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MTA Disputes Report That They're Ditching Overnight Cleaners

MTA Disputes Report That They're Ditching Overnight Cleaners

We've got us a good old fashioned garbage fight. (via Flickr user Jen Gallardo) After a report emerged last night that the MTA was planning on cutting overnight cleaning shifts in subway stations, the agency is...

Self-Driving Cars Will Hit Manhattan Streets Early Next Year

Self-Driving Cars Will Hit Manhattan Streets Early Next Year

(Stefan Georgi / Flickr) In just a few months, autonomous vehicles will be added to the mixture of pedestrians, cars, cyclists, box trucks, party buses, MTA buses, unicyclists, delivery riders, slow walkers, and dog walkers currently...

Off-Duty NYPD Officer Arrested After Allegedly Exposing Himself To Two Girls

Off-Duty NYPD Officer Arrested After Allegedly Exposing Himself To Two Girls

(NYPD) A man in a Jack Skellington shirt who police said exposed himself to two underage girls in the Bronx last week has been arrested, and is himself a police officer, according to the NYPD. According...

[UPDATES] Escaped Cow On The Loose Around Prospect Parkvideo

[UPDATES] Escaped Cow On The Loose Around Prospect Park

(Rachel Holliday Smith / DNAinfo) [UPDATE BELOW] The NYPD says there is an escaped cow currently on the move in Park Slope, potentially running from an area slaughterhouse. Witnesses say they've seen the cow sprinting up...

The Navy Sent A Floating Hospital To Puerto Rico, But Few Can Get Onto Itgallery

The Navy Sent A Floating Hospital To Puerto Rico, But Few Can Get Onto It

Puerto Rico continues to suffer nearly a month after Hurricane Maria, with 85 percent of the island still lacking electricity. Cellphone service and clean water is still limited throughout the territory, and hospitals have had a particularly...

Early Addition: Trump Nominee For Federal Judge Said Transgender Children Are Part Of 'Satan's Plan'video

Early Addition: Trump Nominee For Federal Judge Said Transgender Children Are Part Of 'Satan's Plan'

Professor Matthew McConaughey is blowing college minds, another bouncy castle flies away, inside the secret Swiss bitcoin bunker, 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.

Staten Island Principal Caught Plagiarizing The Huffington Post

Staten Island Principal Caught Plagiarizing The Huffington Post

(Google Maps) A Staten Island principal has been caught plagiarizing a nearly 500 word letter from the Huffington Post and distributing it under his own name. Joseph Scarmato, principal of Tottenville High School—"Home of the Pirates"—reportedly...

Anthony Scaramucci's 'News Outlet' Excoriated For 'How Many Jews Were Killed In The Holocaust?' Twitter Poll

Anthony Scaramucci's 'News Outlet' Excoriated For 'How Many Jews Were Killed In The Holocaust?' Twitter Poll

Anthony Scaramucci in September (Getty Images) Anthony Scaramucci, the brash Long Island hedge fund owner-turned-front-stabbing White House communications director of just 10 days, launched a media outlet earlier this month called the Scaramucci Post. He said...

'Scooter'-Riding Guy Wanted For Questioning In Rivington Street Shootingvideo

'Scooter'-Riding Guy Wanted For Questioning In Rivington Street Shooting

Police investigating the shooting of a woman on a Lower East Side sidewalk early Sunday morning are hoping to talk to a male riding an electric scooter or bike on the sidewalk near the scene. Around...

Extra, Extra: What Will Become Of The World's Loneliest Polar Bear?

Extra, Extra: What Will Become Of The World's Loneliest Polar Bear?video

Because Jets fans are gonna Jets, check out today's end-of-day links: the loneliest polar bear, teen girl confronts racist, Wyatt Cenac HBO show, Russian trolls' favorite TV show, Patton Oswalt on grief, Trump lies, and puppies galore. 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.

Don't Worry, Tonight's Rush Hour Subway Commute Will Be Great!

Don't Worry, Tonight's Rush Hour Subway Commute Will Be Great!

This morning's beautiful nightmare. (Gothamist) It appears the MTA has fixed all the signal problems and stalled trains that laid waste to this morning's commute, because there's a golden unicorn of a service status update on...

Brooklyn Blaze Injures 14, Including One Woman Who Was Stuck Behind Sukkah

Brooklyn Blaze Injures 14, Including One Woman Who Was Stuck Behind Sukkah

1225 49th Street, between 12th and 13th avenues (Google Maps) Fourteen people, including four firefighters, were injured after a Brooklyn apartment building caught fire early Monday morning, a spokesperson for the FDNY said. The fire began...

