LARGE YOUTH GROUP CANCELS UWS STAY AFTER TRUMP TRAVEL BAN

Mar 17 10:06am West Side RagWest Side Rag
A large youth group cancelled plans to stay at the New York Hostel on Amsterdam Avenue and West 103rd Street because of the Trump administration's...
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The Fabulous Fireplaces of Newburgh (Photos)

Mar 17 10:00am Brownstoner
If the continued chilly weather has you dreaming of fireplaces and cozy historic houses this virtual tour of fireplaces from the historic town of Newburgh, N.Y is sure to satisfy your craving. From practical cooking fireplaces to intricate marble surrounds, the vintage images showcase a mix of styles sure to… Read More > The post The Fabulous Fireplaces of Newburgh (Photos) appeared first on Brownstoner.
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Weekend Activities for Animal Lovers

Mar 17 9:59am Brooklyn Heights Blog
Atlantic Avenue is Animal Central this weekend, with three events for folks of all ages, starting tonight. This evening at the Cat Cafe, enjoy a screening of Harry and Tonto. The Cat Cafe is run by Brooklyn Heights Animal Welfare Coalition, and proceeds from its events support the adoptable cats at the cafe and the organization’s […]...
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THE CHAMBERLAIN: SOPHISTICATED NEW UPPER WEST SIDE RESIDENCES WITH A CLASSIC TOUCH

Mar 17 9:48am West Side RagWest Side Rag
SPONSORED: On 87th Street, just off West End Avenue, sits The Chamberlain, designed by FXFOWLE and inspired by the grand homes of the 1920’s and 30’s.
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RESIDENTS QUESTION LOCAL POLICE PRACTICES ON IMMIGRATION, DISCUSS HARASSMENT AT SENIOR HOUSING

Mar 17 9:45am West Side RagWest Side Rag
Local residents questioned the captain of the 24th precinct this week about his policies on detaining immigrants, given the Trump administration's...
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At Rivington House, Soil Drilling Signals the Future

Mar 17 9:45am Bowery Boogie
This fifteen-foot Davey Drill arrived on Forsyth Street the other day. Situated directly outside Rivington House, its placement is the first real sign of forward progress toward condo redevelopment. Singular function – collection of soil samples ahead of any development. No construction is happening onsite, though. At least, not that we’ve noticed. A stop-work order […]...
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How Trump's Extreme Budget Cuts Would Choke NYC

Mar 17 9:37am Gothamist
Mayor Bill de Blasio, flanked by agency commissioners and deputy mayors on Thursday afternoon, pledged to fight President Trump's many proposed federal budget cuts, an array of which would have severe impacts on city services including housing assistance, police counter-terror operations, and after-school programs. [ more › ]...
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Brooklyn Real Estate Listings Six Months Later: Three Sold, One In Contract

Mar 17 9:00am Brownstoner
As we head into the beginning of spring next week, we're falling back six months and checking in on four of our featured listings from September. A Greenwood Heights townhouse — on a quiet block near Greenwood Cemetery at 344 22nd Street — has been completely renovated, with virtually everything new,… Read More > The post Brooklyn Real Estate Listings Six Months Later: Three Sold, One In Contract appeared first on Brownstoner.
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Daily Links: No Charges for Mayor, New 421a Bill Could Impact Brooklyn

Mar 17 8:30am Brownstoner
In the News No Charges but Harsh Criticism for Mayor [NYT] Community Board Applications in Brooklyn Spike [WSJ] Donovan Addresses Healthcare Debate [Eagle] Unclaimed Scratch Off Worth Over $1 Million Sold in Brooklyn [NYDN] New 421a Bill Could Lead To More Brooklyn Condos [TRD] Brooklynites to Pay $17 for Verrazano Starting Sunday [BK Reporter] Actress Tavi Gevinson… Read More > The post Daily Links: No Charges for Mayor, New 421a Bill Could Impact Brooklyn appeared first on Brownstoner.
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Second Suspect in Post-Pianos Pummeling on Orchard Street is Arrested

Mar 17 8:24am Bowery Boogie
The second suspect in the vicious Orchard Street beating caught on tape has been arrested, police said. The collar of 23-year-old Shachin Gauchan yesterday followed mere hours after his pal, Nawang Choying (both are Queens natives), was also brought in on felony gang assault charges. According to the New York Post, Choying provided information that […]...
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13 health benefits of Low Carb edible fish

