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Extra, Extra: Larry David & Bernie Sanders Are Related OF COURSE


(image) RIP Teavana, Larry David and Bernie are basically bros, Priebus on the chopping block, sweet little lamb, 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 › ]

Vanished Prospect Park Wedding Caterer Still MIA, But Couples Catch A Break


(image) Couples left in limbo by the disappearance of the official Prospect Park Boathouse wedding caterer last week won’t have to worry about thousands of dollars in fees and the commission at the venue, the Prospect Park Alliance said Thursday. [ more › ]

MTA: Do Not Be Alarmed By This Mysterious Green Goop On The Subway Platform


(image) A puddle of green goop was spotted waiting for the subway at the 34th Street-Herald Square station this morning, but actually it's nothing to worry about, and is in fact the good kind of goop, according to the MTA. [ more › ]

Peacock Rides NYC Subway, Impressing No One


(image) The New York City subway system is for the most part a tube-based Hell that no one seems to want to take responsibility for. Sometimes, however, the subway can suddenly transform into a realm of magic and wonder, which happened today when a man strode on to a train carrying a peacock. Straphanger Matthew Chayes snapped a picture of him just kind of standing there as if to say, "Yes I am on the subway with a peacock." [ more › ]

ICE Announces 114 Arrests In Crackdown On NYC Immigrants


(image) Federal immigration officers announced this week that they'd arrested more than one hundred immigrants living in the New York area during an 11-day sweep earlier this month. [ more › ]

Fetch News: 'Mean Girls' The Musical Announces Its Cast


(image) The Mean Girls musical really is happening—producers Lorne Michaels and Stuart Thompson just announced the cast. "The cast of Mean Girls will be led by Erika Henningsen as Cady Heron, Taylor Louderman as Regina George, Ashley Park as Gretchen Wieners, Kate Rockwell as Karen Smith, Barrett Wilbert Weed as Janis Sarkisian, Grey Henson as Damian Hubbard, Kerry Butler as Ms. Norbury, Kyle Selig as Aaron Samuels, Cheech Manohar as Kevin Gnapoor, Rick Younger as Mr. Duvall," the press release said. [ more › ]

Cuomo To Corporate America: Please Adopt A Subway Station


(image) Governor Andrew Cuomo stood before a room of labor leaders and business interests at an Association for a Better New York breakfast Thursday, flashing a slide decorated with corporate logos: Blackstone, Estee Lauder, Hearst, MasterCard. For contributions in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, Cuomo said, private business can join these companies in a new initiative to sponsor subway improvements. A separate "adopt-a-subway" program will allow companies to sponsor individual stations. [ more › ]

Michiko Kakutani Steps Down As NY Times Chief Book Critic


(image) Michiko Kakutani, the feared and revered chief book critic at the NY Times, is leaving the newspaper after four decades. A press release from Pamela Paul, editor of the NY Times Book Review, and Radhika Jones, the editorial director of books, stated, "The changing of the guard among critics at The New York Times is always a momentous occasion, but in the world of letters, it is hard to imagine a more seismic change than this one: After 38 years at The Times, Michiko Kakutani has decided to step down as chief book critic. It is with profound gratitude for her tremendous service to readers of The Times and readers of books everywhere that we take a moment to recognize her remarkable contributions over the past four decades." [ more › ]

All The Sushi Is Sustainable At Mayanoki's Omakase In The East Village


(image) Chef Mike Han stoops over the butcher block table in front of him and guides a sharp blade, surgeon-like, through the pale flesh of a piece of raw black sea bass that once swam the waters off of Martha's Vineyard. He then wets his fingers before grabbing a small mound of rice, shaping and molding it to match the size of the fish. The two are joined as one, then topped with a bright pink flower and a sprinkling of Amagansett Sea Salt. "I love it when you call me big poppa," Biggie croons in the background. [ more › ]

