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    July 10, 2014

    What Should You Actually Do When You Get a Rat in Your Wrap or a Frog In Your Salad?

    Another month, another soul-destroyingly disgusting foreign object in some poor unfortunate diner's food. On Tuesday, Gothamist brought us the story of the Rat Wrap, in which some anonymous guy at a law firm apparently ordered lunch delivered from Chop't on Pine Street in the Financial District and ... More >>

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    August 8, 2013

    Here's What the MTA Does When They Find a Dead Shark in the Subway: Toss It, Crack Jokes

    There were a number of possible responses to yesterday's news that a small dead shark was found in the subway: sadness (dead animal), puzzlement (dead aquatic animal?), and, for the germaphobes among us, extreme, immediate, misplaced panic (Jesus Christ, have I been sitting in shark juice)? But the ... More >>

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    May 6, 2013

    Falansai Opened in Bushwick; Beekman Beer Garden Reopened

    Beekman Beer Garden, the beloved outdoor bar near South Street Seaport, was severely damaged by Hurricane Sandy in October. But the summertime hot spot reopened on Saturday, Gothamist learned, and has been serving

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    April 12, 2013

    New G Train Ridership Stats Prove Why a Full Line Review Is Needed ASAP

    A few months ago, we learned that the MTA would bow to the demands of everyone and finally take a look at the dreaded G train. You know, the Crosstown Express, the green one, the one that comes whenever the hell it wants. A full line review and decision will come in July and, if yesterday's news is ... More >>

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    February 11, 2013

    Even A Blizzard Didn't Stop A Ton Of Violence From Happening This Weekend

    Nemo was able to shut down power, the Long Island Expressway and most of the news over the weekend. But, somehow, it apparently couldn't prevent the unfortunate plague of crime in New York City. The first shooting victim came Friday night during the apex of the snowstorm. At a baby shower up on Eas ... More >>

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    February 7, 2013

    Let's Place Bets On How Much It's Gonna Snow This Weekend

    It's gonna snow in New York City this weekend. Well, not definitely. Most things that happen in life are unexpected. But there's a very good chance it will on Friday night, continuing into Saturday morning. We know that because everyone's been saying it's gonna snow, like, a lot. It could be 'hist ... More >>

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    November 4, 2012

    How to Lend a Helping Hand During Post-Sandy Recovery [Updated]

    Here are some ways to help with Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts: The Bowery Mission is looking for help through their Twitter feed. You can donate Blood. In Red Hook, food is being distributed in three areas. If you have any spare goods, some of these spots are also taking donations.

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    March 30, 2012
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    February 9, 2012

    NYC Media Loves Chinese-Parenting Stereotypes

    With the slut-shaming, front-page New York Post pic of Greg Kelly's rape accuser -- which we're not linking to because the tab's treatment of sexual violence has been plain. fucking. wrong. -- it seemed like there might not be enough room in today's news cycle for more cringe-inducing coverage. Of a ... More >>

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    January 8, 2012

    Papa John's Apologizes for 'Lady Chinky Eyes' Receipt

    Yesterday, we reported on the Papa John's customer who was identified as "lady chinky eyes" on her receipt from a store on Broadway and 142nd Street. The above image comes from Papa John's Facebook account, and the terminated employee they refer to is reportedly a 16-year-old girl. Hopefully, this e ... More >>

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    November 16, 2011

    Have You Seen the Guys Who Beat Up This L Train Rider?

    Today's extra-disturbing subway video is one of three men beating up an L train rider. Despite the gross nature of filming violence perpetrated on someone else (the guy apparently asked his attackers to stop spitting, which is, frankly, a reasonable request) -- and, ergh, laughing -- this does do t ... More >>

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    November 9, 2011

    Meet the Bronx Zoo's New Okapi (Also: What Is an Okapi?)

    The Bronx Zoo has debuted its new baby okapi! What is an okapi? An okapi is a "giraffid artiodactyl mammal" native to a rainforest in the Congo, and though it kind of looks zebra-esque, it's actually more closely related to giraffes. The above video shows the new baby, who is the product of extr ... More >>

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    November 2, 2011

    Occupy Wall Street Protester Arrested For Sexual Assault

    Jake Moore​A 26-year-old Occupy Wall Street kitchen worker named Tonye Iketubosin was arrested today in connection to two sexual assaults in Zuccotti Park. The first is the rape of an 18-year-old girl whom Iketubosin invited to share his tent on Saturday morning; the second, the groping of a 1 ... More >>

