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Extra, Extra: Sean Spicer Wasn't Allowed To Meet The Pope On Trump Trip

Extra, Extra: Sean Spicer Wasn't Allowed To Meet The Pope On Trump Tripvideo

Because that's all Spicer wanted, check out today's end-of-day links: terrible 'Spider-Man' poster, Oregon burrito shop controversy, 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' details, Ben Carson calls poverty a 'state of mind,' disappearing nuts, several-night stands, and a baby hippo. Don't forget to follow Gothamist on Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and Snapchat, and like us on Facebook. You can also get the top stories mailed to you—sign up here.

State Senator Simcha Felder Demands IDC Rejoin The Democratic Party

State Senator Simcha Felder Demands IDC Rejoin The Democratic Party

Simcha Felder, left, announcing that he's taking his talents to the Catholic Church after they made him one hell of an offer. (via Simcha Felder's Flickr) Albany, which was kind of at a low-level hum as...

Giuliani Now Says He Had Nothing To Do With Trump's 'Muslim Ban'video

Giuliani Now Says He Had Nothing To Do With Trump's 'Muslim Ban'

(Face The Nation) Back in January, Rudy Giuliani told reporters President Trump asked him to help craft a legal "Muslim ban," using, in fact, that very phrase to describe it. Giuliani claimed he assisted the President...

After Issuing Thousands Of New Parking Placards, De Blasio Promises Crackdown On Placard Abuse

After Issuing Thousands Of New Parking Placards, De Blasio Promises Crackdown On Placard Abuse

On the heels of his decision to issue thousands of new parking permits to Department of Education employees, Mayor Bill de Blasio on Wednesday announced a plan to crack down on so-called placard abuse, i.e. when...

Billy Bush: 'I Sacrificed... My Own Dignity' During Infamous Trump Interview

Billy Bush: 'I Sacrificed... My Own Dignity' During Infamous Trump Interview

Billy Bush on Good Morning America Billy Bush is talking more about his career-wrecking vulgar off-camera 2005 conversation with Donald Trump. The disgraced entertainment journalist told Good Morning America, "If I had ever thought...that there was...

Forecast: Memorial Day Weekend's Looking Kind Of Wet

Forecast: Memorial Day Weekend's Looking Kind Of Wet

AccuWeather Drizzly weather overnight pushed this month's rainfall total in Central Park to 5.48 inches. That's our wettest month since last July, when slightly over seven inches of rain fell. We could see some light sprinkles...

Democrats Win Back Meaningless Majority In The State Senate

Democrats Win Back Meaningless Majority In The State Senate

It looks calm from the outside, but inside it's just a buncha people tossing chairs at each other. (Daniel Barry/Getty Images) After a special election yesterday that sent another Democrat to the New York State Senate,...

DOT Plans To Widen 7th Avenue Sidewalks Between Penn Station & Times Square

DOT Plans To Widen 7th Avenue Sidewalks Between Penn Station & Times Square

(via DOT) The Department of Transportation is planning to widen overflowing sidewalks on 7th Avenue between Penn Station and Times Square by next spring, according to a presentation [PDF] made Tuesday to Manhattan's Community Board 5...

Early Addition: The Most Exclusive Emergency Room In NYC

Early Addition: The Most Exclusive Emergency Room In NYC

Weird toast, the worst emergency room, Fleet Week is here (and how to enjoy it), plus many more midday links. Follow Gothamist on Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and Snapchat, and like us on Facebook. You can also get the top stories mailed to you—sign up here.

Kushner's Family Tries To Evict Williamsburg Cafe That Bounced Back From Fire

Kushner's Family Tries To Evict Williamsburg Cafe That Bounced Back From Fire

(Scott Heins/Gothamist) Jared Kushner's family real estate company is attempting to oust a Brooklyn coffee shop over unpaid rent that the cafe owners say dates to last summer when a fire rendered their storefront unusable for...

Elderly Woman Battling Cancer Faces Eviction For Renting Spare Bedroom On Airbnb

Elderly Woman Battling Cancer Faces Eviction For Renting Spare Bedroom On Airbnb

39 Fifth Avenue (Google Maps) A Greenwich Village woman is facing eviction from her rent-stabilized apartment after an appeals court ruled that she illegally profited off her home via Airbnb. Linda Lipetz, 70, says she was...

More Sponsors Flee Puerto Rican Day Parade As De Blasio Maintains Support

More Sponsors Flee Puerto Rican Day Parade As De Blasio Maintains Support

A scene from the 2016 parade (Sai Mokhtari / Gothamist). More corporate sponsors withdrew their support from the 2017 Puerto Rican Day Parade on Tuesday. AT&T and Coca-Cola joined the ranks of JetBlue, the New York...

