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Mission Occomplished: Holland Tunnel Will Alter 'OCD Nightmare' Holiday Decorations

Mission Occomplished: Holland Tunnel Will Alter 'OCD Nightmare' Holiday Decorations

(Cory Windelspecht) The great Holland Tunnel "OCD Nightmare" saga of 2018 has finally come to an end: the Port Authority announced today that they will change the wreaths on the Jersey-side of the Holland Tunnel toll...

Videos: Matt Damon-Hosted SNL Episode Was Best Of The Season Because It (Mostly) Ignored Trump

Videos: Matt Damon-Hosted SNL Episode Was Best Of The Season Because It (Mostly) Ignored Trumpvideo

(SNL) Lorne Michaels invited Donald Trump to host Saturday Night Live in 2015 and nothing has been quite the same for the comedy institution since. The episode was one of the lowest points in the history...

Video: Comedy Central Stages Tiki Torch White Nationalist Rally In SoHovideo

Video: Comedy Central Stages Tiki Torch White Nationalist Rally In SoHo

(Jennifer Hsu / Gothamist) A troupe of khaki-wearing white dudes holding tiki torches and chanting "White Lives Matter," "Blood and Soil," and "You Will Not Replace Us" are gathered in SoHo's Vesuvio Playground right now (as...

Here Are The Most Popular Library Books Of 2018, Broken Down By Borough

Here Are The Most Popular Library Books Of 2018, Broken Down By Borough

These books were among the most checked out in NYC in 2018 Our city's libraries have announced their most checked-out books of 2018. The lists are separated by borough (and you can see lists by branch...

Hoboken Takes Santacon To The Next Level Of Depravity

Hoboken Takes Santacon To The Next Level Of Depravityvideo

(Courtesy Hoboken City Councilman Michael DeFusco) NYC SantaCon organizers warned us last week that as awful as our Santacon may be, it's nothing compared to "the sleighshow that happens in Hoboken each year." Indeed, this year's...

Have You Seen This 'Chilling' Subway Christmas Tree Man?

Have You Seen This 'Chilling' Subway Christmas Tree Man?

Meet Mr. Christmas Tree, he just wants you to stop crying subway rage tears. (Courtesy of Shane Brauner.) Hot on the heels of the spinning human dreidel, we have now received reports of a rogue Christmas...

Take A Stroll Through The Dazzling Dyker Heights Christmas Lights

Take A Stroll Through The Dazzling Dyker Heights Christmas Lightsgallery

The Dyker Heights Holiday lights are back on, in all their high-wattage, twinkling glory. If you don't know, here's a little background: Every year since sometime in the 1980s, the Dyker Heights community has gone all out...

The New Nitehawk Is Finally Opening In Brooklyn's Old Pavilion Theater

The New Nitehawk Is Finally Opening In Brooklyn's Old Pavilion Theater

(Courtesy of Nitehawk) For years the folks behind Nitehawk Cinema have been working on their second New York City location, housed in the old Pavilion Theater across from Prospect Park. And now, at long last, they've...

Video: Lin-Manuel Miranda Cheers Up New Yorkers On 'Billy On The Street'

Video: Lin-Manuel Miranda Cheers Up New Yorkers On 'Billy On The Street'video

Native New Yorker Lin-Manuel Miranda joined Billy Eichner on the latest edition of Billy On The Street to play a game of "is anybody happy." And it actually mostly works, with Miranda's mere presence bringing a...

Creepy Mister Softee Mystery Solved: Meet The Man Who Uses LinkNYC To Freak Out NYersvideo

Creepy Mister Softee Mystery Solved: Meet The Man Who Uses LinkNYC To Freak Out NYers

(Jennifer Hsu / Gothamist) On the day before Halloween, nearly six months after we were first puzzled by the slo-mo Mister Softee jingle invading the sidewalk Wi-Fi tablets of New York City, I received a cryptic...

The Best TV Shows Of 2018

The Best TV Shows Of 2018

In 2016, over 400 television shows were aired or released. In 2018, that number has jumped to at least 555, which we know thanks to this handy spreadsheet made by Liz Shannon Miller. The Netflix-ification of...

Port Authority Asks Everyone To Vote On 'OCD Nightmare' Holland Tunnel Holiday Decorations

Port Authority Asks Everyone To Vote On 'OCD Nightmare' Holland Tunnel Holiday Decorations

(Cory Windelspecht) This week, a NJ man started a petition asking the Port Authority to fix the decorations on the Jersey-side of the Holland Tunnel tolls, because—as you can see above—it looks like a real funky...