Trump Supporter Suing West Village Bar Demands Religious Recognition For MAGA Hat

Trump Supporter Suing West Village Bar Demands Religious Recognition For MAGA Hat

(Getty) The Philadelphia accountant suing a West Village bar for allegedly denying him service over his "Make America Great Again" hat is now arguing that he is a member of a "protected class," and likening his...

NJ High School Teacher Tells Students To 'Speak American,' Sparking Outrage

NJ High School Teacher Tells Students To 'Speak American,' Sparking Outrage

(screengrab via YouTube) Students at a New Jersey high school walked out of class Monday morning in protest of a teacher who last week demanded that a student stop speaking Spanish and, instead, "speak American." According...

Report: Poor Black Brooklynites Most Likely To Be Arrested For Turnstile Jumping

Report: Poor Black Brooklynites Most Likely To Be Arrested For Turnstile Jumping

A #SwipeItForward action at the Nostrand A/C station in Crown Heights. (Raphael Pope-Sussman/Gothamist) Half of the people arrested for turnstile jumping in Brooklyn in 2016 were young black men between the ages of 16 and 36,...

Early Addition: See 'The Greatest Fireworks Show In The Universe'video

Early Addition: See 'The Greatest Fireworks Show In The Universe'

Trump joked about Pence executing homosexuals, Jimmy Kimmel talks to the Times about talking politics, London is looking freaky as Ophelia arrives, 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.

Chelsea Bomber Convicted On All Charges

Chelsea Bomber Convicted On All Charges

Ahmad Khan Rahami after capture (AP) A Manhattan federal jury has convicted Ahmad Khan Rahimi of planting bombs in New York and New Jersey, including the pressure cooker explosive that injured 30 people and sparked chaos...

Homeless Man Arrested For Allegedly Performing Oral Sex On Sleeping Straphanger

Homeless Man Arrested For Allegedly Performing Oral Sex On Sleeping Straphanger

(Chuck Yeager via Flickr) A 28-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting straphangers who fell asleep on subway trains over the weekend, according to police. One victim told cops he woke up to find...

Forecast: Coldest Weather Of The Season (So Far)

Forecast: Coldest Weather Of The Season (So Far)

AccuWeather A well-defined cold front passed through the area early this morning sending the temperature and humidity into a deep plunge. Today's high was 69 degrees just before the front arrived. If the sun comes out...

Brother Of Man Who Left Date In Burning Car Insists He Tried To Save Her

Brother Of Man Who Left Date In Burning Car Insists He Tried To Save Her

(Drew Angerer/Getty Images) The distraught father of the driver who left a woman to die inside a burning car on the Brooklyn Queens Expressway last week is searching for answers, and has deemed his son's actions...

NYPD Reportedly Investigating 2004 Rape Accusation Against Harvey Weinstein

NYPD Reportedly Investigating 2004 Rape Accusation Against Harvey Weinstein

Harvey Weinstein in 2004 (Getty Images) One of the rape accusations detailed in the New Yorker's exposé about powerful movie producer Harvey Weinstein's predatory behavior will be investigated by the NYPD. Both the NY Post and...

DA Vance Announces Independent Review Of His Campaign Donations

DA Vance Announces Independent Review Of His Campaign Donations

Cy Vance (Mario Tama/Getty Images) A nonprofit anti-corruption center at Columbia University will review Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance's campaign donations over the next three months, the embattled DA announced in a Daily News op-ed Sunday...

[UPDATE] Actually, Most Of The Trains Are Effed

[UPDATE] Actually, Most Of The Trains Are Effed

Scenes from the F. (John Del Signore / Gothamist) [UPDATE BELOW]: For those of you who are starting off this lovely Monday on the F train, note that there are some...challenges...this morning, thanks to double whammy...

Extra Extra: Sansa Stark Is Marrying A Jonas Brother

Extra Extra: Sansa Stark Is Marrying A Jonas Brothervideo

The loneliest bartenders in North America, the Jets get screwed, Sophie Turner marries Joe Jonas 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.

Man Who Sparked LaGuardia Evacuation Says Bomb Threat Was A 'Joke'video

Man Who Sparked LaGuardia Evacuation Says Bomb Threat Was A 'Joke'

The man who sparked a partial evacuation of LaGuardia Airport on Saturday after allegedly claiming to have a bomb in his bag now says that he was just making a "joke."

Woman Punches Fellow Subway Rider For Complaining About E-Cig

Woman Punches Fellow Subway Rider For Complaining About E-Cig

Getty / istock Electronic cigarette smokers sometimes explode, too. Earlier this week, 23-year-old Krystal Feldsherov assaulted a woman who'd asked her to stop vaping on the C train, according to police. The grievance sparked a verbal...