[UPDATE] Woman Slashed In The Face Inside Herald Square Subway Station

[UPDATE] Woman Slashed In The Face Inside Herald Square Subway Station

(NYPD) [UPDATE BELOW] The NYPD is searching for a man they say slashed a woman in the face inside the Herald Square subway station over the weekend. According to police, the incident took place at 1:10...

'Get Off The Plane!': United Passengers Flee Via Emergency Chutes At Newark Airport

'Get Off The Plane!': United Passengers Flee Via Emergency Chutes At Newark Airport

Via tipster A United Airlines flight from Newark Airport to San Francisco was evacuated on Tuesday night before takeoff, after a fire apparently broke out in one of the engines. The passengers left the plane by...

Extra, Extra: Car Crash At AnalTech Produces Potentially Hazardous Odor

Extra, Extra: Car Crash At AnalTech Produces Potentially Hazardous Odorvideo

Because you want to learn about history of Staten Island racism, check out today's end-of-day links: GoT season 7 pacing, former CIA chief on Trump/Russia concerns, AnalTech crash, Rich family pleads with Hannity, decline in Trump's cognitive abilities, and some very well-trained dogs. Don't forget to follow Gothamist on Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and Snapchat, and like us on Facebook. You can also get the top stories mailed to you—sign up here.

Cuomo Announces 'Genius' Contest To Fix The NYC Subway

Cuomo Announces 'Genius' Contest To Fix The NYC Subway

Cuomo likes all kinds of transportation. (via Governor's Flickr) Less than a week after Governor Andrew Cuomo attempted to distance himself from the steadily-deteriorating Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the man who essentially controls the MTA took a...

Uber Owes Millions To NYC Drivers After Admitting To Accounting Mistake

Uber Owes Millions To NYC Drivers After Admitting To Accounting Mistake

Getty Images Uber has admitted to an accounting mistake that deprived tens of thousands of New York City drivers of millions of dollars in earnings since November of 2014. On Tuesday, a representative of Uber told...

LGBTQ Russian Immigrants Give Brighton Beach Its First Pride Paradegallery

LGBTQ Russian Immigrants Give Brighton Beach Its First Pride Parade

On a cloudy Saturday in late May, several hundred activists gathered on the Riegelmann Boardwalk in Brighton Beach to send a message to their neighbors in the Russian-speaking community: we’re here, we’re queer, and we’re not going...

Missing College Student Found Dead In Harlem River

Missing College Student Found Dead In Harlem River

Jaime Morban (Facebook) Police recovered the body of a man identified in reports as a missing Manhattan college student from the Harlem River on Monday evening. An NYPD spokesman said that officers found a missing 22-year-old's...

Yankees & JetBlue Withdraw From This Year's Puerto Rican Day Parade

Yankees & JetBlue Withdraw From This Year's Puerto Rican Day Parade

A scene from the 2016 Puerto Rican Day Parade (Sai Mokhtari / Gothamist). Sponsors including JetBlue and the New York Yankees joined NYPD Commissioner James O'Neill Monday in withdrawing participation from the 2017 Puerto Rican Day...

Fundraiser For NJ Teen Still In Critical Condition Following Times Square Driver's Rampage

Fundraiser For NJ Teen Still In Critical Condition Following Times Square Driver's Rampage

(GoFundMe) A New Jersey high school student just weeks away from graduation remains in critical condition following last week's Times Square rampage in which a deranged driver sped through sidewalks on Seventh Avenue, killing one woman...

Police Arrest Man Who Allegedly Groped Woman On Brooklyn N Train Before Trying To Rape Her

Police Arrest Man Who Allegedly Groped Woman On Brooklyn N Train Before Trying To Rape Her

(Screenshot via DCPI) Police have arrested a man who earlier this month allegedly groped a woman on the N train, followed her off of the train in South Brooklyn, and then attempted to rape her on...

Early Addition: Subway Conductor Blames All These Delays On... YOUvideo

Early Addition: Subway Conductor Blames All These Delays On... YOU

Subway conductor blames delays on subway riders, running on the surface of the ocean, our looming sand crisis, and more in today's midday links. Follow Gothamist on Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and Snapchat, and like us on Facebook. You can also get the top stories mailed to you—sign up here.

Man Killed After Jumping Onto Side Of Dump Truck In Midtown

Man Killed After Jumping Onto Side Of Dump Truck In Midtown

The location of the incident on 51st Street. (Jen Chung / Gothamist) A 29-year-old man died last night after police say he jumped onto the side a DOT dump truck in midtown and was subsequently knocked...