Mar 17 6:47am New York Street Food
Fish it the healthiest meat in the world. It comes loaded with essential nutrients including Vitamin D and protein and these are in high concentration such as you can find in no other foods today. Fish also has a high concentration of omega-3 fatty acids and these are very important to the brain and body […] The post 13 health benefits of Low Carb edible fish appeared first on New York Street Food.
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Reflections on the City (Vol. 9)

Mar 17 5:30am Tribeca Citizen
More proof that I have a thing for reflected light, the way it forms patterns and shapes on city surfaces.
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Con Edison Roped off this Lower East Side Block for Stray Voltage

Mar 17 5:18am Bowery Boogie
Nearly the entire block of Suffolk Street, between Broome and Grand, is currently roped off due to potential stray voltage. Con Edison placed neon cones, and unspooled yards of caution tape beside the perimeter fence of Beth Hamedrash Hagadol. Apparently, there is a huge concern of shock in the wake of this week’s over-hyped snowstorm. The […]...
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Khushboo Quits Clinton Street After 3 Years

Mar 17 5:09am Bowery Boogie
In yet another sign of transition along Clinton Street, the three-year-old Indian restaurant near East Houston just closed down. Khushboo, as it’s called, called it quits earlier this week. News of its closure follows other high-profile shutters including Tapeo29 and Thelma (which is actually a rebranding). The outgoing Khushboo first opened at 6 Clinton Street […]...
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Chillhouse Eases onto Essex Street, Serving Coffee and Massages

Mar 17 5:04am Bowery Boogie
After months of planning and build-out, Chillhouse is now up and running on Essex Street. And already drawing crowds; the place was busy last night when we ambled past. The kitschy concept is a hybrid that pairs spa services with a small cafe menu (i.e. tavern parlor). Touted as the “modern path to total relaxation […]...
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CB3 Endorses New Public Bathrooms at Stanton Storehouse

Mar 17 5:00am Bowery Boogie
What’s another two years when the community already waited three decades? Two years. That’s the estimated timeline for the Stanton Storehouse to finally return to the community, albeit partially. Community Board 3 last night approved the Parks Department proposal to convert part of the building into a public comfort station (which is a euphemism for […]...
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5 Ways To Decorate Your Space With These Trendy Copper String Lights

Mar 17 12:37am Gothamist
The 100-light set is energy efficient, and won't overheat - no matter how long you've been using them. [ more › ]...
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Brooklyn Bridge Park Presents Artist Priscila De Carvahlo at 99 Plymouth Street Saturday Afternoon

Mar 16 11:35pm Brooklyn Heights Blog
This Saturday afternoon, March 18, from 1:00 to 2:00, the Brazilian born artist Priscila De Carvalho (photo; from Maria Brito) will give an artist talk in conjunction with her exhibition Before Now, at 99 Plymouth Street, in DUMBO. Admission is free, but spots are limited and available on a first-come, first served basis.
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TWO IMAGES THAT SHOW WHY ITS TOO COLD TO DO ANYTHING AT ALL

Mar 16 9:42pm West Side RagWest Side Rag
It's been awful cold in the past few days and it doesn't figure to let up for at least a week. Mildred Alpern took these photos of a...
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Extra, Extra: Trump Budget Chief Thinks Meals On Wheels Is Waste Of Money

Mar 16 6:37pm Gothamist
Because the Trump administration wants you to have compassion for rich people only, check out today's end-of-day links: Winter Storm Colbert, 'Coming To America' sequel?, the power of oxford commas, golden age of B movies, and snow doggy says hi. Don't forget to follow Gothamist on Twitter, Instagram,...
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Metrograph's Singularity-Themed Film Festival Kicks Off Friday

Mar 16 4:37pm Gothamist
The self-aware robots are definitely coming—sooner than any of us realize, probably—which is maybe not such a terrible thing, considering the job humans have been doing as of late. In fact, some people believe our supercomputer overlords might already be here, quietly and omnipotently torturing our pea-brains by way of something called Roko's Basilisk (which I don't recommend reading about unless you are super into night terrors). Or maybe the robots themselves aren't even real, and we're all just part of some computer simulation that Elon Musk and his equally handsome virtual brother dreamed up in a steamy hot tub. Who can say, really? [ more › ]...
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Villains Tavern

