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Rebel Commentary: Madison McFerrin Honors A Forgotten Black Woman Pioneer

Rebel Commentary: Madison McFerrin Honors A Forgotten Black Woman Pioneer

Madison McFerrin (Nate Bajar) Rebel is Rebecca Carroll's regular column on race and pop culture. You can hear Rebecca talk about these issues with guests on Wednesday mornings on WNYC, or participate in one of Rebel's...

Considering A Grad Degree? This Free Event Is For You

Considering A Grad Degree? This Free Event Is For You

Boost your starting salary with a graduate degree or an MBA. Learn more at the World Grad School Tour or the The World MBA Tour coming to New York on Jan 26. [sponsor]

Michael C. Hall Is Starring In A One-Off Broadway Skittles Commercial, Because Why Not

Michael C. Hall Is Starring In A One-Off Broadway Skittles Commercial, Because Why Not

Michael C. Hall holding a sweet bag of Skittles. Used with permission from Skittles. In the run-up to the Super Bowl's notorious clamor for air time and attention, Skittles is taking an off-book and self-aware approach...

The Best Things To Do In NYC This Week

The Best Things To Do In NYC This Week

A Kurt Vonnegut extravaganza in Bushwick, the Black Flags over Brooklyn anti-fascist metal fest, the ultimate Elvis tribute party in Staten Island, and so much more!

Join Jets Players & Legends at Jets House 2019

Join Jets Players & Legends at Jets House 2019

Come out to Jets House, the annual offseason event hosted by the New York Jets, this weekend! [sponsor]

Ja Rule Watched Those Fyre Fest Docs This Weekend And Has Some Thoughts

Ja Rule Watched Those Fyre Fest Docs This Weekend And Has Some Thoughts

Ja Rule & Billy McFarland (Netflix) Last week, Hulu and Netflix released competing documentaries on the disastrous Fyre Festival event. Rapper Ja Rule, one of the cofounders of Fyre Fest, took some time out this weekend...

Westsider Books Will Stay Open After Reaching Crowdfunding Goal

Westsider Books Will Stay Open After Reaching Crowdfunding Goal

via Yelp Last week, the independent bookstore Westsider Rare & Used Books announced it would be closing after 35 years on the Upper West Side. There was an immediate outpouring of support from locals and longtime...

Photos, Video: Super Blood Wolf Moon Eclipse Was Super Awesome

Photos, Video: Super Blood Wolf Moon Eclipse Was Super Awesomegallery

Moon worshippers and everyone who was cleansing their crystals all over the world were mesmerized by the super blood wolf moon eclipse. Professional photographers shared images showing the moon's surface bathed in an orangey-red glow, amateurs took blurry pictures trying to capture the magic—it was all glorious.

Video: John Mulaney & Pete Davidson Talking About 'The Mule' Was The Best Thing On SNL

Video: John Mulaney & Pete Davidson Talking About 'The Mule' Was The Best Thing On SNLvideo

Saturday Night Live returned from winter break last night with host Rachel Brosnahan, but the best thing by far—and I really mean by far—involved a different guest. Former SNL writer John Mulaney joined Pete Davidson for a hilarious, esoteric discussion of Clint Eastwood's insane movie The Mule during Weekend Update (while also touching on Davidson's suicidal message last month).

People Are Ready To Riot Grrrl Over Bikini Kill Ticket Scalping

People Are Ready To Riot Grrrl Over Bikini Kill Ticket Scalping

Bassist Kathi Wilcox and vocalist Kathleen Hanna of Bikini Kill, in 1991 (Jonathan Haynes' flickr) We were all very excited when it was announced earlier this week that the original lineup of DIY punk band Bikini...

Interview: 'Crashing's' Pete Holmes Doesn't Understand What Happened To Louis C.K. Either

Interview: 'Crashing's' Pete Holmes Doesn't Understand What Happened To Louis C.K. Either

Pete Holmes (Craig Blankenhorn/HBO) Over the last decade, comedian Pete Holmes has launched a beloved podcast (You Made It Weird with Pete Holmes), a cult TV talk show (The Pete Holmes Show), a more successful TV...

Photos: Inside This Year's Outsider Art Fair

Photos: Inside This Year's Outsider Art Fairgallery

Self-Taught Art, Art Brut, Outsider Art... whatever you call it, one of the largest and most diverse showcase of the stuff is happening this weekend in Chelsea. Once again setting up shop in the Metropolitan Pavilion, the...

