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Extra Extra: Nation Unites Around Lovely Mailman Who Just Wants To Retire & Visit Hawaii

Extra Extra: Nation Unites Around Lovely Mailman Who Just Wants To Retire & Visit Hawaiivideo

Because Floyd the mailman is retiring, check out today's end-of-day links: Rudy Giuliani's very stable tweet, Mt. Everest crowding, Montauk bathroom lines, Pavement reunion talk, manipulated Pelosi video, NYC diners, and dog smiles.

Port Authority Bus Terminal Will Be Replaced By SOMETHING

Port Authority Bus Terminal Will Be Replaced By SOMETHING

A lovely November day in the Port Authority Bus Terminal (Shutterstock) The Port Authority is embarking the long-awaited replacement of its heavily trafficked—and deeply reviled ("The Single Worst Place On Planet Earth")—bus terminal in Midtown Manhattan....

Report Finds 'Pervasive' Misconduct By Rockefeller University Doctor

Report Finds 'Pervasive' Misconduct By Rockefeller University Doctor

Attorney James Marsh and sexual assault victims and other attorneys hold a news conference in front of Rockefeller University Hospital in New York, Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) A once esteemed researcher perpetrated widespread...

UPDATE: House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler Taken To Hospital After Health Scare At NYC Press Conference

UPDATE: House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler Taken To Hospital After Health Scare At NYC Press Conference

(Mayor's Office livestream) A press conference on the reauthorization of New York City speed cameras was cut short on Friday after Congressman Jerry Nadler suffered a medical issue on the podium. Nadler, the 71-year-old chairman of...

Rockaway To Get 200 New Dockless E-Bikes This Summer, Amid Growing Pains For Pilot Program

Rockaway To Get 200 New Dockless E-Bikes This Summer, Amid Growing Pains For Pilot Program

(Scott Lynch / Gothamist) The Rockaways' dockless bike provider is expanding its fleet by fifty percent, giving a boost to a somewhat troubled pilot program that kicked off on the peninsula last summer. According to a...

Some Brooklyn Parents Pull Kids Into Private School As Integration Plan Gets Underway

Some Brooklyn Parents Pull Kids Into Private School As Integration Plan Gets Underway

(From the D15 presentation) Middle schools in Brooklyn’s District 15 may look very different next fall, as a result of the community’s new integration plan, and not everyone is happy about it. Last year, the district...

Puppy Still Missing After Escaping Harness & Running Onto Subway Tracks

Puppy Still Missing After Escaping Harness & Running Onto Subway Tracks

Marley Monroe An innocent puppy who did absolutely nothing wrong slipped out of her harness and ran onto the subway tracks at a Manhattan station on Thursday evening, causing subway delays during rush hour as workers...

Toxic, 'Spider-Like' Clinging Jellyfish Invade Jersey Shore

Toxic, 'Spider-Like' Clinging Jellyfish Invade Jersey Shore

Beware the clinging jellyfish. (Seatops/imageBROKER/Shutterstock) The most nefarious presence at the Jersey Shore this year might not be the flying impaling umbrellas, or The Situation (he's in prison, reportedly having a ball), but a dime-sized beastie...

Harvey Weinstein Reportedly In 'Tentative $44 Million Deal' To Settle Lawsuits

Harvey Weinstein Reportedly In 'Tentative $44 Million Deal' To Settle Lawsuits

Harvey Weinstein leaving State Supreme Court in April (Richard Drew/AP/Shutterstock) Disgraced film mogul Harvey Weinstein is trying to settle lawsuits from multiple women who have accused him of a range of predatory sexual misconduct. The Wall...

Subway 'Brake Bandit' Arrested For Allegedly Pulling Emergency Brakes, Exposing Himself

Subway 'Brake Bandit' Arrested For Allegedly Pulling Emergency Brakes, Exposing Himself

(NYPD) Police have arrested the man they believe "intentionally disrupted thousands of commutes" by pulling the subway emergency brake on hundreds of trains over the past few months—and police say he also exposed himself to passengers...

Extra Extra: Brilliant Dog Opens Window To Escape Upper East Side Apartment Fire

Extra Extra: Brilliant Dog Opens Window To Escape Upper East Side Apartment Firevideo

Because it's a bitter sweet symphony this life, check out today's end-of-day links: Trump goes full-Veep, new Sleater-Kinney coming, 'Picard' teaser, groping app, claw machine kid, weekday marriages, and two adorable dogs.

Amid Pressure To Crack Down On Overtime, Cuomo Will Replace MTA's Inspector General, Sources Say

Amid Pressure To Crack Down On Overtime, Cuomo Will Replace MTA's Inspector General, Sources Say

Governor Andrew Cuomo contemplating all his overtime in the Canarsie Tunnel. (Governor's Office) Governor Andrew Cuomo is expected to replace the MTA’s Inspector General with a lawyer from his own office, according to two sources (one...