NYPD Increases Security After Deadly Bombing At Manchester Arena

NYPD Increases Security After Deadly Bombing At Manchester Arena

Ariana Grande Concertgoers leave Manchester Arena on May 22, 2017 (Getty Images) The NYPD is heightening its security after the apparent suicide bombing in Manchester, England on Monday night. The bombing, which occurred at the end...

Extra, Extra: The Onion Releases Their Own Trump Document Dump

Extra, Extra: The Onion Releases Their Own Trump Document Dumpvideo

Because you want to see a Rainbow Whale in action, check out today's end-of-day links: Monica Lewinsky on Roger Ailes, The Onion's Trump dump, MILF midlife crisis, chemtrails conspiracy theorists, Avocado Lattes, and a needy dog. Don't forget to follow Gothamist on Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and Snapchat, and like us on Facebook. You can also get the top stories mailed to you—sign up here.

Protests In NYC This Week: Rallies, Dance Parties, Radical Gardening

Protests In NYC This Week: Rallies, Dance Parties, Radical Gardening

Scott Heins / Gothamist This week, President Trump continues his nine-day, five-country trip through the Middle East, where, beguiling orbs aside, things are going about how you might expect. Here in New York, we've got a...

DHS Announces Six Month Extension Of Humanitarian Protections For Haitians Living In U.S.

DHS Announces Six Month Extension Of Humanitarian Protections For Haitians Living In U.S.

Revelers with Haitian flags at the West Indian Day Parade on Eastern Parkway last September. More than 20,000 Haitians in NYC benefit from TPS, according to 1199SEIU. (Scott Lynch / Gothamist) The Department of Homeland Security...

Woman Wearing Surgical Mask Burns Bus Driver With Mysterious Liquid

Woman Wearing Surgical Mask Burns Bus Driver With Mysterious Liquid

(DCPI) A bus driver was hospitalized Friday night after being sprayed in the face with an unidentified liquid by a woman wearing a surgical mask. The incident took place at the corner of Marcus Garvey Boulevard...

Spike In NYC ICE Arrests Proves Need For More Legal Defense Funding, Advocates Say

Spike In NYC ICE Arrests Proves Need For More Legal Defense Funding, Advocates Say

(Scott Lynch / Gothamist) New federal data showing a spike in Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrests during President Donald Trump's first 100 days reinforces the need for increased legal services funding in Mayor Bill de Blasio's...

FBI Reportedly Investigating Fyre Festival For Fraud

FBI Reportedly Investigating Fyre Festival For Fraud

And the dumpster fyre continues. The now-infamous Fyre Festival for models, rich people, and aspiring rich people has been the subject of a whole slew of lawsuits after spectacularly imploding last month, and now the FBI...

Early Addition: Melania Trump Swats Away President's Hand

Early Addition: Melania Trump Swats Away President's Hand

The secret message of Monopoly, Trump's hand swatted away, Richard Spencer loses his gym membership, and much more in today's midday links. Follow Gothamist on Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and Snapchat, and like us on Facebook. You can also get the top stories mailed to you—sign up here.

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United Passenger In "Make America Great Again" Hat Holds Up International Flight, Prompting "Lock Him Up" Chants

United Airlines ejected a Trump fan from a Newark-bound international flight over the weekend after the man allegedly laid claim to other people's seats. The Saturday flight from Shanghai hadn't gotten off the ground when, according to...

My Subway Commute This Morning Sucked, How Was Yours?

My Subway Commute This Morning Sucked, How Was Yours?

Faces of despair. (Rebecca Fishbein / Gothamist) I knew today was going to go wrong when I woke up to my landlord power-washing my building at 6 a.m. And when I left my apartment in Crown...

Father Of Teen Killed By Times Square Driver Leaves Heartbreaking Letter At Makeshift Memorial

Father Of Teen Killed By Times Square Driver Leaves Heartbreaking Letter At Makeshift Memorial

(Scott Heins / Gothamist) The father of Alyssa Elsman, the 18-year-old woman who was fatally struck by an unhinged driver who injured 20 others in a high-speed rampage down sidewalks in Times Square on Thursday, has...

After Vulgar Trump Audio Emerged, Billy Bush's Teen Daughter Asked Him, 'Why Were You Laughing?'

After Vulgar Trump Audio Emerged, Billy Bush's Teen Daughter Asked Him, 'Why Were You Laughing?'video

Billy Bush (Getty Images) In his first interview since being fired from NBC for his role in a grotesque 2005 off-camera chat with Donald Trump, Billy Bush told the Hollywood Reporter, "Looking back upon what was...