Westsider Books Could Stay Open Thanks To Crowdfunding Effort

Westsider Books Could Stay Open Thanks To Crowdfunding Effort

via Yelp Earlier this week, the independent bookstore Westsider Rare & Used Books announced it would be closing after 35 years on the Upper West Side. There was an immediate outcry of support from locals and...

The Dreamhouse, A DIY Queer Sanctuary, Gets 'Kicked Out' Of Ridgewoodgallery

The Dreamhouse, A DIY Queer Sanctuary, Gets 'Kicked Out' Of Ridgewood

Waiting on line for a drink in front of a black-and-white-vinyl-covered wall in the Dreamhouse’s backroom Saturday night, Alex Crousillat, 31, observed that being there was a bit like traveling back in time. That’s not just because...

Keanu Reeves Rides A Horse Through NYC In 'John Wick: Chapter 3' Trailer

Keanu Reeves Rides A Horse Through NYC In 'John Wick: Chapter 3' Trailervideo

Man of La Murda Based on everything we've seen Keanu Reeves' single-minded one-man killing machine do in the first two John Wick movies, $14 million does NOT seem like nearly enough money to justify trying to...

Exciting Sighting: Leucistic Grackle In Central Park

Exciting Sighting: Leucistic Grackle In Central Parkgallery

The common grackle, described as a "lanky blackbird," is a familiar figure to birders in New York City. But lately, some are delighted with a more unusual sight: A leucistic grackle. Jillian M. Liner, the Director of...

LIC Development Is Now Marring James Turrell's Famous Skyspace Piece At MoMA PS1

LIC Development Is Now Marring James Turrell's Famous Skyspace Piece At MoMA PS1

The new 5Pointz can be seen poking in through the bottom left of this photograph. Used with permission by Luke Eddins. For decades, artist James Turrell has been synonymous with disintegrating the boundaries between space and...

'Drop R. Kelly': Protesters Demand Sony Music & RCA Records Cut Ties With Singer

'Drop R. Kelly': Protesters Demand Sony Music & RCA Records Cut Ties With Singer

(Rhiannon Corby / Gothamist) Activists and protesters gathered in front of Sony Music’s Manhattan offices today, demanding that the company, and its subsidiary label RCA Records, cut ties with R. Kelly. Over the years, the R&B...

Photos: Gorgeous New Murals At Reopened 167th Street Station Celebrate Bronx Icons

Photos: Gorgeous New Murals At Reopened 167th Street Station Celebrate Bronx Iconsgallery

The MTA reopened the 167th Street B/D station in the Bronx last week, after five months of major repairs and renovations, including new concrete and metal platforms, stairs, beams and columns; new LED lighting; digital signage for...

A Rare Super Blood Wolf Lunar Moon Will Be Visible In NYC This Weekend

A Rare Super Blood Wolf Lunar Moon Will Be Visible In NYC This Weekend

strykapose's flickr You've seen blood moons, you've seen lunar eclipses, you've even seen the much-ballyhooed supermoon—but you haven't really lived until you've seen a super blood wolf lunar moon with your own two eyes. And you'll...

Original 'Ghostbusters' Is Being Resuscitated By Director Jason Reitman

Original 'Ghostbusters' Is Being Resuscitated By Director Jason Reitman

Some of the original cast of 'Ghostbusters,' including Harold Ramis, Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Rick Moranis and Annie Potts, alongside associate producer Joe Medjuck (Images excerpted from Ghostbusters: The Ultimate Visual History by Daniel Wallace. Used...

Following Backlash Against Saudi Arabia, Candy Nation Sculptures Relocated From WTC Site To JFK

Following Backlash Against Saudi Arabia, Candy Nation Sculptures Relocated From WTC Site To JFK

(Photo by Amna Talal) A sculpture which depicts the Saudi Arabian flag as a piece of candy is moving from its controversial location near the 9/11 Memorial to JFK International Airport. The 1,450-pound sculpture is one...

Visiting The Set Of 'High Maintenance,' Still The Best Show About NYC

Visiting The Set Of 'High Maintenance,' Still The Best Show About NYCvideo

(David Russell / HBO) Inside a class at Abhaya Yoga in Gowanus, a teacher is guiding her students through some of the typical breathing exercises in Kundalini yoga. But instructions on breath of fire soon turns...