Mar 16 4:37pm The Infatuation Feed
Admittedly, Villains Tavern isn’t quite the hot spot it was a few years ago, but maybe that’s a good thing. One of the first bars to make the Arts District a nightlife destination, there was a time when Villains lines were wrapped around the block and down another. Thankfully, those days are gone, but the bar you loved remains. The dystopian circus theme is still as wonderful as it is concerning, and the outdoor live music is always a good time. And to not have to pay a cover for live music downtown is basically unheard of.
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Video: Area Dude Goes Surfing During Tuesday's Nor'Easter

Mar 16 3:37pm Gothamist
Dudes have been known to get extreme during winter weather events in the city, whether that meant running shirtless through Central Park, cross-country skiing through the street, (literally) chilling inside of aboveground hot tubs, or snowboarding off the back of a Jeep. This week's nor'easter may have been a bit of a blizzard bust, but at least a few area dudes got their jollies in by going surfing off Long Beach. And no one had a better time than Adam Winerip, who crashed a Pix11 live report in the middle of the storm. [ more › ]...
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Learn How Superfund Sites Impact Brooklyns Development Future

Mar 16 3:00pm Brownstoner
The Gowanus Canal is notorious for being one of Brooklyn's (and the nation's, for that matter) most polluted sites. In the midst of a major EPA cleanup, it's identified as both a major source of blight and a development opportunity. Brooklyn has a number of polluted sites, some of which… Read More > The post Learn How Superfund Sites Impact Brooklyn’s Development Future appeared first on Brownstoner.
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Hark! The City Is Planning To Install A Two-Way Bike Path Between The Brooklyn Bridge And Park Row

Mar 16 2:37pm Gothamist
If you've ever tried biking from anywhere in the Financial District to the Brooklyn Bridge, you know that the route to the bridge's bike path is one of the most chaotic in the city, even before you get to the tourist-dodging hell of the bridge itself. And if you're like most cyclists, the only real option for that crucial last block between City Hall and the base of the path is threading the needle against traffic on Park Row where it merges with Centre Street, trying to make yourself small in the hint of vestigial zebra stripes running between police cars, TV news vans, and politico SUVs parked on your left, and maniacal cab drivers zooming past on your right. [ more › ]...
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Early Addition: All The Times Sesame Street Roasted Donald Trump

Mar 16 1:37pm Gothamist
Because you want to know what happens after the Queen dies, check out today's mid-day links: bus umbrella attack, how the Internet's saving culture, Roger Stone roasted, Ivanka & Justin Trudeau go to theater together, and cat battles dust. Don't forget to follow Gothamist on Twitter, Instagram,...
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Crown Heights Residents Fear Neighborhood Is Becoming Homeless Shelter 'Dumping Ground'

Mar 16 12:37pm Gothamist
Desmond Atkins, a lifelong resident of Crown Heights, accused the Department of Homeless Services on Wednesday of continuing a legacy of racial discrimination by opening a men's shelter in his neighborhood—a part of Brooklyn that is majority black and, he believes, already saturated with similar facilities. [ more › ]...
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Bay Ridge Three-Bedroom Semi-Detached With Garage Asks $3,900 a Month

Mar 16 12:30pm Brownstoner
This three-bedroom semi-detached house offers a good deal of space, triple exposures, a deck, a backyard and a parking garage. It also offers a relatively quiet locale: it's at 7020 Ridge Court, a half-block cul-de-sac that runs off 72nd Street between 3rd and 4th avenues in Bay Ridge. There's no floor… Read More > The post Bay Ridge Three-Bedroom Semi-Detached With Garage Asks $3,900 a Month appeared first on Brownstoner.
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Nights And Weekends Reopens As All Day Cafe 'One Bedford' In Greenpoint

Mar 16 11:37am Gothamist
  The wedge of land between Nassau and Bedford in Greenpoint that was formerly home to Nights and Weekends reopens tomorrow as One Bedford, and all-day cafe and reboot by owner Alexandra Siwiec. Last year, brunch destination Five Leaves parted ways with Siwiec as part of their nationwide expansion plans; Siwiec also runs The Good Room and forthcoming spot The Gentry. [ more › ]...
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Harts

