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

Last Build Date: Fri, 21 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0500

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The Ultimate Two-Wheeled Scavenger Hunt Is Coming To NYC, Plus There's Donuts


(image) Brompton Bicycle, the London-based designer and manufacturer of the iconic folding bike, is bringing a two-wheeled, app-based scavenger hunt to the streets of New York on Saturday July 29th. The aim, to have fun and support the work of Transportation Alternatives; the cycling advocacy group will receive all proceeds. [ more › ]

Extra, Extra: Just A Raccoon Bathing In A NYC Fire Hydrant


(image) Pretending to be engaged for the discounts, comic book characters are sexist, a raccoon bathes in a fire hydrant, and much more in today's day-end link roundups. 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 › ]

Toll Scofflaw Nailed For Allegedly Owing Port Authority Almost $50K In Unpaid Tolls


(image) Yet another toll scofflaw who allegedly owed the Port Authority big bucks was busted this morning, coming into New Jersey from the Holland Tunnel. [ more › ]

Whole Foods Market Opens Harlem Store On Friday


(image) The city's newest Whole Foods debuts July 21st in Harlem at 125th Street and Lenox Avenue, nearly five years after the grocer announced the new store. As with all of their new stores, the company will mark the occasion with a bread-breaking ceremony Friday morning at 8:45 a.m., followed by the official door opening at 9 a.m. [ more › ]

NYC Health Department Says Dog-Sitting Services Like Rover Are Illegal


(image) A popular service that connects dog owners with freelance dog-walkers and sitters may soon be chased out of the city, thanks to a little-known health code prohibiting unlicensed animal boarding. [ more › ]

Heading To Panorama Music Festival? Here's What You'll Be Eating


(image) The Nine Inch Nails, Frank Ocean, Tame Impala, and local hip-hop legends A Tribe Called Quest-fronted musical extravaganza Panorama Festival takes over Randall's Island Park for the weekend beginning Friday, July 28th. With the fests come the food, with a hearty lineup of festival eats from an interesting assortment of NYC vendors. Let's take a look. [ more › ]

If You Need To Put Up Walls When You Go To The Beach, You're Doing It Wrong


(image) It's hot out there right now, real hot. I'm talking accidentally reveal your customer's secret illegal offshore bank account hot. And when it's that hot, I understand that tempers can flare and the questions of how to best divvy up public space can lead to yelling and threats and pushing and punches and arrests, so allow me to make a humble plea based on 32 years of beachgoing experience: please just be a mensch out there. [ more › ]

Here's The Trailer For 'Crown Heights,' Based On The True Story Of A Wrongful Conviction


(image) Crown Heights, the prison drama about the life of a wrongfully convicted Brooklyn man, is coming to the big screen next month, and this week we got our first peek at the Sundance-acclaimed independent film: [ more › ]

Vanished Prospect Park Caterer Could Be In Atlantic City 'Gambling Now,' Lawyer Says


(image) The owner of a Brooklyn catering company who recently disappeared, leaving an untold number of couples out of money and scrambling to re-plan their weddings, may be in Atlantic City, according to a lawyer for the man's wife. [ more › ]

Nearly-Empty LIRR Ferries Are Crisscrossing The East River Next To Crowded NYC Ferries


(image) A 250-person-capacity American Princess cruiser pulled away from a Midtown ferry dock at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday with three Long Island Railroad passengers on board, en route to Long Island City. The boat looped back around for the 5:20 p.m., and picked up three more passengers. [ more › ]

City Council To Force NYPD To Account For The Millions They Seize From Innocent NYers


(image) Every year the NYPD seizes millions of dollars in assets from innocent New Yorkers, who often have to fight a dizzying bureaucracy to get their property back. But today the City Council is poised to pass legislation that would make the practice vastly more transparent. [ more › ]

Early Addition: Will Amazon Chew Up Blue Apron?


(image) Trade deadline forecasting, the latest thing Amazon is coming to kill, the quinceañera dresses go marching and more midday 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 › ]

Video: Plane Makes Emergency Landing On LI Highway


(image) The pilot of a small plane was forced to make an emergency landing on a Long Island highway Wednesday afternoon. [ more › ]

Cuomo's Office Now Claims NYC Is 'Solely Responsible' For Funding MTA Capital Plan


(image) After a brief respite from Governor Cuomo's repeated claims that he does not control the MTA, his administration is at it again. On Wednesday evening, Dani Lever, a spokesperson for the governor's office, accused Mayor Bill De Blasio of failing to read "the law," which apparently renders the city "solely responsible for funding [the MTA's] capital plan." It remains unclear what law the spokesperson was referring to, as Lever declined to clarify her comments on the record. [ more › ]