Video: We Visited The Mandarin Duck With The Mandarin Dog

Video: We Visited The Mandarin Duck With The Mandarin Dog galleryvideo

As Mandarin Duck Mania continues unabated in Central Park, a little circus has sprung up around The Pond (at 60th and 5th) where it can most often be found. On a recent Saturday when I walked by,...

Photos: The Legendary Bronx Christmas House Is Mysteriously Diminished This Yeargallery

Photos: The Legendary Bronx Christmas House Is Mysteriously Diminished This Year

A mannequin army, even one outfitted in heavily ornamented evening wear, does not scream Christmas—not in any language I can understand. Faced with a sea of painted smiles and stiff plastic limbs frozen in an endless waltz,...

Awkwardly Placed Holiday Decorations At Holland Tunnel Trigger 'OCD Nightmare'

Awkwardly Placed Holiday Decorations At Holland Tunnel Trigger 'OCD Nightmare'

(Cory Windelspecht) Christmas is right around the corner, which means buildings and homes around the city are getting outfitted with wreaths, trees, lights, ornaments and other festive garb. Why, the Port Authority even decked out the...

SantaCon NYC Organizers: At Least We're Better Than That 'Sleighshow' In Hoboken

SantaCon NYC Organizers: At Least We're Better Than That 'Sleighshow' In Hoboken

(Scott Lynch / Gothamist) If you've read Gothamist over the years, you may have picked up on the fact I'm of the belief that SantaCon is city's stupidest annual event, a cultural void that provides an...

Beloved Williamsburg Club Output To Close On New Year's Day

Beloved Williamsburg Club Output To Close On New Year's Day

(Facebook) Output, the venerable Williamsburg night club known for its house and techno parties that extended well into the morning, will shut its doors for good next month. In a statement released Tuesday, the owners said...

NY Supreme Court Says AMNH May Proceed With Expansion

NY Supreme Court Says AMNH May Proceed With Expansiongallery

A legal challenge to block the American Museum of Natural History's $325 million expansion has been dismissed. However, the plaintiffs are considering an appeal. Earlier this year, the Community United to Protect Theodore Roosevelt Park sued New...

We Spent A Night With Governors Island's Working Dogs

We Spent A Night With Governors Island's Working Dogsgalleryvideo

I'm in the back of a golf cart, under a plastic encasement intended to help with the cold. It's dark outside, and we have the headlights turned off so we don't scare away the beasts we're searching...

Video: Adorable 6-Year-Old Transit Fan Gets Special MTA Tour From Andy Byford

Video: Adorable 6-Year-Old Transit Fan Gets Special MTA Tour From Andy Byfordgalleryvideo

On Halloween, we were lucky to meet Harry, a six-year-old Upper East Side resident who uses a wheelchair and loves the MTA so much, his parents built him an M96 Crosstown bus of his own to wear...

Ease Your Holiday Stress (And Support Gothamist) By Donating Now!

Ease Your Holiday Stress (And Support Gothamist) By Donating Now!

Squish away! As the year draws to a close, we're grateful that Gothamist is back and serving New Yorkers, thanks to New York Public Radio. Now, as a part of NYPR—along with WNYC, WQXR, and WNYC...

The Best Things To Do In NYC This Week

The Best Things To Do In NYC This Week

The annual Unsilent Night 'public sound sculpture' experience, drag king wrestling at the House of Yes, a jazz age tea dance, and much more to add to your calendar this week.

Photos: Nostalgia Subway Rides And Old-Timey Jazz Bands Come Together At 2nd Avenue

Photos: Nostalgia Subway Rides And Old-Timey Jazz Bands Come Together At 2nd Avenuegallery

The MTA has had more than its share of terrible problems lately... so it's time to roll out the Holiday Nostalgia Rides to remind everyone of the NYC subway system’s long and occasionally even glorious history! Yesterday...

Photos, Videos: The Worst Of NYC SantaCon 2018

Photos, Videos: The Worst Of NYC SantaCon 2018galleryvideo

Over the last two decades, NYC has slowly turned into a playground for the rich—but for one very special day of the year, it transforms into a playground for the drunk. SantaCon swept into town on Saturday,...

Photos: Drunken Santas Swarm NYC For Santacon

Photos: Drunken Santas Swarm NYC For Santacon  gallery

'Merry Litmas,' cried Kevin from Akron, Ohio. 'That means I'm drunk and it's lit!'

