on the $10 bill—the PBS documentary Hamilton's America, which premieres tonight, is worth a look. [ more › ]

Civil Liberties Groups Sue Feds For Documents On Black Lives Matter Spying


(image) The advocacy group Color of Change and the Center for Constitutional Rights on Thursday filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the FBI seeking to compel the agencies to turn over records relating to the surveillance of protesters affiliated with the Movement for Black Lives, a loose coalition of civil rights organizations. [ more › ]

Photos: Chumley's 2.0 Makes Its Grand Re-Debut In The West Village


Chumley's, the legendary speakeasy on sleepy Bedford Street in the West Village, has been through a lot. Its oldest history is full of tales of murders, raids and historical figures; its nearer history includes a wall collapse, NIMBY blockades and further delays. But now, at long last, Chumley's looks to have a secure future—at least insofar as the doors are open and it's back in business. [ more › ]

Early Addition: Check Out La Croix Sex Tape


(image) Because seltzer is ruined forever, check out today's mid-day links: Trump's handwriting is a font, Scarlet Johansson loves popcorn, the Hyperloop has some kinks, the Facebook echo chamber is real, and a dirty chinchilla. 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 › ]

And How Was YOUR Swim To Work Today?


(image) The weather gods say it's going to keep raining all day and into early tomorrow, and while it's not uncommon to see commuters slogging to work through knee-high muck in low-lying coastal neighborhoods like, say, Broad Channel, some Bed-Stuy residents were surprised to encounter a mini-lake of sewer water on Halsey Street this morning. [ more › ]

Videos: Lady Gaga Returns To The Bitter End & Performs Atop Marquee


As we all know by now, Lady Gaga is a Native New Yorker who went to Sacred Heart, dropped out of NYU, lived on the Lower East Side and considers fashion to be performance art. To help promote her new album, Joanne (her "best in years" says Rolling Stone), the artist also known as Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta headed to The Bitter End and performed inside, as well as on the marquee: [ more › ]

Queens Man Charged With Mail Fraud For 'Vermin Control' Scam


(image) Last month we were tipped off to a stupid new scam in town: letters that were supposedly from the city's "Vermin Control" section of the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, claiming recipients were in violation of an unnamed regulation regarding vermin and had to pay a fine. And a little over a month after the city issued a warning about the scam, the U.S. Attorney's office has announced a Queens resident has been arrested and charged with mail fraud for sending the notices. [ more › ]

Medical Examiner Says Zymere Perkins Died Of 'Fatal Child Abuse Syndrome'


(image) Six-year-old Zymere Perkins, who died last month after his mother delivered him to Saint Luke's Hospital with bruising to his head and body, suffered from fatal child abuse syndrome, according to the Medical Examiner's report released this week. His death has been ruled a homicide. [ more › ]

A Festival Of Soup Unfolds In Brooklyn This Weekend


(image) Wake up this weekend to breakfast in Spain with an Andalusian-inspired brunch at Iron Chef Jose Garces' newish Brookfield Place restaurant Amada. The midday feasting includes dishes like Huevos Flamencos ($13), a tomato pepper stew with eggs, migas, and serrano ham and a brunch special ($29) that includes a bread basket, coffee or tea and a choice of dishes including serrano ham, smoked salmon opened faced sandwiches or brandade with green olive and potato. [ more › ]

[UPDATE] Two Brothers Arrested In Connection With Murder Of Williamsburg Landlord


(image) [UPDATE BELOW] Two brothers from Brooklyn have been arrested in connection with the murder of Menachem Stark, a Williamsburg real estate developer and landlord whose partially burned body was found in a dumpster in January 2014. [ more › ]

Putin Is Trump's First Lady In Next Week's New Yorker Cover


(image) As we learned during the final presidential debate, Donald Trump is so not Vladimir Putin's puppet—"no puppet! no puppet!" Trump is only his greatest admirer! That's why New Yorker cartoonist Barry Blitt envisions Putin in a place of honor at a hypothetical (please—no president! no president!) Donald Trump inauguration: [ more › ]

Woman Raped In Kips Bay By Man Posing As Her Lyft Driver


(image) A 22-year-old woman was waiting for her Lyft driver in Chelsea early Wednesday morning when the male driver of a black SUV pulled up next to her and told her to get in. Moments later, the driver took the woman to Kips Bay, stopped the car, and raped her. [ more › ]

Changes Will Upend The 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, A, C, F, Q & S Lines This Weekend


(image) Three baby pandas will soon be ripped from the United States by China, and my heart is broken. To mourn, I plan to spend this weekend watching videos of Bao Bao tumbling through the snow, set to the dulcet tones of Sarah McLachlan. For those of you heartless enough to step outside the confines of your homes, note that there will be some subway changes. [ more › ]