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Tina Fey Returns To Weekend Update Desk, Urges Americans To Scream Into Cake


(image) SNL and University of Virginia alum Tina Fey got back behind the Weekend Update desk on Thursday night during one of the special 30-minute summer segments. Fey delivered a stress-releasing tip for dealing with the current political atmosphere, "Donny John," neo-Nazis and white supremacists. [ more › ]

5 Keychains That You'll Actually Use Every Day


(image) You can finally lose the locksmith's number when you invest in these essential keychains. Way more than your typical key ring, these are the keychains you need to keep track of your precious kings and prevent yourself from a lock-out in the future. [ more › ]

Ilana Glazer, Wyatt Cenac, Sasheer Zamata And More Take The Stage At The Brooklyn Comedy Festival


(image) The fifth annual Brooklyn Comedy Festival kicks off Monday August 21st with performances by T.J. Miller, Ilana Glazer, Bob the Drag Queen, Wyatt Cenac, Roy Wood Jr, Mark Normand, Matteo Lane, Sasheer Zamata, Hari Kondabolu, Aparna Nancherla, Dave Hill, Jo Firestone, plus more. [ more › ]

Extra, Extra: New Yorker Cover Pays Tribute To 'Blowhard' Trump


(image) Because Trump has no friends, check out today's end-of-day links: Barcelona terrorist attack, Paul Walker mountain tribute, Trump voter regret, 'Nathan For You' season 4 trailer, New Yorker cover, and dog steals cookie from baby. 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 › ]

Take A Look At Jungsik's Exquisite New Dessert Tasting Menu


Consistently earning two Michelin stars, Jungsik is one of NYC's best and most respected Korean restaurants—or restaurants period. The food has been compared to a "work of art", including pastry chef Eunji Lee's exquisite desserts, which now have a tasting menu of their own available nightly at the bar. [ more › ]

City Councilmembers To NYPD: Release Ramarley Graham's Records To His Family


(image) Members of the City Council's Progressive Caucus and supporters of the family of Ramarley Graham once again called on the NYPD to release information about Graham's killing by an NYPD officer in 2012. In addition, the Progressive Caucus announced they had submitted an amicus brief with Graham's family in their suit against the NYPD seeking that information. [ more › ]

Subway Tiles Resembling The Confederate Flag Remain At Times Square Station, For Now


(image) In the wake of the violence committed by white supremacists in Charlottesville, city officials have swiftly joined the chorus of voices nationwide calling for the removal of public structures commemorating the Confederacy. In New York, those works include monuments to Stonewall Jackson and Robert E. Lee at the Bronx Community College campus (soon to be removed), a church plaque commemorating Lee at St John's Episcopal Church (removed Wednesday), and a street in Fort Hamilton bearing Lee's name (still there, for now). [ more › ]

Then & Now Photos Show How Tribeca Has Changed Over 100 Years


In 2014, as Ivan Kosnyrev was moving to NYC, he decided to learn more about its history. "I thought that if I learned more about the city, it would make me feel more at ease," he told Gothamist. While he says he's still exploring "every little pocket of land in the five boroughs," this year he took on a new project focused on his neighborhood, Tribeca. [ more › ]

Why The North Honored Confederates: 'These Are Not Just Innocuous Monuments'


(image) While President Donald Trump mourns the removal of "our beautiful statues and monuments" this week, Mayor Bill de Blasio has pledged to conduct a three month review of "symbols of hate" throughout the city. Governor Andrew Cuomo Wednesday announced his decision to remove busts of Stonewall Jackson and Robert E. Lee on a public college campus in the Bronx, the same day St. John's Episcopal Church in Fort Hamilton removed a Lee plaque installed by the Daughters of the Confederacy. The Governor has also urged the federal government to rename a streets in Fort Hamilton that bear Lee and Jackson's names. [ more › ]

Elsa Celebrates Cocktails & Camaraderie In Successful Move To Cobble Hill


Too often, a beloved neighborhood establishment—one oftentimes still shining after a decade of service—falls victim to the brutal real estate market, where money and upward movement are prided over sentiment and service. In 2014, cocktail bar Elsa was ousted from its home in the East Village, ostensibly because the landlord wanted to open their own bar (a cocktail bar named Corlear's opened in the space in 2015; it has since closed). But the owners vowed a return and so they have, settling into a former dive bar space on the western end of Atlantic Avenue in Cobble Hill this summer. [ more › ]

Do You Have What It Takes To Be 'Miss Subways 2017'?