Videos: Jason Momoa Brings Charisma, Christmas Sketches & Khal Drogo To 'Saturday Night Live'

Videos: Jason Momoa Brings Charisma, Christmas Sketches & Khal Drogo To 'Saturday Night Live'galleryvideo

Jason Momoa isn't exactly known for comedic chops, unless you count his line readings in the Justice League trailer ("MY MAN," "YEA-YAH"). But he noted in his monologue during last night's all-new episode of Saturday Night Live that he was an "SNL super nerd dork," and it showed throughout his debut hosting gig: the guy has tons of charisma, and thanks to his energy, the episode was able to overcome a typically awful cold open and throw out a lot of enjoyable and increasingly surreal Christmas-themed sketches.

Extra Extra: How To Walk To LaGuardia

Extra Extra: How To Walk To LaGuardia

Because Michael Cohen is probably going to prison, check out today's day-end links: Walking to LaGuardia, a girl named Alexa, man fights 'roo, and much more.

Brooklyn DA Investigating WinterFest After Vendors And Attendees Claim It's 'A Total Scam'

Brooklyn DA Investigating WinterFest After Vendors And Attendees Claim It's 'A Total Scam'gallery

WinterFest, a holiday market that popped-up in the parking lot of the Brooklyn Museum just over two weeks ago, was supposed to be Brooklyn's answer to the Union Square Holiday Market. Instead, visitors have complained that it's...

Bryan Cranston Is Mad As Hell—And Funny As Hell—In 'Network' On Broadway

Bryan Cranston Is Mad As Hell—And Funny As Hell—In 'Network' On Broadway

(Network) The first thing anyone who has seen the 1976 Oscar-winning film Network will probably be wondering: does lead actor Bryan Cranston nail the iconic "mad as hell" speech? Does he truly capture the "je not...

The XFL, A One-Season Failure, Is Being Rebooted By Vince McMahon

The XFL, A One-Season Failure, Is Being Rebooted By Vince McMahon

San Francisco Demons fan Mark Looney shows off his XFL shirt during the first quarter against the Los Angeles Xtreme, Sunday, Feb. 4, 2001 in San Francisco in their first XFL game. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma/Shutterstock) Back...

The Watcher House To Become Subject Of Bingeable Netflix Content

The Watcher House To Become Subject Of Bingeable Netflix Content

(Christian Hansen/Gothamist) Having recently finished The Haunting of Hill House and launched my search for comparably creepy content to fill the void, I am pleased to learn that Netflix plans to bring one of our spooky...

Unbelievable Twist: MoviePass, Presumed Dead, Is Back With A New Pricing Scheme

Unbelievable Twist: MoviePass, Presumed Dead, Is Back With A New Pricing Scheme

Ha ha how is this still happening? (nkotlyar/Shutterstock) Breaking: MoviePass is somehow still operational, and somehow still hoping for your business—despite running out of money in a spectacular public disaster, trapping many of its customers on...

'Working Girl' Is 30, And There's A Free Screening (With Free Hair-Teasing) Tonight

'Working Girl' Is 30, And There's A Free Screening (With Free Hair-Teasing) Tonightvideo

Happy Birthday, Tess! Working Girl, the delicious workplace romantic comedy starring Melanie Griffith, Harrison Ford, and Sigourney Weaver, is 30 years old, and what better way to celebrate this ode to making it in cutthroat New...

Hanukkah Challenge: Watch This Spinning Human Subway Dreidel Without Hurling

Hanukkah Challenge: Watch This Spinning Human Subway Dreidel Without Hurling

Caution, the videos you are about to watch may induce dizziness, even barfing. It has come to our attention that a human dreidel is currently on the loose, potentially attempting to coax something like demonstrable holiday cheer...

Nick Cave's Wondrous Soundsuits Are Taking Over Times Square Billboards All December At Midnight

Nick Cave's Wondrous Soundsuits Are Taking Over Times Square Billboards All December At Midnightgalleryvideo

Five years ago, New Yorkers were lucky enough to see Nick Cave and his amazing Soundsuits in Grand Central Terminal. Now, Cave and his work are at the crossroads of the world, as the December "Midnight Moment"...

Yo La Tengo's Hanukkah Shows Have Become The City's Greatest Hanukkah Tradition

Yo La Tengo's Hanukkah Shows Have Become The City's Greatest Hanukkah Tradition

(Ben Yakas/Gothamist) The usually reticent Ira Kaplan, his hair screaming toward the sky like Bob Dylan circa 1966, seemed practically giddy. After opener Nancy performed in capes, after comedian Jo Firestone told some jokes about Spanx,...