Early Results Show Lead In Water At Some NYC Public Drinking Fountains

Early Results Show Lead In Water At Some NYC Public Drinking Fountains

A water fountain at Dry Harbor Playground (Richard Yeh / WNYC) The water from one drinking fountain in Pelham Bay Park in the Bronx has 50 times as much lead in it as permitted by federal...

Party At 'Frat House' Precinct Full Of Allegedly Racist Cops May Be Relocating

Party At 'Frat House' Precinct Full Of Allegedly Racist Cops May Be Relocating

(Francis Dean/Shutterstock) The NYPD is reportedly breaking up the racist frat party at a Brooklyn precinct, following a civil rights complaint alleging that detectives frequently mistreated minority cops and civilians, played videos games on the clock,...

'You Are Here': Making Penn Station A Sort-of Delightful Experience

'You Are Here': Making Penn Station A Sort-of Delightful Experience

Look how peaceful it is down there! Why wait anywhere else? (Jen Chung / Gothamist) Sure, Penn Station has been characterized as a "festering exit wound"... but maybe we can slap a fresh Band-Aid on it?...

NJ Transit Is Slowly Breaking This Former Brooklyn Resident. But At Least He Has A Blog

NJ Transit Is Slowly Breaking This Former Brooklyn Resident. But At Least He Has A Blog

(Nick Buono) Nick Buono is just another Brooklyn kid, born and raised in Marine Park, who never imagined he’d sell out and move to New Jersey. “It’s just that stigma, you know?” Buono told WNYC. “You’re...

Landlord Group Fighting Rent Reform Hires Lobbying Firm With Cuomo Connections

Landlord Group Fighting Rent Reform Hires Lobbying Firm With Cuomo Connections

Contractors protest rent reform on May 17th, 2019 at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn. A real estate group represented by a lobbying firm started by Governor Andrew Cuomo’s former campaign manager is waging a high-stakes battle...

Forecast: We're Sacrificing Today's Dry Commute For Better Weekend Beach Weather

Forecast: We're Sacrificing Today's Dry Commute For Better Weekend Beach Weather

Jacob Riis, the People's Beach, the best beach. (John Del Signore/Gothamist) The Weather has prepared a mixed bag of delights and frights for you, its children, as we head into the first weekend of what I...

Early Addition: Nancy Pelosi Wants Trump's Family & Staff To Hold Intervention For Him

Early Addition: Nancy Pelosi Wants Trump's Family & Staff To Hold Intervention For Himvideo

Because Trump is 'extremely calm,' check out today's midday links: de Blasio cutting library funding, Democrats talk day care, boa constrictor massage, new Bill Callahan tunes, GOT finale, and a tiny doggo.

Keith Raniere Allegedly Wanted Nxivm 'Slave' Brands To Look Consensual

Keith Raniere Allegedly Wanted Nxivm 'Slave' Brands To Look Consensual

A courtroom sketch of Keith Raniere and the D.O.S. brand. (Elizabeth Williams/AP/Shutterstock) Alleged cult leader Keith Raniere reportedly wanted to keep up the appearance of consent amongst his sex "slaves," commanding his top lieutenants to find...

Prosecutors & Public Defenders Say New Criminal Justice Reforms Need Money To Work

Prosecutors & Public Defenders Say New Criminal Justice Reforms Need Money To Work

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance in February, 2019. (Seth Wenig/AP/Shutterstock) Now that the state has passed a sweeping package of criminal justice reforms that will go into effect in January, New York City's prosecutors and public...

Robbers Are Grabbing Lyft Drivers' Phones And Stealing Their Earnings

Robbers Are Grabbing Lyft Drivers' Phones And Stealing Their Earnings

Kaymiul Uddin, a Lyft driver in front of his car. (Arun Venugopal) A suspected group of criminals is robbing Lyft drivers by seizing their phones and digitally transferring their earnings to debit card accounts, exploiting a...

NYPD: Here's The Guy Who Pulled The 2 Train's Emergency Brake On Tuesday

NYPD: Here's The Guy Who Pulled The 2 Train's Emergency Brake On Tuesdayvideo

(NYPD) The NYPD has released images of the dastardly creep they believe "intentionally disrupted thousands of commutes" by pulling a subway emergency brake earlier this week for no apparent reason. On Tuesday, May 21st, at the...

Mayor Pete Draws A Crowd In Queens

Mayor Pete Draws A Crowd In Queens

(Erik Pendzich/Shutterstock) The Mayor was in Queens talking about his presidential campaign on Wednesday. That’s Mayor Pete Buttigieg from South Bend, Indiana. The event was promoted as the first in a series of fireside chats hosted...

