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

Last Build Date: Tue, 21 Feb 2017 11:45:00 -0500

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Coveted Supreme MetroCard Debuts With Subway Crowding, Big Ebay Markups


(image) Streetwear brand Supreme has bought ads on an undisclosed number of MetroCards, and because the company's products are coveted in large part for the Supreme logo and the hype stoked by scarcity, the cards themselves are causing a subway-station-clogging frenzy among collectors and resellers. [ more › ]

A 165-Year-Old Walt Whitman Novel Has Been Unearthed And Republished


(image) A "new" Walt Whitman story has been unearthed 125 years after his death. The novel, titled The Life and Adventures of Jack Engle, was only published once in a newspaper in 1852. It ran in six installments, and was published anonymously. The Sunday Dispatch, a New York City paper that Whitman was known to contribute to, ran the 36,000-word story in March of that year, and alerted the public via an advertisement that ran in a rival paper, the New York Times. You can see the ad here on page 3; it read:
"This week's Sunday Dispatch will contain The Life and Adventures of Jack Engle, an autobiography, in which will be handled the philosophy, philanthropy, pauperism, law, crime, love, matrimony, morals... which are characteristic of this great city at the present time, including the manners and morals of boarding houses, some scenes from church history, operations in Wall St, with graphic sketches of men and women, as they appear to the public, and as they appear in other scenes not public. Read it and you will find some familiar cases and characters, with explanations necessary to properly understand what it is about."
According to the NY Times, the story was rediscovered last summer by a graduate student, and you can now purchase it in book form thanks to the University of Iowa Press. You can also read it all online, as it was published on The Walt Whitman Quarterly Review on Monday. [ more › ]

Federal Authorities Still Searching For 8 Passengers Who Breached Security At JFK


(image) Federal authorities are still looking for eight of the 11 passengers who breezed through a TSA security line at JFK without getting fully screened yesterday. [ more › ]

Connecticut Couple Fined For Refusing To Remove Racial Slur Vandals Painted On Garage Door


(image) An interracial couple in Stamford, Connecticut is being fined $100-per-day for refusing to remove racist graffiti that was spray-painted on their garage door in January. Heather Lindsay and her husband Lexene Charles say they will not paint over the "N" word that vandals sprayed in big letters on their home until police "do their job." The couple contends the Stamford police department has not aggressively investigated the incident, and they have vowed to leave the graffiti up until they do. [ more › ]

Video: Seth Meyers & Stephen Colbert Enjoy How Much Sweden Is Roasting Trump


(image) "Between Trump's press conference and his event in Florida, Trump has made a series of wild and unhinged appearances over the last few days. But there has been one common theme," Seth Meyers said during his latest "A Closer Look" segment last night. "The president of the United States just wants a friend. You know, someone he can force to eat meatloaf." [ more › ]

Restaurant Fire Sent Black Smoke Billowing In Times Square This Morning


(image) A three-alarm fire ripped through a Times Square restaurant on Seventh Avenue early Tuesday morning, sending up billows of black smoke and eventually spreading to adjacent buildings. According to the FDNY, firefighters responded to the scene around 4:45 a.m. and fought the blaze for three hours. No serious injuries were reported, though one person was hospitalized and two firefighters were treated on the scene. [ more › ]

Photos: Thousands Denounce Trump At 'Not My President's Day' Rally


Anti-Trump demonstrators poured into the Upper West Side Monday, filling Columbus Circle and numerous blocks of Central Park West. The "Not My President's Day" rally was the latest in a steady stream of actions against the Trump administration; thousands waved signs, chanted, and navigated a maze of NYPD barricades and roadblocks while organizers shouted out calls for resistance and multiple live bands broke into song. [ more › ]

Burglar Steals $10,000 Plus Tablets From Champs Diner In Williamsburg


(image) Champs Diner, a popular vegan restaurant in Brooklyn, was burglarized early yesterday morning by a thief who took thousands in cash as well as a number of tech gadgets. The suspect was caught on surveillance video, and now the cops hope someone can help identify him. [ more › ]

