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Extra Extra: Pray For Noah Syndergaard


(image) Val Kilmer was asked anything, the Trump administration has looked into libel changes, Noah Syndergaard is hurt now too 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 › ]

Four People Break Into Man's Apartment In Lower Manhattan And Rob Him


(image) A man was pistol whipped during an early morning robbery on Sunday morning in lower Manhattan according to police. [ more › ]

Al Pacino Thought 'This Is The Worst Film Ever Made' While Filming 'The Godfather'


(image) The actors and Coppola spoke during a panel, which followed back-to-back screenings of both The Godfather and its sequel. Director Taylor Hackford moderated, and he noted that legendary producer Robert Evans didn't want Pacino to play Michael Corleone, because he thought Pacino was too short. "That's sorta true," Pacino said. [ more › ]

Get Ready For Some Fashion: The Met Gala Is Monday Night


On May 1, the steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art will become the world's most vertiginous red carpet, as the museum's Art Costume Institute's annual gala will be held, with a bevy of celebrities and the fashion industry's A-list: The party, for the new exhibition, about Rei Kawakubo and her line, Comme de Garçons, is co-chaired by Katy Perry, Pharrell Williams, and Anna Wintour. [ more › ]

Police Release Videos Of Suspect In Fatal Upper West Side Stabbing


(image) A man was fatally stabbed during a fight outside an Upper West Side restaurant earlier this week, and police have now released a pair of videos that show a suspect in the murder. [ more › ]

Photos: Summer Weather Enjoyers Flock To Central Park


We're still a month away from Memorial Day, but yesterday in Central Park felt like high summer. [ more › ]

Cops Release Photo Of Suspect Who Allegedly Hit Sikh Cabbie And Stole His Turban


(image) About two weeks after a taxi passenger allegedly hit his driver and then stole the man's turban, police have released a picture of the suspect and are asking for the public's help in identifying him. [ more › ]

Photos: Gloriously 'Beyond Peak' Cherry Blossom Trees At Brooklyn Botanic Garden's Sakura Matsuri


After all the worrying, the cherry trees at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden were showing off their colors for the annual Sakura Matsuri festival. Don't worry if you weren't there on Saturday—there's another day of activities today! [ more › ]

Extra Extra: Hey It's A New Bad And Dumb 'Woke' Ad


(image) The Kosciuszko Bridge still has some problems, checking in on Trumpcare, Heineken comes out with their own Pepsi-esque ad 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 › ]

Michael Madsen Was Scared To Do Mr. Blonde's 'Reservoir Dogs' Dance


(image) One of the most memorable—and gory—scenes from 1990s cinema is when Michael Madsen, as Mr. Blonde, tortures a cop in Reservoir Dogs while dancing to Stealer's Wheel's "Stuck in the Middle with You." At the Tribeca Film Festival on Friday night, Madsen reveals that he was "intimidated" by the scene and never rehearsed it. [ more › ]

Experience The Soothing Sounds Of 17th-Century Manhattan


(image) It's may be hard to imagine now, but there was once a time when New York was a tranquil place, an island of lush greenery and singing birds and majestic mountain lions sipping out of clear freshwater ponds. That foreign-sounding land was known as Mannahatta—Lenape for "the island of many hills"—where the equivalent of noisy garbage men was the croaking bullfrog, which seems much preferable but really did drive some people crazy. [ more › ]

Prosecutors Drop Charges Against Bronx Teen Who Was Tasered By Police


(image) Charges have been dropped against Dailene Rosario, the pregnant Bronx teenager who was Tasered by police earlier this year in an incident captured on a witness' cell phone video. [ more › ]

Former Fyre Festival Talent Producer: Shark-Filled Water Seemed Like A Bad Omen


(image) The fallout from libertarian paradise/social experiment Fyre Festival has continued today, with charges that the truly elite invitees were warned to stay far away, a kind of apology from Ja Rule and revelations from a former talent organizer at the festival who celebrated not having to sign an NDA by immediately writing about what a mess the attempt to organize the festival was. [ more › ]

Child Killed After Car And Garbage Truck Collide On Bruckner Boulevard


(image) A little girl who was apparently on her way to ballet class died this morning after the car she was riding in crashed into a garbage truck in the Bronx. An NYPD spokesman the young child "was seated properly" in the vehicle. [ more › ]

Donald Trump Feels 'Guilty' About Expensive Security Measures For NYC's Trump Tower


(image) On May 4, President Donald Trump will return to New York City for the first time since becoming President—and the reason why he's been such a stranger is that he's just really feels bad about the stress it puts on the Big Apple. [ more › ]