The 11 Best Sex Shops In NYC


(image) New York's former sex shop hub, Times Square, has long since become the kind of place where there's a public outcry over an ad for a porn website, but the city's not de-sexed just yet. Indeed, over the last few decades the city's seen a boom in more upscale, female/fetish/LGBTQ-friendly boutiques, where adult toys, whips, and edible underwear come with a side of destigmatization—but don't worry, the good old-fashioned seedy stuff's still around if you want it. Here are our favorite sex shops in the city; as always, leave yours in the comments. [ more › ]

Trump's DOJ Claims Gay People Are Not Covered By Landmark Civil Rights Law


(image) On the same day that the President Trump tweeted that transgender people would no longer be allowed to serve in the US military, the Justice Department filed an amicus brief in a discrimination case arguing that a landmark civil rights law doesn't cover gay people. [ more › ]

Early Addition: Remembering Billy Joel's Moscow Meltdown


(image) How to build an outdoor shower, the hippies were right, remembering Billy Joel flipping out and more midday 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 › ]

Is The Problem With Dating In New York City... New York City?


(image) Today, the NY Post published a new take on the "Goodbye to All That" essay, in the form of an article titled: "I left New York City so I could feel hotter." The piece chronicles the adventures of several self-conscious ex-NYers who fled this town after finding it too difficult to compete with all the hot models and gym rats who apparently make up the majority of New York's population but definitely do not ride my train line. [ more › ]

Restaurateur Supergroup Opening New Waterfront DUMBO Restaurant This Fall


(image) DUMBO's dining scene, which has always been scattershot at best, inches further toward legitimacy with the announcement of another high-end eatery debuting this fall on the waterfront. A bunch of restaurateurs with notable restaurants have banded together to form a super group of sorts from which they'll launch Celestine, an "Eastern Mediterranean" restaurant debuting adjacent to a newly-completed section of Brooklyn Bridge Park. [ more › ]

Video: Old Kosciuszko Bridge Sent To Live On A Farm In New Jersey


(image) On Wednesday, the middle span of the old Kosciuszko Bridge was unceremoniously dragged to New Jersey, where it will be dismantled and recycled after 78-years of carrying traffic between Brooklyn and Queens. While Governor Cuomo initially planned to stick dynamite on the aging trestle and blow it straight to hell, the final voyage for the old Kosciuszko party bridge was mostly quiet. [ more › ]

Meet A Local Company Offering Fresh Direct-Like Food Delivery, But With Farms


(image) The many of acres of farmland that surround New York City in all directions have benefitted urban dwellers since the first greenmarket came to NYC in the mid-'70s. Since then, dozens of markets have sprung up in all five boroughs, in addition to Community Supported Agriculture programs (CSAs) that deliver boxes of seasonal produce to people's homes. In what could be considered the third wave in farm-to-table shopping, new services have sprung up that combine the freshness of local produce, the autonomy of the local grocery store, and the convenience of delivery straight to a dwelling. [ more › ]

Photos: Hundreds Protest Trump's Ban On Transgender Service Members At Times Square Recruitment Center


Hundreds of demonstrators gathered outside the Army recruiting station at 43rd Street in Times Square early yesterday evening to protest President Donald Trump's announcement of a ban against transgender people serving in the military, reversing a policy change that came last year under President Barack Obama. [ more › ]

Rikers Inmate Caught Hours After Jumping Fence


(image) An inmate who escaped from a Rikers Island jail on Wednesday night by hopping a fence was been found. The island was under lockdown for hours until Correction officers found the inmate hiding in a trailer on the island. [ more › ]

Dive Into Web Development By Building 14 Websites


(image) The best way to learn is through experience, and there's no other course that will give you as much hands-on practice as The Complete Web Developer Course: Build 14 Websites. [ more › ]

Extra, Extra: Why The Pentagon Freaked Out Over Trump's Tweets


(image) Guinea pigs eat melon, Trump makes tweets, Lupita Nyong'o at Comic Con, rabbits ride sheep, 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 › ]

