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Snag Exclusive Sneak Peeks At This Year's Tribeca Film Festival


(image) It’s Tribeca’s starriest and most eclectic lineup yet, with 98 narrative and documentary feature films, 57 shorts, 15 talks, 23 Virtual Reality + Interactive Installations, and 15 television events to choose from. [ more › ]

Extra, Extra: Your Cat Might Not Hate You After All?


(image) Because Nunes has got to go, check out today's end-of-day links: oral history of Kardashian sex tape, 'True Detective' season 3 picks up Milch, Johnny Rotten loves Trump, your cat might not hate you, Tamagotchi collectors, Cash Cab revival, and doggy plays fetch on ice. 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 › ]

Suspect In Fatal Midtown Stabbing Charged With Murder As An Act Of Terrorism


(image) The top charge against James Jackson, the 28-year-old Maryland man suspected of fatally stabbing 66-year-old Timothy Caughman with a sword last week, has been upgraded to first degree murder as an act of terrorism, over second degree murder as a hate crime. He now faces a mandatory life sentence without parole. [ more › ]

Some Thoughts On What's Acceptable To Wear On Airplanes


This week United Airlines refused to allow two teenage "girls in leggings" to board a flight from Denver to Minneapolis. Their reason: because spandex is not allowed. It turns out the young women were flying via United employee passes, and according to CNN, "the longstanding policy requires those who enjoy the perks of airline employment, which include free travel passes for family and guests, to present themselves in a way that represents the airline well." [ more › ]

NYC's First 'BrunchCon' Went About How You'd Expect


(image) It's hard to imagine how an event called "BrunchCon" could devolve into a chaotic drunken mess. And yet, according to journalists who attended NYC's debut BrunchCon this weekend, the whole experience was similar to SantaCon, but with fewer Sexy Elves. [ more › ]

Photos: Where Staten Island's Compost & Trash Gets Transformed


Every day on Staten Island, city sanitation workers fire up a fearsome machine. 20 feet tall and armed with a gnarled metal drum that spins at a blistering speed, the Scarab looks like it was made for the battlefield. In reality, its purpose couldn't be more benign: it mixes up long rows of reusable compost. As it slowly rolls along, tilling and aerating the brown mulch, the Scarab's most dangerous feature is kicking up a smelly mess on windy days. [ more › ]

Angelica Kitchen's Leslie McEachern On The Fading Vitality Of The East Village & The Spirit Of Clean Food


(image) On April 7th, longtime East Village vegan restaurant Angelica Kitchen will serve its last meal. A pioneer in both the macrobiotic/vegan scene in NYC—as well as an early champion of the farm-to-table movement—the restaurant served as a hub for advocates of clean living and eating, from its early days in the punk streetscape of the 1970s through the flourishing of the modern vegan movement. [ more › ]

Here's How Melissa McCarthy Came To Play Sean Spicer On 'SNL'


(image) This season Saturday Night Live has been running some real time commentary alongside the real life dystopian follies playing out at the White House. Kent Sublette is one of the head writers charged with bringing the insane news of the week out of Washington/Mar-a-lago/Twitter to the show, and was the staffer behind bringing us one of this season's most inspired moments in casting: Melissa McCarthy as Sean Spicer. [ more › ]

Dough's All Chocolate Doughnut Takeover Is Going To Be Epic


Never underestimate the draw of the doughnut, especially if they're the ones coming out of the fryer at Fany Gerson's fleet of yeasty perfection pushers called Dough. The chef's doughnut shops turn out some of the city's best doughnuts, in sinful flavors like hibiscus, passion fruit, and horchata. This coming Saturday and Sunday, however, it's a chocolate explosion with brand new, chocolate-centered flavors taking over the Flatiron location. [ more › ]

This Week's Trump Protests & Organizing Events In NYC


(image) Last week culminated with Paul Ryan and Donald Trump tying their legs together and trying to walk up the stairs, only to tumble down and rip their pants open as they landed in a crumpled heap. Still, nothing is over, even if Paul Ryan meekly threw in the towel on turning the Affordable Care Act into the "Tax Credits For Hunting Poor People For Sport Act." That only happened, after all, because enough people yelled and screamed to make Congress afraid, so get out there and keep them fearful. [ more › ]

Early Addition: Emo Trump Returns With New Very Emotional Single


(image) Because coffee houses are linked to gentrification, check out today's mid-day links: Ted Koppel owns Sean Hannity, Kushner's secret Russian meetings, '60 Minutes' profiles the Alt-Right, GenZennials, Emo Trump and cat gets towed. 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 › ]

Ai Weiwei Will Build More Than 100 Fences Across NYC This Fall


(image) Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei will build over 100 fence installations around the city this fall as part of his latest project, Ai Weiwei: Good Fences Make Good Neighbors. [ more › ]

Forecast: Soggy Week Ahead As Temperatures Return To Near Normal


(image) After an extended period of cold weather this month, the last week of March will be decidedly more spring-like, as temperatures return to normal and we get more than a few rainy days. A warm front is approaching the city this afternoon, giving us fog, overcast skies, light rain and a high in the mid 50s once front passes. [ more › ]

