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

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Video: Turn Off Those Overhead Lights And Watch The Aurora Borealis Come To Life


(image) Imagine walking outside and looking up into the night sky. Chances are, seeing is not necessarily believing: you know the stars are there, somewhere, but with all that light pollution and city glare, you settle for a yellow haze—nothing close to true black speckled with light. Kind of a bummer, right? Most of us have to trek to the middle of nowhere to see the stars, but such is the plight of city living. [ more › ]

Extra, Extra: Your NY Times Guide To Williamsburg Whole Foods Fashion


(image) Because you wish you could wake up from a coma and speak another language, check out today's end-of-day links: David S. Pumpkin costumes, NJ cheese theft, adorable political ad, jackhammer riding, Whole Foods style, and dog with dance moves. 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 › ]

Beyonce Backup Dancer And NYC Dance Instructor Missing, Last Seen At Port Authority


(image) A 32-year-old dancer who has performed in videos for Beyonce and also teaches in NYC has been reported missing. Shirlene Quigley was apparently last seen "getting on a bus at Port Authority around 1 a.m. Sunday," and her friends and family are worried. [ more › ]

This Might Explain Why There Aren't Many Peaches This Year


(image) This past spring, an arctic blast that chilled the city also threatened to wipe out the apple population at Hudson Valley farms, with farmers worried an entire season's worth of crops could be lost. As it turns out, farmers were justifiably concerned, with some farms reporting a significant loss to their apple crops and a devastating loss to stone fruit trees. [ more › ]

Get Cocktails & An Anatomy Lesson At The Alamo Drafthouse Bar 'House Of Wax'


When it opens on Friday, Brooklyn's shiny new Alamo Drafthouse will make a big splash in the NYC cinema scene—and that's not even counting the theater's bar, which is bound to cause a sensation of its own. Modeled after panoptica attractions from the late 1800s, the House of Wax Museum & Cocktails features detailed—and often graphic—recreations of death masks, diseased body parts, graphic birth models and other depictions. Be forewarned: the images are highly realistic and some are very graphic; click with caution! [ more › ]

Fake Uber Drivers Are Illegally Luring Travelers At LaGuardia, JFK


(image) Uber has filed a complaint with the Port Authority after what they say is a surge in fake cabs and illegal driver activity at JFK and LaGuardia airports. [ more › ]

11 Fall Cocktails To Help Us Ease Into Autumn


(image) What we lack in spectacular foliage—yet—we more than make up for in proximity to and volume of wonderful cocktail bars, many of which note the changing seasons by revamping their menus to fit the weather. With fall, you'll find plenty of brown liquors, apple flavors, spices and other such offerings, though there's not a wrong season to drink any of the spirits. Below, a few offerings befitting an autumn eve out on the town; we promise no decorative gourds. [ more › ]

'NYC Well' Is NYC's New 24/7 Mental Health Hotline


(image) NYC Well is part of the Thrive NYC initiative, which is addressing and destigmatizing mental illness. The issue is personal for Mayor Bill de Blasio and his family—de Blasio's father was an alcoholic and committed suicide; daughter Chiara has struggled with addiction and depression. [ more › ]

Creator Of 'Golden Girls' Puppet Show Sued For Allegedly Ripping Off Friend


(image) The creator of the -themed puppet show that's showing in Union Square's DR2 Theatre is being sued less than a month into the production's run. And somehow, this has nothing to do with Bea Arthur's sassy ghost. [ more › ]

ACLU: Cops Criticizing Colin Kaepernick Sent 'Ominous' Message At NJ High School Football Game


(image) A Deputy Police Chief from Middletown, New Jersey hosted a rally honoring local law enforcement on Friday that he said was intended to send a message to professional athletes like San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who has recently refused to stand during pre-game performances of the national anthem in a show of solidarity with victims of police brutality. Kaepernick has said he won't stand up "to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color" while "there are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder." [ more › ]

Treat Yourself To Three- Four- And Five-Course Meals This Week


(image) You might be eating lunch at your desk right now, and that's okay! But sometimes you want your meals to be a multisensory experience, not just a quick and easy way to nourish yourself. This week's food events include plenty of multi-course feasts where the food is just a small part of the experience. Go forth, and treat yoself: [ more › ]

Early Addition: Trump Trolls Get The New Yorker Profile They Deserve


(image) Because Trump is a bad boss, check out today's mid-day links: NY Times vows, Trump campaign manager cry for help, sexist men, virtual reality groping, Alt Right trolls for Trump, and dogs who hate Halloween. 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 › ]

SNL's Pete Davidson Takes A Dump All Over Staten Island: "F*ck Them, They All Suck"