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    October 28, 2011

    Adorable Bed Bug Hotels Show New Yorkers Where There Are Bed Bugs​This summer was supposed to be the Summer of the Bed Bug (before it became the summer of the rat, and the summer of the hurricane, and the summer we worked a lot). But, thank goodness, the great bed-bug-ification of New York City never truly came to fruition in June, July, and ... More >>

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    October 16, 2011

    Citibank Releases Statement Regarding Arrests

    Yesterday, we reported that 24 people were arrested after protesting at a Citibank near Washington Square Park. The above video shows the demonstrators locked inside the branch and police arriving on the scene. Some protesters say they were merely trying to close their accounts, while the police ch ... More >>

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    September 7, 2011

    Colin Quinn to Host Vendys; Le Bernardin, Renovated, Reopens Friday

    ​Wondering what deep-fried monstrosity won the "most creative" category at the Texas State Fair this year? Fried bubble gum. [Time] Brooklyn native Colin Quinn will be a judge at this year's Vendy Awards, alongside CNN's Kat Kinsman and New York Times columnist John T. Edge. [Gothamist] A nu ... More >>

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    September 1, 2011

    At Least Two Animals Benefited From Hurricane Irene

    Not newborn Irene Hope, but close enough.​This week, a lost cat was adopted and a baby lamb was born, and we can all thank Hurricane Irene. Yeah, that Hurricane Irene, the one that is one of the top ten costliest storms in U.S. history, shut down the biggest transit system in the country for a ... More >>

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    July 27, 2011

    Police Respond to Reports of Man With Gun Near Flatiron Building

    ​Despite reports of a "hostage situation" near the Flatiron Building, the New York Police Department's office of the Deputy Commissioner, Public Information, says that it is not in fact a hostage situation, but police are "responding to a report of a man with a gun" at 12 East 22nd Street.Ther ... More >>

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    July 1, 2011

    How to Say Those Unpronounceable New York City Place Names

    ​Thanks to the pronunciation experts at the New York Times City Room blog, who told us the right way to say "Van Wyck" just weeks ago -- a Netherlands native says it's "Fon Weg"; do with that what you will -- we now know how to say three other place names that previously likely befuddled and b ... More >>

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    June 24, 2011

    Rob Gorski Bought Rabbit Island, Hopes to Turn It Into Mini-Manhattan Artist Utopia

    We have to go back​On jury duty one day last year, New Yorker Rob Gorski, who lives on the Lower East Side, found an island for sale on Craigslist. The 91 acres in Lake Superior three miles north of Michigan are called Rabbit Island and Gorski purchased the land with a plan, which has since bl ... More >>

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    June 12, 2011

    Brave Dogs Masquerade in the Rain For Owners' Amusement

    via Katie Sokoler/Gothamist ​ These selfless canines braved the crappy weather yesterday to please their weirdo owners who had entered them in a costume contest on Coney Island. This little guy is the Phantom of the Opera. [Gothamist] [@_rosiegray]

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    May 28, 2011

    Free MetroCards; Gil Scott-Heron Dead at 62; Brooklyn Boy Mauled By Pit Bull

    ​Free MetroCards at Prospect Park and the Red Hook Park baseball fields today! Free shitty single rides, that is. Call me when someone will pay for my monthly unlimited. Oh, and a bunch of subway lines will be all messed up this weekend. [Gothamist] Spoken-word artist, poet, and musician Gil Scot ... More >>

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    May 25, 2011

    Can't We Just Put Bike Lanes in the Sky?

    ​That's what Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz wondered about the problematic bike lanes, which he opposes, in our fair city. "Elevated bike lanes -- that's the answer," Markowitz told Brooklyn Paper, for some reason. That way, cars could be reckless and cyclists could be where they b ... More >>

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    April 22, 2011

    Man Enjoys Pleasuring Himself to Lady Liberty

    ​There is a man in Arizona who has a certain liking for the famous statue that welcomes the world's tired and weary into New York City. At least, in its human form. Arizona man Kevin Robert Theriault (why do public masturbators always have three names?) "repeatedly exposed himself and masturba ... More >>

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    April 20, 2011

    Woman Stabbed in the Head With a Pencil on the 3 Train

    ​Updated: Woman on the train blogs about witnessing the incident, after the jump. Update 2: The pencil was a pen, and the stabber (the Post calls him "deranged stoner Cordero Coroberto, 35") had been attempting to light no innocent tobaccey cigarette but "a blunt"! (That's marijuana cigarette ... More >>

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    April 10, 2011

    Tornados Sweep Across Iowa; Qaddafi Forces Enter Strategic Town

    ​As many as 11 towns in Iowa were struck by tornados last night. [CNN] In Libya, Muammar Qaddafi's forces heavily bombarded the strategic eastern town of Ajdabiyah. [Reuters] The Times has this terribly sad story about babies born addicted to opiates. [NYT]

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    February 24, 2011

    Boardwalk Empire Briefly Resurrects Gage & Tollner

    ​Monte's isn't the only historic and defunct Brooklyn restaurant that's showing signs of life: Thanks to HBO, Gage & Tollner is also being resurrected, if only for a day or so.