Rebel Commentary: Tressie McMillan Cottom Says Trump's Not The Worst To Come

Rebel Commentary: Tressie McMillan Cottom Says Trump's Not The Worst To Come

Tressie McMillan Cottom, the author of 'Thick' Rebel is Rebecca Carroll's regular column on race and pop culture. You can hear Rebecca talk about these issues with guests on Wednesday mornings on WNYC, or participate in...

Netflix & Hulu Fyre Fest Docs Are Throwing Shade At Each Other's Ethics

Netflix & Hulu Fyre Fest Docs Are Throwing Shade At Each Other's Ethics

Yesterday, Hulu surprise released FYRE FRAUD, their documentary about the disastrous Fyre Festival, a few days before Netflix would release its own doc on the subject, FYRE: The Greatest Party That Never Happened. As many noted...

Bikini Kill Will Perform First Full Shows Since 1997, Two In NYCvideo

Bikini Kill Will Perform First Full Shows Since 1997, Two In NYC

Bassist Kathi Wilcox, left, and vocalist Kathleen Hanna, right, of Bikini Kill pictured in 1991. (Photo by Jonathan Haynes) The uncompromising DIY punk band Bikini Kill, a legendary force of the '90s riot grrrl movement, will...

Spider-Man (Not Dust, Not The Cartoon) Goes On A European Vacation In 'Spider-Man: Far From Home' Trailer

Spider-Man (Not Dust, Not The Cartoon) Goes On A European Vacation In 'Spider-Man: Far From Home' Trailervideo

How do you roll out a movie whose existence "spoils" the plot of an entire franchise? That's the conundrum Marvel found itself in with promoting the latest adventure of the IP known as Peter Parker (not...

Gloria Allred Says R. Kelly Accuser Is Meeting With The NYPD

Gloria Allred Says R. Kelly Accuser Is Meeting With The NYPD

Attorney Gloria Allred, left, Faith Rodgers, center, and Michelle Kramer, mother of Dominique Gardner (Richard Drew/AP/Shutterstock) In the wake of mounting outrage over allegations about R&B singer R. Kelly and his treatment of young black women,...

Westsider Books To Close After 35 Years On UWS

Westsider Books To Close After 35 Years On UWS

via Yelp Westsider Rare & Used Books, the independent bookstore located on the Upper West Side for over 35 years, announced today it will be closing down soon. "I just found out myself," said 80-year-old employee...

Hulu Releases 'FYRE FRAUD' Doc Days Before Netflix Releases Fyre Fest Doc

Hulu Releases 'FYRE FRAUD' Doc Days Before Netflix Releases Fyre Fest Doc

from the doc The story of Fyre Festival, the multi-sensory luxury influencer festival on an island in The Exumas which became a once-in-a-lifetime surprise survivalist cosplay disaster, is almost too much for any one documentary to...

The Best Things To Do In NYC This Week

The Best Things To Do In NYC This Week

This week in NYC: experience an acrobatic adventure at a secret Williamsburg location, a Balkan music dance and food marathon, an "immersive queer nightclub musical," and much more!

Idiotarod, The Glorious Annual Gathering Of Costumed Idiots, Happening This Month

Idiotarod, The Glorious Annual Gathering Of Costumed Idiots, Happening This Monthgallery

The city's premiere shopping cart race made for-idiots/by-idiots is back: the annual Idiotarod race will take place on January 26th. That gives you plenty of time to start gathering and assembling all the random junk you can...

Watch This Very Sophisticated Pigeon Use A NYC Water Fountain

Watch This Very Sophisticated Pigeon Use A NYC Water Fountainvideo

The humble pigeon, New York City's official bird, is ubiquitous as well as extremely helpful. But they get really thirsty, especially after eating a bagel. On Thursday afternoon, one man decided to give our fine-feathered friend a hand by turning on the water fountain at the Staten Island Ferry Terminal.

Staten Island Locals Mad That MTV Show Portrays Borough As 'Cesspool Of Gangsters & Meatheads'video

Staten Island Locals Mad That MTV Show Portrays Borough As 'Cesspool Of Gangsters & Meatheads'

(Courtesy of MTV) The latest content dump on MTV comes in the form of a show called Made In Staten Island, which brings viewers to "the forgotten borough" for a glimpse at what appears to be...

[Update] 'Green Book' Screenwriter Deletes Twitter After Anti-Muslim Pro-Trump Tweet Emerges

[Update] 'Green Book' Screenwriter Deletes Twitter After Anti-Muslim Pro-Trump Tweet Emerges

Nick Vallelonga at the Golden Globe Awards (Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP/Shutterstock) Green Book won a pair of Golden Globe awards last weekend (including one for Best Motion Picture—Musical or Comedy), and hopefully everyone involved with the film got...