Mar 16 11:37am The Infatuation Feed
Let’s say you own a few cookbooks. Now let’s say that you lose them in a contained, but very effective, cookbook fire. What are you going to make for dinner? The internet doesn’t exist in this hypothetical universe, so you can’t Google any recipes. You don’t even know what the word “Google” means. You’ve never heard it before. “What is internet?” you wonder, receiving vague memories from a distant, less hypothetical universe. So, anyways, you check your fridge, see what you have to work with, then make yourself a meal. Your food doesn’t have a name like “cacio e pepe” or “duck l’orange,” but it’s still good, and you’re full afterwards. That’s kind of what it’s like to eat at Hart’s. The menu here changes daily, and all of the food feels more-or-less homemade. It’s a little fancy, sure, but it’s not like they’re messing with truffles or caviar. They make things like “sweet potatoes and scallions with tahini” and ribs on a pile of polenta. The dishes aren’t elaborate things constructed with tweezers, but they’re satisfying. Take the clam toast. It’s sort of like if someone made a clam soup, threw in some toast, then dumped it on your plate and said, “There, clam toast.” It’s popular at Hart’s, and we’re fans. Noah Devereaux Although you should know that the toast isn’t especially healthy. That goes for pretty much everything here. No one is losing weight at Hart’s. The food isn’t in-your-face unhealthy, but your blood-olive-oil content is going to spike. You should also know that Hart’s is tiny, and that the date-night vibes are pretty ideal. The ceilings are high, there’s a candle on every table, and they play the right version of “Shake it Off” (the Mariah Carey one). So the next time you want to impress someone, bring them here. Alternately, come here, take some notes, and make a nice dinner for someone based off those notes.Food Rundown Ribs With Dates Over Polenta Touch them with your fork, and these ribs fall apart like they didn’t get a rose at a rose ceremony. Noah Devereaux Fresh Ricotta With Spinach And Artichokes Essentially a fancy artichoke dip and not nearly as healthy as it sounds. Start your meal with this. Lamb Burger A solid burger with a very good bun. Not ov...
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MEL WYMORE TO CHALLENGE ROSENTHAL FOR UWS CITY COUNCIL SEAT; WOULD BE FIRST TRANSGENDER MEMBER

Mar 16 11:20am West Side RagWest Side Rag
Mel Wymore, who narrowly lost the Democratic primary for a City Council seat four years ago to Helen Rosenthal, is throwing his hat in...
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Watch People Waiting For An Amtrak Train Get Completely Bombarded With Snow

Mar 16 10:37am Gothamist
Tuesday's not-a-blizzard may have been a letdown here in New York City, but other parts of the northeast felt its full wrath, with some parts of upstate New York getting two feet of powder. Up in Rhinebeck, they got enough snow to create a magical moment of YouTube virality, when an incoming Amtrak train blasted everyone waiting on the train platform in a most satisfying manner: [ more › ]  ...
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OPEN HOUSE AT FITNESS STUDIO FOCUSING ON BABY BOOMERS; 25% OFF FOR ATTENDEES

Mar 16 10:20am West Side RagWest Side Rag
SPONSORED: Silver Stars Fitness is holding an open house next Wednesday, March 22 and it's a perfect chance to learn the right way to get in shape.
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Community Rallies Today to Save Long Vacant Our Lady of Loreto Church

Mar 16 10:00am Brownstoner
Locals are once again gearing up in the battle to save a beloved Ocean Hill church. Today at 2 p.m. New York State Senator Tony Avella and the Brownsville Cultural Coalition will gather for a press conference at Our Lady of Loreto Church at 126 Sackman Street in support of… Read More > The post Community Rallies Today to Save Long Vacant Our Lady of Loreto Church appeared first on Brownstoner.
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4 INJURED IN FIRE ON 61ST STREET; ANOTHER BLAZE ON 89TH

Mar 16 9:42am West Side RagWest Side Rag
Four people, including two children, were injured in a fire at 249 West 61st Street early Thursday morning. The fire broke out on the first floor...
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This Was New York in 1900 [VIDEO]

Mar 16 9:41am Bowery Boogie
Thank you to the Travel Film Archive for sharing some raw 1900 New York with the masses. Take a break from Instagram and watch our city turn street corners and a century. 20 plus minutes of “wow.” Every day was an adventure without apps and chats. As always…...
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21-Year-Old Woman Dies In Williamsburg Bridge Car Crash