Woman Shot In Arm By Gun-Wielding Cyclist On Lower East Side

Woman Shot In Arm By Gun-Wielding Cyclist On Lower East Side

Police collecting shell casings (Tipster) A 26-year-old woman was shot in the arm while exiting a cab on the Lower East Side early Sunday morning, police said. According to cops, the gunman fired from a bicycle...

Video: Wrong-Way Driver Plows Into Pedestrian And Cyclist Who Allegedly Stole His Bike

Video: Wrong-Way Driver Plows Into Pedestrian And Cyclist Who Allegedly Stole His Bikevideo

(Surveillance footage via NBC) Police have arrested the driver of a van who plowed into a pedestrian and a cyclist while driving the wrong way down a busy Hell's Kitchen Street on Saturday night. The driver,...

Extra Extra: Professor Hillary Clinton? Maybe!

Extra Extra: Professor Hillary Clinton? Maybe!video

Life on Earth isn't ending anytime soon, the challenges of a 25th Amendment solution, Clinton at Columbia 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.

FASTRACK Is Coming To Fix The 1,2,3 Line Next Week

FASTRACK Is Coming To Fix The 1,2,3 Line Next Week

There'll be none of this for a couple of weeks at night. (Via Flickr user Michael Daddino) The subway is ah, not so great at the moment, as any study or real life experience riding it...

Police: Man In Jack Skellington Exposed Himself To Young Girls In The Bronx

Police: Man In Jack Skellington Exposed Himself To Young Girls In The Bronx

(NYPD) Police are searching for a man who exposed himself to two girls in the Schuylerville neighborhood in the Bronx. According to the NYPD, the incident occurred on October 11th at around 4:10 p.m. The suspect...

Queens Man Arrested After String Of Violent Robberies

Queens Man Arrested After String Of Violent Robberies

Luke Boynton, who arrested on Friday afternoon. (Facebook) Police took a Far Rockaway resident into custody on Friday after he allegedly assaulted and robbed numerous people over a two-week span. An employee at NYU Langone Brooklyn...

Brooklyn Man Accused Of Leaving Woman In Burning Car On BQE

Brooklyn Man Accused Of Leaving Woman In Burning Car On BQE

(Drew Angerer/Getty Images) The driver of the car who left a woman in the front passenger seat as it burned up on the Brooklyn Queens Expressway has been found and charged in the woman's death, according...

New & Improved Bay Ridge Subway Station Still Excludes Disabled New Yorkers

New & Improved Bay Ridge Subway Station Still Excludes Disabled New Yorkers

(Gothamist) After nearly six months of construction, the Bay Ridge Avenue R subway station reopened on Friday with countdown clocks, colorful tiles, and shiny new leaning benches. But a small crowd of people gathered for the...

LaGuardia Airport Terminal Partially Evacuated After Bomb Threat

LaGuardia Airport Terminal Partially Evacuated After Bomb Threat

(Spencer Platt/Getty Images) A section of LaGuardia Airport was evacuated this morning after a customer said he had a bomb in his bag, according to the NYPD. Due to police activity, #LGA concourses A & B...

'Pissing Pug' Artist Hit And Killed By Upper East Side 6 Train

'Pissing Pug' Artist Hit And Killed By Upper East Side 6 Train

Photograph via Wikicommons A man who was fatally struck by a train at an Upper East Side subway station on Thursday evening has been identified as Alex Gardega, the artist who placed a statue of a...

Extra, Extra: Flight AY666 Makes Its Final Friday The 13th Flight To HEL

Extra, Extra: Flight AY666 Makes Its Final Friday The 13th Flight To HELvideo

Because Twitter and Facebook need to figure some stuff out, check out today's end-of-day links: what is sex addiction, RIP Jeremy the lefty snail, spooky stories from every state, Gowanus revival, 'New Mutants' horror trailer, and a hairless Skinny Pig. 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.

Is The Gowanus Canal Becoming Brooklyn's Best Swimming Hole?

Is The Gowanus Canal Becoming Brooklyn's Best Swimming Hole?

Go ahead, jump in! (Scott Lynch/Gothamist) A fun thing I used to do was laugh and laugh at the fantastical renderings of luxury buildings on the Gowanus, in which the city's favorite polluted waterway was transformed...

Women's Rights Advocates Condemn Manhattan DA's Handling Of Weinstein Case

Women's Rights Advocates Condemn Manhattan DA's Handling Of Weinstein Case

NOW NYC protesters gather outside of the DA's office in downtown Manhattan. (Scott Heins / Gothamist) Protesters with the National Organization for Women gathered outside of the Manhattan District Attorney's office on Centre Street Friday to...

