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Stretch Of Rockaway Beach Will Be Off-Limits To Swimming This Summer Due To Beach Erosion

An 11-block stretch of Rockaway Beach will be off-limits to swimming this summer, the NYC Parks Department announced yesterday, days before the city‘s beaches open for the season. According the announcement, swimming will be prohibited in the area between Beach 91st Street and Beach 102nd Street "in order to maintain the protective dune and keep swimmers safe." Yesterday‘s announcement angered many in the Roc

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Interactive Map Shows Median Rent Near Every NYC Subway Stop

As the luxury construction boom has given way to rising vacancy rates and ample concessions at some of New York‘s poshest buildings, the city has a whole has begun to experience a slight slide in median rents-a positive development, even if it‘s unlikely to change the fact that the poor and middle class still face a very real housing crisis brought on by rapacious landlords and elected officials. [ more &lsq

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Trump To Visit Long Island Wednesday To Continue ‘Violent Animals‘ Rhetoric

President Donald Trump hasn‘t visited the five boroughs since December 2nd (when he attended, no joke, a "Trump Victory Committee breakfast"), but he‘s expected to make his first 2018 visit to the New York area this week. [ more ‘ ]

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Venezuelan New Yorkers Gather In Union Square To Protest Yesterday‘s Rigged Election

Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro won another six year term in an election yesterday that is being widely criticized as fraudulent, and the results are not being recognized by the U.S. Here in New York, the election sparked an immediate demonstration in Manhattan, as the Venezuelan immigrant community gathered to raise awareness about the dire conditions in their country. [ more ‘ ]

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Extra, Extra: The Most Reasonable ‘Star Wars‘ Take In The Galaxy

Because it‘s okay to be mean to racists, check out today‘s end-of-day links: Citi Bike tricks on Instagram, Howard Stern on Trump, Royal Wedding photos, the return of Mike Myers, RIP Interview Magazine, and a graceful squirrel. Don‘t forget to follow Gothamist on Twitter, Instagram,

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Shake-Up At Success Academy As Two Executives Step Down From Posts

On May 9th, Eva Moskowitz, the head of Success Academy, sent an office-wide email informing employees that Chief Operating Officer Kris Cheung and Chief Financial Officer Robert Price will both be leaving the company. Cheung is slated to become the COO of KIPP charter network in Texas, while Price will be moving into a consultant role next month, according to the email. [ more ‘ ]

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Starbucks Will Let People Sit Inside Stores And Use Restrooms Without Purchasing Anything

Starbucks has announced its intention to be "the third place, a warm and welcoming environment where customers can gather and connect," which means, "Any customer is welcome to use Starbucks spaces, including our restrooms, cafes and patios, regardless of whether they make a purchase." This comes in the wake of an April incident at a Philadelphia location, where a manager called the police on two black men who were waiti

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Stock Up On Commemorative Fyre Festival Merch At NYC Pop-Up Sale Today

Doesn‘t it feel like only yesterday that we were kicking back in our disaster relief tents while devouring artisanal bread with cheese, waiting for the rescue boats to save us from Fyre Festival? Ja Rule and Billy McFarland‘s multi-sensory luxury influencer festival on an island in The Exumas was a once-in-a-lifetime experience for anyone interested in participating in a surprise survivalist cosplay event. Si

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Two of Success Academy‘s Top Executives Are Leaving The Charter Network

On May 9th, Eva Moskowitz, the head of Success Academy, sent an office-wide email informing employees that Chief Operating Officer Kris Cheung and Chief Financial Officer Robert Price will both be leaving the company. Cheung is slated to become the COO of KIPP charter network in Texas, while Price will be moving into a consultant role next month, according to the email. [ more ‘ ]

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De Blasio To NYPD: Stop Arresting NYers For Smoking Weed

As the racial disparity in marijuana arrests continues, and with a state report recommending the legalization of marijuana set to drop this week, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Sunday that he would direct the NYPD to stop arresting New Yorkers for smoking weed in public, and create a task force to prepare the city for legalization. [ more ‘ ]

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The Night Of 1,000 Bowies Brought A Bunch Of Bowies To Brooklyn

On Friday night, an otherworldly dance party took over the spectacular Beaux-Arts Court inside the Brooklyn Museum. The Night of 1000 Bowies event was hosted by the House of Yes and Little Cinema, and featured dancing, DJs and live performances "honoring the many faces of Bowie, from Ziggy Stardust and Major Tom to the Goblin King." There was a makeup station for those who couldn‘t quite master