UCB East Closing In February Due To Financial Difficulties

UCB East Closing In February Due To Financial Difficulties

UCB East will close February 9th. (Yelp) Upright Citizens Brigade will shutter its East Village outpost, UCB East, on February 9th, due to the "extreme costs" of operating in the space, according to Vulture. Members of...

We Will Sing Along With You: 'Bohemian Rhapsody' Sing-Along Screenings Coming To Theaters

We Will Sing Along With You: 'Bohemian Rhapsody' Sing-Along Screenings Coming To Theaters

(Bohemian Rhapsody) Bohemian Rhapsody is already the highest-grossing music biopic of all time; it won the Golden Globe award for Best Motion Picture, Drama last weekend (despite the fact it was basically a musical); and star...

Noted Jazz Musician Jeff Goldblum To Play Rare NYC Show In February

Noted Jazz Musician Jeff Goldblum To Play Rare NYC Show In February

Can we come to your show, Jeff? (Michael Bowles/Shutterstock) Did you know that Jeff Goldblum does jazz? Up until about 10 minutes ago, I had no idea, although it certainly makes sense: Jeff seems like a...

The 'Epic Tale' Of The Legendary Apollo Theater, Told In Graphic Novel Form

The 'Epic Tale' Of The Legendary Apollo Theater, Told In Graphic Novel Formgallery

For 85 years, the Apollo Theater has been a landmark and cornerstone of Harlem’s music scene. The iconic venue has hosted performers like Ella Fitzgerald, James Brown, Jay-Z, and Aretha Franklin. Even President Barack Obama has taken...

Come Hear Some Fascinating Stories From The Winter '19 Issue Of Pop-up Magazine At BAM

Come Hear Some Fascinating Stories From The Winter '19 Issue Of Pop-up Magazine At BAM

It's a night of new, true stories about the fascinating world around us. This 2019 Winter Issue seeks to change the way we think about memory. After the show, mingle over drinks and conversation with some of the producers, performers and contributors.

Extra Extra: Did Tony Soprano Die At The End Of 'The Sopranos?'

Extra Extra: Did Tony Soprano Die At The End Of 'The Sopranos?'video

Because Trump can't stop having temper tantrums, check out today's end-of-day links: problematic artists, food inspections stopped, GoT ice hotel, slow morning routines, 'The Sopranos' ending discussion, coffee theme park apocalypse, and boxer puppy.

Anybody Want To Buy A Chrysler Building?

Anybody Want To Buy A Chrysler Building?

(via the NYPL) Hello, are you in the market for an unwieldy purchase? What about a very large and very famous skyscraper, like for example the Chrysler Building? Well! What remarkable timing you have: According to...

'Woodstock 50' Festival Will Take Place This Summer In Upstate NY

'Woodstock 50' Festival Will Take Place This Summer In Upstate NY

Woodstock '69 (AP/Shutterstock) Just a few days ago, we learned that there would be an unofficial musical festival taking place at the original Woodstock site this summer for a 50th anniversary Woodstock celebration that would include...

Rebel Commentary: To All The Black Millennials In The Struggle

Rebel Commentary: To All The Black Millennials In The Struggle

Reniqua Allen (photograph by Nina Subin) Rebel is Rebecca Carroll's regular column on race and pop culture. You can hear Rebecca talk about these issues with guests on Wednesday mornings on WNYC, or participate in one...

A Museum Dedicated To Dogs Is Coming To Midtown In February

A Museum Dedicated To Dogs Is Coming To Midtown In Februarygalleryvideo

After more than 32 years away from the city, the American Kennel Club will reopen its museum dedicated to all things dogs in Manhattan this February. The AKC Museum of the Dog was founded in 1982, and...

Subway Etiquette: Oh God

Subway Etiquette: Oh Godvideo

(Tipster) You can't help it that you got sick—viruses are being passed around this city faster than leaflets for anonymous comedy shows. And just because you're sick doesn't mean you can afford to miss work. But...

Lin-Manuel Miranda & Others Join Together To Purchase Beloved Drama Book Shop

Lin-Manuel Miranda & Others Join Together To Purchase Beloved Drama Book Shop

drama book shop In the fall, it was reported that Drama Book Shop, the long-running Midtown Manhattan book store beloved by theatergoers for its extensive collection of plays and books on theater, was going to have...