Here's Your Big Chance To Win Tickets To The Spooky Scary Gracie Mansion Halloween Party

Here's Your Big Chance To Win Tickets To The Spooky Scary Gracie Mansion Halloween Party

Finally, your big chance to see where the bodies are buried, so to speak. (Scott Heins/Gothamist) It's that time of year where there's a chill in the air and your friends are all getting poorly thought-out...

Daily Uber Trips Have Officially Outstripped Taxi Trips

Daily Uber Trips Have Officially Outstripped Taxi Trips

(via Eric Konon's Flickr) Anxieties have been brewing for years among New York City taxi drivers: medallion values have plummeted, while a taxi graveyard grows in Greenpoint. Mayor de Blasio talked tough about capping Uber's growth,...

NYPD Cruisers Are Sporting Illegal Political Bumper Stickers

NYPD Cruisers Are Sporting Illegal Political Bumper Stickers

"Vote No!" (Courtesy Committee for a Constitutional Convention) NYPD cruisers decorated with a political bumper sticker have been cropping up in recent weeks in apparent violation of state law, according to a grassroots group that's been...

Forecast: Crazy Rollercoaster Temperatures For The Next Week

Forecast: Crazy Rollercoaster Temperatures For The Next Week

(Scott Lynch / Gothamist) Today is your lucky day, fall weather fans! The low in Central Park this morning was 52 degrees. It hasn't been that cold in the park in more than four months! Thanks...

Early Addition: Should Journalists Be Allowed To Tweet Opinions?video

Early Addition: Should Journalists Be Allowed To Tweet Opinions?

Apps are what's killing your phone, the president is talking to an anti-LGBT hate group, an amazing Etch A Sketch drawing of NYC, 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.

NY Attorney General Will Sue Trump To Protect Healthcare Subsidies For The Poor

NY Attorney General Will Sue Trump To Protect Healthcare Subsidies For The Poor

(Scott Lynch / Flickr) Yesterday, President Donald Trump signed an executive order halting cost-sharing reduction payments intended to help low-income Americans get healthcare. The subsidies were a major component of the Affordable Care Act, and the...

Dead Woman In Burnt Car Found On BQE

Dead Woman In Burnt Car Found On BQE

(Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Firefighters who put out a burning car fire on the Brooklyn Queens Expressway early this morning made a shocking discovery after they extinguished the fire: an unidentified woman's body. Police say firefighters responded...

Cuomo Finally Decides To Return All $118,000 Of Harvey Weinstein's Donations

Cuomo Finally Decides To Return All $118,000 Of Harvey Weinstein's Donations

Harvey Weinstein at the Cannes Film Festival in 2013 (Getty Images) When news broke of movie producer Harvey Weinstein's decades of alleged sexual harassment last week, a number of Democratic politicians announced that they would make...

Woman Engaged To Mr. Diamond Tosses Giant Diamond Ring In The Trash But They're Going To Be Just Fine!video

Woman Engaged To Mr. Diamond Tosses Giant Diamond Ring In The Trash But They're Going To Be Just Fine!

(studiocasper / iStockPhoto) In a particularly volatile episode of the early aughts Canadian television sensation Degrassi: The Next Generation, a tween went on a date with her crush and accidentally threw out her retainer. It was...

NYPD: Man Posing As Messenger Stole $58K Of iPhones From Apple Store

NYPD: Man Posing As Messenger Stole $58K Of iPhones From Apple Store

iPhones (Getty Images) Here's a pretty slick grift: A man claiming he was a messenger picking up iPhones managed to get away with $58,000 worth of the gadgets last month, according to the NYPD. The incident...

Report: All These Subway Delays Are Costing NYC More Than Just Its Sanity

Report: All These Subway Delays Are Costing NYC More Than Just Its Sanity

Turns out this is costing you more than just your sanity. (Photo by Ali Philippides) A report from the Independent Budget Office says that delays during morning rush hours cost employees over $1 million per day...

Extra, Extra: Was Pikachu Working With The Russians To Disrupt American Politics?

Extra, Extra: Was Pikachu Working With The Russians To Disrupt American Politics?video

Because Pikachu was a sleeper agent, check out today's end-of-day links: 'Rick & Morty' porn parody, John Kelly nervous laughter dot gif, man behind Bodega Cats of Instagram, The Bronx vs opioids, sports teams skip Trump hotels, and baby/puppy content. 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.

Study Reveals Dangerous Lead Levels In Yards Across Greenpoint

Study Reveals Dangerous Lead Levels In Yards Across Greenpoint

A residential street in Greenpoint. (Scott Heins / Gothamist) Many backyards in Greenpoint likely contain dangerous levels of lead, according to preliminary findings from a group of Columbia University graduate students. A team of researchers led...