[UPDATE] Selfie-Seeking Teens Rescued From Central Park Pond After Falling Through Ice


(image) [UPDATE: NBC has obtained video, below, of the moments before and after the teens fell through the ice.] A group of teenagers were apparently trying to take a selfie on an iced-over Central Park pond—but, with the unseasonably warm weather, the ice broke and the kids fell into the frigid water. A witness said told the Daily News, "They were taking a selfie and they all went down together... I was very scared." [ more › ]

Save Your Broken Phone In Less Than An Hour (Without Leaving Home, Or Wherever You Are)


(image) It’s safe to say that most people who’ve owned smartphones have, at some point, damaged their device. Gone are the days of flip phones that were made of brick and could withstand 12-hour marathons in your back pocket. Advanced technology is fragile! [ more › ]

Extra, Extra: Florida Boy Chucks Wood At Trump


(image) Because you need some distance from coworkers, check out today's end-of-day links: Keanu Reeves up for 'Matrix 4,' Alex Jones informal Trump adviser, Milo disinvited from CPAC, 'Veep' season six trailer, and a very satisfied dog. 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 › ]

Watch Archie Bunker's Plaid Coat Get Appraised On 'Antiques Roadshow'


(image) Here's a fun treat for TV memorabilia fans or just fans of Norman Lear's groundbreaking sitcom, All in the Family: A jacket worn by fictional Queens resident Archie Bunker, played by the late Carroll O'Connor, was appraised on Antiques Roadshow. A woman bought it from an estate sale of O'Connor's widow and paid just $40 for the plaid CPO coat! [ more › ]

'It Kills Me.' Totonno's Heir Wishes Family Name Was In The History Books


(image) As an addendum to a recent episode of Vice/Munchies's The Pizza Show, Antoinette Balzano—granddaughter of Anthony "Totonno" Pero (that Totonno)—tells her grandfather's story and importance in NYC's pizza story in her own words. [ more › ]

'Viscerally Arresting' Portal Coming To Brooklyn Bridge Park


(image) Making its first appearance in North America this year is Anish Kapoor's "most viscerally arresting installation" called "Descension." The piece looks like a portal to another dimension and if you stare at it long enough it may just offer a sweet, dark daydream escape from life in Trump's America. [ more › ]

Forecast: Spring Arriving About A Month Early


(image) I drove down to Florida a couple of weeks ago. About halfway through North Carolina I noticed that the leaves were starting to come out on some of the trees. While the growing season obviously starts earlier to our south, mid-February seemed awfully early to me. Turns out that was true. According to the US National Phenology Network, which keeps track of things like when leaf out begins, trees across the South are putting out leaves about three weeks ahead of schedule. Looking at the map above, as of yesterday spring leaves are starting to be seen as far north as DC and southern Maryland. Has anyone seen trees in the city putting out leaves? [ more › ]

11 People Reportedly Passed Through Security At JFK Without Getting Screened Today


(image) [UPDATE BELOW]: Eleven people managed to make it through security at John F. Kennedy Airport this morning without getting screened by TSA, according to reports. Worse, three of the unchecked passengers set off metal detectors, and all 11 are assumed to have boarded flights. Comforting indeed. [ more › ]

Police Raid Of Brooklyn Motorcycle Clubhouse Nets Guns, Cornucopia Of Drugs


(image) Police arrested two dozen people over the weekend in a raid of a motorcycle club in Gowanus that officers say turned up guns, drugs of several kinds, and a lot of people with open arrest warrants. [ more › ]

Huge Crowds Of Protesters Are Massing Outside Trump International Hotel On The UWS


(image) More than a thousand people have already massed along Central Park West this afternoon for a national Not My Presidents Day rally, and the crowd is still growing on the blocks north and south of Trump International Hotel. The sun is shining, the crowd is multigenerational, and a brass band has already led the crowd through a slightly sloppy rendition of 'America the Beautiful.' [ more › ]