Susan Zirinsky Will Be The First Woman To Helm CBS News

Susan Zirinsky Will Be The First Woman To Helm CBS News

Susan Zirinsky in 2013. (Charles Sykes/Invision/AP/Shutterstock) Veteran producer Susan Zirinsky will become president of CBS News in March, the first woman ever to hold the position. Coming as it does after a string of her powerful...

Would You Like A Dose Of 'TED-Style Talk' To Enhance Your Woodstock Anniversary Jam?

Would You Like A Dose Of 'TED-Style Talk' To Enhance Your Woodstock Anniversary Jam?

Festival-goers leaving Woodstock in 1969. (AP/Shutterstock) When you think about Woodstock, what kinda vibe does your brain conjure up? Does your mind immediately jump to sex, drugs, and rock 'n roll? Wild, mud-spattered dance parties, the...

Huge 'Simpsons' Nerd Mayor de Blasio Makes Cameo On Show

Huge 'Simpsons' Nerd Mayor de Blasio Makes Cameo On Show

(Fox) Did you know that Mayor Bill de Blasio is a huge The Simpsons nerd? He previously appeared in the 2017 mockumentary Springfield of Dreams: The Legend of Homer Simpson about the classic "Homer At The...

Here Are The TV Shows We're Most Excited About In 2019

Here Are The TV Shows We're Most Excited About In 2019

We've already counted down some of the movies we're excited about seeing in the new year—but who really wants to leave their apartment!? Below, you can check out a list of our most anticipated TV shows...

The Best Things To Do In NYC This Week

The Best Things To Do In NYC This Week

Watch hip-hop battlers throw down in actual armor, Friday (photo by Stephanie Berger) Queer|Art|Film @ IFC Center Drag yourself out (see what we did there?) to a new film series that will help you beat the...

The Strokes, Lil Wayne, The 1975 & More Will Play Governors Ball 2019

The Strokes, Lil Wayne, The 1975 & More Will Play Governors Ball 2019

(Scott Lynch/Gothamist) Don't let the frigid air outside fool you: Summer Festival Announcement Season is here. Last week, the Coachella 2019 lineup was revealed, and this morning, the city's own Governors Ball has announced who will...

Here Are The Movies We're Most Excited To See In 2019

Here Are The Movies We're Most Excited To See In 2019

Just last week we were recounting and arguing about all the movies we saw and loved in 2018 (for the record: I have since seen The Old Man & The Gun, it is super charming, and...

Get Ready For Zany Jokers Riding The Subway Without Pants Again!

Get Ready For Zany Jokers Riding The Subway Without Pants Again!gallery

If you've sworn off pants as one of your new year's resolutions, then this news is for you: the annual No Pants Subway Ride will take place Sunday, January 13th, filling parts of the subway system with...

How Jake The Dog Was Saved From The Subway Tracks

How Jake The Dog Was Saved From The Subway Tracksvideo

Jake, the subway dog. (via Jake's human thayerjoyce on Instagram) On Wednesday night, trains on the J/M/Z line were delayed for nearly two hours as the MTA and NYPD attempted to save a dog that was...

Is This The Best Bathtub For Rich People To Flaunt Obscene Income Inequality In NYC?

Is This The Best Bathtub For Rich People To Flaunt Obscene Income Inequality In NYC?

You can't put a price on luxury. (1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge) When I think back on the New York City bathtubs I have known, the picture is...not particularly inspiring, but also pretty typical I think. My...

I Can't Stop Watching This NYC Squirrel Enjoying An Egg Rollvideo

I Can't Stop Watching This NYC Squirrel Enjoying An Egg Roll

Doesn’t look like this squirrels first egg roll #whatisnewyork pic.twitter.com/Heo30oe8w3— WhatIsNewYork (@whatisny) January 2, 2019 As the first real workday of 2019 (for some of us, anyway) creeps to a close, I imagine you might be having...

See 'Roma' In 70MM And Other Alfonso Cuaron Films At Lincoln Center

See 'Roma' In 70MM And Other Alfonso Cuaron Films At Lincoln Centervideo

(Netflix) Alfonso Cuaron's ode to his upbringing in 1970s Mexico, Roma, has been receiving raves since its release last fall, and is now winning accolades as films are in the middle of awards season. While it...

Photos: Huge New Year's Turnout For Coney Island Polar Bear Plunge

Photos: Huge New Year's Turnout For Coney Island Polar Bear Plungegallery

With sunny skies and temperatures in the mid-50s, an enormous crowd descended upon Coney Island on Tuesday afternoon and gleefully plunged into the Atlantic Ocean to kick off the new year. The 115th Annual Coney Island New...