The Pennsy Relaunches With New Food Vendors & A Bar From The Dead Rabbit Team


Following a few months of R&R, The Pennsy, the food hall located adjacent to Penn Station and MSG, reopened with some brand new vendors and a big new bar from the team behind the award-winning The Dead Rabbit. The fancy food court added three new vendors to the lineup from the opening squad, which included Cinnamon Snail, Pat LaFrieda and The Little Beet. [ more › ]

Bay Ridge City Council Candidate Khader El-Yateem Thinks Southwest Brooklyn Is Ready For Socialism


(image) In a continuing push to become a force in New York City politics, the Democratic Socialists of America have endorsed a second candidate in a City Council race, and this time it's a competitor in the hotly-contested Democratic primary in the 43rd District, which includes the neighborhoods of Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, Bensonhurst, and Bath Beach. [ more › ]

Hyperloop Dreams: Elon Musk Says He Has 'Verbal Gov't Approval' To Build NYC-DC Hyperloop


(image) The future is now, if you believe Tony Stark-style billionaires. Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk just Tweeted, "Just received verbal govt approval for The Boring Company to build an underground NY-Phil-Balt-DC Hyperloop. NY-DC in 29 mins." Pretty good—but remember you'll still have to take the F home, which will probably take twice as long. [ more › ]

The 11 Best Ribs In NYC


(image) In the past decade or so, NYC has gone from being a barbecue desert to a city of world-class smoked and grilled delights. But since just about every "Best NYC Barbecue" list is the same these days, I decided to focus specifically on those most vital of all meaty options: the ribs. Which is why several non-BBQ rib spots are included, and why several familiar powerhouses, caught slipping (and badly) in this department, are not on the list. Here then, are the definitive Best Ribs in town, wet naps not included. [ more › ]

PSA: Maybe Don't Kick Off Your Flip Flops And Rest Your Bare Feet On A Subway Seat?


(image) Our tipster explains that Subway Fungus Patient Zero was spotted on the F train on Wednesday evening at 6:30 p.m., "while people stood for lack of seating." [ more › ]

NJ Transit Riders Kicked Off Buses Because Ticket App Won't Work


(image) New Jersey Transit commuters with pre-paid bus and rail tickets were unable to open the MyTix app during rush hour on Thursday morning. Riders reported being stranded at bus stops and scrambling for cash, while conductors asked them to pay up in order to board. Some commuters said they were ordered off of buses because they didn't have enough money on hand. [ more › ]

Funny And Genuine 'Landline' Is '90s Nostalgia With Heart


(image) It's easy to forget that in the dark ages of the 1990s, if you decided you didn't want to talk to someone for a while, you could really and truly just drop out of contact. [ more › ]

NYC Council Member Among Those Arrested During Health Care Protest At U.S. Capitol


(image) At least 155 people protesting Republican efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act were arrested at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday. One of the demonstrators was City Council Member Corey Johnson, who was part of a group protesting outside Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's office. [ more › ]

NYPD: People Selling Yeezy Sneakers Via Facebook Are Getting Robbed At Gunpoint


(image) A pair of robbers with a lust for designer sneakers and other high-end items have been targeting people trying to sell various goods through Facebook, police say. Six people have been robbed by the same two suspects in Brooklyn between April and July. [ more › ]

3 Instances You Should Be Using A VPN


(image) Thanks to the nature of changing online privacy regulations and the ability of our Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to freely access and sell our personal data to advertisers, there's a whole lot more than just malicious hackers and malware to worry about on the Internet. Thankfully, there are VPNs to thwart the intentions of scammers, thieves and third parties alike. [ more › ]

Extra, Extra: Here Are Some Good Places To Cry In New York


(image) Digging up Dali, crying in public, gubernatorial fantasies 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 › ]

How Close Are We To Governors Island Being Open Year Round?


(image) Earlier this year Governors Island announced they would open for the season one month early. And now, for the first time ever (in its incarnation as a public space at least) the island will remain open for an extra month as well, through October 31st. This means we're getting a Night of 1,000 Jack O’ Lanterns on the bucolic island, and a number of other fall events are being planned, as well. The main event, of course, will be staring at the fall foliage. [ more › ]

Schumer, Gillibrand Co-Sponsor Senate Bill That Would Make Boycotting Israel A Felony


(image) Both of New York's Senators have signed on to a bill that would criminalize any attempt by Americans to boycott Israel, according to a new report. [ more › ]