The Cult Of The Mandarin Duck: 'This Is The Church Of Many Feathers'video

The Cult Of The Mandarin Duck: 'This Is The Church Of Many Feathers'

Mandarin Patinkin and friends. (Shutterstock) It's been two months now since that dazzling Mandarin duck caught the city's attention. Since those early days of its arrival in Central Park, there have been a few recurring characters...

Over Hamilton's Grave: Another Hit is Born

Over Hamilton's Grave: Another Hit is Born

On Christmas Eve of 1839, four Austrian villagers stood by the tombstone of Alexander Hamilton and serenaded Lower Manhattan with Christmas songs. [sponsor]

Former SNL Writer Kicked Off Stage During Stand Up Set At Columbia University

Former SNL Writer Kicked Off Stage During Stand Up Set At Columbia University

(Nimesh Patel) On Friday night, the Columbia University Asian American Alliance (AAA) hosted "cultureSHOCK: Reclaim," an annual charity performance/showcase intended to celebrate Asian American artistic expression. Their featured comedian of the night was former Saturday Night...

The Strand's Owner Fights City Plan To Protect Building With Landmark Status

The Strand's Owner Fights City Plan To Protect Building With Landmark Status

(Clearrants/Flickr) The building at 826 Broadway, at the corner of 12th Street, is remarkable, an early skyscraper exemplary of the Renaissance Revival style that distinguishes the architecture south of Union Square. The reason you know it,...

BBQ Films Throwing A Festivus Party Tonight At Arlene's Grocery For The Rest Of Us

BBQ Films Throwing A Festivus Party Tonight At Arlene's Grocery For The Rest Of Us

Although December 23rd has become the de facto date to celebrate Festivus—the world's most important Seinfeld spin-off holiday that may or may not be associated with The Human Fund—it really should be celebrated any damn time...

Alcohol Banned On NJ Transit, LIRR, Metro North During Santacon

Alcohol Banned On NJ Transit, LIRR, Metro North During Santacon

"Hey, it's me again ho ho ho. Guess it's a dry SantaCon for me this year, nbd." (Lum8tion / Flickr) In order to minimize the damage wrought by myriad Santas merrily barfing into their hats on...

Kanye West Sorry For Staring At His Phone During Opening Night Of 'The Cher Show'

Kanye West Sorry For Staring At His Phone During Opening Night Of 'The Cher Show'

(Evan Agostini/Invision/AP/Shutterstock) Kanye West and Kim Kardashian were in town on Monday to attend at least half of the premiere (more on that later) of The Cher Show, the new Broadway musical featuring no less than...

WinterFest At Brooklyn Museum Reorganizes After Being Called A Holiday Scam

WinterFest At Brooklyn Museum Reorganizes After Being Called A Holiday Scamgallery

When WinterFest launched two weeks ago in the parking lot of the Brooklyn Museum, promoters promised a "world of holiday joy and wonder." It was supposed to be a holiday extravaganza—you could skip the trip to the...

Limited Edition 'Game Of Thrones' MetroCards Available At Grand Central Starting Tuesday

Limited Edition 'Game Of Thrones' MetroCards Available At Grand Central Starting Tuesday

Clockwise from top left: Cersei, The Night's King, Dany & Jon Snow all get their own MetroCards (HBO) Last week, the MTA announced that there would be a delay on a set of limited edition Game...

UPDATE: The One Where 'Friends' Leaves Netflix

UPDATE: The One Where 'Friends' Leaves Netflix

Four years after its entire 10 seasons were dumped on to Netflix, Friends (or F.R.I.E.N.D.S. if you were trying to find it that first day) will depart the streaming platform. 🎶They'll be there for you🎶... until...

The Best Things To Do In NYC This Week

The Best Things To Do In NYC This Week

From William Kentridge’s "The Head and the Load," opens Tuesday (photo by Stella Olivier) The Commedia Company @ Cantina Royal Monday nights are excellent for light, funny fare. So head to the back of a Williamsburg...

Photos: Inside The Brooklyn Public Library's Inaugural People's Ballgallery

Photos: Inside The Brooklyn Public Library's Inaugural People's Ball

The Brooklyn Public Library let its hair down on Saturday night, shelving its books and rolling out a red carpet for locals to display their "most beautiful, courageous, and spirited personal style" at its inaugural People's Ball....

Videos: Alec Baldwin's Trump Returns To 'Saturday Night Live' With Host Claire Foy

Videos: Alec Baldwin's Trump Returns To 'Saturday Night Live' With Host Claire Foygalleryvideo

First-time host Claire Foy donned many a wig, Alec Baldwin's Donald Trump impression returned (and so did the show's winking habit of referring to real life Baldwin incidents), Netflix got roasted, Leslie Jones renounced sex, and Anderson...