(image) Commuters have been urging the city and state to do something about the subways of late, but so far no one's suggested putting on a beauty pageant. Until now, that is—the City Reliquary Museum in Williamsburg says they'll be resurrecting the Miss Subways Pageant from the days of yore, in hopes of, if not saving the subway, at least giving us something to celebrate. And they're looking for contestants. [ more › ]

Where To Watch Monday's Solar Eclipse With A Drink In Hand


(image) The Great American Solar Eclipse happening on Monday, August 21st will be only partially visible to us in New York City, with only 71% of the sun covered by the moon in our area. But we'll throw a party for just about any reason and thus local bars, restaurants and venues are hosting viewing parties, often with some dining and drinking deals as further incentive. Hours of each party vary, but the eclipse will be viewable beginning at 1:23 p.m. and ending at 4 p.m., with the maximum eclipse occurring at the important hour of 2:44 p.m. [ more › ]

Early Addition: The NY Times Discovers Bubble Tea


(image) Because you want to hear the greatest Migos mashup ever, check out today's mid-day links: 'Silver Springs' history, Bannon calls white nationalist 'losers,' HBO hacked again, Mic pivoting to video, David Lynch talks sound of 'Twin Peaks,' and dog enjoys hot tub. 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 › ]

A Carshare Pilot Program Is Coming For Your Parking Spots This Fall


(image) We already have bike share and the occasional pirate bike share efforts in New York, and now the concept is getting extended to the bike's natural enemy: the car. The city will begin to set aside parking spots exclusively for the cars of carshare programs this fall, according to the Department of Transportation. [ more › ]

Interview: Game of Thrones' Ser Bronn Talks Loyalty, Lannisters & Dragons


(image) Serr Bronn of the Blackwater has been helping Lannisters stay alive for seven seasons on Game Of Thrones. He might be reconsidering that after the epic "Loot Train Battle" in episode four, during which he had to dodge dragon fire as Dothraki swarmed the Lannister wheat wagons. [ more › ]

Cyclist Says Driver Hit Him In Fit Of Road Rage, But NYPD Wouldn't Take His Statement


(image) A Manhattan cyclist claims an NYPD officer refused to take his statement after he was struck by a hit-and-run driver early Monday morning. Then, after leaving the hospital and heading to the police precinct, he says a second officer told him he was "making it worse for himself" by insisting on providing his side of the story. [ more › ]

The 8 Best BLTs In NYC


(image) Have there ever been three ingredients that exist in such perfect sandwich harmony as chewy, smoky bacon, bright, juicy tomatoes, and fresh, crisp lettuce? Add a slather of mayo to the proceedings, maybe toast the bread, don't junk it up with creative flourishes (some exceptions apply), and a sublime lunchtime experience is yours for the taking. Especially right now, and for a few more weeks, when tomatoes are hitting their peak season. Honestly, the BLT is so flawlessly conceived that it's a difficult sandwich to screw up (though some places manage to do exactly that), and good renditions abound in delis around town. But when the craving really hits, all of the following are guaranteed to satisfy. [ more › ]

De Blasio Announces Plan To Take Down NYC's 'Hate Symbols'


(image) After the violence waged by white nationalists at a rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, that left a woman dead, politicians and activist groups across the country are calling for the removal of statues and monuments commemorating Confederate leaders. Among them is Mayor Bill de Blasio, who late Wednesday night announced that the city will conduct "a 90-day review of all symbols of hate on city property." [ more › ]

Midtown Manhattan Timeshare Admits To Scamming Buyers, Settles With NY AG For $6.5 Million


(image) Operators of a Manhattan timeshare business are forking over $6.5 million to the NY State Attorney General's office after admitting they lied to shareowners about the availability of units. "The owners of the Manhattan Club lured thousands of timeshare buyers with false promises and shady sales tactics that violated New York law," Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said in a release. [ more › ]