Extra Extra: Meet The World's Toughest Boxing Astrophysicist

Extra Extra: Meet The World's Toughest Boxing Astrophysicistvideo

Facebook's appropriate content rules revealed, the future of the WWE is an awesome weirdo, the story of boxing's toughest astrophysicist and more day's end links. Don't forget to follow Gothamist on Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and Snapchat, and like us on Facebook. You can also get the top stories mailed to you—sign up here.

UniverSoul Circus Performer Injured After Falling Off Of 'Wheel Of Death'

UniverSoul Circus Performer Injured After Falling Off Of 'Wheel Of Death'

The Wheel of Death, at rest. (via Facebook) A performer with the UniverSoul Circus was rushed to the hospital after falling nearly 40 feet to the ground during a performance during a performance in Mount Vernon...

Cuomo Appeals To President Trump For Federal Money For Penn Station Repairs

Cuomo Appeals To President Trump For Federal Money For Penn Station Repairs

Are these commuters looking up for help from a god who doesn't exist, or staring at the LIRR departure board for updates? (Photo by Scott Lynch) Governor Cuomo is appealing to a higher power in order...

8-Year-Old Girl Injured In Brooklyn Hit-And-Run

8-Year-Old Girl Injured In Brooklyn Hit-And-Run

The intersection where the hit-and-run took place. (Google Maps) A driver fled the scene after hitting an 8-year-old girl with their car on Saturday evening, leaving her with a head injury. Cops say that at about...

'I Wanted To Fix My Life': Times Square Driver Says He Doesn't Recall Fatal Rampage

'I Wanted To Fix My Life': Times Square Driver Says He Doesn't Recall Fatal Rampage

Richard Rojas in court on May 19, 2017 (Jefferson Siegel via pool) The Navy veteran who is accused of intentionally plowing his car onto Times Square pedestrians, killing one and injuring at least 20 others, said...

Cops: Man On Cell Phone Robbery Spree In Sheepshead Bay And Manhattan Beach

Cops: Man On Cell Phone Robbery Spree In Sheepshead Bay And Manhattan Beach

Oriental Boulevard and Ocean Avenue, where one of the robberies took place. (Google Maps) A man has robbed a number of people of their cell phones in Manhattan Beach and Sheepshead Bay over the past month,...

Extra Extra: Theresa May Has Plans For The Internet

Extra Extra: Theresa May Has Plans For The Internetvideo

An NBA center detained in Romania, a jet ski hit-and-run in the East River, what the Tories are planning for the internet and more day's end links. Don't forget to follow Gothamist on Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and Snapchat, and like us on Facebook. You can also get the top stories mailed to you—sign up here.

Report: Transportation Officials Pitch HOV Lane And Ferries During L Train Shutdown

Report: Transportation Officials Pitch HOV Lane And Ferries During L Train Shutdown

via Flickr user Kevin Cong-King Each day that gets closer to April 2019 is another day that brings New York a day closer to the dreaded Lpocalypse, during which the Canarsie tube between Brooklyn and Manhattan...

NYC Life Expectancy Rises, But Racial And Wealth Disparities Remain

NYC Life Expectancy Rises, But Racial And Wealth Disparities Remain

(via Flickr user L.A. Nolan) New York City's life expectancy is up compared to when it was studied ten years ago, according to a new report by the Department of Health, but the gains have not...

Suspect Indicted For Killing Transgender Person On Chelsea Sidewalk

Suspect Indicted For Killing Transgender Person On Chelsea Sidewalk

Outside 343 7th Avenue (Trevor Kapp / DNAinfo) The Manhattan District Attorney announced that a suspect had been indicted in the death of a transgender person who was found on a Manhattan sidewalk last month. D.A....

Father Of Teen Killed In Times Square: 'My Heart Died In New York'

Father Of Teen Killed In Times Square: 'My Heart Died In New York'

A rose left on a sidewalk where the Times Square rampage occurred (AP) The father of Alyssa Elsman, the 18-year-old woman killed by an driver who apparently deliberately drove onto crowded Times Square sidewalks on Thursday,...

Extra, Extra: Trump Reportedly Bragged About Firing 'Real Nut Job' Comey To Russians

Extra, Extra: Trump Reportedly Bragged About Firing 'Real Nut Job' Comey To Russiansvideo

Because Trump can't stand total nut jobs, check out today's end-of-day links: Young Han Solo, 'Twin Peaks' town mysteries, Tom Hardy is Venom, cyclops goat, dysfunctional journalists, Russian probe reaches White House, and a very sleepy puppy. Don't forget to follow Gothamist on Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and Snapchat, and like us on Facebook. You can also get the top stories mailed to you—sign up here.