[UPDATE] Times Square Multiplex Reportedly Crawling With Bed Bugs

[UPDATE] Times Square Multiplex Reportedly Crawling With Bed Bugs

wallyg's flickr [UPDATE BELOW] Bed bugs are allegedly tormenting moviegoers once again at the AMC Empire 25 multiplex in Times Square. During an October 4th screening of (not kidding) Jeepers Creepers 3: The Creeper Walks Among...

NYPD Investigating Racist Message Scratched Onto Staten Island Family's Car

NYPD Investigating Racist Message Scratched Onto Staten Island Family's Car

(GoFundMe) A car belonging to a black family living on Staten Island's South Shore was vandalized with racist, intimidating messages earlier this week—an incident that one neighbor says has "catapulted us back decades of progress." According...

Justice Department Gives 'Last Chance' For NYC To Drop Sanctuary City Policies

Justice Department Gives 'Last Chance' For NYC To Drop Sanctuary City Policies

When your cousins in Rivendell have stopped speaking to you. (Alex Wong/Getty Images) The Department of Justice has issued another statement ordering New York and other cities to comply with a federal law prohibiting municipalities from...

Can A Political Journalist Run For Office And Still Be A Journalist?

Can A Political Journalist Run For Office And Still Be A Journalist?

Mayor Bill de Blasio holds a media availability in regards to the MTA and poor train service in Manhattan in July. (Edwin J. Torres / Mayoral Photography Office) Political journalist Ross Barkan announced his surprise run...

NYC Hospitals Will Phase Out Radiological Devices That Could Be Used For Dirty Bomb

NYC Hospitals Will Phase Out Radiological Devices That Could Be Used For Dirty Bomb

Los Angeles police officers wearing contamination suits secure the area following the explosion of a 'dirty bomb' during a simulated attack at a dock at the Port of Los Angeles. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images) NYC...

Early Addition: Actually, Here's How To Tell If You're Mansplaining

Early Addition: Actually, Here's How To Tell If You're Mansplainingvideo

Because Yellowstone might put us out of misery, check out today's mid-day links: Trump undermines Obamacare, bad media men, makeup artist groped by Ben Affleck, Hitler's selling clothes, door with 'Seinfeld' theme, and cat gives massage. 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.

Woman Allegedly Tried To Steal Baby At Crown Heights Chabad Headquarters

Woman Allegedly Tried To Steal Baby At Crown Heights Chabad Headquarters

Google Maps A woman allegedly tried to abduct an 11-month-old girl at the Chabad Lubavitch World Headquarters in Crown Heights on Wednesday. The child's 27-year-old mother told police she brought the baby in her stroller into...

As Criticism Of Cy Vance Mounts, A Former Brooklyn Prosecutor Announces Write-In Campaign For Manhattan D.A.

As Criticism Of Cy Vance Mounts, A Former Brooklyn Prosecutor Announces Write-In Campaign For Manhattan D.A.

Marc Fliedner, earlier this year at a press conference. (Gothamist) Manhattan DA Cy Vance is in damage control mode following reports that his office declined to pursue prosecutions against the the Trump children and Harvey Weinstein,...

NYPD Reportedly Looking At Harvey Weinstein's Alleged Sexual Assaults Again

NYPD Reportedly Looking At Harvey Weinstein's Alleged Sexual Assaults Again

Harvey Weinstein (Getty Images) Two years after the Manhattan D.A.'s office declined to pursue sexual assault charges against the powerful movie producer, the NYPD is looking at Harvey Weinstein once again after a series of bombshell...

Puerto Rico Death Count May Be Much Higher Than Current Tallygallery

Puerto Rico Death Count May Be Much Higher Than Current Tally

Though officials say 45 people have died in Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, anecdotal reports suggest that number is much higher. A recent Vox investigation tallied over 500 deaths that could be linked to...

91-Year-Old Man Dies After Being Tied Up Alongside Wife In Bed-Stuy Home Invasion

91-Year-Old Man Dies After Being Tied Up Alongside Wife In Bed-Stuy Home Invasion

Search on for suspects in home invasion that left elderly man dead in Brooklyn https://t.co/wEInUCzkve— Eyewitness News (@ABC7NY) October 12, 2017 A 91-year-old Bed-Stuy man died Wednesday afternoon after home invaders entered his apartment and tied him...

Goateed Serial Subway Pervert Wanted For More Masturbating Incidents

Goateed Serial Subway Pervert Wanted For More Masturbating Incidents

Images of the suspect (NYPD) A man arrested earlier this year for exposing himself in a subway station and masturbating aboard a train is now suspected in two recent incidents. Robert Mannis Police say that a...