WH Communications Director Hope Hicks Was On The Cover Of A 'Gossip Girl' Spinoff Series


(image) Hope Hicks will be the Interim White House Director of Communications, following Anthony Scaramucci's brief but beautifully memorable run earlier this summer. Hicks, 28, is best known as Trump's press secretary during his presidential campaign, but for fans of the esteemed NYC author and Gossip Girl creator Cecily von Ziegesar, she might be known for something...different. [ more › ]

Tips & Tools To Prevent Your Email From Getting Hacked


(image) These days, we do nearly everything online — from grocery shopping to taking classes, making plans with our friends and family to maintaining those plans via calendaring apps. Email is one of the most common ways we communicate with our peers and manage our day-to-day, whether we're using it to confirm transactions, appointments, receive bills and more. [ more › ]

You Can Whitewater Raft Right Up To The Banks of Canada's Capital, Ottawa


(image) The Ottawa region is surrounded by three epic white-water rivers (easily accessed from Ottawa on day-trips): the Rocher Fendu section of the Ottawa River near Beachburg, Ontario; the Gatineau River which runs near Maniwaki, Quebec; and the Rivière Rouge which runs near Mont Tremblant, Quebec. [ more › ]

Extra, Extra: NY Times Magazine Dives Down The Breitbart Rabbit Hole


(image) Because dissolving bodies is the future, check out today's end-of-day links: Charlottesville white supremacist gets scared, Breitbart long read, united states of films, RIP Daily Stormer, and poking at a couch monster. 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 › ]

Driver Of Multi-Car Murray Hill Crash Charged With Murder


(image) The driver of a Honda Civic who was allegedly speeding when he collided with the driver of a Department of Transportation truck, which sent the truck flying into a parked taxi, has been charged with murder after the passenger in his car died from his injuries. [ more › ]

Halal Vendor Stabs Competing Fruit Vendor With Steak Knife In 'Turf War'


(image) A "turf war" between food carts led a halal truck operator to stab a fruit vendor in East Midtown on Wednesday morning, authorities confirmed. [ more › ]

One Answer To The Cross-Hudson Commuter Nightmare Is... The Javits Center?


(image) Instead of tackling an estimated $10 billion rehabilitation plan for the grimy, packed Port Authority Bus Terminal, a major transit research organization has pitched a plan they say would more rapidly relieve commuter pressure: build a bus terminal in the basement of the Javits Center. [ more › ]

How To Survive Penn Station In The Summer Of Hell


(image) Penn Station's earned itself a pretty weary reputation in the wake of the Spring and Summer of Hell, but it was a windowless maze of terror long before it became synonymous with track work and delays. Still, upwards of 650,000 people pass through our city's biggest eyesore every day, and they seem to be surviving just fine, even the ones who eat the sushi. We caught up with some commuters to see how they've been coping with the Summer of Hell thus far, as well as to pick up some survival tips and travel hacks—and for the most part, it seems like people do their best to push through the pain. [ more › ]

Potential Martin Shkreli Jurors Reveal Utter Disdain For 'Greedy Little Man'


(image) Martin Shkreli is an exhausting media circus, the "Greed is good" monologue given life inside Alfred E. Neuman's body, and the sooner the phrase "Pharma Bro" is stricken from the Earth, the better. That being said, reading what a bunch of prospective jurors (for his recently-concluded fraud trial in which he was found guilty) had to say about how much they hate him is pretty entertaining. [ more › ]

Tribeca TV Festival Launching This Fall With 'Will & Grace,' Amy Sedaris & More


(image) Tribeca Enterprises, the company behind the much beloved Tribeca Film Festival, is finally spinning off into the smaller screen: they are launching the Tribeca TV Festival at the end of September with the cast of the reunited Will and Grace, Amy Sedaris, Better Things, and more. [ more › ]

Dirt Candy Is Changing & You Should Embrace It


(image) This week Chef Amanda Cohen announced that a big change was coming to her beloved vegetarian restaurant Dirt Candy: there will be no more a la carte menu at dinner in the dining room, only a tasting menu. What this means is that diners will have just two options—the below descriptions were included in a press release about the menu shift: [ more › ]

[UPDATED] Robert E. Lee & Stonewall Jackson Are Part Of Bronx Community College's 'Hall Of Fame'


