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A Mysterious ‘BING‘ Sound Has Been Haunting Bay Ridge

For the past few weeks, an ominous sound has been emanating from a mysterious source in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. [ more ‘ ]

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Karina Vetrano Murder Trial Ends In Hung Jury And Mistrial

Late Tuesday night, Queens County Judge Michael Aloise declared a mistrial in the case against Chanel Lewis for the murder of Karina Vetrano, after only a day and a half of deliberations. [ more ‘ ]

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Video Allegedly Shows Staten Island Cop Planting Joint In Teen‘s Car

A Staten Island police officer accused of planting marijuana in a black teenager‘s car won‘t face any discipline, officials said Monday, despite two newly released videos that have raised serious concerns about the circumstances of the arrest. [ more ‘ ]

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Will Staten Island Get A Wu-Tang Clan District Street Sign?

After Aretha Franklin died in August, New Yorkers moved quickly to put up makeshift tributes to the Queen of Soul at subway stations and other public places, like they did with David Bowie, Prince, and so many other recently-deceased musical legends. At the forefront of the recent tribute was LeRoy McCarthy, a cultural advocate who put up a spray chalk tribute at the Franklin Avenue stop, and was able to convince the MTA

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Extra Extra: Trump Won‘t Let Reporter‘s Murder Get Between Him And Saudi Arabia

Because Trump is really bad at doing crimes, check out today‘s end-of-day links: ‘Lego Movie 2‘ trailer, Gritty social media, exorcism popularity, most British thing you‘ll see today, Dems to investigate Ivanka, and puppy gets prosthetic legs. [ more ‘ ]

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Set All The Romaine Lettuce Ablaze

In alarming news for anyone who, say, ate a romaine lettuce salad in the past week: the CDC is warning of a new E. coli contamination. In what is frankly a goddamn terrifying article, the Washington Post warns: "The CDC told consumers to throw away any romaine lettuce they may already have purchased. Restaurants should not serve it, stores should not sell it, and people should not buy it, no matter where or when the lett

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Smoke From California Wildfires Causes Hazy Skies Over NYC

If you looked up at the sky yesterday and wondered why the city‘s smog coat had suddenly grown so thick, here is your answer: California‘s catastrophic wildfires have generated so much smoke that it‘s now visible even on the other side of the country. The smoky haze drifted all the way to the East Coast, clouding up the skies over New York on Monday. [ more ‘ ]

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Map: Where To See Macy‘s 2018 Thanksgiving Balloon Inflation

Thanksgiving Day may serve up the coldest weather in a century, so you might as well catch the balloons for Macy‘s Thanksgiving Day Parade on Wednesday afternoon and evening when it‘s a balmy 40 degrees. All the action takes place on the Upper West Side, starting at 1 p.m. [ more ‘ ]

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‘MTA Museum‘ Pays Tribute To Butt Imprints, Bubble Gum & Other Everyday Subway Sights

If you‘ve spent any time hovering at the Bedford Avenue station this past month, you may have noticed an unusual plaque on one of the seats commemorating the "Untitled, Butt Pattern" there. It reads: "As a political statement on transit and the concept of rest, millions of New Yorkers collaborated over a period of decades to meticulously create these unique patterns using only their posteriors." It certainly caught

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Stick To The Classics At The Sceney New Gupshup Near Union Square

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Plot Thickens In Alleged NJ GoFundMe Scam As Girlfriend Insists SHE Was Conned

The screw continues to turn in the tale of the GoFundMe scammers, the New Jersey couple who allegedly crowdsourced over 400,000 for a local homeless man, only to spend the bulk of that money on themselves. Last week, news surfaced that all three parties were allegedly working in cahoots to fabricate the heartwarming story that inspired the fundraiser, but now the young woman involved insists she‘s the one who got c

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Today Is Trans Day Of Remembrance

Every November 20th, for the last 19 years, activists have recognized Transgender Day of Remembrance, holding vigils to commemorate the transgender people who have lost their lives to violence. In 2017, at least 29 trans people were murdered in the United States, the highest number ever recorded. According to the Human Rights Campaign, so far in 2018 at least 22 transgender people have been killed nationwide. [ more &ls

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NYPD: Woman Was Raped And Robbed Near Prospect Park

A woman was dragged behind a bench and sexually assaulted near Prospect Park on Sunday morning. According to CBS2, the woman had recently left a family gathering and was on her way home when she was grabbed and put into a chokehold before being raped. [ more ‘ ]

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Does Amazon Cuomo‘s ‘9 To 1‘ Sales Pitch Make Sense?