(image) We really like Saturday Night Live's resident young person Pete Davidson (seriously, he's 22, it makes no sense), who is already in his third year on the show. Despite the fact he only does one impression (a one second Al Pacino one), he's forged his own place at SNL mostly by exploiting his easygoing, weed-friendly shtick and sticking to his brutally honest stand-up persona. There is one topic of which Davidson is less-than-easygoing: his hometown of Staten Island. [ more › ]

A Housewarming Gift Guide For Everyone In Your Life, Even The People You Don't Really Like


(image) Housewarming parties: the exhilarating occasion where you squander your feelings of apartment jealousy all in the name of well-wishing or an open bar. But remember, it's a celebration! Usually requiring you to buy a gift! But don't sweat it—because we've put together a handy gift guide for all the folks in your life who've swapped spots and are ready to nest. And if nothing here suits your fancy, may we caution you not to show up empty-handed: the least you can do is bring a six-pack to the party. [ more › ]

Report: Ultra-Orthodox Jewish School Promised $2.1 Million To Quiet Allegations It Protected A Child Molester


(image) A prominent ultra-Orthodox Jewish school has reached secret settlements worth $2.1 million with two former students who accused their teacher of molesting them, the New York Post reports. The students were two of several who have accused the man, Rabbi Joel "Yehuda" Kolko, of sexually abusing them, dating back to the 1970s. Experts the tabloid consulted said that this is the first known settlement to come out of child molestation cases in the city's Haredi Jewish enclaves. [ more › ]

Watch Tom Hanks Tell Terrible Halloween Jokes In Cut-For-Time SNL Sketch


(image) This weekend's Tom Hanks-hosted Saturday Night Live was the best episode of the young season, and a possible instant-classic for post-2010's SNL. Everything worked: the political cold open skewering the third debate, Black Jeopardy with a Trump twist, the sad Transparent parody, the Girl's Halloween digital short, and best of all, everyone's new favorite Halloween spirit, David S. Pumpkins. And even the cut-for-time sketches were fun: below, watch as Kyle Mooney's Bruce Chandling gets upstaged by Hanks' fellow '80s comic Paul Cannon. [ more › ]

See The Yuuuge List Of Everyone & Everything Trump Has Insulted On Twitter Since His Campaign Began


(image) Press coverage of Donald J. Trump is more plentiful than oxygen these days. There are the meticulous deep dives into his business ventures and money-handling that raise questions about how a man who exploits wage workers, avoids taxes, and fudges his charitable giving might flex his power in the Oval Office. Then there's the upswell of allegations from women who say Trump sexually abused them, bolstered by the steady flow of misogyny he's spewed behind closed doors and in public. There's the constant fact checking of his denials, the analyses of his supporters, and the dissection of those swing state people who might vote for him but still aren't sure. And don't forget the debate over "bigly." [ more › ]

The Soho Loft Where Heath Ledger Died 'Was A Shrine To The Joker'


(image) Heath Ledger won an Oscar over a year after his death for his "astonishing" performance as The Joker in The Dark Knight. Family and friends had discussed how Ledger had immersed himself in the role, perhaps too deeply, and now it turns out the apartment where he was found dead was a "shrine" to the maniacal character. [ more › ]

Find Those Hats And Gloves, The Coolest Weather Of Fall Is Upon Us


(image) This weekend's storm is responsible for a couple of things we haven't seen in quite a while. First, more than an inch of rain fell across the region on Saturday. That hasn't happened since late July, when we had three such rainy days. Despite the weekend rain, October is almost certainly going to be the third straight month, and seventh month this year, with below-normal precipitation. [ more › ]

Cheesecake Factory Opens Its First NYC Location On Tuesday


On Tuesday, New York City will finally be blessed with 1,760 calorie desserts when The Cheesecake Factory opens its first restaurant in the five boroughs. Located in the Queens Center—not to be confused with Queens Place, a similar, smaller mall right next door—the restaurant looks exactly like other locations elsewhere in the USA. There's the labyrinthine seating, the army of staff (they've employed 285 people for this location alone), the tempting cheesecake case just beyond the host's station, which you'll become intimately acquainted with suffering the chain's notorious waits for a table. [ more › ]

How Massive Gang Sweeps Make Growing Up In The Projects A Crime


In June 2014, 500 NYPD officers, watched over by helicopters and led personally by Police Commissioner Bill Bratton, raided apartments throughout the Grant and Manhattanville high-rise developments in West Harlem and arrested 40 young men and boys on a 103-person indictment for gang activity associated with two murders. [ more › ]

