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

Last Build Date: Fri, 02 Dec 2016 17:28:00 -0500

Copyright: Copyright 2016

Extra, Extra: In Case Of Emergency, Blame Millennials


(image) Because you would work for Obama's media startup, check out today's end-of-day links: appreciating Norm MacDonald, Patton Oswalt on being single dad, blaming millennials, Trumpenfreude tumblr, Times goes full-bees, and dog plays it cool. 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: Animal Rights Activists Convince Tourists To Get Out Of Horse-Drawn Carriage


(image) Animal rights activists may not have succeeded in getting the city to ban carriage horses, but they've found a new way to dissuade people from taking rides in the horse-drawn buggies: riding alongside carriages and urging tourists to take a free ride around Central Park in electric cars instead. [ more › ]

Report: Black Public School Students In NYC Arrested 10 Times More Often Than White Peers


(image) Black students at New York City's public schools are arrested at a rate 10 times higher than their white peers, according to a new report on school discipline from the New York Civil Liberties Union. [ more › ]

Photos: 24 Hours At The Standing Rock NoDAPL Camp


When the eviction notice came in it was just after nightfall, and our expressions of shock were lit by bonfires and phone screens. In a letter addressed to the Chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, the Army Corps of Engineers declared that the thousands of people gathered in protest of the Dakota Access Pipeline were now trespassing, and would be forced to leave in ten days' time. The news traveled traveled quickly across Oceti Sakowin camp, where many had just finished their evening meals. As I walked along the dirt road that splits the community in two, I saw people of all races, ages, and backgrounds shaking their heads. The reaction was obvious—"This is bullshit!" one man yelled. In the distance, prayers were being sung and drums pounded, low but strong. [ more › ]

Trumpkins Are Going To Court To Stop The Recounts Even Though Trump Won Bigly, Right?


(image) Though Donald Trump won the Electoral College in a self-proclaimed landslide—and would have won even more tremendously, had it not been for all that pesky voter fraud that didn't happen—his surrogates appear to be going out of their way to make sure no one looks too closely at the votes. Indeed, the Times reports that Trump backers have attempted to block the vote recounts recently filed in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, and in Michigan Trump's lawyers are personally trying to stop the recount. Which, again, seems like a big effort to undertake if you're certain there was no funny business, but maybe they want to protect those millions of illegal voters? [ more › ]

Street Meat Is Pretty Bad For The Environment & Our Lungs, Oh Well


(image) It's a New York City right of passage to bear the Eau du Street Meat scent after walking through a plume of scorched chicken grease on a Midtown sidewalk. The charcoal-cooked meats might be a city staple, but pollution caused by the grills has alarming effects on the environment and on humans. [ more › ]

NYU Promises To Protect Undocumented Immigrant Students From Trump Regime


(image) Joining Columbia University, and a series of schools nationwide, New York University announced in a letter this week that the college would be a sanctuary campus for undocumented students and would not share their immigration status with federal immigration officials. [ more › ]

8 Cool Holiday Markets For People Who Dread Holiday Shopping


(image) Holiday Markets are, in theory, magical places full of wonder and holiday warmth. But as anybody who has fought through the madness at Union Square during the holidays knows, they can sap your will to shop outside the Internet. So instead of throwing elbows at hastily constructed outdoor malls, check out some of the city's independent holiday markets, which harness the work of the city's creative community in places off the tourist trail. [ more › ]

Men Screaming 'Donald Trump' Attacked Woman Wearing Hijab On The Subway


(image) A Muslim woman was attacked and harassed by three men who called her a terrorist and repeatedly shouted "Donald Trump!" at her on the subway yesterday. [ more › ]

A Badass Deer With One Antler Is Strutting Around Manhattan


(image) A magical unicorn unique deer with one antler was spotted in a Harlem park earlier today—and it's believed he swam across the East River. [ more › ]

City Will Pay NYers To House Their Homeless Friends & Relatives


(image) Staring down criticism from shelter-averse neighborhoods across the boroughs, the Department of Homeless Services says it's going to compensate thousands of families willing to take in their homeless friends and relatives next year with gift cards and rental subsidies. The so-called "Home for the Holidays" program, first reported by the Daily News, is intended to move 5,000 families who have been homeless for at least three months in with hosts. [ more › ]

Early Addition: Has The President-Elect Blocked You On Twitter Yet?


(image) Because Trump loves scotch tape and blocking people on Twitter, check out today's mid-day 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 › ]

Ask A Native New Yorker: Is It Wrong To Walk & Play With Your Phone?