These Are Allegedly NYC's Most Bike-Friendly Neighborhoods

These Are Allegedly NYC's Most Bike-Friendly Neighborhoods

Even Spider-Man is embracing getting around the city on a bike. (via Flickr user Matt Meador) As the subways halt and catch fire and the mayor gives out parking placards like traffic-causing candy, one form of...

State Comptroller's Office Investigating Questionable Payments To State Senators

State Comptroller's Office Investigating Questionable Payments To State Senators

Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, explaining the rules of "Who's Under Investigation Today?" (John Moore/Getty Images) It's time for everyone's favorite parlor game: "Who's Under Investigation In Albany?" Today's players, unsurprisingly if you've been paying attention to the...

Three-Year-Old Boy Found Wandering Bed-Stuy Alone

Three-Year-Old Boy Found Wandering Bed-Stuy Alone

The corner where the child was picked up this morning. (Google Maps) A young child who was found wandering by himself in Bed-Stuy early in the morning on Friday was reunited with his mother, according to...

Cuomo Denies Controlling The MTA Despite Controlling The MTA

Cuomo Denies Controlling The MTA Despite Controlling The MTA

(Governor's Office) On Thursday, Governor Cuomo attempted the boldest gambit in New York politics since Bo Dietl announced his mayoral candidacy: claiming to reporters that he is not responsible for the subway system's vast and rapidly...

Huma Abedin Files For Divorce From Anthony Weiner

Huma Abedin Files For Divorce From Anthony Weiner

Anthony Weiner and Huma Abedin at the 2013 press conference where he confessed being Carlos Danger; she also mentioned problems in their marriage (Getty Images) Former Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin has reportedly filed for divorce...

City Councilman Wants More Sidewalk Bollards Like The Ones That Stopped Driver's Times Square Rampage

City Councilman Wants More Sidewalk Bollards Like The Ones That Stopped Driver's Times Square Rampage

(Getty Images) Nearly 24 hours after Richard Rojas allegedly used his car as a murder weapon in Times Square, killing one pedestrian and injuring 22 others, City Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez stood a few steps from where...

Teen 'Choking Game' Death Raises Alarm In New Jersey

Teen 'Choking Game' Death Raises Alarm In New Jersey

(via CBS 2) School officials in New Jersey have confirmed the recent death of a teen who met their demise while playing something called "the choking game," a disturbing fad in which children try to cut...

Early Addition: Inside The 'Worldwide Effort To Keep Trump Happy' Abroad

Early Addition: Inside The 'Worldwide Effort To Keep Trump Happy' Abroad

Giuliani caught trying to smuggle contraband on a flight, armed robbers run wild on the Internet, President The Rock 2020, and much more in today's midday links. Follow Gothamist on Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and Snapchat, and like us on Facebook. You can also get the top stories mailed to you—sign up here.

UPDATE: Weiner Pleads Guilty To Sexting Minor, May Face Years In Prison

UPDATE: Weiner Pleads Guilty To Sexting Minor, May Face Years In Prison

Anthony Weiner at the 2016 Democratic National Convention (Getty Images) Anthony Weiner, the once promising Democratic Congressman whose career has been torpedoed by a series of sexting scandals, will appear in federal court this morning. Update:...

[UPDATE] Teen Killed In Times Square Was Visiting NYC With Her Mother When She Was Struck

[UPDATE] Teen Killed In Times Square Was Visiting NYC With Her Mother When She Was Struck

Alyssa Elsman (via Instagram) [UPDATE BELOW] The lone fatal victim in yesterday's horrifying multi-injury incident in Times Square was an 18-year-old tourist from Michigan who was visiting Times Square with her mother and 13-year-old sister, according...

Forecast: Another Sweltering Day, But Much Cooler For The Weekend

Forecast: Another Sweltering Day, But Much Cooler For The Weekend

Jose Miranda/Flickr It's a new record! Yesterday's high of 92 in Central Park surpassed the old record of 90 degrees set in 1936. The hottest place in town yesterday was at LaGuardia airport, where the high...

Surveillance Videos Reveal Extent Of Driver's Horrifying Times Square Rampage

Surveillance Videos Reveal Extent Of Driver's Horrifying Times Square Rampagegallery

The man accused of ramming his car into Times Square pedestrians, killing one woman and injuring 22 others on Thursday, has been charged with murder and attempted murder. Police are still trying to understand his motives and...

So It Goes: Morning Commute Snarled By Problems On The 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, F, N, Q, R & W Trains

So It Goes: Morning Commute Snarled By Problems On The 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, F, N, Q, R & W Trains

I knew today was gonna be a little off when I wokeup at 4:19am drenched in sweat bc my clearly my bedroom is on the ☀️ now heading to work, the complete 1 train line breaks...