Report: Key To Never Paying Rent Is Never Having An Apartment


(image) Over the years, the Times has offset its real estate stories about rich people buying luxury penthouses in WilliamsBoHo Village for their teenaged offspring with some useful stories about folks who gamed the rent system—there was the dude who lived in a crawlspace, for instance, and the millennials who turn studios into 6-bedroom apartments. And yesterday, the Times reported on one particularly clever New Yorker who's managed to live rent-free for the last decade by bartering his services in exchange for a home. [ more › ]

Cops Seek Serial Robber Who Wore A Spiderman Hood During Bronx Robbery


(image) The first incident occurred on Monday, April 24, around 10:15 a.m. at the East Harlem Pharmacy at 2371 2nd Avenue. [ more › ]

The J Train Is Getting FASTRACKED For Two Weeks In Lower Manhattan


(image) The L train preview shutdown might be the sexy transit repair news, but FASTRACK repairs are still around too, and they're coming to the J train stops in lower Manhattan in the first two weeks in May. [ more › ]

Extra, Extra: Trump Thought Being President Would Be Easier


(image) Because you wanna know what it's like to be the last pick of the NFL draft, check out today's end-of-day links: Frye Fest models warned, 'Handmaid's' cast on feminism, new vintage Prince, Slack dating, Trump tweets catalogued, and dog & duck are best friends. 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 Brooklyn Woman Is Turning Mean Internet Comments Into Tasty Troll Cakes


(image) Not to toot our own trolls, but Gothamist's comment section is the stuff of legend (shout out to the endurance of Rocknrope, among others...let's try to forget that other incident). Though it's advisable in all situations to never read the comments, that's like asking someone to look away from a car wreck or resist a New York Times Brunch Hate Read. Sometimes, you just can't avoid them. [ more › ]

Get A Taste Of The Dreaded L Train Shutdown With Special WEEKEND L Suspensions In May


(image) The widely-dreaded L train shutdown of 2019 is still two years away, but New Yorkers who live along the line will get a preview in the not-so-distant future, according to a Friday afternoon press release from the MTA. [ more › ]

The NYPD Is Cracking Down On Cyclists Riding Outside Bike Lanes


(image) Police officers camped out near the intersection of First Avenue and 23rd Street are targeting cyclists for not using the bike lane, according to a cyclist who shared with Gothamist his encounter with the NYPD, despite the fact that the offense of leaving an available bike lane is governed by a vague law. [ more › ]

Luxury Bahamas Fyre Festival Turns Into Exciting Survivalist Cosplay Experience


(image) Fyre Festival billed itself as "two transformative weekends" on the private Bahaman island of Fyre Cay filled with big-name musical acts (Blink 182, Migos, Major Lazer, Rae Sremmurd, Skepta, Desiigner, Tyga, and Pusha T), luxury food and accommodations, and a horde of interchangeable models who wanted to party with the guests. Founders Ja Rule and Billy McFarland charged between $4K and $25,000 for tickets to the exclusive event, promising "the best in food, art, music and adventure." And by all accounts, it truly has been an incredible, once-in-a-lifetime experience for all who went. [ more › ]

Chez Ma Tante Poised To Be Destination Dining In Greenpoint


"There's a little bit of maple syrup everywhere," says Chef Aidan O'Neal, whose new restaurant Chez Ma Tante opened in the former Jimmy's space on Greenpoint's Calyer Street this week. [ more › ]

This Manhattan Apartment Has Six Terraces, How Many Do YOU Have?


I have what I consider to be a fairly large fire escape that could definitely double as a youthfully romantic version of a terrace if I just threw down some particle board. But turning a fire escape into a furnished patio is not really legal, I've been told, and it overlooks the building's garbage courtyard anyway. I mean, even I could get my window open! Sounds like a whole lot of trouble to sit al fresco just 5-feet above the trash of forty other apartment units. Still, I am working on some plans to transform it into my own paradise, or at least my own Fyre Fest VIP tent. [ more › ]

Bill Would Ban Smoking In All Future Subsidized NYC Apartments


(image) One week after Mayor de Blasio declared the cigarette industry "public enemy number one" with a package of bills aimed to limit tobacco sales, City Council Member Donovan Richards heard testimony Thursday on a bill that would ban smoking cigarettes, cigars and pipes in all future residential buildings built or rehabilitated using city subsidies. [ more › ]

'Free Hugs' Man Allegedly Harassing Women In Union Square


(image) The Times Square "Free Hugs" guy is still at it—a year ago he was arrested for allegedly attacking a Canadian tourist who refused to tip him, and though that case was dismissed, he's reportedly back to his old tricks. NBC 4 New York reports he's harassing women on the street once again. [ more › ]

Resistance Plane Returns To Mark 100 Days Of Trump: 'We Still Outnumber Him, Keep Fighting!'