Musician Fusilier Wants To Change How You Think About Queer Artists Of Color

Musician Fusilier Wants To Change How You Think About Queer Artists Of Colorvideo

Fusilier (photo by Justin French) After a show one night, an acquaintance came up to the artist Blake Fusilier and asked him a rhetorical question. “You’re black and gay,” the person said. “How does it feel...

Hundreds Brave The Cold For Michelle Obama's Only NYC Book Signing

Hundreds Brave The Cold For Michelle Obama's Only NYC Book Signing

(Rhiannon Corby) Hundreds of people lined up at Barnes and Noble Union Square on Friday morning for the only scheduled New York City book signing of Michelle Obama’s new autobiography, Becoming; at least one attendee waited...

Photos: The Newly Reopened 23rd Street F/M Station Has Already Gone To The Dogs

Photos: The Newly Reopened 23rd Street F/M Station Has Already Gone To The Dogsgallery

After being closed for four months of renovations, the 23rd Street F/M station reopened on Thursday with a doggone great new look, including new benches, glass doors, clear and concise video screens, and best of all, a...

Finally, Shirley Chisholm Is Getting A Statue In NYC

Finally, Shirley Chisholm Is Getting A Statue In NYC

Shirley Chisholm in the Bedford-Stuyvesant, December 1968. (Shutterstock) NYC First Lady Chirlane McCray announced today that in two years, a statue of former congresswoman and political trailblazer Shirley Chisholm will be standing tall at the Parkside...

Video: Travis Scott Turned MSG Into A Spectacular Psychedelic Amusement Park

Video: Travis Scott Turned MSG Into A Spectacular Psychedelic Amusement Parkvideo

(Ben Yakas/Gothamist) "Let's bring it back to the SOB days," Travis Scott said a few songs into his musical concert-slash-traveling circus-slash-performative Instagram experience at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night. Hmm, I might be misremembering things,...

The More Really Is The Merrier This Season, With Manhattan Mini Storage

The More Really Is The Merrier This Season, With Manhattan Mini Storage

Consider this your holiday survival call. Manhattan Mini Storage has the solution. [sponsor]

Spike Lee Will Introduce 'BlacKkKlansman' For Metrograph's Spike Lee Series

Spike Lee Will Introduce 'BlacKkKlansman' For Metrograph's Spike Lee Series

(Focus Features) Spike Lee's 2018 film BlacKkKlansman was widely praised as one of the best of his career. When it was released, columnist Rebecca Carroll wrote that "it moved me as much for its masterful filmmaking...

Interview: Kurt Vile Doesn't Want To Be In A Rush

Interview: Kurt Vile Doesn't Want To Be In A Rush

(Jo McCaughey) Kurt Vile likes to take his time. He says it's the closest thing he has to a mantra for making music: "You just can't be in a rush," he told Gothamist. "As long as...

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting Is Tonight: Here's Everything You Need To Know To Attend Or Avoid

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting Is Tonight: Here's Everything You Need To Know To Attend Or Avoid

(Scott Lynch/Gothamist) The handsome Nordic spruce towering over Rockefeller Plaza has stood embarrassingly dim since Santa's helpers raised her on her stand in mid-November. True, she's been trimmed with five festive miles of multi-colored lights and...

Photos: The Strange History of NYC's Swinburne and Hoffman Islandsgallery

Photos: The Strange History of NYC's Swinburne and Hoffman Islands

We have this vision of immigrants arriving by ship, seeing the Statue of Liberty and landing at Ellis Island to start their new American lives. But thousands of people never made it that far. Instead, they were...

Watch The First Trailer For Netflix's 'Springsteen On Broadway'

Watch The First Trailer For Netflix's 'Springsteen On Broadway'video

(Debra L Rothenberg/Shutterstock) My colleague tells me that when she went to see Bruce Springsteen perform his acclaimed one-man show Springsteen On Broadway earlier this year, the person sitting in front of her spent most of...

New Video Shows Mandarin Duck Enjoying Private Downtime In Hudson Rivervideo

New Video Shows Mandarin Duck Enjoying Private Downtime In Hudson River

The duck in Central Park in November. (Steven Ferdman/Shutterstock) Yesterday we learned that the city's rare Mandarin Duck has been taking brief holidays over in New Jersey, when video shot in October surfaced showing the duck...

The Best Things To Do In NYC This Week

The Best Things To Do In NYC This Week

Light up the night at the first-ever NYC Winter Lantern Festival, opens Wednesday (photo courtesy of NYC Winter Lantern Festival) Glass Handel @ Church of Saint John the Divine There's a lot going on at this...