Video: John Oliver Offers Trump His Emmy As Long As He Concedes Election


(image) Donald Trump has been acting like an oversized orange brat on an extended temper tantrum for most of this election season, so it's only fair that we treat him like a child. To that end, John Oliver has something which Donald Trump desperately wants: a real honest-to-goodness Emmy award. And he'll even give it to long as he concedes the election on November 8th like a good little member of a functional Democracy. [ more › ]

Off-Duty Correction Offer Arrested After Smashing Pipes In Brooklyn Hookah Bar


(image) An off-duty correction officer was arrested early Sunday morning after he smashed several pipes and punched a window inside a hookah bar in Sunset Park, according to the NYPD. Palmenio Reyes, 33, was "probably intoxicated" an NYPD spokesman said. He's been preliminarily charged with criminal mischief. [ more › ]

Wheelchair Gunman Suspected In Fatal Shooting


(image) The NYPD is searching for a gunman who uses a wheelchair in connection with a fatal shooting in the Bronx early yesterday morning. According to police, 28-year-old Kevin Thomas was found with multiple gunshot wounds to his torso just before 2 a.m. Sunday outside of the Mott haven Houses at 350 East 143rd Street. First responders rushed Thomas to Lincoln Hospital, but he could not be saved. [ more › ]

Up In Smoke: Weed Candy Truck Catches Fire, Treats Destroyed


(image) Pour one out (or light one up) for a Weed World Candies truck that caught fire on the Delaware Memorial Bridge last night, causing delays. [ more › ]

[UPDATE] Driver Kills Teen Girl, Injures Another As They Walk To School In Queens


(image) [UPDATE BELOW] A 13-year-old girl was killed by a driver this morning in Queens, and a second 13-year-old girl was also injured in the collision. Police sources tell the Daily News the girls were walking to school when the driver ran them over. [ more › ]

Cops Release Video Of Suspect Who Followed Woman From Train & Tried To Rape Her


(image) Police are hunting for the man accused of sexually abusing a woman on Saturday night in Brooklyn, and investigators have released surveillance video in hopes the public can help identify him. [ more › ]

Photos: The Best Costumes At Tompkins Square Park's Halloween Dog Parade


Saturday's cold, rainy weather didn't stop the world's most creative dog owners from showing off their costumed pups at the annual Tompkins Square Park Halloween Dog Parade. [ more › ]

Extra Extra: Curt Schilling Is Now Pitching For Breitbart


(image) Obama dances to "Hotline Bling", there's a growing backlash against Ivanka Trump, Curt Schilling got a job and more day's end links. 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 › ]

MTA Posters Advertising Return Of The W Seen In The Wild


(image) Earlier this year, we reported that the W train would likely return in November. The MTA also included the W on maps that were set to come out when the Second Avenue subway debuted. And now, a Redditor has spotted the MTA advertising the return of the train. [ more › ]

Missing Mexican Model Geraldine Mendez Found Alive


(image) Mexican model Geraldine Mendez, who was reported missing after not coming home from a Bushwick party on October 15th, has been found. [ more › ]

Bronx Man Takes Cop Car For A Joyride, Crashes It


(image) Police are looking for a man who allegedly took a cop car for a joyride—and crashed it. [ more › ]

Ride-Share Etiquette: Is It Okay To Make Out In An UberPool?


(image) I use Uber sparingly—I already dropped cash on a monthly unlimited, and Uber is kind of evil anyway—and when I do use it, I always, ? [ more › ]

Learn About The Jiggly History Of Jello Salad At The Morbid Anatomy Museum


(image) Jello salad: the words conjure up '50s kitsch and the weirdest of weird American Technicolor desserts from a bygone era when people thought Cheez Whiz was healthy. Jello salad, and gelatin more broadly, have a history in America that's more than just a jiggly sidenote—and you can learn all about it at the upcoming Morbid Anatomy Museum lecture "Tasteless: An Illustrated History of Jello Salad." [ more › ]

[Updates] Suspected Staten Island Drag Race Leaves One Person Dead, Four Injured


(image) Two people are in custody after a suspected drag race in Staten Island ended in a crash that killed one person and injured four others early Sunday morning. [ more › ]

Police Search For Man Who Allegedly Assaulted Elderly Couple In Midtown


(image) Police are looking for a man who allegedly assaulted a woman in Midtown East on Thursday night. [ more › ]

America's Dad Tom Hanks Hosts SNL For 9th Time, Plays Black Jeopardy


Tom "Hanx" Hanks hosted Saturday Night Live for a NINTH TIME this weekend, starting off with a monologue only America's Dad could deliver, reassuring our wounded nation. [ more › ]

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. This weekend's cold open tackled the third presidential debate, of course, and Alec Baldwin's portrayal of Donald Trump continues to crystallize everything about the Republican nominee. [ 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 › ]