Mar 16 9:38am Gothamist
A young woman was killed when a car she was riding in barreled into a divider on the Williamsburg Bridge this morning. Police say the driver was drunk, and the driver, the victim and another passenger had been celebrating the dead woman's 21st birthday. [ more › ]...
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The Insider: Architect Transforms Derelict Crown Heights Limestone Into Polished Family Home

Mar 16 9:00am Brownstoner
The bay-windowed limestone townhouse was in poor shape, said South Slope-based architect Ben Herzog in a masterpiece of understatement, before adding: There had been people squatting in it, and there were definitely some bullet holes. Between the all-over damage from decades of neglect and the claustrophobic original layout, Herzog and his team,… Read More > The post The Insider: Architect Transforms Derelict Crown Heights Limestone Into Polished Family Home appeared first on Brownstoner.
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Daily Links: Cuomos $1.4 Billion Plan for Brooklyn Stirs Gentrification Fears

Mar 16 8:30am Brownstoner
In the News Cuomo's $1.4 Billion Plan Stirs Gentrification Fears [NYT] A Look at an Irish Painter's Brooklyn Renaissance 100 Years On [NYT] What's Next in Sunset Park's Landmarking Quest [Eagle] Mayor Announces 200 New Jobs at Navy Yard Ferry Port [BK Reporter] 'Burg's Don Pedro Closing in May [DNA] Supportive Housing for Women and Children… Read More > The post Daily Links: Cuomo’s $1.4 Billion Plan for Brooklyn Stirs Gentrification Fears appeared first on Brownstoner.
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One Night in Brooklyn: Citrico Review

Mar 16 6:31am New York Street Food
A new exciting Review by Tiara Budd On a wintery cold Friday night, I made my way to Brooklyn to warm up with authentic Mexican food from the quaint and cozy, Citrico restaurant in Prospect Heights. As soon as I opened the door, I instantly felt like I was in a family’s dining room, getting […] The post One Night in Brooklyn: Citrico Review appeared first on New York Street Food.
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First Impressions: Ato

Mar 16 5:30am Tribeca Citizen
At the new 14-seat restaurant on Grand Street, the food combines the clarity of Japanese flavors with French richness.
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Neon Outage Puts Unfortunate Ugh in Russ & Daughters

Mar 16 5:16am Bowery Boogie
It’s always fun to see what words are created when neon signs are on the fritz. Sorta like a game of hangman. Today brings an unfortunate outage to Lower East Side classic, Russ & Daughters. Most of the letters on the marquee are dark, except the ironic “UGH” (and “ZER”). A tad embarrassing. But it’s […]...
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Mahfar Irks Embattled Residents with Rowdy Pop-Up Club in Former Las Venus Space

Mar 16 5:10am Bowery Boogie
Samy Mahfar is looking to plug the storefront vacancy at 113 Stanton Street. Neighbors didn’t like what happened there last night, though. You’ll recall that Las Venus relocated back in May 2016 after more than twenty years on the Lower East Side. This business was pissed away for a vacancy that has been sitting warehoused […]...
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Public Hotel Spells Itself with Towering Announcement in Lights; Opening is this Summer

Mar 16 5:06am Bowery Boogie
Ian Schrager’s Public Hotel on Chrystie Street has been standing tall since April 2016. That’s when the shadow-casting condo-hotel topped out at 28 stories. Now, a year later, debut is still several months from happening. But the, ahem, public rollout just began. Team Schrager is now spelling itself with lights. Earlier this week, a six-story network […]...
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Suspect Arrested in Connection to Brutal Orchard Street Beatdown

Mar 16 5:00am Bowery Boogie
One of the suspects involved in the vicious beating of a 24-year-old man on Orchard Street last week (March 10) was arrested by the 7th Precinct last night. Detectives arrested Nawang Choying, and charged him with felony gang assault, police said. The second perp involved in the fight is still at large, but was identified […]...
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Dine In Brooklyn Returns With The Borough's Best Bites

Mar 16 12:37am Gothamist
Everyone is searching for a five-star meal without the Manhattan crowds and prices. Good news, starving readers: Dine in Brooklyn is back! [ more › ]...
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Extra, Extra: But How Do EDM Artists Feel About Trump's Tax Returns, Hmm?