The Best Things To Do In NYC This Week

The Best Things To Do In NYC This Week

Marvel at a madcap, all-male cabaret revue, Sunday (photo courtesy of Briefs Factory) The holidays are officially over, but New York City culture never stops. Here's what happening in the first week of January, 2019. Whose...

Madonna's New Year's Eve Surprise: Singing At The Stonewall Innvideo

Madonna's New Year's Eve Surprise: Singing At The Stonewall Inn

Madonna at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards (Evan Agostini/Invision/AP/Shutterstock) Pop icon Madonna rang in 2019 by stunning patrons at the Stonewall Inn by serenading them with songs and celebrating the landmark bar's 50th anniversary this...

How To Recycle Your Christmas Tree In NYC

How To Recycle Your Christmas Tree In NYC

It is time to chip your trees. (NYC Parks) The Yuletide has washed away, and now it is time to toss that decrepit dead spruce you've been propping up in your living room for the past...

Photos: Rain Doesn't Stop 2019 New Year's Celebration In Times Square

Photos: Rain Doesn't Stop 2019 New Year's Celebration In Times Squaregallery

It was the rainiest New Year's Eve since 1994, but the soggy weather couldn't dampen the celebration in Times Square. Nearly a million (or just tens of thousands?) counted down the end of 2018 and welcomed 2019.

'Depends': Times Square Revelers Talk About How And Why They're Waiting 14+ Hours For New Year's Eve

'Depends': Times Square Revelers Talk About How And Why They're Waiting 14+ Hours For New Year's Evegallery

In spite of a wet and windy forecast, thousands of dedicated New Year's Eve enthusiasts flocked to the Times Square this morning, in hopes of snagging prime spots to watch the New Year's Eve ball officially call...

Experts Say Times Square NYE Crowd Is Much Smaller Than Officials Claim

Experts Say Times Square NYE Crowd Is Much Smaller Than Officials Claim

New Year's Eve crowd in Times Square, 2012 (Erik Pendzich/Shutterstock) Last week, NYPD Commissioner James O'Neill and Mayor Bill de Blasio held a press conference to discuss security measures for the New Year's Eve festivities in...

New Louis C.K. Material Mocks School Shooting Survivors

New Louis C.K. Material Mocks School Shooting Survivors

(Stephen Lovekin/Shutterstock) A bootleg audio recording of Louis C.K.'s offensive new standup material has provoked more condemnation of the disgraced comedian since it was uploaded to YouTube on Saturday. The 49-minute recording, which was reportedly taken...

The Times Square New Year's Eve Ball Is READY For 2019

The Times Square New Year's Eve Ball Is READY For 2019galleryvideo

Times Square New Year's Eve organizers held a ball drop "dress rehearsal" on Sunday to ensure that everything goes smoothly during tonight's big crowded rain-soaked police barricade party. The star of the festivities, the nearly six-ton Waterford...

Here, Let Me Help You With Your New Year's Eve

Here, Let Me Help You With Your New Year's Eve

SAVE YOURSELVES BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE. (Scott Lynch / Gothamist) I am only human and therefore I can understand that a boulder-sized disco ball holds appeal proportionate to its impressive size. I cannot abide the ball...

Gravity Works: Confetti Deemed Airworthy For Times Square New Year's Eve

Gravity Works: Confetti Deemed Airworthy For Times Square New Year's Eve

(Jen Chung / Gothamist) A few hundred people gathered across the street from the Times Square New Year's Eve ball to make sure that this year's batch of celebration confetti can withstand being thrown into the...

You Guide To Navigating NYC On New Year's Eve

You Guide To Navigating NYC On New Year's Eve

New Year's revelers and a police officer on December 31, 2017 (Craig Ruttle/AP/Shutterstock) New York City is expecting up to two million visitors in the Times Square party pens this New Year's Eve, according to city...

The Best Movies Of 2018

The Best Movies Of 2018

I've already counted down my favorite TV shows and albums of the year—so it's time to complete the trilogy with the best movies (according to me) of 2018! Spoiler Alert: for anyone who wants to jump...

Gravity Check: New Year's Eve Confetti Will Be Tested This Weekendvideo

Gravity Check: New Year's Eve Confetti Will Be Tested This Weekend

The countdown to 2019 is on, and organizers of the world's biggest New Year's celebration are getting ready. With up to two million people expected to crowd into Times Square, everything has to go right (or whatever!)....

