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Bobby Moynihan Reveals The Origins Of SNL's David S. Pumpkins


(image) David S Pumpkins was a bonafide viral sensation last season on Saturday Night Live (it was also one of our favorite sketches of the year). The absurd sketch was so popular, Tom Hanks and the character returned for a cameo in the season finale. Bobby Moynihan, the now-departed SNL castmember who came up with the character with Mikey Day and Streeter Seidell, was on Late Night with Seth Meyers last night reflecting on his SNL stint, and he dove into the origins and evolution of the character, who they wanted to make a "Santa Claus for Halloween." [ more › ]

Sixpoint Brewery Will Open Its Doors To Visitors For The First Time


(image) For the first time in its 13 year history in NYC, Sixpoint Brewery will open the doors to its Red Hook facility to provide beer directly to customers. The brewery—which does not have a taproom like the one that's regularly mobbed at Brooklyn Brewery—will be setting up its courtyard to welcome visitors on September 30th in conjunction with a new beer on sale through a brand new app. [ more › ]

'Screaming Line Drive' Hits Girl In Face At Yankee Stadium


(image) A young girl was carried out of Yankee stadium by her grandfather and hospitalized yesterday after being struck by a line drive foul ball hit by Yankees third baseman Todd Frazier in the fifth inning. “That was a screaming line drive," one fan, who was seated several rows behind the girl along the third base line, told the NY Times. "I just wanted to cry for this little kid. There was so much blood." Broadcast video shows Frazier reacting with apparent dismay: [ more › ]

Top Chef Winner Harold Dieterle Returns To NYC Dining With Gluten-Free Italian


After closing his two remaining NYC restaurants in 2015, distinguished Top Chef season one winner Harold Dieterle is returning to the Big Apple with a new gluten-free Italian restaurant. Dieterle is the Consulting Chef at the new Tali Restaurant, located in Kips Bay on the corner of Lexington Avenue and 26th Street. Oscar Antunez will serve as executive chef, with Angelic Puglisi acting as pastry chef and director of operations. E.E. Hospitality Group, which runs two other NYC restaurants so far, is behind the project. [ more › ]

Off-Duty NYPD Sergeant Arrested After Pulling Gun On Cyclist


(image) An off-duty NYPD sergeant was arrested early Thursday morning in southwest Queens after threatening a cyclist with his service weapon and pushing the 34-year-old man off of his bike, according to the NYPD. [ more › ]

The L Train Is Just So Special This Morning


(image) Good morning! How is/was your commute? Probably somewhat better than people who rely on the L line, which was waylaid by a train with mechanical problems at Bedford Avenue. This is their story: [ more › ]

7 Portable Gadgets Under $30 That'll Make Your Life Easier Every Day


(image) Ready to be a modern-day Inspector Gadget — uh, minus the near-fatal explosion and subsequent surgery? These seven ultra-convenient tools will keep you organized and safe on the go. (Though you're probably on your own if a claw-handed super villain decides to pay a visit.) [ more › ]

Extra, Extra: Liam Gallagher Making Tea Is The Best Short Video Of 2017


(image) Because Liam had four people to make him tea in the '90s, check out today's end-of-day links: RIP Lillian Ross, Obama criticizes GOP healthcare battle, 'Will & Grace' coming to Hulu, NYPD officer shreds, and pug cuddles with bulldog. 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 › ]

Brooklyn DA: Private Detective Tried To Blackmail Sexual Abuse Accuser's Relative With Prostitute


(image) A private detective was arrested for allegedly helping orchestrate an elaborate plot to stop a woman from testifying in a sexual abuse case. The Brooklyn D.A.'s office says that Vincent Parco, who once had a Court TV show called Parco P.I., entrapped the accuser's relative with a prostitute and then tried to blackmail the relative with surveillance images of the encounter, threatening to expose them if the accuser went ahead with the case. [ more › ]

Tractor Trailer Crushes Car With Man Reportedly Inside; No Injuries


A large trailer flipped off the back of a construction truck in Harlem on Wednesday, crushing a white Chrysler and blocking off an entire street for much of the afternoon. [ more › ]

East Village Resident Takes Legal Action Against Bottomless Brunch


(image) An East Village resident whose tolerance for NYU kids jacked up on their own sense of youth-driven invincibility and endless Bloody Marys has reached its limit, is asking the State Liquor Authority to put an end to the practice of bottomless brunch. [ more › ]

Video: Grand Central's Ceiling Stars Replaced With Faces Of Female Scientists


(image) If you happen to stroll through Grand Central today or tomorrow, take a look up at the Main Concourse's ceiling—not just because it's a magnificent work of art, but because this week it's getting lit up with the faces of some badass women scientists. [ more › ]

Cop Who Tackled James Blake Testifies That He Wanted To Maintain 'Element Of Surprise'