Tractor-Trailer Driver Apprehended In NJ After Fatal Hit-And-Run Crash In Washington Heights


(image) A 25-year-old man was killed early this morning when the driver of a tractor-trailer struck his car on the Cross Bronx Expressway, totaled it, and fled the scene, according to the NYPD. Port Authority police apprehended the driver at a New Jersey rest stop and brought him into custody; no charges had been filed as of noon on Monday. [ more › ]

Whoopsies, The City's First New Ferry Got Stuck In The Mud In Florida


One of Mayor Bill de Blasio's big pre-election moves involves launching a greatly expanded city ferry service this summer, and last week the first new ferry began its long voyage from the Gulf Coast to New York. The maiden voyage did not begin auspiciously, however—the ferry got stuck in the mud. In Florida. Is this a metaphor? [ more › ]

Greta Garbo's Apartment Is On The Market But It Won't Include All Of Her Chairs


I have one chair in my apartment. It's at my desk and it doubles as a place to hang a few bulky sweaters—some of which I grab frequently, others buried under those that I will likely never wear but have trouble parting with. One features the colors of the '70s and looks like a camping blanket. Anyway, this chair serves two purposes—sitting, and holding my sweaters—and it's about all that my 212-square-foot apartment can accommodate. You might have more chairs, and I think that's fine. Maybe you have two, set up to create an intimate conversation area. Maybe you have four, around a kitchen table. Maybe you have one in your bedroom, and one in your living room. I get it. But how many chairs is too many chairs? For the answer, we look to Greta Garbo: [ more › ]

There's No More Chloe In Vegan Mega-Hit By Chloe


(image) Weeks after local vegan chain by Chloe opened its fourth NYC location comes word there's no more Chloe involved in the operation. ESquared Hospitality, which made a significant investment in the brand, has "terminated" its relationship with founder Chloe Coscarelli, the vegan chef and cookbook author, the Wall Street Journal reports. At least we'll have the memories fake bacon. [ more › ]

Drown Your Monday In Mezcal & Other Weekly Eats


(image) Put a little more mezcal in your Monday this evening with Mezcal Night at Temerario, a sampling event featuring over 40 different types of mezcal from 10 different brands. Hosted by Temerario in Chelsea, the event doubles as a fundraiser for the ACLU, which will receive the proceeds from ticket sales. Tickets purchased in advance are $30 and $40 at the door. [ more › ]

21-Year-Old Fell To His Death During East Williamsburg House Party


(image) A 21-year-old East Williamsburg resident fell to his death from a fourth-floor apartment window early Saturday morning, according to the NYPD. Wyatt Tyler, who lived in the building, was pronounced dead on the scene. [ more › ]

'Fearless Girl' Statue To Stay Until February 2018


The "Fearless Girl" statue, a temporary art installation that was placed near the Financial District "Charging Bull" sculpture as part of a wildly successful publicity stunt for a global investment firm, will remain through next year, mayor Bill de Blasio announced yesterday. [ more › ]

GIRLS Recap: The Bounce


(image) This season has had at least one standout episode and some **fire** wardrobe moves, but overall there's just too much happening in these final weeks, and the whole thing is feeling a bit hasty. GIRLS has a habit of throwing a bunch of wild plots into the universe and wrapping them up way too quickly (remember Mimi-Rose? Adam's sister? Jessa's wedding?) It's hard to see Hannah's pregnancy as much more than a Hail Mary to end this series on a Big Note. [ more › ]

Cop Who Killed Ramarley Graham Quits After NYPD Trial Says He Should Be Fired


(image) Two days after an NYPD Department Trial recommended firing the cop who fatally shot an unarmed Bronx teenager in 2012, the officer in question, Richard Haste, quit the NYPD. But the mother of victim Ramarley Graham is far from satisfied, arguing that "Richard Haste should have been in prison but instead of even firing him, the de Blasio administration let him resign." [ more › ]

NYPD Cop Arrested On Long Island For Allegedly Masturbating While Looking Into Child's Window


(image) An NYPD detective was arrested on Long Island for public lewdness early Sunday morning. Detective Robert Francis was caught in the backyard of a Rockville Centre home, "allegedly masturbating while peering in a child's window," according to PIX 11. [ more › ]

Extra Extra: A Very Necessary Deep Dive Into Mike Huckabee's Awful Twitter Jokes


(image) Going from rebel to civilian in Colombia, the bumpy road to WrestleMania, a long look at Mike Huckabee's "jokes" 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 › ]

A Dutch Town Put Traffic Lights On The Sidewalk Because Of Texting Pedestrians. Should New York?