Infamous 'Watcher House' Is Back On The Market Just In Time For Halloween

Infamous 'Watcher House' Is Back On The Market Just In Time For Halloween

(Christian Hansen/Gothamist) New Jersey's most interesting home is back on the market, and at $100,000 less than the previous asking price. Taking into account the the obscene rental market here in NYC, now might finally be...

Extra, Extra: Trump Reportedly Hates 'Everyone In The White House'

Extra, Extra: Trump Reportedly Hates 'Everyone In The White House'video

Because The Rock and Tyrese are feuding, check out today's end-of-day links: CIA secret recruits, 'Curb' theme song, climate change panic, 'Jeopardy!' champion interview, teens with severe anxiety, 'Twin Peaks' beer, banter blue balls, and delightful pandas. 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.

NYPD Is Issuing More Tickets To Cyclists, New Data Shows

NYPD Is Issuing More Tickets To Cyclists, New Data Shows

Williamsburg's famous Kent Avenue bike lane. (John Del Signore / Gothamist) The NYPD has kept busy this year writing tickets to cyclists for all sorts of reckless behavior—like biking near the site of a recent hit-and-run,...

Most Of Puerto Rico Still Without Power & Extremely Desperate: 'You Can't Get Sick Now'video

Most Of Puerto Rico Still Without Power & Extremely Desperate: 'You Can't Get Sick Now'

Yanira Rios collects spring water for use in her house, which is without running water or electricity, on October 10, 2017 in Utuado, Puerto Rico. (Getty Images) It's been three weeks since Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto...

Midtown Man Arrested For Threatening Internet Company With 'Las Vegas Part 2'

Midtown Man Arrested For Threatening Internet Company With 'Las Vegas Part 2'

The suspect, Victor Casillas. (US Attorney's Office) A Midtown Manhattan man has been arrested and accused of threatening to murder an office full of employees at a Colorado company after they caught on to what they...

'Fear In These Women's Eyes': Ronan Farrow Discusses His Investigation Into Harvey Weinstein

'Fear In These Women's Eyes': Ronan Farrow Discusses His Investigation Into Harvey Weinsteinvideo

Harvey Weinstein in 2016 (Getty Images) After the New Yorker published his bombshell report concerning movie producer Harvey Weinstein's behavior towards vulnerable women, reporter Ronan Farrow is talking to the press about the article's sickening allegations...

Faulty MetroCard Machines Have Been Quietly Charging Customers Without Issuing MetroCards

Faulty MetroCard Machines Have Been Quietly Charging Customers Without Issuing MetroCards

(Courtesy Paolo Mastrangelo) Straphanger Rachel Frank made four futile attempts to refill her MetroCard Tuesday afternoon, at all three machines at the Myrtle-Willoughby G train stop in Bed-Stuy. All of the machines were sluggish, and ended...

Early Addition: Science Says Those Beers Will Help You At Darts

Early Addition: Science Says Those Beers Will Help You At Dartsvideo

No CEOs for president, men misunderstand birth control, go ahead and have a beer or two before darts and more midday 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.

Upper West Side Boy Encounters Smelly Raccoon In His 8th Floor Apartment Bedroom

Upper West Side Boy Encounters Smelly Raccoon In His 8th Floor Apartment Bedroom

(© Chris Wolf / istockphoto) Raccoons are still expanding their presence in NYC, having already raccoonified Harlem, Queens, and the dumpsters in Central Park. Now they've set their sights on the Upper West Side, with one...

Forecast: Temperatures Return To Normal... For A Few Days

Forecast: Temperatures Return To Normal... For A Few Days

J Blough on Flickr The last six days have averaged close to fifteen degrees warmer than normal, with the last five days having morning lows warmer than the average high for the day. The upper level...

Video: Frustrated NYers Create Human Bike Lane On Car-Friendly Fifth Avenuegalleryvideo

Video: Frustrated NYers Create Human Bike Lane On Car-Friendly Fifth Avenue

New Yorkers created a human bike lane along Fifth Avenue in Midtown on Tuesday night, demanding that the city add protective bike infrastructure to the corridor. The leggy pathway for cyclists, pedicabs and at least one Nuts4Nuts...

Rapper Princess Nokia Says She Was The One Who Souped Lime-A-Rita L Train Racist

Rapper Princess Nokia Says She Was The One Who Souped Lime-A-Rita L Train Racist

Princess Nokia performing in Los Angeles over the summer. (Emma McIntyre/Getty Images) Princess Nokia is exiling racists from her kingdom, one hot cup of soup at a time. On Wednesday, the Bronx-based rapper outed herself as...