Lawyer Says There's Video Proving Alec Baldwin Didn't Punch Man Over Parking Space

Lawyer Says There's Video Proving Alec Baldwin Didn't Punch Man Over Parking Spacegallery

Alec Baldwin started out his post-Thanksgiving week in Manhattan criminal court, where he appeared this morning for his arraignment on assault and harassment charges resulting from a parking space dispute earlier this month. "There is incontrovertible video...

We Now Know Where NYC's Beloved Mandarin Duck Has Been Going When He's Not In Central Park

We Now Know Where NYC's Beloved Mandarin Duck Has Been Going When He's Not In Central Parkvideo

Mandarin Patinkin, the Mandarin duck of Central Park. (Steven Ferdman / Shutterstock) UPDATE: Here's more new video showing the duck on the Hudson River. The city's beloved Mandarin Duck, which we were first to report on...

Tourists Fascinated By Fake Monument To New York Harbor UFO Abduction

Tourists Fascinated By Fake Monument To New York Harbor UFO Abduction

(Joe Reginella) It's a story every native New Yorker knows well: on the night of July 13th, 1977—the same night of the infamous 1977 Blackout—the tugboat "Maria 120" was patrolling Upper New York Bay between Battery...

Here's Where & When To Catch The Holiday Nostalgia Train

Here's Where & When To Catch The Holiday Nostalgia Train

Maybe dress the part, too? (Sai Mokhtari / Gothamist) If you're like me, you see the words "holiday nostalgia" and your face immediately lights up like the whole of Dyker Heights in December. Just those two...

It's Cat Friday! ASPCA Offers 'Name Your Own Adoption Fee' For Kittens And Cats

It's Cat Friday! ASPCA Offers 'Name Your Own Adoption Fee' For Kittens And Catsgallery

It's Black Friday, but who needs clothes and a bigger TV when you could simply bring an adorable cat or kitten home furever (and finally find New Yorker cartoons more relatable)? Today, the ASPCA is celebrating its...

Photos: Millions Brave Record Cold For Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Photos: Millions Brave Record Cold For Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade  gallery

You might think that temperatures in the low 20s and cold, steady winds would dissuade millions of people from all over the world to come stand on a NYC sidewalk for upwards of eight hours to look...

Time To Fly: NYPD Says Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Balloons Are 'A Go'

Time To Fly: NYPD Says Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Balloons Are 'A Go'

Police officers at the start of the parade today (Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/AP/Shutterstock) Get ready to see Pikachu, the Sinclair Oil Dinosaur, the Grinch, and other huge balloons floating down NYC streets! After alarming forecasts of gusting...

Photos: Delighted Crowds Flock To Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Balloon Inflation

Photos: Delighted Crowds Flock To Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Balloon Inflationgallery

If Penn Station on Thanksgiving Eve is the worst place to be, then the Upper West Side may have been the best place, because thousands of people eagerly crowded onto streets to catch a glimpse of the...

Map: Where To Watch Macy's (Freezing!) 2018 Thanksgiving Day Parade

Map: Where To Watch Macy's (Freezing!) 2018 Thanksgiving Day Paradegallery

Large frostbitten crowds are expected to throng the Upper West Side on Thursday to watch dozens of giant balloons take over the city streets for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. (And today, they'll be watching them get...

Greenwich Village's Quad Cinema Fights Eviction Over Noise Complaints

Greenwich Village's Quad Cinema Fights Eviction Over Noise Complaints

(Scott Lynch/Gothamist) Last year, Greenwich Village's Quad Cinema—the independent movie house which opened in 1972 as the city’s first multiplex—reopened after a much needed, nearly two-year renovation. Mayor Bill de Blasio even proclaimed its reopening day...

Man Documents Walking Every Block In NYC In Delightful New Filmvideo

Man Documents Walking Every Block In NYC In Delightful New Film

(The World Before Your Feet) In 2010, Matt Green decided to walk every block of every street in New York City's five boroughs, living on a $15/day budget the entire time. He originally believed the journey...

Will Staten Island Get A Wu-Tang Clan District Street Sign?

Will Staten Island Get A Wu-Tang Clan District Street Sign?

(LeRoy McCarthy) After Aretha Franklin died in August, New Yorkers moved quickly to put up makeshift tributes to the Queen of Soul at subway stations and other public places, like they did with David Bowie, Prince,...

Map: Where To See Macy's 2018 Thanksgiving Balloon Inflation

Map: Where To See Macy's 2018 Thanksgiving Balloon Inflationgallery

Thanksgiving Day may serve up the coldest weather in a century, so you might as well catch the balloons for Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on Wednesday afternoon and evening when it's a balmy 40 degrees. All the...