Judge Tells MTA To Find Money For More Subway Elevators: 'You Find It For Other Things'

Judge Tells MTA To Find Money For More Subway Elevators: 'You Find It For Other Things'

Accessibility advocate Edith Prentiss commuting by subway in 2013. (Max Rivlin-Nadler / Gothamist) The reason we have as many elevators in the subway as we do now is because disability rights groups sued the MTA in...

Extra Extra: Are Frigid Offices Anti-Female?

Extra Extra: Are Frigid Offices Anti-Female?video

Because everything Trump does becomes a meme, check out today's end-of-day links: gourmet Doritos, frigid offices, Wolverine DeVito, Christopher Nolan's new film, luxury ASMR hotel experience, and dog loves trampoline.

Corey Johnson Opens Up About Quitting Smoking, Joining Juul Nation

Corey Johnson Opens Up About Quitting Smoking, Joining Juul Nation

Council Speaker Corey Johnson in his City Hall, before he quit smoking (Scott Heins / Gothamist) Corey Johnson just bought his first Juul. The NYC Council Speaker quit the combustibles on May 1st. But after a...

The Fierce Brooklyn Primary Election You Probably Haven't Heard About

The Fierce Brooklyn Primary Election You Probably Haven't Heard About

(thebrooklyndodger / Flickr) There was a time when the Brooklyn Democratic machine hated few people more than it did Margarita López Torres. First elected as a civil court judge in 1992, López Torres clashed with the...

NYC Lawyer Pleads Guilty In College Admissions Cheating Scam

NYC Lawyer Pleads Guilty In College Admissions Cheating Scam

Gordon Caplan. (Michael Dwyer/AP/Shutterstock) A top New York City lawyer pleaded guilty on Tuesday to conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud for his role in the college admissions cheating scandal. He potentially...

Let's Check In On De Blasio's Poll Numbers, Shall We?

Let's Check In On De Blasio's Poll Numbers, Shall We?

Erik Pendzich/Shutterstock Since announcing his presidential campaign last week, Mayor Bill de Blasio has pulled out all the stops. He has ingested meat from a regional restaurant chain while smiling. He has hugged a farmer. He...

Roof Jumper Resembling A 'Handmaid' Was Just An Umbrella

Roof Jumper Resembling A 'Handmaid' Was Just An Umbrella

The Handmaid's Tale, an adaptation of Margaret Atwood's novel, has been airing in tandem with the passing of more restrictive abortion legislation. (Hulu) On Tuesday morning, creative strategist and comedian Casey McCormick tweeted about something alarming...

Early Addition: Would You Send Your Kid To Capitalism Camp?

Early Addition: Would You Send Your Kid To Capitalism Camp?video

Because Pelosi is waffling, check out today's midday links: giant 'Star Wars' feature, capitalism camp, rats takeover cities, Trump's taxpayer golf expenses, Moby vs Portman, Hampton beach pass, and dog siren.

Subway Bandit Can't Stop, Won't Stop Pulling Emergency Brake At Rush Hour

Subway Bandit Can't Stop, Won't Stop Pulling Emergency Brake At Rush Hour

WHO DID THIS?? (Jason Andra's Flickr) A stealthy subway brake bandit has bedeviled the MTA with an insidious game of cat and mouse: He sneaks onto subway cars and pulls the emergency brake at rush hour,...

Hudson River Park Takes Steps To Eliminate Disposable Plastics

Hudson River Park Takes Steps To Eliminate Disposable Plastics

Gatorade bottle found in Hudson River Park (Photo courtesy of Hudson River Park) The Hudson River Park Trust has announced an effort to dramatically reduce the use of disposable plastics by the park's vendors, restaurants, and...

E-Scooter Rider Accused Of Stabbing Man In Midtown

E-Scooter Rider Accused Of Stabbing Man In Midtown

(Google Maps) Police are hoping the public can help them find a suspect accused of stabbing a man on a Midtown Manhattan sidewalk. The incident took place on Sunday, May 19th, around 11 p.m., in front...

Photos: Hundreds Rally For Abortion Rights In Foley Square To #StopTheBansgallery

Photos: Hundreds Rally For Abortion Rights In Foley Square To #StopTheBans

Hundreds of abortion rights supporters gathered in Foley Square on Tuesday night to protest the wave of restrictive abortion laws recently passed across the country in states like Ohio, Georgia, Alabama, and Missouri. The event was one...

Inside The Lost Jehovah's Witnesses Tunnels Under Brooklyn Heights

Inside The Lost Jehovah's Witnesses Tunnels Under Brooklyn Heightsgalleryvideo

When the Jehovah's Witnesses moved out of Brooklyn Heights over the past few years, cashing in on their now-valuable properties and moving upstate, they left behind a collection of buildings that had been their headquarters for over...

Extra Extra: An Oral History Of 'Game Of Thrones' As Told By Background Players

Extra Extra: An Oral History Of 'Game Of Thrones' As Told By Background Playersvideo

Because de Blasio is deeply disliked by potential voters, check out today's end-of-day links: GOT background players oral history, Betsy DeVos personal email, 'Once Upon A Time...In Hollywood' profile, Brunch Hate Read, and dog fights mirror.