Crown Heights Councilwoman Backs Away From Plan For Luxury Condos At Bedford-Union Armory

Crown Heights Councilwoman Backs Away From Plan For Luxury Condos At Bedford-Union Armory

The Bedford-Union Armory in Crown Heights. (Scott Heins / Gothamist) Following months of pressure from local residents and construction unions, Councilwoman Laurie Cumbo Thursday publicly denounced a controversial mixed-use redevelopment plan for the long-empty Bedford-Union Armory...

The F Train Is Effed

The F Train Is Effed

(Polly Mosendz) Not that a subway disaster is even newsworthy at this point, but an F train had to be taken out of commission at 23rd Street for a "smoke condition" just a few minutes ago,...

Extra, Extra: Area Man Wages One Man War Against Robert De Niro For Insulting Long Island

Extra, Extra: Area Man Wages One Man War Against Robert De Niro For Insulting Long Islandvideo

Because this is my favorite modern feud, check out today's end-of-day links: Skimm takedown, Chaffetz resigning, 'Oh Hello' on Netflix, women sexually harassed, Laura Dern ode, gas station cheese disease, and bulldogs vs. kiddie pools. Don't forget to follow Gothamist on Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and Snapchat, and like us on Facebook. You can also get the top stories mailed to you—sign up here.

LES Landmark Sunshine Cinema Reportedly Closing To Make Way For Retail & Office Space

LES Landmark Sunshine Cinema Reportedly Closing To Make Way For Retail & Office Space

Goodbye, sweet movie theater. (via Facebook) New York! Sometimes it delights you with fun tales of condom-festooned subway trains. Other times, like now, it takes away fun places to hang out and replaces them with malls,...

DUMBO Building Owner Fined For Airbnb Roof Rentals

DUMBO Building Owner Fined For Airbnb Roof Rentals

One of the rooftop rooms (Mayor’s Office of Special Enforcement) While the vast majority of New York's Airbnb hosts have managed to skirt the law prohibiting short-term sublets, it appears the city is taking a harder...

Subway Commuters Unfazed By Blood-Soaked Newspapers On 7 Traingallery

Subway Commuters Unfazed By Blood-Soaked Newspapers On 7 Train

Ride the subway here for long enough and you learn to not look up from your phone or book or magazine full of left-wing claptrap for basically any reason. Showtime dancers, mariachi band, subway preacher, clearly pregnant...

Half The People Awaiting Trial In NYC Jails Are There Because They Can't Afford Bail

Half The People Awaiting Trial In NYC Jails Are There Because They Can't Afford Bail

Judges and elected officials have been urging an overhaul of the state's bail system for years, but change has been slow to come. 88 percent of the jail population is black or Latino.

How To Peacefully Coexist With NYC Raccoonsvideo

How To Peacefully Coexist With NYC Raccoons

Via Cantaloupe Alone's flickr There is a 100 percent chance that raccoons, like squirrels, are making power moves to push humans out of New York City and rightfully reclaim the pretzel carts as their own. The...

UPDATES: One Dead, Multiple Injured After Times Square Driver Plows Through Pedestrians

UPDATES: One Dead, Multiple Injured After Times Square Driver Plows Through Pedestriansgallery

Multiple people were injured after a driver drove onto the sidewalk in Times Square today. The FDNY has confirmed that at least one person, an 18-year-old woman, was killed and 22 other people were injured in the...

Early Addition: Evil Stealthing Bro Tries To Mansplain Himself

Early Addition: Evil Stealthing Bro Tries To Mansplain Himself

Anthony Bourdain ate his way through Queens, the personal essay boom is over, Spicer may be shrinking, and much, much more in today's midday link roundup. Follow Gothamist on Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and Snapchat, and like us on Facebook. You can also get the top stories mailed to you—sign up here.

Breathe Sparingly: Air Quality Alert In Effect For NYC

Breathe Sparingly: Air Quality Alert In Effect For NYC

Here comes the smog. (via Flickr user Andrew Lachance) In the words of my building's super this morning at around twenty after nine, "It's already f*cking hot out there." And indeed it is, which is great,...

[UPDATE] Fox News Founder Roger Ailes Dies At 77

[UPDATE] Fox News Founder Roger Ailes Dies At 77

Roger Ailes in 2012 (Getty) [UPDATE BELOW] Roger Ailes's wife has issued a statement this morning announcing the death of the hugely influential and controversial Fox News founder. The cause of death has not yet been...

Extra, Extra: Can Any Half-Decent Hacker Break Into Mar-A-Largo?