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Trump To Visit Long Island Wednesday For More ‘Violent Animals‘ Ranting

President Donald Trump hasn‘t visited the five boroughs since December 2nd (when he attended, no joke, a "Trump Victory Committee breakfast"), but he‘s expected to make his first 2018 visit to the New York area this week. [ more ‘ ]

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NYPD Investigating Sexual Assault Allegations Involving Mario Batali

In December 2017, a devastating Eater expos revealed rampant sexual misconduct by NYC-based celebrity chef Mario Batali, leading to Batali taking a leave of absence from his large network of businesses. Then the NY Times followed up, with a look at misconduct from restaurateur Ken Friedman, whose West Village establishment Spotted Pig was a frequent haunt of Batali‘s, so much so that "employees and industry insider

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Photos: Dance Parade Takes Over NYC Streets In Pouring Rain

Heavy rains at the start and a steady drizzle throughout couldn‘t entirely dampen the celebratory feel of this year‘s Dance Parade, the first such spectacle since the repeal last fall of the hated Cabaret Law, which since 1926 had made dancing without a permit a crime. As such, Norman Siegel, Mercedes Ellington, and Josephine Baker, key figures all in the legislative victory to repeal, wer

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‘Racist Lawyer‘ Serenaded By Mariachi Band & Over 100 Protesters

New Yorkers issued a raucous, musical rebuke to now-infamous lawyer Aaron Schlossberg on Friday, gathering for a block-long party and protest outside his Upper West Side home, complete with a five-piece Mariachi band and free tacos. [ more ‘ ]

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Off-Duty Police Officer Dies In Upstate Crash On His Wedding Day, Another Off-Duty NYPD Officer Also Killed

Two off-duty NYPD police officers were killed in a crash late Sunday night in upstate New York. One of the police officers was driving, while the other officer was a groom who had just been married that day. [ more ‘ ]

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NYPD: Man Claiming To Be Police Officer Groped Woman Through Open Bedroom Window

An intruder scaling a Brooklyn building rooftop groped a woman and then asked to join her in her bed, police say. The man also allegedly claimed he was a police officer. [ more ‘ ]

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Early Addition: Giuliani‘s Mueller Deadline ‘Entirely Made Up‘

Because Rudy Giuliani lies, check out today‘s midday links: Kate McKinnon profile, Mars babies, John Oliver on shady rehab industry, shadow pig, inside housing court, Lauren/Yanny voice, and dog doesn‘t want to move. Follow Gothamist on Twitter, Instagram,

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At Least 16 Hospitalized After Mass K2 Overdose In Brooklyn

What appears to be another mass K2 overdose led to at least 16 hospitalizations over the weekend at the intersection of Myrtle Avenue and Broadway in Brooklyn-a known hotspot in recent years for the dangerous synthetic drug. [ more ‘ ]

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Extra, Extra: Giuliani 2018 Shouts Down Giuliani 1998

Because you are not brave enough to clench your tuchus on social media, check out today‘s end-of-day links: Brooklyn barber tosses customer, Rudy Giuliani tries shouting, NYC languages, John McCain twilight, and dog collects stones. Don‘t forget to follow Gothamist on Twitter, Instagram,

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NYC‘s Planned Parenthood Vows To ‘Keep Our Doors Open" In Face Of New Trump Rules

The executive director of Planned Parenthood of New York says that no matter what the new Trump regulations say about abortion providers, its clinics will stay open. [ more ‘ ]

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[Update] Woman, Child Dead After Fall From Midtown Manhattan Hotel

A woman and child are dead after falling from a hotel on East 46th Street this morning, police say. [ more ‘ ]

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Tell Us How Much You Suck: How Many Straws Do You Use a Week?

Iced coffee season is gearing up, but plastic straws may be on the way out. More restaurants and cafes are looking for ways to phase out or replace the disposable suction devices. Restaurateur Danny Meyer made one of the largest announcements on the issue, tweeting that all Union Square Hospitality Group restaurants would be replacing plastic straws with biodegradable ones. [ more ‘ ]

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Photos: NYBG Immerses Itself In Georgia O‘Keeffe‘s 1939 Visit To Hawaii

Georgia O‘Keeffe‘s three-month stay in Hawaii has been reimagined in the lush corridors of the New York Botanical Garden, with frangipani, bougainvillea, bird-paradise, hibiscus, and other flora, in the new show, Georgia O‘Keeffe: Visions of Hawai‘i, opening on Saturday. Besides the flowers and plants, 20 of O‘Keeffe‘s paintings from the period are on display, inclu

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