(image) Are you relatively new to this bustling metropolis? Don't be shy about it, everyone was new to New York once upon a time, except, of course, those battle-hardened residents who've lived here their whole lives and Know It All. One of these lifers works among us at Gothamist—publisher Jake Dobkin grew up in Park Slope and still resides there. He is now fielding questions—ask him anything by sending an email here, but be advised that Dobkin is "not sure you guys will be able to handle my realness." We can keep you anonymous if you prefer; just let us know what neighborhood you live in. [ more › ]

NYC Officials Petition Trump For Federal Funds To Cover His $1 Million/Day Security


(image) It's going to cost the city about $1 million per day to provide President-elect Trump with an adequate security detail every time he's in New York—and since he's decided to be a part-time president, he'll be here quite a lot, lucky us! But many New Yorkers are not super thrilled their taxpayer dollars will be wasted on this fucking guy, and now City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Council Member Dan Garodnick have introduced a petition asking Trump to reimburse the city for his costs. [ more › ]

'Harry Potter And The Cursed Child' Will (Probably) Open On Broadway In 2018


(image) Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the play that looks at Harry Potter as a middle-aged Ministry of Magic employee and father of three, debuted earlier this year in London, packing the theater with eager fans. And New York may finally get to see the critically acclaimed work... in 2018. But at least the show's producers hope to "provide audiences with access to low priced tickets." [ more › ]

Jon Stewart Defends Trump Voters, Excoriates Media & Trump's Hypocrisy


(image) While he was barely a presence during the seemingly interminable campaign season, Jon Stewart has been making more appearances in recent weeks as he promotes the new oral history of The Daily Show and reckons with Trump's looming presidency. Yesterday, he took part in a Times Talk with journalist Chris Smith, author of The Daily Show: An Oral History—he talked at length about the mistakes the media made during the election, and passionately defended Trump voters while excoriating the man himself. And he also commented on the realization that he may be considered a enemy of the state because of a Twitter argument: "It is odd to be in a position of knowing that the leader of the free world tweeted that you were a pussy at 1:30 in the morning," Stewart noted at one point. [ more › ]

Inside Empire Stores, The Newly-Renovated Civil War-Era Warehouse In Brooklyn


After two years of drastic renovations, Empire Stores, a sprawling warehouse complex on the DUMBO waterfront, is up and running. And boy, are the views ever sweet. With most of its original architecture (dating back to the late 1800s), schist stone walling, 14 foot ceilings, and wooden timbers still intact, the building is the latest addition to the neighborhood's burgeoning supply of ye olde renovated spaces. [ more › ]

Report Reveals Bad Grades For Some NYC Public School Cafeterias


(image) Mice, roaches, and flies have a regrettably great attendance record at some of the city's dirtiest public school cafeterias, according to a new report conducted by the State Senate and public school advocates. [ more › ]

Pay What You Want For The Web's Hottest Learn to Code Bundle


(image) Ever wish you could name your price for the education you want? Now you can: the Learn to Code 2017 Bundle includes 156 hours of instruction from experts on coding — and best of all, you can name the price you want to pay for it. [ more › ]

Gunman Released Without Charges After Fatally Shooting Former Jets Player Joe McKnight


(image) Joe McKnight, a former running back for the NY Jets, was fatally shot in Louisiana yesterday in what's been described as a "possible road rage episode." He was 28 years old. [ more › ]

Why Eat Anything Other Than Pizza For Brunch This Weekend?


(image) Pizza in the morning, pizza in the evening, pizza at bruuuunch time...over at Park Slope's Gristmill, where they're slinging pies weekend days as part of their new brunch program. In addition to Smoked Salmon pies and one with potato and bacon, they're also serving up other bready creations including a selection of toasts (everything bagel and lox, for example), biscuits and gravy and their special garlic knots in everything or cacio e pepe coatings. [ more › ]

Could An Electoral College Revolt Stop Trump?


(image) Hillary Clinton's popular vote lead is now over 2.5 million, a 1.9 percent margin greater than that by which nine previous presidents won, and a fat lot of good that does us with the electoral college giving the presidential election to Donald Trump by a combined margin of about 100,000 votes in three key states. This is just the fourth time in U.S. history that a candidate has won the popular vote and lost the electoral vote, the last being Al Gore's sort-of defeat in 2000. [ more › ]

Is Your Soul Prepared For Changes On The 5, A, D, F, G, J, M, N & R Lines This Weekend?


(image) Sweet baby Jesus is this week over yet? Can I will myself to EOD Friday, so I can pretend the news doesn't exist for a solid 48 hours and watch The West Wing until my eyes bleed/I hit Season 5? [ more › ]

Drunk And Violent Passenger Forces NYC-Bound Flight To Turn Back To Hawaii


(image) A Hawaiian Airlines flight bound for New York City turned back and returned to Honolulu Tuesday after an intoxicated passenger allegedly threatened to kill numerous people on board, including crewmembers, his girlfriend, and her children. According to an FBI affidavit, James August allegedly struck a flight attendant's shoulder and began making death threats when she tried to intervene. [ more › ]

Straphanger's Ear Nearly Cut Off During Subway Fight


(image) A 35-year-old man needed surgery to reattach part of his ear after he was slashed during an altercation at a Manhattan subway station last night. A witness said he saw "[b]lood all over... I knew his ear was like leaking, halfway off." [ more › ]

Extra, Extra: RIP, 'Facts'


(image) Facts are dead, puppy can't find mom, plastic trash is bad, shrooms will save us from the sads, 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 › ]