Video: Bo Dietl Tries To Shout His Way Into City Hall In Raucous Mayoral Debatevideo

Video: Bo Dietl Tries To Shout His Way Into City Hall In Raucous Mayoral Debate

(Pool photo via AP) Mayor Bill de Blasio faced challengers State Assembly Member Nicole Malliotakis and retired NYPD detective/Arby's commercial star Bo Dietl last night in the first big debate for the upcoming mayoral election. And...

NYPD Seeks Man Accused Of Masturbating On Lower East Side Subway Platform Bench

NYPD Seeks Man Accused Of Masturbating On Lower East Side Subway Platform Bench

Images of the suspect (NYPD) A man allegedly caught masturbating in a downtown Manhattan subway station is now wanted by the police. The incident occurred last month, on September 18th, around 8:35 p.m. According to the...

JFK Security Worker Claims Male Supervisors Turned Airport Into Abusive 'Sex Fest'

JFK Security Worker Claims Male Supervisors Turned Airport Into Abusive 'Sex Fest'

JFK, which one former security official claims ran rampant with sexual harassment. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images) Security guards at JFK ran a culture of routine sexual harassment and degradation of their female co-workers, according to a new...

Extra, Extra: Terry Crews Says He Was Sexually Assaulted By Hollywood Producer

Extra, Extra: Terry Crews Says He Was Sexually Assaulted By Hollywood Producervideo

Because you hate travel neck pillows, check out today's end-of-day links: Liam Gallagher AMA, MetroCard machine mess, Bannon hated Pence, worst movie sex scenes, Anderson Cooper calls out Kellyanne Conway, and squirrel hides nut. 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.

Unsurprising Study: NYC's Terrible Traffic Costs The City Billions

Unsurprising Study: NYC's Terrible Traffic Costs The City Billions

This is fine. (via Flickr user Stefan Georgi) In case you couldn't really tell from all the honking that goes on in the city throughout the day and night, New York City's traffic is bad. But...

NYPD Officer Arrested On Statutory Rape Charges Allegedly Videotaped Underage Girl

NYPD Officer Arrested On Statutory Rape Charges Allegedly Videotaped Underage Girl

Olmeda being indicted on Tuesday afternoon. (Pool Photo) A 40-year-old NYPD officer has been arrested and charged with raping a teenage girl and recording video of her during sex acts, according to the Bronx District Attorney's...

Unsolved 2003 Orchard Street Murder Gets Another Look On 'Nightline'

Unsolved 2003 Orchard Street Murder Gets Another Look On 'Nightline'video

Burke O'Brien (handout) 25-year-old Burke O'Brien was fatally shot on a Lower East Side stoop on a cold January night in 2003, just days after moving to New York City for a job as a foreign...

Former Prosecutors Question Manhattan DA's Decision To Not Charge Harvey Weinstein

Former Prosecutors Question Manhattan DA's Decision To Not Charge Harvey Weinstein

Ambra Battilana Gutierrez and Harvey Weinstein (Getty Images) Powerful movie producer Harvey Weinstein was fired from his company this week after the New York Times published the accounts of women accusing him of sexual harassment and...

Lawyers Keep Challenging The Constitutionality Of NYC's Toughest Vision Zero Law

Lawyers Keep Challenging The Constitutionality Of NYC's Toughest Vision Zero Law

Heather Lough, who was killed in April 2016 while biking in the Bronx, with her husband Andy. (via YouCaring) The criminal trial for 47-year-old Robert Owens, who fatally drove a box truck into 29-year-old Heather Lough...

What People Will Yell About At Tonight's Mayoral Debate

What People Will Yell About At Tonight's Mayoral Debate

The mayor, showing off his game face. (Andrew Burton/Getty Images) Tonight's the night, the big first debate for the mayoral election that everyone has definitely been enthralled by. Setting aside one man's threats to starve himself...

'It Was A Nightmare': Three Women Tell The New Yorker That Harvey Weinstein Raped Them

'It Was A Nightmare': Three Women Tell The New Yorker That Harvey Weinstein Raped Them

Asia Argento (Getty Images) In a newly published New Yorker article, several women have shared their detailed accounts of disgraced movie producer Harvey Weinstein's predatory behavior. Three women, including director-actress Asia Argento, say Weinstein raped them....

Lime-A-Rita L Train Racist: I Was Race-Baiting But I'm Not Racistvideo

Lime-A-Rita L Train Racist: I Was Race-Baiting But I'm Not Racist

Paul Lawson, seen above, insists he is not racist, but does "enjoy getting a rise out of people." (via Facebook) The man caught on video this weekend shouting the n-word on a crowded L train said...