'MTA Museum' Pays Tribute To Butt Imprints, Bubble Gum & Other Everyday Subway Sights

'MTA Museum' Pays Tribute To Butt Imprints, Bubble Gum & Other Everyday Subway Sights

'Untitled, Butt Pattern.' (MTA Museum) If you've spent any time hovering at the Bedford Avenue station this past month, you may have noticed an unusual plaque on one of the seats commemorating the "Untitled, Butt Pattern"...

SantaCon's Annual Gathering Of Sauced Santas Scheduled For December 8th

SantaCon's Annual Gathering Of Sauced Santas Scheduled For December 8th

(Scott Heins/Gothamist) Said the little lamb to the blotto shepherd boy who fell into a garbage-strewn snowbank in Hell's Kitchen while attempting to urinate on top of a rat who may or may not be alive:...

The Best Things To Do In NYC This Week

The Best Things To Do In NYC This Week

Ink Midget & Isama Zing at the PAF Festival of Film Animation and Contemporary Art, Monday (photo by Allyson Lupovich, courtesy of Pioneer Works) PAF NYC @ Pioneer Works Czech film and art platform PAF has...

Interview: Dirty Projectors' Dave Longstreth Explains How He Writes Songs

Interview: Dirty Projectors' Dave Longstreth Explains How He Writes Songs

DP In the late '00s and early '10s, the Dirty Projectors rose to the forefront of indie rock on the backs of three genre-defying, instant classic albums: the Black Flag dadaism of Rise Above, the classic...

'Reality Bites' Is Turning 25 With NYC Celebration Next Yearvideo

'Reality Bites' Is Turning 25 With NYC Celebration Next Year

You and me and five bucks. In February 1994, one of the greatest films of my generation hit the big screen—Reality Bites delivered a portrait of both driven and disaffected Gen Xers coming of age in...

Knitting Is The New Yoga. Did You Know That?

Knitting Is The New Yoga. Did You Know That?

Tune out the world by knitting! Save on crochet and knitting kits for all levels with these Black Friday and Cyber Monday discounts. [sponsor]

Videos: Host Steve Carell Stages An 'Office' Mini-Reunion On 'Saturday Night Live'

Videos: Host Steve Carell Stages An 'Office' Mini-Reunion On 'Saturday Night Live'galleryvideo

Steve Carell—improv master, Daily Show correspondent, 40-year-old virgin, Michael Scott, Academy Award-nominee for best actor—is truly an American treasure who makes everything he's in better. So we were very excited for him to take a break from...

Video: Jeff Bezos Is Just Trying To Troll Trump On 'Saturday Night Live'

Video: Jeff Bezos Is Just Trying To Troll Trump On 'Saturday Night Live'video

It probably was inevitable that Saturday Night Live would tackle the news that Amazon will be setting up shop in Long Island City and Arlington, Virginia. But what you may not have guessed is that their...

'Escape At Dannemora' Is A Captivating Retelling Of Upstate NY Prison Break

'Escape At Dannemora' Is A Captivating Retelling Of Upstate NY Prison Break

(Showtime) In the summer of 2015, convicted murderers Richard Matt and David Sweat, with the help of prison tailor shop supervisor Joyce 'Tilly' Mitchell, staged a daring breakout of Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, NY. The...

Inside The New York Botanical Garden's Enchanting 2018 Holiday Train Show

Inside The New York Botanical Garden's Enchanting 2018 Holiday Train Showgalleryvideo

The New York Botanical Garden is rolling into the winter season with their 27th Annual Holiday Train Show, which opens this weekend. This year the elaborate train set will showcase Lower Manhattan. There are several new replicas...

And Now A Brief Moment Of Zen Starring The Mandarin Duck In Snowvideo

And Now A Brief Moment Of Zen Starring The Mandarin Duck In Snow

Mandarin Patinkin enjoying (???) the snow. (Photo by mr mischief on Twitter) By any chance, do you happen to know where they go, the ducks, when it gets all frozen over? I mean does somebody come...

Photos: At Least NYC's Unexpected First Snow Of The Season Was Beautiful

Photos: At Least NYC's Unexpected First Snow Of The Season Was Beautifulgallery

The first snow of the season dumped a festive 6-inches onto the city on Thursday, making it the biggest November snowfall in the city in 80 years. Unfortunately, the city was somehow caught completely off-guard, leading to...