New Jersey Beaches Closed Because Of Doody


(image) It's been a rough summer for New Jersey beaches this year already, and sadly, things have somehow gotten even crappier. Literally crappy I mean, as eight Garden State beaches have been closed because of contamination from poop. [ more › ]

MTA Board: We Need A Lot More Money & It Can't All Come From Fare Hikes


(image) Members of the MTA Board argued on Wednesday that the agency is at a crisis point and must come up with new revenue streams. Regardless of how Governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio's ongoing funding feud shakes out, they said, the current trend of increasing fares and purchasing debt isn't sustainable. [ more › ]

Must Have Dish: Uni Mazemen At SakaMai


(image) Izakaya, a kind of casual Japanese gastropub, has been having a moment in NYC over the last few years, and Lower East Side eatery SakaMai is part of that movement. The elegant little restaurant, owned by Hawaii-born Japanese-Americans Natalie Graham and Tanner Fahl, has been serving up stellar Japanese small plates and sake under the direction of Executive Chef Takanori Akiyama since December 2012. At a recent press dinner to sample the new menu, it was clear the spot's still got it. But though there were some very good dishes (looking at you, Kakuni Sliders), the real standout here was the super-rich, extraterrestrial Uni Mazemen. [ more › ]

New DOJ Grant Rules Require Sanctuary Cities To Give ICE Access To Local Jails


(image) In another attempt at ending the practice of sanctuary cities, the Department of Justice handed down new rules specifying how they have to cooperate with ICE if they're going to get millions of dollars in federal grants. [ more › ]

Check Out The New Brewery & Pizzeria Opening In Downtown Brooklyn


A new brewpub opening Wednesday night in Downtown Brooklyn tapped a Sixpoint vet and his twin brother to do the brewing and the pizza-making. Owner Gerry Rooney hired Danny Bruckert to be the head brewer at Circa Brewing Co., the sleek new on-site brewery and restaurant debuting on Lawrence Street between Fulton and Willoughby Streets; Luke Bruckert will act as pizzaiolo. [ more › ]

De Blasio: 'I Don't Care' About This NYPD Homeless 'Sweep' Email


(image) At least two named NYPD officers suggested in writing that police drop by the subway stations Mayor Bill de Blasio visited on Sunday morning and “sweep the station[s] for homeless persons,” but never actually conducted such a sweep, and made the suggestion without any direction from City Hall. [ more › ]

Don't Miss Andrew Bird's Free Prospect Park Concert This Friday


(image) That's a track off his latest album Are You Serious, his 12th since his solo debut Weather Systems enchanted the indie rock blog world way back in the early aughts, during our conflict with Saddam and the Iraqis. Reviewing his latest record, NPR Music wrote: "Always a thoughtful songwriter, prone to impeccably chosen words and pristine arrangements, Bird has still found a way to mature and open up in a long career that spans more than a dozen studio albums…his writing keeps sounding warmer, sweeter, more thoughtful and approachable, while continuing to land lines that stick with you for days." [ more › ]

Cuomo's New Affordable Housing Program Ditches Community Preferences


(image) New York State's replacement for the 421-a tax credit, a re-branded version of the program named Affordable New York, won't include any units set aside for local residents, the homeless, New York City employees, the disabled or military veterans, according to a new report. [ more › ]

Mandy Patinkin Will Be Back On Broadway, To Guest Star In 'The Great Comet of 1812'


(image) Beloved Broadway star Mandy Patinkin will be hitting the boards again for three weeks this summer, playing Pierre in The Great Comet of 1812 from August 15 to September 3. [ more › ]