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    February 19, 2011

    Somali Pirates Hijack American Couple's Yacht; Man Saved After Staten Island Ferry Jump; Bronx Rapist Busted (Weekend Links)

    Jean and Scott Adam, an American couple, were taken captive by Somali pirates in the Indian Ocean yesterday. The pair were sailing from Mumbai to Oman when they were captured, and "sources onshore in Somalia indicated that a well-known piracy gang from northern Somalia had captured them and was ta ... More >>

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    February 12, 2011

    Brooklyn Man Caught After Stabbing Spree; Egyptians Celebrate Mubarak's Resignation (Weekend Links)

    NYPD via NYDN​Morning! Good news: It will be a positively balmy high of 39 today. The Brooklyn man who stabbed his father to death yesterday has been caught this morning after killing his ex-girlfriend and her mother and stabbing two others. As the Post puts it, 23-year-old Maksim Gelman "resurfa ... More >>

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    February 3, 2011

    Evil Walmart Might Get Bumped By ShopRite, But We Have Better Plans

    ​Walmart is still fighting to come to New York City, despite the fact that residents believe the store is run by a bunch of corporate soulless zombies who don't support unions? Still!? They set up a website and everything! Gothamist is reporting that "ShopRite is also interested in the 100,000 ... More >>

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    January 16, 2011

    Fox Shoots Man; Murdered Journalist's Ashes Poured into Times Square Subway Grate (Weekend Links)

    ​Happy Sunday! Enjoy your brunches and precious, precious sleep while you still can. Today will be partly cloudy with a high of 33. There's a joke about "man bites dog" here that I'm not quite coming up with, but yesterday a fox managed to shoot its would-be hunter in Belarus. It escaped ... More >>

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    December 13, 2010

    L Train Now the Perfect Spot for Public Sex

    via Gothamist/Melon Bee's Flickr​It wouldn't be right for us not to mention the couple caught in flagrante on the L train over the weekend. Gothamist has the original photos from a tipster. But we'll paraphrase: Man and women get on L train bound for Bedford on Saturday. Man and woman kiss pas ... More >>

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    December 7, 2010

    Cooper Square Hotel: Sale of Shit-Ugly Tourist Trap Digs 'Very Close'

    ​Rumors of the Cooper Square Hotel's impending sale might be true after all. Gothamist says Hartz Mountain Industries, which owns the Soho Grand and Tribeca Grand hotels, is closing in on a deal to purchase the troubled Cooper Square Hotel. Hartz Mountain reps appeared at last night's Co ... More >>

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    October 19, 2010

    8th and Broadway, Right Now: Gary Busey, Lil' Jon, and Jose Canseco, Serving Pizza

    Via Kelly Reeves.GARY BUSEY'S HEAD! ​One can only imagine how Donald Trump's "Negative Contributions to Society" list compares to his "Positive Contributions to Society" list, but mark one down for the former. Evidence?

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    September 16, 2010

    Brooklynite Tells Madonna, "Fuck You!" at Her Film Shoot

    ​The Material Girl is directing a film shoot in Brooklyn, and one man says that her crew was less than polite in telling him to walk on the other side of the street. "A chick with a headset held up her arm and said, 'You have to cross the street, sir!' I replied: 'I don't have to do anything. ... More >>

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    August 18, 2010

    The Surreal Estate Party That Went Wrong: A Liquid Liquid DJ Set, a Police Raid, and a Cop's Threat of Rape

    The mass exodus after the cops hit the door. All photos by Robert Sietsema​Surreal Estate is one of Bushwick's many sprawling, quasi-legal, live/work/party spaces, a nominally community-centered resource that hosts everything from Food Not Bombs to anarchist book fairs to noise fests. On Frida ... More >>

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    July 13, 2010

    Introducing Big Booty Theater Seats, Booty Jamz, and the "Summer of Ass"

    ​For every action, there's a reaction -- as Americans get fatter, theater seats get wider. New York City Center is one of many performing arts centers around the country that are increasing seat width and providing more leg room so that people can take their big booties to the theater without ... More >>

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    June 14, 2010

    The Doobie Is Everywhere

    via New York Times​Even though our world seems to get a little more desolate by the day, there are certain things that bring comfort to our aching hearts. Like finding plants thriving under the toughest of urban conditions. Like, in Union Square, where the tireless folks at Gothamist noticed t ... More >>

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    May 21, 2010

    Food Safety Attorney Give Attorney-Style Interview About Restaurant Letter Grading

    ​Attorneys may know a few things about the law, but Gothamist's interview today with food safety attorney Sarah Klein suggests they could stand to learn a bit more about how to converse like actual human beings.