Correction Officer Arrested For Sexually Abusing Four Inmates At Notorious Manhattan Jail

Correction Officer Arrested For Sexually Abusing Four Inmates At Notorious Manhattan Jail

The federal jail located at 150 Park Row in lower Manhattan (Madeleine Crenshaw / Gothamist) A longtime correction officer was arrested on Tuesday for allegedly sexually abusing several female inmates at the Metropolitan Correctional Center, a...

Daniel Pantaleo's Trial In The Eric Garner Chokehold Case Is Delayed Yet Again

Daniel Pantaleo's Trial In The Eric Garner Chokehold Case Is Delayed Yet Again

From left: Iris Baez, the mother of Anthony Baez, who was killed by a chokehold administered by an NYPD officer in 1994; Gwen Carr, Eric Garner's mother; and Loyda Colon, co-director of the Justice Committee, outside...

New Climate Report Suggests NYC Could Be Under Water Sooner Than Predicted

New Climate Report Suggests NYC Could Be Under Water Sooner Than Predicted

In this futuristic rendering, a sandbag snake protects against the flood. (Office of Emergency Management) Turns out sea levels may be on track to rise by more than double the unsettling figure climate scientists previously projected,...

Celebrity Great White Shark Spotted In Long Island Sound

Celebrity Great White Shark Spotted In Long Island Sound

Just stopping by to say hello. (OCEARCH/Twitter) Alert: Hot shark in the city. Or near it—a 10-foot great white has been spotted in the Long Island Sound, an apparent first for this particular type of shark....

How Looser Medical Marijuana Laws Could Bite NY In The Bud

How Looser Medical Marijuana Laws Could Bite NY In The Bud

This photo a guest takes a puff from a marijuana cigarette at the Sensi Magazine party celebrating the 420 holiday in the Bel Air section of Los Angeles (Richard Vogel/AP/Shutterstock) The Brian Lehrer Show spent three...

De Blasio Announces Investigation Into Exploitative Taxi Industry After Years Of Neglect

De Blasio Announces Investigation Into Exploitative Taxi Industry After Years Of Neglect

(Nicholas Noyes / Flickr) Mayor Bill de Blasio has ordered a review of predatory practices in the New York City taxi business, following a scathing report in the New York Times detailing how powerful industry leaders...

Early Addition: Bill De Blasio Gets Out Ahead Of Looming Ska Scandal

Early Addition: Bill De Blasio Gets Out Ahead Of Looming Ska Scandalvideo

Because George R.R. Martin weighed in on the GOT finale, check out today's midday links: BDB loves ska, anti-Semitism in Germany, 'Once Upon A Time In Hollywood' trailer, Lil Nas X profile, and dog in a swing.

Diehard Trump Supporter From Erie Takes Control Of NY State Republican Party

Diehard Trump Supporter From Erie Takes Control Of NY State Republican Party

In 2016, Langworthy shared this photograph with Donald Trump (Facebook) The Erie County Republican Party Chairman, 38-year-old Nick Langworthy, has deposed the New York State Party Chairman, Ed Cox, after the GOP saw a decline in...

MTA May Expand Free Student MetroCard Program

MTA May Expand Free Student MetroCard Program

A NYC student MetroCard. (Shumita Basu / WNYC) The MTA is moving forward with a plan to offer free full-fare MetroCards to students in K-12 who live more than a half mile from school. Under the...

Tourist In Critical Condition After Washington Square Park Tree Branch Falls On Her

Tourist In Critical Condition After Washington Square Park Tree Branch Falls On Her

(Shutterstock) A woman was injured by a falling tree branch in Washington Square Park on Monday night. "The 55-year-old woman was walking with her son when the large branch fell on her just before 9 p.m...The...

The Black Market For NYU Graduation Tickets Is 'Sad' & 'Disgusting,' Students Say

The Black Market For NYU Graduation Tickets Is 'Sad' & 'Disgusting,' Students Say

(Jason Andra/Gothamist) On Wednesday, Ricardo Canelo will be the first in his family to graduate from college when he receives his New York University diploma at Yankee Stadium. But NYU only issues graduating students three complimentary...

Presiding Under Pressure: These Are The New Judges Working In NYC Immigration Court

Presiding Under Pressure: These Are The New Judges Working In NYC Immigration Court

https://www.wnyc.org/story/presiding-under-pressure/?utm_medium=partnersite&utm_source=gothamist&utm_campaign=homepagelink...