Russian Ambassador To The UN Dies Suddenly After Collapsing In NYC


(image) Vitaly Ivanovich Churkin, the Russian ambassador to the United Nations since 2006, died today after passing out in the Russian Mission on East 67th Street. He died one day before his 65th birthday. [ more › ]

Port Authority Considers $4 'Access Fee' On Trips To & From Airports


(image) Taxi, black car, and other for-hire vehicle trips to and from the airport could cost $4 extra under a Port Authority plan being considered for next year. Similar to Uber and Lyft fees already in place in Los Angeles and Chicago airports, the extra cash would go towards airport projects. [ more › ]

Former SNL Comedian Joe Piscopo Wants To Be The Donald Trump Of New Jersey


(image) As one of only a few outspokenly conservative former cast members of Saturday Night Live (see: Dennis Miller, Victoria Jackson, Jon Lovitz, Rob Schneider), Joe Piscopo has enjoyed a robust second career in Republican circles, at least since he swore off the Democratic Party in 2014. Between his morning radio talk show and shmoozing with Republicans at the Republican National Convention, Piscopo has been working hard to revive his fading career as the guy who impersonates Frank Sinatra. And now he's ready to take it to the next level and potentially throw in his hat for the New Jersey gubernatorial race. He seems to be trying to take the Trump route there. [ more › ]

Ways To Resist Trump In NYC This Week


(image) Oh wow great, another week, another profile of John McCain, who's being lionized as a principled conservative opponent of President Trump despite the fact that he doesn't do anything substantive to earn that designation. Don't be like John McCain. Get out there and do something instead. [ more › ]

Little Tong Noodle Shop Pop-Up Serving Rice Noodle Soups On Wednesday In Williamsburg


(image) Before she opens her Little Tong restaurant next month in the East Village, chef Simone Tong hosts the last in a series of four pop-up dinners this Wednesday in Williamsburg. At the meal, Tong will serve Yunnan-style rice noodles (mixian) in a variety of broths, in addition to "little eats" and "little sweets." [ more › ]

Forest Hills Rocked By Manhole Explosions


(image) Forest Hills residents were rocked by a series of manhole explosions last night that, by all accounts, seemed quite intense. [ more › ]

Leaked Homeland Security Memos Outline Trump's 'Mass Deportation' Plans


(image) Department of Homeland Security memos leaked over the weekend outline extreme immigration enforcement guidelines that begin to fill in the blanks of President Donald Trump's vague January executive orders calling for a border wall and greased-up deportation machine. [ more › ]

Get In The Calzone With This Sloppy Giuseppe Beauty At Speedy Romeo


(image) A brand new bar menu has launched at Tribeca's Racines NY aimed at giving your stomach some padding while you're tossing back glasses of wine. There are smaller bites like Chicken Liver Pate ($10), Avocado Toast ($10) and Pigs' Feet Croquettes with sauce gribiche ($8), but the crowning jewel of Executive Chef Frederic Duca's new offerings is the burger ($24). Instead of beef, Duca grills a lamb shoulder, then slowly cooks it in spiced olive oil, and finishes it off with chicken stock and lamb jus. The burger's served with harissa and preserved lemon. [ more › ]

GIRLS Recap: Hostage Situation


(image) There was a moment on last week's episode in which Riz Ahmed's surf instructor character tells Hannah, "It's so much easier to love something than to hate it, don't you think?" I'm beginning to feel that way about GIRLS, a show I started out loving, then hated so violently I was assigned to recap it with passion. Last season, I started to like it again. Maybe I just have Stockholm Syndrome or really appreciate the accurately awkward sex scenes and Jessa's wardrobe. [ more › ]

Upgrade Your Bedding For A Good Night's Sleep While These Are Still On Sale


(image) Make your bed the most comfortable spot to be with these bedding options, and grab a pair of earplugs while you’re at it. [ more › ]