A parable: A man walks into a bar, and orders a drink. That‘ll be ten dollars, says the bartender. The man hands over nine one-dollar bills. [ more ‘ ]

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Early Addition: Amazon Employees Commit ‘Insider Gentrification‘ In Queens

Because you would eat a Hot Cheetos turkey, check out today‘s midday links: Tom Steyer 2020, insider gentrification, Ivanka Trump personal email account, new Early Sweatshirt, depressing debt story, Chinese internet, and doggo does cannonball. [ more ‘ ]

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Bronx Man Arrested For Allegedly Writing Racist Message On African Burial Ground Monument

Authorities have arrested a man believed to be responsible for racist vandalism found earlier this month at the African Burial Ground Monument, a historic site near City Hall honoring free and enslaved black residents buried in lower Manhattan. [ more ‘ ]

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SantaCon‘s Annual Gathering Of Sauced Santas Scheduled For December 8th

Said the little lamb to the blotto shepherd boy who fell into a garbage-strewn snowbank in Hell‘s Kitchen while attempting to urinate on top of a rat who may or may not be alive: do you hear what I hear? Because what I hear is that SantaCon, certain New Yorkers‘ favorite excuse to relive their halcyon undergraduate bar-crawling days, is returning to the city for its annual holiday crawl on Saturday, December

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Extra Extra: Who Bedazzled This Pigeon?

Because social media is rotting some people‘s brains, check out today‘s end-of-day links: BuzzFeed‘s plan to save digital media, bedazzled pigeon, Rolling Stones tour dates, subway raccoon, embattled Nancy Pelosi, and sleepy puppy. [ more ‘ ]

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Virginia Man Arrested After Wind Whips Drone Into Barclays HQ

Travel conditions improved dramatically across the tri-state area after last Thursday‘s microblizzard (by which I mean three to six inches of snow slush) subsided, but still, the skies were not safe for the city‘s illicit drone pilots. On Friday, police arrested 27-year-old Steven Funes after a rogue wind gusted his drone into the side of Barclays headquarters in Midtown. The building sustained no injuries in

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Italy‘s Venerable Venchi Installs America‘s Largest Chocolate Waterfall In Union Square

Italy‘s gourmet chocolatier Venchi opened its flagship NYC location last weeka narrow, festive storefront near Union Square that features a full gelato counter, towering walls of treats, extravagant coffee drinks, made-to-order crepes, and, in the back cascading behind the entire seating area, what is purportedly North America‘s largest chocolate waterfall. These seem like the kind of thin

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The Best Things To Do In NYC This Week

Czech film and art platform PAF has mounted an annual festival every December since 2000. This year there will be a New York edition: two evenings of new audiovisual performances by international artists. These include "Prelude for Light and Fog," Isama Zing & Ink Midget‘s audiovisual composition written for eight fog machines and four strobe lights; Jakub Jansa‘s "immersive environment with hidden, inner dra

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Brace For The Coldest Thanksgiving In DECADES, Possibly A CENTURY

The Weather isn‘t done with you turkeys yet: Exactly one week after blasting us with a snow-ice storm of unexpectedly aggressive proportions, it is reportedly cooking up a cold front to disrupt Thanksgiving Day. [ more ‘ ]

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Fired NYC Watchdog Says De Blasio Made ‘Late Night Screaming Call‘ In Attempt To Block Critical Report

The city‘s investigations commissioner says he was regularly pressured to suppress reports critical of Mayor Bill de Blasio‘s administration, and claims he was fired last week in retaliation for refusing the mayor‘s gag orders. [ more ‘ ]

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Interview: Dirty Projectors‘ Dave Longstreth Explains How He Writes Songs

In the late ‘00s and early ‘10s, the Dirty Projectors rose to the forefront of indie rock on the backs of three genre-defying, instant classic albums: the Black Flag dadaism of Rise Above, the classic rock stomp of Bitte Orca and the idiosyncratic romanticism of Swing Lo Magellan. Combining the anxious melodicism of David Byrne with modern hip-hop production textures, Dave Longstreth‘s longtime solo pro

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