Mar 15 11:37pm Gothamist
Check out today's end-of-day links: vibrator spying, Yacht Rock podcasting, Roger Stone car accident, humpback whale super groups, Joe Biden's favorite meme, and hungry tortoises. Don't forget to follow Gothamist on Twitter, Instagram,...
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Eric Schneiderman Announces Coalition Against Trump Emissions Standards Rollback

Mar 15 5:38pm Gothamist
On the same day that President Trump announced a review of federal vehicle emissions standards, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced he was leading a coalition of attorneys general asking him to stop the review. Schneiderman also announced New York would file a motion in support of the EPA in a lawsuit that Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers filed against them regarding federal emissions standards. [ more › ]...
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Activists And Lawyers Are Preparing For Trump's New Travel Ban To Drop At Midnight

Mar 15 4:37pm Gothamist
Tonight, around 9:00 p.m., a group of 20 lawyers and translators will gather at John F. Kennedy Airport with their laptops and resurrect a central command station at the arrivals gate at Terminal 4. The second iteration of President Donald Trump's travel ban—barring citizens from Iran, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen for at least three months and all refugees for four—goes into effect at midnight. Advocates, attorneys and policymakers aren't expecting the same levels of chaos that accompanied Trump's January order on border security, but #NoBanJFK is planning to be at the airport at least until Saturday. The terminal is even providing them with tables, chairs and power strips. [ more › ]...
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Report: Citi Bike Ridership Dominated By Residents, Not Tourists

Mar 15 3:38pm Gothamist
Almost half of the rides taken on Citi Bike last for under 10 minutes, and riders use the service as a way to get to and from major transit hubs, according to a new study of the bike share system by NYU's Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management. [ more › ]...
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From the Forum: Should a Buyer Avoid Properties With ECB Violations?

Mar 15 3:00pm Brownstoner
A reader is looking at purchasing a property and is concerned that it has an open violation. They discovered the property has a 2008 Environmental Control Board (ECB) violation related to a retaining wall. The seller's agent speculates that the issue was taken care of by the seller and the… Read More > The post From the Forum: Should a Buyer Avoid Properties With ECB Violations? appeared first on Brownstoner.
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SLUSHY STREETS, UN-SHOVELED SIDEWALKS: ITS A MESS OUT THERE

Mar 15 2:49pm West Side RagWest Side Rag
We're getting some photos of the storm aftermath and they ain't pretty. Corners are a slushy-icy mess and people are struggling to get across the...
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CLEAR ACADEMIC FOCUS AND INNOVATIVE APPROACH AT BASIS INDEPENDENT MANHATTAN

Mar 15 2:45pm West Side RagWest Side Rag
SPONSORED: Between Montessori, Waldorf, progressive, traditional, child-led and more, it almost feels lately like parents are, themselves, expected...
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Anti-Trump Graffiti Artist Tries 'Cuomo's Guilty Too' Defense

Mar 15 2:37pm Gothamist
A man on trial for spraying anti-Trump graffiti on the side of a Manhattan building should walk free because Governor Andrew Cuomo basically committed almost the same offense as part of last fall's unsanctioned Subway Therapy project and faced no consequences, his attorney argues. [ more › ]...
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A Vegan Deli & Grocer Has Opened On The Lower East Side

Mar 15 1:37pm Gothamist
  Vegans in New York City have access to just about every version of food carnivores enjoy, whether that's street food, BBQ, tapas, pizza, cheese, fine dining, burgers, butcher shop items...and on and on. And now: deli. An all vegan deli and food market called Orchard Grocery has debuted on the Lower East Side, selling sandwiches and pantry-stockers crafted without the inclusion of animals. [ more › ]...
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Sleek Williamsburg Townhouse With Gas Fireplace, Modern Updates Asks $3.15 Million

Mar 15 1:05pm Brownstoner
This Williamsburg townhouse, at 512 Lorimer Street, has been given a thoughtful makeover that's thoroughly luxe and modern. Handcrafted and bespoke, the listing calls the house, which was overhauled by the architecture firm Asa Barak Studio. They've tricked it out with some interesting high-end finishes, from the modern, gray exterior to the… Read More > The post Sleek Williamsburg Townhouse With Gas Fireplace, Modern Updates Asks $3.15 Million appeared first on Brownstoner.
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How FUN Was This Morning's Post-Snowstorm Subway Commute?