Not My Presidents Day Rally Starts At Noon Outside Trump International Hotel


(image) Today won't be as freakishly warm as yesterday, but it will be 45 and sunny, so if you've got the day off and want to celebrate Presidents Day by protesting our new President, head on over to Columbus Circle, where a big crowd is expected to gather this afternoon as part of a nationwide "Not My Presidents Day" rally. [ more › ]

Video: John Oliver Explains How Trump Is The Propagandist Of Putin's Dreams


(image) Donald Trump's uncomfortably comfortable relationship (or aspirational relationship) with Russia has made much of the country squirm—or as John Oliver put it last night, "It's a bit weird that you've been objectively nicer to Vladimir Putin than you have to Meryl Streep." [ more › ]

NJ Teen Arrested For Allegedly Beating, Nearly Raping Woman In Stuy Town Lobby


(image) A 17-year-old boy is accused of trying to sexually assault a woman during a vicious attack in her Manhattan apartment building's lobby. The victim fought back, and Aaron Kish was subsequently arrested after allegedly going to a hospital to treat his injuries—the hospital staff was reportedly suspicious about "scratches on his chest and missing clothing." [ more › ]

Photos: Thousands Fill Times Square To Protest Islamophobia


Organized by religious leaders of many faiths (and former Trump pal Russell Simmons), the Times Square rally drew thousands to protest the White House's anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim policies. [ more › ]

Man Shot In The Back In Hell's Kitchen


(image) A 24-year-old man was shot in midtown Manhattan early this morning, and police believe the shooting may have stemmed from an incident at a "nearby club." [ more › ]

Extra Extra: Meet De Blasio's Millennial Challengers


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Chris Christie Reportedly Still Thinks He's Getting A Trump White House Job


(image) When it comes to the various humiliations Donald Trump has caused the country, Hillary Clinton, idiot bloggers who thought he was a big joke and so on and so forth, never forget to include Chris Christie on that list. From the moment a dead-eyed Christie endorsed Trump after getting thoroughly embarrassed in the Republican primary, Trump has found ways to turn Christie, who made his bones as a take-no-shit Jersey tough guy governor, into nothing more than a punchline. And after getting unexpectedly shut out of the White House almost immediately after Trump won the presidency, Christie is reportedly still holding out a sad hope that he'll become a made man any day now. [ more › ]

Emma Straub's New Bookstore, Books Are Magic, Under Construction On Smith Street


(image) When beloved Cobble Hill bookstore, BookCourt, closed, novelist Emma Straub announced that she and her husband were working on opening an independent bookstore for the community, "A neighborhood without an independent bookstore is a body without a heart. And so we’re building a new heart." Now, it's closer to reality. [ more › ]

MoMA PS1 Selects 'Lumen' By Jenny Sabin Studio For 2017 Warm Up


(image) It's unseasonably warm today, so it's the perfect time to think about MoMA PS1's big outdoor summer installation. The museum announced that this year's architect for the Long Island City space is Jenny Sabin Studio, featuring a canopy made of "recycled, photo-luminescent, and solar active textiles that absorb, collect, and deliver light"—meaning that it will offer shade in the day and glow at night. [ more › ]

Still Got It: Gloria's


(image) In this city, restaurants come and go faster than you can say "ethically sourced ramen burger." And even though there are great new additions to the culinary landscape popping up every week, you've gotta give kudos to anyone who can stick it out for over a year. With that in mind, we bring you Still Got It, our tribute to establishments that continue to serve mouthwatering meals and drinks long after the buzz has faded—or where the lingering hype is still justified. [ more › ]

Shia LaBeouf Moves 'He Will Not Divide Us' From NYC To New Mexico


After run-ins with white supremacists and others, actor Shia LaBeouf has moved his four-year, livesteaming protest of the Trump administration, HEWILLNOTDIVIDEUS, from New York City to Albuquerque, New Mexico. LaBeouf and his collaborators, Nastja Säde Rönkkö and Luke Turner, announced the new venue yesterday while also criticizing the Queens museum that ended the livestream earlier this month. [ more › ]