Extra, Extra: Can Any Half-Decent Hacker Break Into Mar-A-Largo?video

Because some offices love having music on all day, check out today's end-of-day links: 'King Kong' coming to Broadway, hacking Mar-A-Largo, identifying child psychopaths, sensitive Mike Huckabee, David Remnick on Comey memo, and fluffy baby cow loves goat. Don't forget to follow Gothamist on Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and Snapchat, and like us on Facebook. You can also get the top stories mailed to you—sign up here.

Huge Upper West Side Tower Faces Mounting Opposition

Huge Upper West Side Tower Faces Mounting Opposition

Meeting the neighbors has not gone too smoothly even after removing the "Mark of the Beast." (rendering via New York Yimby) Last summer, the world was introduced to the ominously-tall 666 foot 200 Amsterdam Avenue, which...

Long Island Community Founded By Nazis Must End Racist Home-Buying Policies Under State Settlement

Long Island Community Founded By Nazis Must End Racist Home-Buying Policies Under State Settlement

American Nazi party members march while carrying Nazi and American flags near Camp Siegfried, Long Island. (Getty) A Long Island enclave established by Nazi sympathizers has to dramatically change the way it operates to end decades...

Straphangers Accuse De Blasio Of Criminalizing Poverty In The Subway

Straphangers Accuse De Blasio Of Criminalizing Poverty In The Subway

(Emma Whitford / Gothamist) Dozens of low-income New Yorkers and advocates gathered around the entrance to the R train at City Hall on Wednesday morning, holding up oversized summonses for subway fare evasion. One read "Immigrant...

Yale Dean Apologizes For Her Insensitive Yelp Reviews

Yale Dean Apologizes For Her Insensitive Yelp Reviews

(Namkota / Wikicommons) A Yale University dean who once penned an article championing cultural sensitivity has come under fire for publishing some decidedly insensitive Yelp reviews of New Haven establishments, with criticisms including describing food fit...

Amtrak May Reroute Trains To Grand Central During Penn Station Repairs

Amtrak May Reroute Trains To Grand Central During Penn Station Repairs

(istockphoto) As Amtrak tries to fix various problems that have frustrated commuters for the past few months by planning major track rehab this summer, it turns out the transit agency is weighing another option: Diverting some...

JFK Airport Introduces Automated Screening Checkpoint Lanes

JFK Airport Introduces Automated Screening Checkpoint Lanes

Some of the first passengers to try out the new lanes (Jake Offenhartz / Gothamist) Passengers traveling through some of John F. Kennedy International Airport's busiest terminals will now pass through a new automated checkpoint screening...

Majority Of NYC Voters Want Cuomo To Run For President

Majority Of NYC Voters Want Cuomo To Run For President

2020 might see FDR's car get a lot more miles on it. (Governor Cuomo's office) It's never too early to start the feverish horse race speculation about the 2020 presidential campaign, especially since Hillary Clinton isn't...

Tucker Carlson Reveals Crippling Fear Of Penn Station Restrooms On Live TVvideo

Tucker Carlson Reveals Crippling Fear Of Penn Station Restrooms On Live TV

The number one rule of life is that you should never go on sentient frat hazing prank Tucker Carlson's scream show. The second rule of life is seriously, don't go on his show. If you're going to...

Plane Debris Found In Ocean Near Where NYC Woman Disappeared With Boyfriend, Sons

Plane Debris Found In Ocean Near Where NYC Woman Disappeared With Boyfriend, Sons

Coast Guard officials are still looking for survivors following the disappearance of a small private plane carrying an NYC designer, her boyfriend, and her two young children earlier this week. #Update @USCG image of debris, confirmed components...

Thousands Of Haitian New Yorkers Fear Trump Administration Will Revoke Their Humanitarian Protections

Thousands Of Haitian New Yorkers Fear Trump Administration Will Revoke Their Humanitarian Protections

An overhead view of the outskirts of Jeremie, a small residential city that sits near the Caribbean Sea in southwest Haiti. Jeremie was devastated last fall by Hurricane Matthew (Scott Heins /Gothamist). When she's not taking...

After DNA Match, Man Convicted For 1998 Park Slope Subway Rape

After DNA Match, Man Convicted For 1998 Park Slope Subway Rape

(istockphoto) A 45-year-old man has been convicted for raping a woman in 1998 on a Brooklyn subway platform. Johnny Jacob was found through a "cold hit" search when DNA from the crime scene matched a sample...