Bushwick Residents Say Waste Transfer Station Causes Serious Health Problems


(image) Idling garbage trucks outside a private Bushwick waste transfer station have allegedly been exposing local residents to high rates of tiny particulate matter—a diesel fuel pollutant that is known to cause severe respiratory issues and lung cancer—for over 25 years. According to a new report from local environmental advocates, many children from the surrounding neighborhood are suffering from asthma as a result. [ more › ]

Engineer In Fatal 2013 Train Derailment Sues Metro-North For $10 Million


(image) Three years ago today, four people were killed and 60 injured when a Metro-North train derailed at the Spuyten-Duyvil curve in the Bronx. Now the train's engineer William Rockefeller has sued the commuter railroad, blaming Metro-North for not installing technology that would have automatically braked at excessively high speeds and for not having an "alerter" system in the cab to make sure he remained attentive. [ more › ]

Salvation Burger To Really, Finally Reopen Following Devastating Fire


(image) There was a brief moment in September when it seemed as if the reopening of April Bloomfield's Salvation Burger was imminent. Rumors swirled that the restaurant would be opening as early as October following a fire that "severely damaged" the kitchen back in May. [ more › ]

City Explores Limited Public Access To North Brother Island


(image) The Parks Department said Thursday that it is willing to explore the possibility of "limited" public access to North Brother Island, the 20-acre abandoned island off of the South Bronx that's been closed to the public since 1963, overgrown with kudzu and poison ivy and strewn with crumbling 20th-century hospital facilities. Public access to the island has been a longtime pet project for Manhattan Councilmember Mark Levine, who recently acquired funding to study the feasibility of hosting small, seasonal tours. [ more › ]

A Feast For The Body & Spirit At Miss Paradis, Now Open In SoHo


Destination restaurants inside museums are increasingly common, while fine art inside restaurants has long been a tradition for moneyed restaurateurs. Miss Paradis, one arm of a French restaurant group, fuses the two concepts a bit in its new SoHo digs, tasking artists with designing different elements of the restaurant, from structure to form and back again. [ more › ]

Williamsburg Man Killed By Tractor Trailer Driver On Kent Avenue


(image) A tractor trailer driver killed a pedestrian near Kent Avenue and South 10th Street in Williamsburg this morning. [ more › ]

New Conservative 'Professor Watchlist' Names 'Radical' Professors From NYU, Columbia & John Jay


(image) Four New York City colleges are among the 100-plus schools listed on a new website that catalogs professors who allegedly "advance a radical agenda." The website, called Professor Watchlist, includes the names, photos, and sometimes the contact information of more than 200 professors nationwide. [ more › ]

Photos: The Most Extravagant Holiday Windows In NYC Department Stores (Part II)


Yesterday, we took a close look at this year's ambitious and artistic holiday windows at Bloomingdales, Bergdorf Goodman and Barneys. Up above, you can feast your eyes on what three more of the big department stores—Macy's, Saks Fifth Avenue and Lord & Taylor—created to send you into the most pleasant consumerist fugue state imaginable. [ more › ]

The 11 Best Spas In NYC


(image) It's hard enough to pay rent here without having to shell out $150 for a massage, but sometimes you need someone to beat the hell out of your shoulder blades, lest you crumple over your computer and die before you finish your Best Spa guide. These are our favorite spas in the city, may they be fancy, shvitzy, or downright clinical—leave yours in the comments. [ more › ]

Bernie Sanders: Carrier Corporation 'Took Trump Hostage And Won'


(image) Donald Trump is kicking off his "victory tour" in Indianapolis today to celebrate himself for a deal reached with Carrier Corporation to keep an estimated 1,000 jobs in Indiana. But the deal, which will keep only half the company's jobs in the state and is contingent on huge corporate tax breaks, isn't the working-class victory his campaign is framing it as. [ more › ]

Video: Some Grinch Stole A Life-Size Santa Decoration From Dyker Heights Yard


(image) Dyker Heights is home to the city's most elaborate Christmas decorations, but now residents are on alert after one neighbor's five-foot Santa display was stolen from the yard on Monday afternoon. The victimized homeowner described the incident: The thief "pulled out the Santa just to see how it was connected, took out a knife, ripped off the twine...looked to see how else it was connected, put the knife back in his pocket." It was caught on video: [ more › ]

State Legislators May Give Themselves A Raise For All Their Great Work This Year


(image) State legislators might have a pay raise on the table, provided that they also pass some other legislation that Governor Cuomo is asking them to pass, including a series of ethics reforms. Or, depending on who you believe, that's not the case at all and Albany legislators would never dream of such a pay-for-play scenario. [ more › ]

'Search Party' Brings Us Brooklyn's Self-Absorbed Millennial Nancy Drew


(image) Over the past week there's been some chatter about TBS's new series Search Party, but you can't help but think there would be more if it were a Netflix, Amazon or HBO series with a serious PR-push behind it. (Remember how many Good Girls Revolt ads we recently saw on the streets?) Turns out they didn't really need it, though, as the show has gotten the hype on its own. [ more › ]

Early Addition: Omaha Paper Declares Millennials Are Crazy About Omaha


(image) Because Tinder is both ruining your love life and your only tether to any sort of love life, check out today's mid-day 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 › ]