Watch New Yorkers Talk About 'Son Of Sam' Fears In 1977


(image) It's the 40th anniversary of one of NYC's most infamous summers: 1977, when the blackout and the Son of Sam dominated headlines. The serial killer, who was originally dubbed "the .44 Caliber Killer" before the "Son of Sam" moniker stuck, was targeting young couples in NYC, and was particularly attracted to "women with long, dark, wavy hair." So naturally, on-air reporters took to the streets and approached attractive young women, asking, "Do you feel personally threatened because you have long brown hair?" Please watch the :17-second mark when the reporter literally sneaks up on a woman from behind in 1977 when a serial killer was on the loose: [ more › ]

Report: East Village's Great Jones Cafe Will Close Tonight After 34 Years


(image) And the blows they keep on coming, this time in the East Village, where it looks like longtime Cajun-Creole restaurant Great Jones Cafe may be closing. EV Grieve, often the harbinger of sad news, heard from "multiple tipsters" that tonight would be the last night for gumbo and cornbread at the Cafe, which opened its funky doors 34 years ago. [ more › ]

Early Addition: Transgender Navy SEAL Has A Message For Trump


(image) A transgender Navy SEAL has some words for Trump, Rodney Dangerfield gets respect in Queens, the New Yorker watches the Apprentice, and 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 › ]

Beloved Red Hook Bar Sunny's Is Officially Saved


(image) Hey, here's some good news: after a successful crowdfunding campaign, Tone Balzano Johansen has officially filed all the paperwork to keep Sunny's bar open. [ more › ]

Forecast: Humidity & Rain Will Yield To A Very Pleasant Weekend


(image) Yesterday's high of 71 and a low of 62 made it the coldest July day in exactly four years. Mostly sunny skies and a southerly breeze this afternoon will allow the temperature to bounce back to near 80 degrees today. [ more › ]

Cellino & Barnes UPDATE: Barnes Seeks Restraining Order Against Cellino


(image) Though Cellino & Barnes's ebullient smiles still haunt New Yorkers citywide, it appears there is much darkness behind the subway glass. Last we heard, the embattled attorneys were working through a year's worth of "internal dissention," and now Stephen Barnes has reportedly gotten a judge to sign a restraining order against his estranged law partner. **Cue sad jingle** [ more › ]

Photos: The Last Secret, Illicit Parties Atop The Old Kosciuszko Bridge


In Hidden Cities, his memoir about urban exploration, Moses Gates describes the first time he walked off the subway platform and down onto the tracks: “It was only one step past the sign, but the mental barrier was enormous.” That sentiment leapt to my mind a few weeks ago, around 11 p.m. on a Sunday night, as I moved with a group of nervously giggling strangers around a corner in industrial Greenpoint and found myself walking right up the closed exit ramp to the soon-to-be-dismantled old Kosciuszko Bridge span. [ more › ]

How Many NYC Firefighters Does It Take To Move A Tiny Car?


(image) Answering the question of what happens when an unstoppable force meets an easily movable object, four FDNY firefighters recently lifted a smart car out of their way and onto a curb. [ more › ]

Wow, These Insane-Looking Doughnuts Are Also Delicious


It's not surprising that Sugar Factory's new "Artisanal Donuts and Coffee Bar" on the Upper West Side would sell over-the-top, aggressively-photo-friendly pastries. After all, this is a restaurant chain that spends far more energy bragging about the "iconic superstars" like Kendall Jenner being spotted with their "sparkly lollipops," and making claims to being "the most Instagrammed restaurant in the world," than it does discussing any actual food you might eat here. [ more › ]

NYPD: Man Killed After Flashing Middle Finger In The Bronx


(image) A 25-year-old was fatally stabbed in the Eastchester section of the Bronx Tuesday night, and police say the homicide apparently happened after he raised his middle finger at a group of people. [ more › ]

Accessories For Even Smarter Travel This Summer


(image) Got exciting travel plans this summer? Whether you're hopping onto a cruise, trekking through mostly uncharted jungles or getting on a train to go from one exotic city to another, be sure your luggage can withstand your adventures. We've rounded up some of the most reliable baggage around, so you can enjoy your travels — worry free.  [ more › ]