When Donald Trump was sworn in as president in January, many otherwise defeated New Yorkers were comforted by the sight of a small plane flying over the west side of Manhattan with a banner reading: "We Outnumber Him, Resist." [ more › ]

Early Addition: The Luxury Bahamas Fyre Festival Is Not Specifically Too Good


(image) Why Goop is bad, Po is closed, free in vitro fertilization for lucky couples, and so much more in today's 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 › ]

These Doughnuts Will Get You Drunk & Other Ways To Eat Through The Weekend


(image) Fresh off an experiment making doughnuts out of entrees, The Doughnut Project in the West Village now turns its attention to cocktails in a new series that launched last Friday. The team has sought inspiration from local bars and their signature cocktails, and beginning this Friday it's The Bennett Doughnut inspired by the "Everlasting Arms" cocktail which includes: Cachasa, pineapple, banana liquor, falernum and gardenia mix. Check out the full schedule here. [ more › ]

SUV Driver Drags Man, Leaves Him Bleeding On SoHo Street


(image) A 31-year-old man grabbed onto the passenger side of an SUV in Soho on Wednesday night and was briefly dragged as the driver sped away, according to the NYPD. [ more › ]

De Blasio Defends Jail Commissioner Accused Of Misusing City-Owned Vehicle At Taxpayer Expense


(image) Department of Correction Commissioner Joseph Ponte is among several high-ranking DOC employees who routinely misused city-owned vehicles, taking regular trips out of state and racking up thousands in taxpayer money for gas and tolls on personal vacations, according to a new report released by the Department of Investigation. [ more › ]

NY Is #1 In Dead Whales


(image) There's a lot for which New York ranks #1 nationwide. There's pizza, for instance, public transit, finding homes for abandoned pets, and of course, political corruption. Unfortunately, our fair town's found itself at the top of a not-so-great list—according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), we had the most fatal humpback whale strandings last year. [ more › ]

Video: Fake Donald Trump Plays 'Nice! Not Nice!' On Premiere Of 'The President Show'


(image) After honing his Donald Trump impression over the course of the entire presidential campaign—improvising at the Upright Citizens Brigade theater, appearing on @Midnight in character, and touring the country as Trump with comedian James Adomian's Bernie Sanders—Anthony Atamanuik's all-new Trump comedy program The President Show premiered on Comedy Central last night. [ more › ]

Happy Hour, Every Hour: Check Out These Wine And Spirit Subscriptions


(image) These wine and spirit subscriptions plus accessories will have you ditching happy hour and hosting it at your place instead: from artisanal cocktails to wines from around the world (and all the stuff you need to serve it), we've got everything you need to say cheers to the weekend (finally) being here. [ more › ]

Your 2017 Guide To Governors Island


Governors Island is opening a month early this year, which means that starting May 1st you'll be able to enjoy the hammocks, the views, and the weird art as if it's actually already summer. If you've never been to Governors Island, or just want a refresher, we've compiled this handy guide for you. [ more › ]

Forecast: Welcome To (Two) Days Of Summer!


(image) A weak cold front passed through the city earlier this morning, pulling a warm air mass in behind it. While the day started out humid, foggy, and overcast, drier air is swiftly arriving and the sun should be out soon. As a result temperatures will climb to the mid 80s in northern New Jersey, lower 80s in the city and the 70s right along the coast. [ more › ]

8-Year-Old Boy Killed By Falling Concrete Planter In Brooklyn


(image) A young boy playing in his Brooklyn front yard died on Thursday after a concrete planter fell from the facade of the house and hit him. "I saw mom was crying, screaming. She was saying, 'someone call 911'," a neighbor said. [ more › ]

Check Out The Light Show For The New Kosciuszko Bridge


After taking a victory lap on the new span earlier in the day, Governor Andrew Cuomo welcomed the shiny 21st century Kosciuszko Bridge with a light show on Thursday night. Yes, a Billy Joel song kicked it off. [ more › ]

Extra, Extra: A Very Shagadelic Oral History Of 'Austin Powers'


(image) Because you would like to read an Austin Powers oral history, check out today's end-of-day links: con artist of Mar-a-Lago, mouse Coke, the woman who took down O'Reilly, 'Wag The Dog' TV series, Jesse Watters goes on sudden vacation, and puppy is total flopper. 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 › ]