Mar 15 12:37pm Gothamist
The aftermath of yesterday's non-blizzard seems to have made for a rough commute for many subway riders this morning, with only the 1, 2, 3, and G trains escaping delays and disruptions, according to the MTA's official accounting. [ more › ]...
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Friends Ramen

Mar 15 12:37pm The Infatuation Feed
A friend is supposed to look out for you and be there in times of need. They should be a shoulder to cry on. A confidant with whom you can share your deepest fears and loftiest dreams. Someone who will tell you you’re better off without your ex and no don’t drink that 21st shot of tequila on your birthday. Friends also don’t serve you mini bowls of ramen and try to pass it off as a good idea. That’s why we can’t be friends with Friends Ramen. Friends Ramen is a ramen restaurant brought to you by the people who own the nearby Friends Sushi. And we actually like Friends Sushi. It’s the kind of decent and affordable sushi restaurant responsible for the survival of weekday sushi with my girls. So we had hopes this ramen project of theirs would fill a similar role - that it'd be an easy and affordable place to grab a weekday bowl of ramen. But it’s not. The problems start with the concept - mini bowls of ramen for $6. There are nine different styles of ramen and each one comes in a small bowl a little bigger than your typical cup of soup. The idea is you order multiple bowls at once and can try a few flavors. But we’ve never once thought, Man, wish we could try all those ramen flavors. It’s not ice cream. We don’t want to order four different mini bowls of ramen. It’s not cute. It’s not fun. And plainly put, it's a bad idea. Aside from the fact mini ramen bowls are a bad idea, it’s also not good food. If you've had ramen anywhere else you’ll know this is mediocre broth with spaghetti noodles that lacks flavor. Edible, sure, but something you’d expect to find in an airport or mall food court. And then there are also bad rice bowls with pork belly and other meats. The rice tastes like it was microwaved after sitting in the fridge for a night while the meat is reminiscent of a generic rubber chicken. Not that we’ve eaten rubber chickens before, but we imagine this is what they taste like. Add in an uncomfortable seating arrangement and a menu that looks like it was drawn by crayon and you have the makings of a place to which we will not be back. This isn’t any way to treat a friend.Food Rundown Ramen You’re going to need to order 2-4 bowls anyway. If you’re here, get the tan tan men or the spicy miso ramen. Or better yet, go somewhere else. Stay away from the cheesy ramen - we’re afraid of that. Rice B...
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This Lego-Style Coffee Mug Is Every Procrastinator's Dream

Mar 15 11:38am Gothamist
This customizable cup is made out of a peg and hole surface that you can customize with toy construction bricks. [ more › ]...
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12 Mediocre West Hollywood Restaurants You'll Probably Go To At Some Point

Mar 15 11:37am The Infatuation Feed
West Hollywood has a lot going for it. Rent-controlled apartments, rainbow-painted crosswalks, and a free drunk trolley to carry your ass home on the weekends. And of course, lots and lots of restaurants. But for all the fantastic places there are to eat here, there’s an even bigger plague of entirely mediocre ones that continue to pull in the crowds. And you’ll probably end up at a few of them at some point. Whether it be with a corporate client who’s only impressed with nice views or your childhood best friend who won’t stop until she's locked eyes with Rachel Zoe, here’s how to navigate the 12 most mediocre restaurants in Weho.the spots 1 Gracias Madre West Hollywood 8905 Melrose Ave 6.5 MAP Gracias Madre needs no introduction. Frankly, there’s a decent chance you’re currently reading this right now from their patio. But for all the hoopla and (very delicious) margaritas they’re serving, the fact is that the menu is entirely uninspiring. It’s one thing to take meat and cheese out of Mexican food, it’s another to do it badly. But that’s exactly what this middling vegan restaurant has done. So the next time all the girls get together for a “Gracias night!!, eat beforehand. Nobody wants to be stuck staring at a plate the waiter just triumphantly announced as cashew puree. 2 Fig & Olive 8490 Melrose Pl 6.3 MAP Fig & Olive is basically the Carrabba’s of people taking industry meetings. This national chain is serving French/Mediterranean/something like that food and everything is pretty by-the-books. You’ll eat...
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