As New York City residents demand that the federal government rename General Lee Avenue and Stonewall Jackson Drive in Brooklyn’s Fort Hamilton, monuments to the two slaveholding Confederate generals sit unperturbed on the grounds of Bronx Community College. [UPDATE BELOW: The statues will be removed and replaced.] [ more › ]

Interview: Ricky Gervais Has A Lot To Say About Trump, Twitter Culture & The State Of The World


(image) Back in 2001, Ricky Gervais unveiled the original cringe comedy masterpiece The Office, playing "seedy boss" David Brent, who was a friend first, boss second, and entertainer third. It was an instantly unforgettable character, equal parts delusional, pathetic and pitiable, and one that launched Gervais' career. [ more › ]

Goldman Sachs Employee Sues Bank Over Alleged Race Discrimination


(image) A wealth manager at Goldman Sachs has accused the bank and a senior partner there of racial discrimination directed against her because she's black and Jewish, and has filed a lawsuit against the company because of it. [ more › ]

Early Addition: Mother Of Charlottesville Murder Victim Sends Message To White Supremacists


(image) Because there's a new LCD Soundsystem single, check out today's mid-day links: 'Groundhog Day' ending, Trump's council of CEOs close to disbanding, Daniel Craig to play Bond one more time, Bush presidents condemn racial bigotry, and dog waits for bus. 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 › ]

Woman Suffers Fractured Neck After Central Park Tree Crushes Her


(image) The 39-year old woman who was struck by a felled tree in Central Park on Tuesday sustained a fractured neck in the incident, and her two-year-old son suffered a fractured skull, according to reports. Update: The Central Park Conservancy says the tree was decayed. [More below.] [ more › ]

Owner Of Mysterious Silver Spaceship Tank Revealed To Be Brooklyn Dad, Of Course


(image) Last winter, our inbox was inundated with photos of a spaceship/tank hybrid with Midwest plates in the heart of Brooklyn. The vehicle—which was spotted all around Williamsburg, Fort Greene, Bushwick and Prospect Heights—continued to stalk the borough over recent months. Was it a Burning Man structure? Gru's car from Despicable Me? A discarded prop from the original production of The Day The Earth Stood Still? After half a year without any answers, we finally know the identity of the vehicle's owner: it's a random dad. [ more › ]

Forecast: Steamy, Sunny Skies Have Returned


(image) We've got an oddity on tap for today. For the first time in more than two weeks it is going to warm into the upper 80s, and perhaps even hit 90 this afternoon. The warm weather is coming on the heels of a cold front passing through the city last night. That seems contradictory, but the air at the leading edge of the arriving high pressure is sinking from above and when air sinks it gets compressed and heats up. So, expect lots of sun, highs ranging from near 90 west of the city to the mid 80s east of us, and humidity steadily dropping through the day. Tomorrow won't be nearly as warm, the high will be in the lower 80s, but it will still be sunny. [ more › ]

Photos: 30 Immigrants Become Citizens 1,250 Feet Above Manhattan


Thirty people became U.S. citizens on Tuesday afternoon at a naturalization ceremony held on the 102nd floor of One World Trade Center. [ more › ]

Game Of Whoops: HBO Europe Accidentally Leaks Next Episode Of 'Game Of Thrones'


(image) HBO has been plagued with problems during what should have been a celebratory summer filled with dragons, incestuous romantic pairings and ratings bonanzas. First, they were the subject of a major hack, with multiple shows (including as-yet unaired episodes of Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Deuce, Insecure, Ballers and Barry), scripts and internal emails leaked online; then the fourth episode of Game Of Thrones was leaked (four people were arrested in connection with that); and now, the penultimate episode of this season of GoT has also leaked online—but this time it's technically HBO's own fault. [ more › ]

Arepa Lady Forced To Close Queens Storefront


(image) Arepa Lady, the "crown jewel of Colombian street food in Queens," won't have a home in Queens soon as the restaurant has announced it is being forced to vacate its brick-and-mortar restaurant in the early months of next year. The Arepa Lady Twitter account announced the news yesterday and according to Grub Street the permits to tear down the Roosevelt Avenue building had been filed in December of 2016. [ more › ]