Correction Department Fires Official Accused Of Spying On City Investigators

Correction Department Fires Official Accused Of Spying On City Investigators

Gregory Kuczinski (DOC) The Department of Correction fired its internal affairs and investigations commissioner this week in the wake of city investigators' allegations that he and subordinates eavesdropped on their calls to jail informants. The official,...

Forecast: Near Record High Temperatures Today & Tomorrow

Forecast: Near Record High Temperatures Today & Tomorrow

Pat Calligy/Flickr Bring on the heat! A Bermuda high is edging northward and that is promising to make today and tomorrow the two warmest days of the year so far. We should warm to the upper...

Early Addition: Wealthy White Kid Seeks Advice On How To Not Gentrify Brooklynvideo

Early Addition: Wealthy White Kid Seeks Advice On How To Not Gentrify Brooklyn

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A Man Parked His SUV On A NJ Beach For A Photo, So The Beach Tried To Eat Itvideo

A Man Parked His SUV On A NJ Beach For A Photo, So The Beach Tried To Eat It

There's nothing quite like that pristine shot of your Land Rover backdropped by crashing waves and sand—Instagram was designed just for such commodity fetishism, after all. Unfortunately, the ocean is a fickle tableau, and sometimes it tries...

Private Sanitation Truck Driver Kills Pedestrian In Greenwich Village

Private Sanitation Truck Driver Kills Pedestrian In Greenwich Village

Photograph of the intersection (Trevor Kapp / DNAinfo) A woman crossing a Greenwich Village street was killed by a private sanitation truck driver late Tuesday night. Police say officers responded to a 911 call at around...

Extra, Extra: Man Sues Date For Texting During 'Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2' Screening

Extra, Extra: Man Sues Date For Texting During 'Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2' Screeningvideo

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[UPDATED] Plane Carrying NYC Designer, Young Sons Disappears Near Bahamas

[UPDATED] Plane Carrying NYC Designer, Young Sons Disappears Near Bahamas

Jennifer Blumin (Getty Images) [UPDATES BELOW] A private plane carrying a New York City woman, her two young children and a pilot, has vanished en route to Florida from Puerto Rico, according to reports. Officials say...

Queens Music School Director Busted On Child Prostitution Charges

Queens Music School Director Busted On Child Prostitution Charges

Oliver Sohngen (Facebook) Federal agents arrested the head of a Queens music school today on charges that he paid for sex with children, and tried to buy sex with girls as young as 8. Oliver Sohngen,...

UPDATE: 'Pot-Bellying' Bed-Stuy Building Has Collapsed

UPDATE: 'Pot-Bellying' Bed-Stuy Building Has Collapsed

(Courtesy Hunter Fairestone). The Department of Buildings is currently on the scene in Bed-Stuy inspecting a long-vacant residential building that has been swelling precariously since yesterday, according to a spokesperson for the department and a witness....

Early Addition: Dave Chappelle Apologizes For Giving Trump A Chancevideo

Early Addition: Dave Chappelle Apologizes For Giving Trump A Chance

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NYPD: UES Robber Threatened To Throw Acid On Woman's Face

NYPD: UES Robber Threatened To Throw Acid On Woman's Face

(Google Maps) The NYPD is searching for a man they say forced a woman to withdraw $1,000 from an Upper East Side Citibank, having threatened to douse her with acid if she refused to comply. Cops...

Four Plead Guilty In Baruch Frat Hazing Death

Four Plead Guilty In Baruch Frat Hazing Death

Michael Deng Four Baruch College fraternity brothers have pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in the death of a 19-year-old pledge during a weekend trip in the Poconos in December 2013. Kenny Kwan, 28, Charles Lai, 26,...

Video Seems To Back NYPD Account Of Cop's SUV Collision With Williamsburg Cyclistvideo

Video Seems To Back NYPD Account Of Cop's SUV Collision With Williamsburg Cyclist

WATCH: NYPD vehicle flying to an emergency call in Brooklyn struck & injured a pedestrian while riding a bike on Stagge St. (unknown Credit) pic.twitter.com/xdCo4n3LKN— NYC Scanner (@NYScanner) May 16, 2017 Unsourced video circulating online appears to...

Homeland Security Says Immigration Agents Weren't At Queens School For 'Enforcement Action'

Homeland Security Says Immigration Agents Weren't At Queens School For 'Enforcement Action'

Mayor de Blasio and Homeland Security Kelly in Washington D.C. on May 15, 2017 (NYC Mayor's Office) A federal immigration agent's presence at a Queens school was discussed yesterday by Mayor Bill de Blasio and Homeland...

Extra, Extra: Rich Dude Really Wants Millennials To Stop Buying Avocado Toast

Extra, Extra: Rich Dude Really Wants Millennials To Stop Buying Avocado Toastvideo

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