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    May 16, 2010

    A Manhattan Dog Survives a Five-Story Fall and All We Got Were These Lousy Jokes

    ​Sure, it's the weekend and most people are probably off, but how did the pun masters and reference kings at the New York Post decide on Underdog for the Manhattan puppy who went flying off of a balcony and survived? Oh, they got it from Gothamist? Figures. Yes, the old cartoon hero has a cap ... More >>

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    March 23, 2010

    Notoriously Litigious Sexual Harrasser Cablevision CEO Jimmy Dolan Would Rather Us Not Discuss His Penis

    ​So, you're in the corporate communications department of a very big company whose chairman has a reputation for being so aggressive with the press as to invoke comparisons to swatting flies with hammers. Something not nice is written about your boss in a very concise, if generally cheeky and/ ... More >>

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    February 21, 2010

    Area Hipster Posts Embarrassing Video of Area Hipsters on YouTube

    ​via Gothamist, a concerned citizen noticed that "4 out of 5 people" who used a certain section of sidewalk at the corner of North 12th and Bedford Ave in Williamsburg were "eating the ice" there. Concerned citizen decided, in a public-spirited way, to set up a camera and upload the results to ... More >>

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    December 3, 2009

    Park Slope Food Co-op Story Inspired Some Guy to Make T-Shirts

    ​Because nothing really exists without a product tie-in these days, an enterprising Brooklyn blogger been making t-shirts inspired by "the invisible mark of shame felt by the author of [the] ridiculous NYT essay on the Park Slope Coop." The shirts include "Doing a Makeup at the Coop," "On Aler ... More >>

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    November 13, 2009

    The Animated, Rapping Elevator Safety Campaign That Never Should Have Been

    ​The wretched irony of it being Elevator Safety Week in New York right now--a fact nobody bothered to tell the city's own building inspectors, apparently--gets just a little bit worse today with the introduction of Safe-T Rider, a bewhiskered fox who raps like a self-loathing and subtitled Chu ... More >>

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    September 3, 2009

    Health Care Town Brawls Reach Finger-Biting Stage

    ​During one of those health care town brawls in Thousand Oaks, California, an opponent of the President's plan punched a supporter, who responded by biting off the man's pinky, which the man picked up and carried to the hospital. "It has begun," intones Gateway Pundit, grabbing his shootin' ah ... More >>

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    July 14, 2009

    Bank Robbery Twitter Person Draws Criticism for Using Twitter

    Annemarie Dooling, known as TravelingAnna on Twitter, recently texted updates on a bank robbery and its aftermath for which she happened to be on premises ("police just arrived. maybe theyll let me go now"). As the Staten Island Advance (her hometown paper, and a former employer) reports, this "spar ... More >>

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    February 6, 2009

    Jersey Denies Being Source of Maple Syrup Smell

    It's getting so we can't trust our own public officials: Gothamist reports that a spokesman for the city of North Bergen, whose Frutarom plant was fingered by Mayor Bloomberg as the source of Manhattan's mysterious maple syrup smell, claims "that the NJDEP has not concluded that Frutarom is the sour ... More >>

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    November 25, 2008

    Billyburg Bike Lane War! And a Modest Proposal

    A Gothamist reader tips us to an trick the city is apparently pulling on cyclists down near the Brooklyn Williamsburg Bridge entrance: "The bike lane arrows turn and point to the sidewalk... 3/4 ways down the sidewalk I get stopped by 2 cops telling me that I can't ride on the sidewalk.... And then ... More >>

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    July 12, 2007

    Taking Credit for the Mets 7 Express Home from Shea

    Photos by WallyG via Flickr Woodward and Bernstein may have taken down the president. Michael Clancy, on the other hand, got Met fans express service home from Shea Stadium. In May, when I wrote about the inequality of train service to Shea as compared to the ride to Yankee Stadium, the MTA didn't ... More >>

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    February 21, 2007

    Deuce Seven: "New King in Town" Has Left the Building

    Hmm ... maybe this does look like a Siamese-twin va-jay-jay after all. Street-artist Deuce Seven has been getting lots of NY love over the last month. First, Razor Apple spotted his Hindu-Godly peacock-feather flower-people on the Williamsburg Bridge. Then Wooster Collective posted a few snaps, fol ... More >>

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