Extra Extra: Watch New Yorkers Refuse To Talk To Fox News' Steve Doocy

Extra Extra: Watch New Yorkers Refuse To Talk To Fox News' Steve Doocyvideo

Because you also wouldn't speak to Steve Doocy, check out today's end-of-day links: Bran pranks, Instagram influencer makes mess, homemade lox, Rihanna interview, Jumaane Williams op-ed, peak Florida alligator, and dog living a great life.

Nxivm Lieutenant Lauren Salzman Testifies About Naked Lectures, Keith Raniere Dungeon

Nxivm Lieutenant Lauren Salzman Testifies About Naked Lectures, Keith Raniere Dungeon

Lauren Salzman. (Seth Wenig/AP/Shutterstock) Alleged cult leader Keith Raniere forced select followers into a strange nude "tribute" when he wanted to deliver a sermon, former Nxivm lieutenant Lauren Salzman testified in Brooklyn Federal Court on Friday....

Heliport Near The Site Of Recent Helicopter Crash Was For Years Targeted For Removal

Heliport Near The Site Of Recent Helicopter Crash Was For Years Targeted For Removal

NYPD bring in a helicopter that crashed near Hudson River Park on May 15, 2019. (Photo by NYPD) A helicopter that crashed last week into the Hudson River took off from a controversial heliport that Hudson...

NYPD Officers Stole Late Husband's Ashes From Brooklyn Widow And Claimed It Was Heroin, Lawsuit Claims

NYPD Officers Stole Late Husband's Ashes From Brooklyn Widow And Claimed It Was Heroin, Lawsuit Claims

The Santiago family home in Bushwick, where police allegedly confiscated a memorial urn last year. (Google Maps) A Brooklyn grandmother says NYPD officers stole her late husband's ashes during a no-knock raid last year, then falsely...

The 'Unsettling' Secrecy Of The NYPD's Trial Of Daniel Pantaleo

The 'Unsettling' Secrecy Of The NYPD's Trial Of Daniel Pantaleo

NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo leaves his Staten Island home on the first day of his administrative trial (Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/AP/Shutterstock) For the past week, reporters and members of the public have been lining up outside One...

Did You See The Gigantic Flamingo Floating In The East River?

Did You See The Gigantic Flamingo Floating In The East River?

(Courtesy Serena Rose) Attention, would-be influencer who maybe lost track of a giant pink flamingo floaty ahead of an Instagram-oriented Memorial Day pool party: I found your inflatable, it's been cruising up and down the East...

Cab Driver Arrested After Fatally Striking Woman In Manhattan

Cab Driver Arrested After Fatally Striking Woman In Manhattan

The intersection at Broome and Centre Streets, where the crash happened. (Googlemaps) A cab driver struck and killed an elderly woman in Little Italy on Saturday afternoon. According to NYPD, the woman, who was 80 years...

NYPD Officer Arrested For Allegedly Plotting To Kill Her Estranged Husband And Her Boyfriend's Daughter

NYPD Officer Arrested For Allegedly Plotting To Kill Her Estranged Husband And Her Boyfriend's Daughter

(Shutterstock) A police officer assigned to a Queens precinct is accused of plotting to kill two people—her estranged husband and her current boyfriend's teen daughter—according to federal prosecutors. Valerie Cincinelli, 34, is being held without bail...

Never Mind, It's Actually Going To Be Hot Now

Never Mind, It's Actually Going To Be Hot Now

Sorry change of plans we're doing this now. (ep_jhu's Flickr) So, about that whole, "It's going to be chilly and rainy forever into infinity, I know it's May but seasons don't matter anymore" thing from last...

Early Addition: Game Of Thrones Ends With Burning Questions Unanswered

Early Addition: Game Of Thrones Ends With Burning Questions Unansweredvideo

Because you still have questions about that GOT finale, check out today's midday links: taxi industry, GOP congressman makes case for impeachment, Sarah Jessica Parker loves libraries, 'Westworld' trailer, and the toughest dog around.

De Blasio Learns 'Con Don' Plays Better In Iowa Than South Carolina

De Blasio Learns 'Con Don' Plays Better In Iowa Than South Carolina

Democratic presidential candidate New York Mayor Bill de Blasio talks with George Naylor, right, after a meeting with Greene County small family farmers, in Churdan, Iowa (Charlie Neibergall/AP/Shutterstock) Mayor Bill de Blasio wrapped up his first...

Developer Throws Shade On Brooklyn Botanic Garden As Dispute Heats Up

Developer Throws Shade On Brooklyn Botanic Garden As Dispute Heats Up

A rendering of 960 Franklin Avenue with the Brooklyn Botanic Garden at left. (Continuum Development Company) The developer of a controversial residential project that would block sunlight from reaching parts of Brooklyn Botanic Garden said officials...

Extra Extra: Funniest Thing On The Internet Today Is This List Of Top Tier Lacrosse Players Names

Extra Extra: Funniest Thing On The Internet Today Is This List Of Top Tier Lacrosse Players Namesvideo

Because lacrosse players have hilarious names, check out today's end-of-day links: subway couching, Keanu Reeves and puppies, Tyler The Creator's new album, 'Old Town Road' music video, and doggo bounces.