(image) It's a fact of modern life that people walk down the street looking at their phones. Whether it's because you need to fire off that good tweet (which is probably bad anyway), you're one of those lousy millennials sending a text because you'd rather die than actually talk on the phone, or you really think that playing enough Game Of War means you get to meet Kate Upton, everyone loves their dang phones. A town in the Netherlands, which has decided that this is a problem, is trying to fix it by installing traffic lights in the sidewalk to catch people's eyes. Good idea here or nah? Nah, right? [ more › ]

Blue Ribbon Federal Grill Poised To Be A FiDi Go-To


Bromberg brothers Eric and Bruce, the prolific restaurateurs behind the Blue Ribbon Restaurants, debuted their newest, Blue Ribbon Federal Grill, this month, serving as kind of a "Best Of" tour of their different restaurant concepts. Set across from the Federal Reserve, the sleek dining room's part of the AKA Wall Street hotel and thus the entrance is somewhat hidden from William Street. Persevere for the Brombergs' signature elevated comfort food, which was unsurprisingly wonderful on a recent press preview. [ more › ]

'Fearless Girl' Statue May Be Moved Away From 'Charging Bull'


The "Fearless Girl" statue, a bold stand for corporate feminism/P.R. stunt by an investment firm and advertising agency is killing it on Instagram as she stands across from the famed "Charging Bull" statue in Manhattan's Financial District. However, she may need to find a place to defiantly stand if the city ends up keeping her around. [ more › ]

Police Arrest Driver From Fatal June Hit-And-Run In The Bronx


(image) Nine months after a fatal hit-and-run that took the life of Bronx cyclist Giovanni Nin, police have arrested the driver who allegedly fled the scene after hitting Nin in June. [ more › ]

FDNY Discovers Pot Grow House While Fighting Basement Fire


(image) Firefighters rushed to a Bronx apartment building late Saturday night where a basement fire had been reported. And then they found a marijuana farm. [ more › ]

'He Was A Really Good Kid': Friends, Family Mourn Teen Who Died In Bushwick Building Fall


(image) The 13-year-old boy who died after he jumped off a Brooklyn rooftop on Friday may have believed that police were coming when he fell to his death. [ more › ]

Mother Of Baby Killed By Driver In Queens Launches GoFundMe For Funeral Expenses


(image) Frederique Rowe, whose one-year-old child was killed by the driver of a pickup truck on Thursday night while Rowe pushed her in a stroller across the street, has started a GoFundMe to raise money for the child's funeral expenses. [ more › ]

'Marisol Has Sold Her Soul' Anti-IDC Activists Chant At Protest Outside Marisol Alcantara's Office


110 demonstrators marched in front of and across the street from state Senator Marisol Alcantara's office Friday afternoon, the latest in a series of demonstrations targeting Democrats who are aligned with the Independent Democratic Conference. [ more › ]

Extra Extra: How Trumpcare Fell Apart


(image) How Trumpcare came tumbling down, more Uber trouble with unions, an 'Escape From New York' remake 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 › ]

Union Hall Closed Indefinitely After Friday Night Fire


(image) A fire broke out at the popular Brooklyn venue, Union Hall, late last night. Luckily, no one was injured. [ more › ]

Livery Cab Driver Allegedly Stole John Legend's Luggage Worth $30,000 At JFK


(image) Police arrested a purported scofflaw livery cab driver on Thursday for allegedly making off with John Legend's Louis Vuitton luggage at JFK Airport. [ more › ]

Watch 'Withnail & I' With Noah Baumbach At Quad Cinema


(image) When Greenwich Village's Quad Cinema reopens next month, it'll come with a few acclaimed directors in tow—Kenneth Lonergan and Noah Baumbach are teaming up for a new screening series where they'll show films they've never seen before. Also—John Turturro! [ more › ]

Penn Station Commuters Grit Teeth Through Massive Delays Due To Amtrak Derailment


(image) Commuters trying to leave the city from Penn Station on Friday evening dealt with massive amounts of delays, following the derailment of an Amtrak train that same morning. Service on the LIRR, NJ Transit and Amtrak was eventually restored, but not before commuters had to turn to other options or sprint to any available trains. [ more › ]

Photos: Pairing Yak Meatballs With Arctic Kelp At The 2017 Explorer's Club Dinner


It's 7 p.m. on a weeknight, I'm eating a yak meatball, and chef Gene Rurka is expounding on the tasting notes of alpine cheese. Between us is a table filled with "cold weather foot"—bites sourced from the hearty plants and animals that live in Earth's least-hospitable places. There's hare confit, arctic kelp, caribou sausage, the aforementioned yak, and pemmican, an extremely rich cake made from tallow and dried, powdered blueberries used as survival food on arctic expeditions. Gene hands me his card. His title is "International Consultant." He's using a three-foot caribou antler as a centerpiece and though we've only just met, I can tell he does not mess around. [ more › ]

Child's Death In Queens Street Is 'A Moment Of Reckoning' For Vision Zero, Advocates Say


(image) A one-year-old girl was fatally struck by a pickup truck driver on Thursday night as her mother pushed her in a stroller across an intersection at 23rd Avenue and 94th Street in East Elmhurst, Queens. In response to the tragic incident, safe streets advocacy group Transportation Alternatives is calling on the city to reassess its approach to Vision Zero, citing the initiative’s failure to adequately address “streets that are too often lethal by design.” [ more › ]

Photos: Dozens Take Protest Against Trump's Approval Of Keystone XL Pipeline To Times Square


About 100 people marched from Columbus Circle to Governors Cuomo's office in Midtown East, passing through Times Square along the way. [ more › ]