(image) The NYPD officer who tackled and wrongfully detained retired tennis star James Blake spoke publicly about the 2015 incident for the first time on Tuesday, testifying that he'd confused Blake with a possibly armed suspect, and charged him "as quickly as possible for the element of surprise." [ more › ]

Bedford-Union Armory Developer Faces Questions From City Planning Commission


(image) BFC Partners, the company behind a controversial plan to develop the Bedford-Union Armory in Crown Heights, faced questions from the City Planning Commission on Tuesday, the latest step in the city's lengthy land use review process. [ more › ]

Federal Prosecutors Say Anthony Weiner Convinced Teen To Strip, Touch Herself On Skype


(image) Disgraced former Congressman Anthony Weiner instructed a 15-year-old girl to undress and touch herself, then watched as she did so via Skype, according to a court filing submitted by the federal government on Wednesday. [ more › ]

Interview: 'Good Place' Creator Mike Schur On Crafting The Big Twists


(image) The Good Place was one of the best surprises on TV in 2016, and one of the best forking comedies of the entire year. Part of what makes it so special and unique is what makes it hard to talk about with people who haven't seen it yet—and it is at this point in the introduction that I must warn you that there will be big spoilers for the first season of the show from here onwards. [ more › ]

Cornell Frat Banned After Member Allegedly Attacked Black Student & Yelled Racial Slurs


(image) A fraternity at Cornell University has been kicked off campus after members were accused of beating up a black student and using racial slurs. [ more › ]

The Lost Lady Sets Sail On Avenue C With A Nautical Vibe


Consider every day Talk Like A Pirate Day at nautically-themed bar The Lost Lady, a casual imbibing spot on Avenue C from the folks behind The Wayland and The Wild Son. Taking over for cocktail bar Evelyn, this rustic offering is heavy on depictions of tallships with billowing sails navigating blustery seas and photos of ocean liners, coal smoke billowing up from their stately stacks. It also offers $5 beers and a food menu of tacos and other Mexican-inspired eats. [ more › ]

Charter Bus Driver Was Going Roughly Twice The Speed Limit When He Crashed Into MTA Bus, Investigators Say


(image) The driver of the charter bus that collided with an MTA bus in a crash that caused three deaths and sixteen injuries was speeding, according to a report from the federal government. [ more › ]

Early Addition: Republicans Struggle To Explain Latest Trumpcare Bill


(image) Because Gérard Depardieu has some theories to share, check out today's mid-day links: John Kelly's personal hell, Jeff Bridge profile, the war on porn, living in the age of peak a-hole, Republicans can't explain health care bill, and dog makes a leap. 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 › ]

Cuomo Says Subway Is Improving, You Just Have To 'Look Very Carefully'


(image) Governor Andrew Cuomo, who loves cool cars and loud hogs, has a message for New Yorkers erupting into a homicidal rage while the best years of their lives wither up and die because of train traffic ahead of them: subway service is getting better, according to "people." [ more › ]

Forecast: Jose To Linger Offshore For Several Days


(image) Hurricane Jose stayed just far enough east yesterday that the city only received two short rounds of rainfall. There was some coastal flooding across Long Island but it wasn't as bad as originally feared. Coastal flooding and rough surf will continue to be a concern because Jose is going to be slowly meandering around just a couple hundred miles east of here for the rest of the week and there is a good chance that a much diminished storm will drift back toward us by the weekend. [ more › ]

What Is Drake Doing In This NYC Park Rendering?


(image) On his hit single "Worst Behavior," famous rapper Drake mentions his roots as a semi-famous teen actor who played Jimmy, a wheelchair-using character from the Canadian show Degrassi. Now, the semi-famous NYC Parks Department has tapped the rapper's likeness to drop a hot new banger of its own. DJ, run that rendering back! [ more › ]

Join The Team: Gothamist Is Hiring A Sales Account Manager


(image) Would you like to join the team here at Gothamist? We're looking to hire a full-time Sales Account Manager to work in our Advertising Sales and Operations Department, based out of our Midtown Manhattan office. [ more › ]

Here's What's Coming & Going From Netflix In October


(image) It's always sad to see titles leave Netflix each month, but this October we're getting a Red Wedding. Netflix is taking away all seven seasons of 30 Rock; all five seasons of Friday Night Lights; all five seasons of Louie, AND Big Daddy. In exchange, we're getting a documentary about Chris Brown. 2017 is nothing if not a year of unfair trades. [ more › ]

'The Punisher' Is Really Into Guns, Blood & Metallica In First Trailer


(image) After debuting in Daredevil season two, Jon Bernthal will step back into the role of Frank Castle once again for his own solo series, The Punisher—or as I like to refer to him, Mr. Raspy Voice Murderer. Watch below as The Punisher's wife is shot in the head in their bedroom, Desi from Girls grows a terrible beard, Frank Castle finds new and inventive ways to get blood all over his face, and many, many, many guns are fired in the first trailer for the series. Seriously, this trailer is like a Gunsploitation snuff film condensed into two minutes. [ more › ]