Report: NYPD Used Celebrity Images, Including Woody Harrelson, In Facial Recognition Dragnets

Report: NYPD Used Celebrity Images, Including Woody Harrelson, In Facial Recognition Dragnets

Actor Woody Harrelson, whose photo was used by the NYPD in facial recognition software. (James Shaw/Shutterstock) A report released yesterday by Georgetown University's Center on Privacy and Technology revealed unorthodox facial recognition techniques the NYPD and...

Decomposed Body Found In Basement Of Brooklyn Heights Building

Decomposed Body Found In Basement Of Brooklyn Heights Building

A photograph from the pump house (Jake Dobkin / Gothamist) A "heavily decomposed" body was found in a Brooklyn Heights apartment building earlier this week. The NYPD said that on May 15th, around 9:50 a.m., officers...

The Late, Visionary Modernist Architect I.M. Pei's Extraordinary New York City Buildings gallery

The Late, Visionary Modernist Architect I.M. Pei's Extraordinary New York City Buildings

One of the 20th century's most renowned contemporary architects, I.M. Pei, died on Thursday evening at his Manhattan home, as his son, Li Chung Pei, confirmed to The NY Times. He was 102 years old, and his...

We The Commuters: Does Presidential Candidate Bill de Blasio Have a Transit Legacy to Run On?

We The Commuters: Does Presidential Candidate Bill de Blasio Have a Transit Legacy to Run On?

Plus: The MTA workers' union is sort of threatening to strike after the governor accused LIRR workers of "fraud" for collecting a lot of overtime. If you're a teen who's sick of adults badgering you on the...

Overflowing Toilet At MTA Tower Snarls Service On Multiple Subway Lines

Overflowing Toilet At MTA Tower Snarls Service On Multiple Subway Lines

The outside of the bathroom at the MTA's 42nd Street control tower (Provided to Gothamist) Everyone's favorite transit authority has been ignoring a toilet overflowing with shit for the past three days, and now riders have...

Alex Rodriguez Toilet Pic Could Mean Legal Doo-Doo For Peeping Tom

Alex Rodriguez Toilet Pic Could Mean Legal Doo-Doo For Peeping Tom

ARTIST RENDERING OF A-ROD SITTIN' ON A CAN, WHY ARE YOU LOOKING AT ME LIKE THAT (BEN YAKAS/GOTHAMIST) It ain't easy being a celebrity—oh sure, the money is fucking amazing, the perks are pretty great, and...

Word Cloud Shows The Issues De Blasio Faces Most During His Weekly Brian Lehrer Appearances

Word Cloud Shows The Issues De Blasio Faces Most During His Weekly Brian Lehrer Appearances

Mayor Bill de Blasio at Good Morning America on May 16, 2019 (JUSTIN LANE/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock) Mayor Bill de Blasio says his record of leading New York City makes him suitable to lead the United States and beat...

Dream Of Restoring Tibbetts Brook, A Little Known Bronx River, Is Stalled By A Private Rail Company

Dream Of Restoring Tibbetts Brook, A Little Known Bronx River, Is Stalled By A Private Rail Company

(Amir Khafagy / Gothamist) For decades, residents of the Bronx neighborhoods of Kingsbridge and Marble Hill have been plagued by sporadic flooding during rain storms, all because of a long-buried creek that few realize even exists....

De Blasio: I Am NYC's 'CEO' And New Yorkers Love My Products

De Blasio: I Am NYC's 'CEO' And New Yorkers Love My Products

Democratic presidential candidate New York Mayor Bill de Blasio sporting CEO jeans and those sneakers seen on the guy talking on his iPhone in front of you at the FiDi Chopt to tour the POET Biorefining...

'If These People Don't Pay, I Don't Work': Building Contractors Protest Rent Reform

'If These People Don't Pay, I Don't Work': Building Contractors Protest Rent Reform

Contractors protested a hearing on rent reform at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn. (Elizabeth Kim / Gothamist) In a sign of an intensifying battle over rent reform, scores of contractors — electricians, plumbers, carpenters — faced...

Early Addition: Self-Help Guru Tony Robbins Denies Abuse Allegations

Early Addition: Self-Help Guru Tony Robbins Denies Abuse Allegationsvideo

Because David Berman is back with new music, check out today's midday links: Hamptons real estate, RIP Grumpy Cat, Tony Robbins' secrets, new Batman, NJ Trump inaugural investigation, and angry dog.

L Train Takes A Summer Friday In Brooklyn, Stranding Riders

L Train Takes A Summer Friday In Brooklyn, Stranding Riders

How many New Yorkers were late to work today because of the @MTA and the #Ltrain? I’ve never seen it this bad before and this was Friday morning rush hour—not evening hours or on the weekend. pic.twitter.com/ybL041EiBP—...