Photos: A Closeup Look At The Iconic Times Square NYE Ball

Photos: A Closeup Look At The Iconic Times Square NYE Ball gallery

On the rooftop of One Times Square, as has been the case almost every year since 1907, a crew of electricians and technicians have been busy getting everything ready for the climatic moment of the biggest New...

Subway Etiquette: Stop Doing This Thing

Subway Etiquette: Stop Doing This Thing

(Jen Carlson / Gothamist) Every subway etiquette issue Gothamist examines is part of our ongoing quixotic quest to make this city just a little more considerate. As a result, we've seen things you people wouldn't believe:...

Photos: Snug Harbor Winter Lantern Festival Is A Psychedelic Wonderland

Photos: Snug Harbor Winter Lantern Festival Is A Psychedelic Wonderlandgallery

If you're a holiday light display enthusiast and you're looking for a fresh option to take you into the new year, you should probably head to Staten Island before the Winter Lantern Festival closes out its run...

Enjoy These Eerie Photos Of Empty NYC In The Pre-Dawn Hours

Enjoy These Eerie Photos Of Empty NYC In The Pre-Dawn Hoursgallery

The city may never sleep, but it does get sleepy. In 2014, we began documenting New York City neighborhoods in the few hours that most of them become temporarily abandoned—the pre-dawn hours, when things appear a little...

The Best Things To Do In NYC On New Year's Eve

The Best Things To Do In NYC On New Year's Eve

Ring in 2019 with a bang in Prospect Park (photo by Azikiwe Aboagye) What a year! Whether you want to kick 2018 to the curb with a 27-hour dance party; a 600-balloon drop; a masquerade ball;...

Slow Loris, Tiger, And Markhor, Oh, My! The WCS's Favorite Photos Of 2018

Slow Loris, Tiger, And Markhor, Oh, My! The WCS's Favorite Photos Of 2018

A "standing" tiger, the "bleeding-heart monkey," and fierce members of the New York Aquarium's brand new, $158-million exhibit are among the subjects of the Wildlife Conservation Society's favorite photographs of 2018. The WCS shared the images this...

Happy Empty NYC Day

Happy Empty NYC Daygallery

If my commute to the office this morning is any indication, no one else is in New York right now. It's just me. Alone. I Am Legend. Yes, it's the most wonderful time of the year in...

Photos: Spring St Subway Station Gets Makeshift Tribute To Living Legend Bruce Springsteen

Photos: Spring St Subway Station Gets Makeshift Tribute To Living Legend Bruce Springsteen

(Jen Carlson / Gothamist) The Spring Street subway station has been undergoing some light renovations on its platform walls over the past month or so, with paper ads being replaced by fancy digital screens. However, many...

Gather 'Round The Yule Log For Some Traditional NYC Ghost Stories

Gather 'Round The Yule Log For Some Traditional NYC Ghost Stories

At Christmas, the dead have particularly easy access to the living, did you know? (Sharon Feragotti / Shutterstock) The wintertime holidays that inspired modern Christmastime have everything to do with the prevailing sense that, at the...

Lyric Controversy Catches Up With The Pogues' Christmas Classic 'Fairytale Of New York'

Lyric Controversy Catches Up With The Pogues' Christmas Classic 'Fairytale Of New York'video

The Pogues' and Kirsty MacColl's "Fairytale of New York" is a certified Christmas classic, but did you know that it is also problematic? The song has come under fire because of the use of the word...

Video: Meet The Beloved Family Who've Been Selling Christmas Trees In The West Village Since 1988

Video: Meet The Beloved Family Who've Been Selling Christmas Trees In The West Village Since 1988galleryvideo

The life of a Christmas tree vendor can be stressful—for one month of the year, they're on the concrete seven days a week for exhausting 14 hour days, hustling to make deliveries, dealing with potentially rude customers,...

Kevin Spacey Faces Felony Sexual Assault Charges

Kevin Spacey Faces Felony Sexual Assault Charges

Kevin Spacey in a Christmas-themed apron (YouTube) A district attorney in Massachusetts filed felony sexual assault charges against Oscar-winning actor Kevin Spacey, over a year after a former Boston TV news anchor's son said that Spacey...

The Best Things To Do In NYC This Week

The Best Things To Do In NYC This Week

Meet the Confetti King, catch a Gay Show for All the People, experience a Little Caribbean food and culture crawl, dance those blues away at a Soul Summit in Queens, and so much more.