Video: Raging Rivers Of Mud Flood Puerto Rico As Deadly Hurricane Maria Hits


(image) Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico as a powerful Category 4 storm at around 6:15 a.m. this morning, bringing 155 mile-per-hour winds to the coastal town of Yabucoa. As of 8 a.m., the storm was only 15 miles south-southwest of the capital city of San Juan. Puerto Rico has not experienced a storm of this magnitude since 1932, and the National Hurricane Center says Maria will be "an extremely dangerous and life-threatening situation" for the island territory. [ more › ]

Hillary Clinton Critiqued Trump's 'Dangerous' UN Speech On Colbert


(image) Stephen Colbert welcomed Hillary Clinton as his first Late Show guest after hosting the Emmys and helping to normalize Sean Spicer on Sunday. During the interview, Colbert asked the former Secretary of State whether she got to see Trump's speech 'Rocket Man' speech at the United Nations on Tuesday. [ more › ]

Teen Reportedly Ruptures Testicles While Subway Surfing In Brooklyn


(image) A 13-year-old boy was injured while subway surfing on an F train on Tuesday afternoon, police say. [ more › ]

Crown Heights Bar Owner Plasters Over Controversial 'Bullet Hole' Wall


(image) Becca Brennan, the owner of the controversial Crown Heights restaurant Summerhill, closed early Tuesday night to plaster over a pockmarked wall that mired the "boozy sandwich shop" in controversy in mid-July after she proudly described it as "bullet-hole ridden" in a press release. [ more › ]

Master Graphic Design With This Certification Training


(image) If you've got a passion for flexing your creativity, a career in graphic design could be the perfect job for you, and a lifetime subscription to the Graphic Design Certification School will train you in the skills you need to make it as a certifiably employable designer. [ more › ]

Extra, Extra: The Full Story Behind The Internet's Favorite Brownie Recipe Comment


(image) Because there's a mad pooper on the loose, check out today's end-of-day links: new Morrissey single, Chance The Rapper's sign language translator, WFMU billboard, infiltrating far right groups, 'The Deuce' renewed, greatest Internet recipe comment ever, and cat goes for bird. 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 › ]

City Planning Commission Approves Controversial Pfizer Site Rezoning


(image) The controversial proposal to develop a lot formerly owned by Pfizer took another step towards full approval from the city today, as the City Planning Commission signed off on the rezoning that the multi-building proposal by the Rabsky Group needs in order to get built. [ more › ]

Schneiderman Announces Walgreens To Buy Fewer Rite Aids, For Competition's Sake


(image) Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced today that after an investigation by his office, Walgreens, the second largest drug store chain in the country, agreed to buy fewer Rite Aid stores than they initially planned, calling the change a victory for consumers and competition. [ more › ]

Fox News Blacklisted & Smeared Guest's Name After She Reported Sexual Assault, New Lawsuit Alleges


(image) A conservative commentator has filed a lawsuit accusing Fox News of orchestrating a campaign to destroy her reputation after she reported she was sexually assaulted and raped by a Fox News anchor. Among the claims: An outside lawyer hired by Fox News suggested a settlement, versus a formal investigation, while a network spokesperson leaked her name to the National Enquirer as someone who had a consensual affair with the Fox News personality. [ more › ]

SNL Will Air Live Coast-To-Coast For Entire 43rd Season & Probably Forever


(image) Saturday Night Live returns for its 43rd season on September 30th, and NBC has just announced they'll be broadcasting the entire season live, coast-to-coast. This is the first time a whole SNL season will be broadcast live, though this isn't the first time the show has broadcast an episode live—the final four episodes of the 42nd season also aired live in every time zone (which reportedly gave them a ratings boost). [ more › ]

Chick-Fil-A Opening In FiDi Will Be The Largest Chick-Fil-A In The Known Universe


(image) The Chick-fil-A coming to the Financial District will be the largest ever built—by double any of the other puny Chick-fil-A's of the world. The location at 144 Fulton will be "nearly twice the size of any existing Chick-fil-A restaurant," according to press materials, and the "largest the company has ever built, with five levels, including a rooftop terrace that will offer unimpeded views of Freedom Tower." [Editor's note: The building is actually called 1 World Trade Center, but of course Chick-fil-A would call it the Freedom Tower.] [ more › ]

Old Town Bar Owner Talks About The Classic Tavern's 125th Anniversary


We've lost a lot of good old-school bars over the years (RIP Milady's, we loved you so). But Old Town Bar, located on East 18th Street by Gramercy Park, has been holding strong since 1892, having served over the years as a German-American salon, an alleged speakeasy, a blue-collar hangout, and a pivotal location in Whit Stillman's film The Last Days of Disco. Last weekend Old Town celebrated its 125th anniversary, and in anticipation, we spoke with bar owner Gerry Meagher about Old Town's history, Union Square in the Bad Old Days, and those famous urinals. [ more › ]