'Worst Mayor In History Of NYC': Donald Trump Spends Executive Time Trolling Bill De Blasio

'Worst Mayor In History Of NYC': Donald Trump Spends Executive Time Trolling Bill De Blasio

President Donald Trump on May 16, 2019 (Shutterstock) On Thursday, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced his presidential campaign, promising to take on President Donald Trump head on. He called him a bully and also coined a...

NYPD Lieutenant Texted 'Not A Big Deal' On The Day Eric Garner Died

NYPD Lieutenant Texted 'Not A Big Deal' On The Day Eric Garner Died

Eric Garner with his wife, Esaw. On day four in the disciplinary trial of NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo, text messages between his supervisors on the day Eric Garner died sparked outrage in the trial room. Pantaleo...

On First Day As Presidential Candidate, De Blasio Takes On 'Con Don' And 'Meanspirited' New Yorkersgalleryvideo

On First Day As Presidential Candidate, De Blasio Takes On 'Con Don' And 'Meanspirited' New Yorkers

Newly-declared presidential hopeful Bill de Blasio kicked off his campaign on Thursday, making stops at Times Square and the Statue of Liberty—like a true-blooded American tourist visiting NYC from, say, Boston—before heading to Iowa for a five-state...

Extra Extra: Former Onion Editor Regrets Turning Joe Biden Into Cuddly Meme

Extra Extra: Former Onion Editor Regrets Turning Joe Biden Into Cuddly Memevideo

Because Diamond Joe got it easy, check out today's end-of-day links: Mexico City smog, Chelsea Manning sent back to jail, Wesley Morris bingewatches GOT, SAT 'adversity score,' Large Adult Meatballs, and the round boy gang.

Renderings Reveal New Portal To Penn Station Opening In 2020gallery

Renderings Reveal New Portal To Penn Station Opening In 2020

Like a mystical Stargate beckoning humankind into a spectacular new dimension or a fragrant Auntie Anne's, a new entrance coming to Penn Station next year will transport weary explorers straight down to the Long Island Railroad concourse....

Opponents Of Proposed Fur Ban In NYC Warn Of Impact On Small Businesses

Opponents Of Proposed Fur Ban In NYC Warn Of Impact On Small Businesses

Seamstresses Sonia Genao, left, and Juana Rodrize, right, at work at Pologeorgis Furs in New York. Advocates say many businesses will go under if the fur ban goes into effect. (Richard Drew/AP/Shutterstock) A City Council bill...

NYC's Comptroller Wants Free Abortion Care For All Women Who Can't Afford It

NYC's Comptroller Wants Free Abortion Care For All Women Who Can't Afford It

Comptroller Scott Stringer in City Hall Park on Wednesday (Caroline Lewis / Gothamist) On the heels of new legislative attacks on abortion access across the country, New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer said Wednesday he is...

America's Guide To Presidential Candidate Bill de Blasio

America's Guide To Presidential Candidate Bill de Blasio

(Michael Appleton/Mayoral Photography Office) Who is Bill de Blasio? It's a question that has likely been Googled with increasing frequency across America's kitchen tables and bathroom stalls, now that the two-term Democratic Mayor of New York...

Rash Of Cyclist Deaths Ties 2019 Death Toll With 2018 Total

Rash Of Cyclist Deaths Ties 2019 Death Toll With 2018 Total

Bloody medical materials left in the street after Saturday's crash. (Jake Offenhartz/Gothamist) Three cyclists are dead after drivers struck them in separate incidents in Brooklyn this week, in Crown Heights, Borough Park, and Marine Park. According...

Architects Compete To Design Affordable Housing For Small Lotsgallery

Architects Compete To Design Affordable Housing For Small Lots

The city has selected five finalists in an architecture competition to design affordable housing on 23 small municipal lots. The contest, known as “Big Ideas for Small Lots NYC,” was announced in February by the Department of...

Why De Blasio 2020 Makes So Many New Yorkers See Red

Why De Blasio 2020 Makes So Many New Yorkers See Red

Mayor de Blasio delivers remarks at the street renaming ceremony in honor of the 50th anniversary of Sesame Street at 63rd Street and Broadway in Manhattan, New York Wednesday May 1, 2019. (Paige Polk/Mayoral Photography Office)...

Early Addition: Ted Cruz Wants Space Force To Combat Space Pirates

Early Addition: Ted Cruz Wants Space Force To Combat Space Piratesvideo

Because Ted Cruz fears space pirates, check out today's midday links: Mick Jagger dancing, state abortion challenges, Coconut Water pee tweet, John Oliver interview, GOT petition, Petty lawsuit, and Golf Boy.