Joyce Mitchell Angry At Ben Stiller Over Her Depiction in 'Escape At Dannemora'

Joyce Mitchell Angry At Ben Stiller Over Her Depiction in 'Escape At Dannemora'

(Mike Groll/AP/Shutterstock) Last month, Showtime premiered the Ben Stiller-directed miniseries Escape At Dannemora, which depicts how convicted murderers Richard Matt and David Sweat, with the help of prison tailor shop supervisor Joyce 'Tilly' Mitchell, staged a...

Gramercy Park Hosts Annual Christmas Eve Open-Door Plebe Hour

Gramercy Park Hosts Annual Christmas Eve Open-Door Plebe Hour

The hyper-elite will generously allow you to sing for them in Gramercy Park on Christmas Eve (Jessica Lehrman / Gothamist). Hear ye, hear ye, peasants: the overlords of Gramercy Park will permit you to stroll their...

City Council Approves Street Co-Naming For Woody Guthrie, Notorious B.I.G. & Wu-Tang Clan

City Council Approves Street Co-Naming For Woody Guthrie, Notorious B.I.G. & Wu-Tang Clan

(LeRoy McCarthy) New York City's cultural history includes a staggering array of musical talent, but only a handful of musicians get their names on street signs. In its final meeting of the year, the New York...

The Best Albums Of 2018

The Best Albums Of 2018

Have you heard of boygenius? They're a new lowkey "supergroup" consisting of singer/songwriters Phoebe Bridgers, Lucy Dacus and Julien Baker—all of whom have released their own critically-acclaimed albums in the last 15 months. I finally got...

Finally 'Meeting' Michelle Obama At Barclays Center

Finally 'Meeting' Michelle Obama At Barclays Center

Michelle Obama and Sarah Jessica Parker at Barclays Center. (Shutterstock) A few years ago, after my son Karl died on his first day in childcare, I received a letter from Barack and Michelle Obama. It wasn’t...

The Real Story Of The YMCA That Inspired The Village People's Gay Anthem

The Real Story Of The YMCA That Inspired The Village People's Gay Anthem

The Village People in 1980 (Shutterstock) In the 40 years since the Village People released “YMCA,” the song has become a cultural touchstone: a gay anthem famous for its innuendos and double entendres about young, fit...

Elon Musk Not Working On A Hyperloop Out Of This LES Basementgallery

Elon Musk Not Working On A Hyperloop Out Of This LES Basement

I know next to nothing about Elon Musk and work hard to keep it that way. So if someone were to say to me, "Have you heard that the eccentric billionaire has set up shop on Rivington...

Ariana Grande Joins Former SNL Stars To Perform 'I Wish It Was Christmas Today'

Ariana Grande Joins Former SNL Stars To Perform 'I Wish It Was Christmas Today'video

(NBC) Jimmy Fallon taught me that in Greek, nostalgia literally means "the pain from an old wound." It's a twinge in your heart far more powerful than memory alone. This device isn't a spaceship, it's a...

WinterFest Mess Has Remaining Vendors 'Scared Right Now'

WinterFest Mess Has Remaining Vendors 'Scared Right Now'gallery

WinterFest, a holiday market that popped up in the parking lot of the Brooklyn Museum around Thanksgiving weekend, was supposed to be Brooklyn's answer to the popular Union Square Holiday Market. Instead, visitors have complained that it's...

Inside The Nitehawk Prospect Park, Finally Opening Tonight In Park Slope

Inside The Nitehawk Prospect Park, Finally Opening Tonight In Park Slopegalleryvideo

The historic theater presiding over the southern end of Prospect Park West has a rich history, from the glory days of the 1920s when it was known as The Sanders Theater, to the Pavilion period most of...

Watch NY Shelter Dogs Get Their Minds Blown By Magic Tricks

Watch NY Shelter Dogs Get Their Minds Blown By Magic Tricksvideo

This has been a truly exceptional year for dogs on the silver screen—there have been star-making turns from pooches in works ranging from Widows to A Star Is Born to Roma (not to mention animated dogs...

Turns Out There Are Mandarin Ducks In Manhattan, Brooklyn, And The Bronx

Turns Out There Are Mandarin Ducks In Manhattan, Brooklyn, And The Bronxgallery

Since it was first spotted in October, New Yorkers and tourists have become obsessed with the Central Park Mandarin duck, which we have named Mandarin Patinkin. But this whole time, the WCS has had their own Mandarin...

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