'Major' Frida Kahlo Exhibit Coming To The Brooklyn Museum

'Major' Frida Kahlo Exhibit Coming To The Brooklyn Museum

Frida in New York, 1946. (Photo by Nickolas Muray, © Nickolas Muray Photo Archive / Courtesy of the Brooklyn Museum) The Brooklyn Museum has just announced a major exhibition "exploring the life and work of the...

Larry Racioppo's Vivid Old Photos Show Real Life In Brooklyn During The 1970s & '80s

Larry Racioppo's Vivid Old Photos Show Real Life In Brooklyn During The 1970s & '80sgallery

In his book Brooklyn Before, Larry Racioppo shares his views from the borough as he saw it from 1971 to 1983. Do you have an image in your mind already of what this may look like? Search...

Phoebe Waller-Bridge Bringing 'Fleabag' Off-Broadway Next Year

Phoebe Waller-Bridge Bringing 'Fleabag' Off-Broadway Next Year

Waller-Bridge winning Best TV Series for 'Fleabag' at the NME Awards in 2017 (James Gourley/Shutterstock) Phoebe Waller-Bridge first unveiled her hilarious, profane and emotionally probing one-woman play Fleabag at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2013. Since...

Leonard Cohen Art Exhibit Coming To Jewish Museum In 2019

Leonard Cohen Art Exhibit Coming To Jewish Museum In 2019

(Courtesy of Old Ideas) A little over two years since Leonard Cohen died, a new contemporary art and multimedia exhibition inspired by the themes of Cohen's life and work will be coming to the Jewish Museum....

Björk To Premiere 'Most Elaborate Stage Concert Yet' At Hudson Yards Venue

Björk To Premiere 'Most Elaborate Stage Concert Yet' At Hudson Yards Venue

Bjork performing at Carnegie Hall in 2015 (Mike Kandel / Gothamist) Musician, actor and iconoclast Björk announced this week that she will unveil a new concert production project, Cornucopia, in the spring of 2019 at new...

'WeWork Street' Brings Coworking To Unused Phone Booths

'WeWork Street' Brings Coworking To Unused Phone Boothsgalleryvideo

The most terrifying prank is the one that could be real. Is this WeWork Street thing legit? No. But could it be? I'd be willing to bet at least half of you thought it was when you...

Actually, That 'Hot' Mandarin Duck In Central Park Has 'Zero Ornithological Interest'

Actually, That 'Hot' Mandarin Duck In Central Park Has 'Zero Ornithological Interest'

Around the time we published our 4th piece on Mandarin Patinkin, the magnificent Mandarin duck that turned up in Central Park and captivated the city, Paul Sweet from the American Museum of Natural History's Department of Ornithology...

Photos: NYC's Most 'Scintillating' Calendar Cabbies Just Need Some TLC

Photos: NYC's Most 'Scintillating' Calendar Cabbies Just Need Some TLCgallery

Since launching in 2013, they've been getting our meter running—and every year after they've returned with their Big Yellow Taxi Energy. Our favorite local calendar—the NYC Taxi Drivers Calendar—is now back with their 2019 edition, and these...

Stan Lee, Marvel Comics Icon, Has Died At 95

Stan Lee, Marvel Comics Icon, Has Died At 95

Stan Lee in 2017 (AP/Shutterstock) Stan Lee—the face of Marvel Comics who brought comic books into the mainstream, and one of the co-creators of beloved characters including The Avengers, Spider-Man and the X-Men—has died. He was...

Andy Warhol Takes Over 14th Street Subway Station At 8th Avenue

Andy Warhol Takes Over 14th Street Subway Station At 8th Avenuegallery

The Whitney Museum's big Andy Warhol retrospective opens today, and the King of Pop Art is getting a very NYC welcome: A takeover of a subway station. The subway ads at the 14th Street-8th Avenue station, home...

Correction: The Annual Rockefeller Center Tree Slaughtering Is Actually Delightful

Correction: The Annual Rockefeller Center Tree Slaughtering Is Actually Delightfulgalleryvideo

Every year for at least a decade I've been critical here of the annual tradition of sating New Yorkers' arboreal bloodlust through the sacrifice of an innocent suburban tree. Well, this weekend, I went to see the...

This Old Subway Car Living Inside An Empty Midtown Storefront Was Found In The Mojave Desert

This Old Subway Car Living Inside An Empty Midtown Storefront Was Found In The Mojave Desert

(Ellie Clayman / Gothamist) There's an unusual sight nestled amidst the homogenous glass buildings on one 42nd Street block in Midtown: a graffiti-covered authentic subway car. Every day, thousands of New Yorkers and tourists walk past...

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