Former NYPD Sergeant Convicted For Flinging Semen At Coworker


(image) A former NYPD sergeant was convicted Wednesday of third degree sexual abuse for tossing his semen on the leg of a female coworker at police headquarters. He will be allowed to remain free until his sentencing in August, at which point he faces up to three months in jail. [ more › ]

9 Facts You Might Not Know About Union Square


(image) Union Square is a spot as multi-purpose as they come. The area's popular with both tourists and locals thanks to the arrival of retailers like Whole Foods, Nordstrom Rack and Forever 21, it boasts the city's most popular green market, and serves as a major transit hub. But whenever things hit the fan in this town, Union Square goes back to its roots, transforming into the epicenter for rallies, protests, and political action. Here, we've rounded up some of our favorite facts about Union Square, with some help from the Union Square Partnership and the NYC Parks Department. [ more › ]

Weddings In Limbo After Prospect Park Boathouse Caterer Disappears


(image) Three years ago, Jamie Powlovich met her now-fiancé outside the Prospect Park Boathouse for their first date — a picnic in the park, between his home in South Slope and hers in Prospect-Lefferts Gardens. [ more › ]

Viral Dog Saves Drowning Fawn & Gives Us The Most Adorable NY Times Correction Of All Time


(image) An area golden retriever is being hailed as "a very good boy" after saving a drowning fawn off the coast of Long Island over the weekend. [ more › ]

Check Out This Incredible Lego Replica Of One World Trade Center


A New Jersey artist has made an impressive tribute to the One World Trade Center tower by designing and assembling an exacting Lego replica of the downtown skyscraper. [ more › ]

Why Is Cuomo Spending Over $200 Million On Fancy Bridge Lights As The MTA Crumbles?


(image) Governor Andrew Cuomo's bridge lighting project is expected to be paid for by the MTA and cost upwards of $200 million dollars, according to several knowledgeable sources not in the governor's office. A spokesperson for Cuomo disputes these assertions, despite the fact that the governor has bragged about taking the money from the MTA, and board members of other public authorities were told the project will be funded by the MTA. [ more › ]

Lobsters, Burgers & Unlimited Fries Come In A Tower At New Midtown Restaurant


London based chain Burger & Lobster made us cry "hell to the yeah!" (cringe) when they opened their first NYC location for relatively cheap lobster rolls (and kinda pricey burgers) back in 2015. Wednesday evening, the chain returns for round two with a new Bryant Park-adjacent location offering the same $20 burgers and rolls (with some higher and lower priced) alongside a new menu item: a tower of food that includes any two burgers, any two lobster rolls, two whole one pound lobsters, any three sauces, unlimited fries and salad and any four specialty cocktails or a bottle of Cava for $200. HELL TO THE YEAH! [ more › ]

Crown Heights 'Bullet Hole' Bar Owner Apologizes For Being Insensitive


(image) A day after fielding criticism for her decision to advertise a cocktail in front of a "bullet hole-ridden wall" and 40 oz. rosé, the owner of Summerhill, a new "boozy sandwich shop" in Crown Heights, told Gothamist that she wanted to apologize for "unintentionally calling out gun violence." [ more › ]

Early Addition: Jennifer Lawrence Made Her Broadway Barfing Debut


(image) The Yankees made a trade, a celeb puked at Broadway, a 'Game of Thrones' director has had enough of you goofing on Ed Sheeran and more 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 › ]

Forecast: Heat Advisory Today And Thursday


(image) It's time for another heat wave. Before we get to the hot weather though, check out the fog in the river valleys upstate this morning in this GOES-16 satellite image above. Air sinks as it cools overnight, and in the steep valleys along the Susquehanna and Delaware rivers and their tributaries the air cooled enough to reach saturation, forming delicate-looking tendrils of fog. [ more › ]

Four Hurt In Three-Car Collision In Murray Hill


(image) A DOT truck driver collided with an allegedly speeding Honda Civic driver last night, sending both vehicles crashing into a taxi in Murray Hill this morning, according to multiple reports. [ more › ]

The 'Double Brown' Sandwich Challenges KFC At Hudson Jane In Fort Greene


Take yourself back to 2010 for a moment. Lost ended its six-year run of maddening plot holes, that Icelandic volcano made morons of TV reporters, and a little fast food joint called KFC ushered in an era* of stunt foods that will outlive us all. The Double Down has been mocked, heralded, imitated and now imitated again at a new restaurant called Hudson Jane, which opened Monday on Myrtle Avenue and Adelphi Street in Fort Greene. Chef Megan Johnson is serving the "Double Brown" ($15)—which she has trademarked!—an egg, bacon, tomato, lettuce and Aleppo pepper aioli sandwich served between two hash browns. [ more › ]