Early Addition: Trump Challenges Tillerson To IQ Test

Early Addition: Trump Challenges Tillerson To IQ Testvideo

Because 'In Rainbows' turns ten today, check out today's mid-day links: Trump challenges Tillerson to IQ test, anti-gun control Leftists, Scorsese on box office numbers, Minimalists profile, misleading Trump statements, and cat hates plastic bottles. 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 Defends 'Tall & Proud' Columbus Statues, Chazz Palminteri Tells De Blasio To 'Strap On Balls'

Cuomo Defends 'Tall & Proud' Columbus Statues, Chazz Palminteri Tells De Blasio To 'Strap On Balls'

(Courtesy Governor's Flickr) Mayor Bill de Blasio's been getting a lot of flack from Italian-Americans for allegedly failing to stand up for Columbus Day and the namesake statue in Columbus Circle—he's been dubbed a "fake Italian"...

On Columbus Day, NYC Activists Target Teddy Roosevelt's Legacygallery

On Columbus Day, NYC Activists Target Teddy Roosevelt's Legacy

Hundreds of people swept through the American Museum of Natural History on Monday as part of the second annual Anti-Columbus Day Tour. Through a series of mic checks, the group challenged the legacy of Theodore Roosevelt, the...

De Blasio Statue Review Commission Will Host Public Forums On 'Symbols Of Hate'

De Blasio Statue Review Commission Will Host Public Forums On 'Symbols Of Hate'

Gaetano Russo's Christopher Columbus statue overlooks Columbus Circle (Andrew H. Walker / Getty Images) Members of Mayor de Blasio's controversial statue commission are hoping the public can help them decide which of the city's monuments qualify...

'Wiggly' Actress Allegedly Tried To Shove Random Woman In Front Of Subway Train At Union Square

'Wiggly' Actress Allegedly Tried To Shove Random Woman In Front Of Subway Train At Union Square

Keira Keeley (Getty) A NYC stage actress was arrested early Saturday morning in the Union Square subway station after allegedly trying to shove a woman in front of a moving train. A witness told NYPD officers...

Extra, Extra: NYC Lawyers Delighted By SNL 'Powerful Sluts' Parody

Extra, Extra: NYC Lawyers Delighted By SNL 'Powerful Sluts' Parodyvideo

Because Melania and Ivana have the dumbest feud, check out today's end-of-day links: Gallagher brothers fight some more, Trump thinks NBC is run by morons, ESPN suspends Jemele Hill, Bernie blogs, and baby goats in cowboy hats. 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.

UN Diplomat Invokes Immunity After Allegedly Groping Woman In East Village

UN Diplomat Invokes Immunity After Allegedly Groping Woman In East Village

(Andrew Burton/Getty Images) A Sudanese diplomat was briefly detained for grabbing a woman's breasts and buttocks in an East Village bar over the weekend, but was released after showing cops his U.N. credentials. According to an...

Banana Republic Manager Fired After Allegedly Calling Black Employee's Braids Too 'Urban'

Banana Republic Manager Fired After Allegedly Calling Black Employee's Braids Too 'Urban'

Stock photograph of a woman's braids (Getty / istock) Days after a Banana Republic employee expressed her discomfort about how her white male manager called her braids too "urban" and "unkempt," the clothing chain announced the...

Martin Shkreli Is Having A Perfectly Nice Time In Prison, Thanks For Asking

Martin Shkreli Is Having A Perfectly Nice Time In Prison, Thanks For Asking

Getty Images Notorious Pharma bro Martin Shkreli is currently incarcerated at Brooklyn's Metropolitan Detention Center, having had his $5 million bail revoked after he tried to buy one of Hillary Clinton's hairs for $5,000. At the...

Cuomo & De Blasio Try To Reassure Italian-Americans Amid Columbus Day Controversy

Cuomo & De Blasio Try To Reassure Italian-Americans Amid Columbus Day Controversy

(Courtesy Governor's Flickr) Both Mayor Bill de Blasio and Governor Andrew Cuomo marched in the soggy New York City Columbus Day parade on Monday, celebrating their Italian heritage and appeasing Italian-American New Yorkers, while also acknowledging...

Puerto Rico Still Struggling To Get Supplies To Towns In Need

Puerto Rico Still Struggling To Get Supplies To Towns In Need

A woman washes her hair in the Espiritu Santo river, along hurricane-damaged forest, more than two weeks after Hurricane Maria hit the island, on October 8, 2017 in Palmer, Puerto Rico. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)...

Video: Lime-A-Rita Drinker Shouting Racial Slurs Gets Tossed Off L Trainvideo

Video: Lime-A-Rita Drinker Shouting Racial Slurs Gets Tossed Off L Train

A professed graduate of NYU Law School was caught on video shouting the n-word on a Brooklyn-bound L train over the weekend, prompting some fellow riders to forcibly remove him from the train, and leading one...

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