We Tested The Lead Levels In NYC Parks

We Tested The Lead Levels In NYC Parks

The Hell Gate Bridge towers over Astoria Park in Queens (Clarissa Sosin for WNYC) Planning a picnic in the park this weekend? Do your kids make mud pies in the tree pits at your local playground?...

Video Unveils De Blasio 2020 Presidential Pitch: 'It's Time We Put Working People First'

Video Unveils De Blasio 2020 Presidential Pitch: 'It's Time We Put Working People First'video

Mayor Bill de Blasio officially kicked off his presidential campaign on Thursday morning by sharing a video to introduce himself to America, before appearing on Good Morning America for his first interview as a 2020 candidate. He begins the video by saying, "There's plenty of money in this country, it's just in the wrong hands!" (a common refrain of his).

Prosecution Rests In Pantaleo Trial After Testimony From Doctor Who Examined Eric Garner's Body

Prosecution Rests In Pantaleo Trial After Testimony From Doctor Who Examined Eric Garner's Body

New York City police officer Daniel Pantaleo leaves his house, in Staten Island on May 13 (Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/AP/Shutterstock) After just three days of witness testimony, prosecutors in the disciplinary trial of police officer Daniel Pantaleo...

Extra Extra: New Millennials Study Finds Millennials Are The Most Millennial Yet

Extra Extra: New Millennials Study Finds Millennials Are The Most Millennial Yetvideo

Because millennials love to millennial, check out today's end-of-day links: Velvet Underground doc, abortion ban tips, 'Big Bang Theory' explained, fur ban fight, cheeseburger slap, GOT leaker, the problem with eating healthy, and dog tries his best.

It's Happening: Mayor De Blasio Is Running For President

It's Happening: Mayor De Blasio Is Running For President

(Aurora Rose/WWD/Shutterstock) After months of waffling, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is expected to officially launch a bid for the 2020 Democratic nomination on Thursday, before making a three-day trip to early battleground states...

Time Is Running Out In Albany For Undocumented NYers To Get Driver's Licenses

Time Is Running Out In Albany For Undocumented NYers To Get Driver's Licenses

Cecilia Vasquez at a rally supporting driver's licenses for undocumented New Yorkers last December (Arun Venugopal / WNYC) With the fate of marijuana legalization still very uncertain in Albany, progressives are hoping another long sought-after priority...

Macy's Will Build Skyscraper On Top Of Herald Square Flagship

Macy's Will Build Skyscraper On Top Of Herald Square Flagship

(Shutterstock) Its first quarter earnings were stronger than expected, and retailing behemoth Macy's is looking to capitalize even more with its valuable real estate. The company has confirmed an April Bloomberg News story that said Macy's...

Coming This Summer: MORE BEACH

Coming This Summer: MORE BEACH

BEACH BEACH BEACH BEACH BEACH BEACH BEACH!! (Scott Lynch's Flickr) I know it sort of strains credulity, what with the relentless chill of all these May showers that have plagued us (and may continue to plague...

[Update] Helicopter Crashes Into Hudson River Near Midtownvideo

[Update] Helicopter Crashes Into Hudson River Near Midtown

[Update Below] A helicopter pilot crashed into the Hudson River near Midtown Manhattan this afternoon. Terrifying video shows a helicopter spiraling out of control before crashing into the Hudson River. Thankfully, the pilot survived. https://t.co/UOejG4cI80 pic.twitter.com/PyJ0zZ1mDy— Eyewitness...

NY Lawmakers Want To Make Texting While Crossing The Street Illegal

NY Lawmakers Want To Make Texting While Crossing The Street Illegal

(rockerlan/Flickr) Marijuana legalization, rent reform, and driver's licenses for undocumented New Yorkers are among the issues state lawmakers in Albany are struggling to hash out before the legislative session ends in June. But some legislators also...

LGBTQ Group Plans Alternative 'Queer Liberation March' On Pride Day

LGBTQ Group Plans Alternative 'Queer Liberation March' On Pride Day

The Queer Liberation March is set to take place on the same day as the NYC Pride Parade. (Mara Silvers / WNYC). A group of LGBTQ organizers is planning an alternative "Queer Liberation March" on the...

Bodega Cat STOLEN From Sidewalk Outside Lexington Avenue Store

Bodega Cat STOLEN From Sidewalk Outside Lexington Avenue Store

Lexi, the bodega cat believed to have been catnapped on Friday morning. (Courtesy of Ted Oehmke) Kitten season has descended upon New York City, flooding local shelters with more tiny fuzzfeet than they could possibly accommodate:...

Brazilian & American Businessmen Toast Bolsonaro, As Protesters Cry 'Fascista' gallery

Brazilian & American Businessmen Toast Bolsonaro, As Protesters Cry 'Fascista'

The controversial gala honoring Brazil's far-right president Jair Bolsonaro came to the Marriott Marquis on Tuesday night, bringing an estimated 1,000 guests to the heart of Times Square for an annual dinner party put on by the...

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