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The Strand‘s Owner Fights City Plan To Protect Building With Landmark Status

The building at 826 Broadway, at the corner of 12th Street, is remarkable, an early skyscraper exemplary of the Renaissance Revival style that distinguishes the architecture south of Union Square. The reason you know it, however, likely has more to do with what‘s inside: The Strand bookstore, arguably the city‘s most famous independent bookseller and a retailer so firmly entrenched in New York‘s culture

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SNL Writer Kicked Off Stage During Stand Up Set At Columbia University

On Friday night, the Columbia University Asian American Alliance (AAA) hosted "cultureSHOCK: Reclaim," an annual charity performance/showcase intended to celebrate Asian American artistic expression. Their featured comedian of the night was Saturday Night Live writer/comedian Nimesh Patel, who joined the show in 2017 and became its first ever Indian-American writer. And, well, things at the event did not go as planned. [

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Extra Extra: SoHo Middle Finger Fight Is An Instant Classic

Because you would volunteer to host the Oscars, check out today‘s end-of-day links: Stereolab returns, ‘Good Place‘ renewed, Trump dating site, SoHo middle finger fight, Amazon workout plan, anti-french fry propaganda, and happy birthday to Zeus! [ more ‘ ]

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BBQ Films Throwing A Festivus Party Tonight At Arlene‘s Grocery For The Rest Of Us

Although December 23rd has become the de facto date to celebrate Festivusthe world‘s most important Seinfeld spin-off holiday that may or may not be associated with The Human Fundit really should be celebrated any damn time you want, in the spirit that originator (and sitcom writer) Dan O‘Keefe‘s father did it: "Whenever the hell [he] felt like it, September to May. One year there was none. One year, th

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Excellent ‘Country Thai‘ At Taladwat Livens Things Up In Hell‘s Kitchen

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Plan To Turn Elizabeth Street Garden Into Affordable Housing Moves Forward

The plan to replace a popular community garden in Nolita with more than 100 deeply affordable apartments for senior citizens has taken a major step forward. [ more ‘ ]

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Over Hamilton‘s Grave: Another Hit is Born

On Christmas Eve of 1839, four Austrian villagers stood by the tombstone of Alexander Hamilton and serenaded Lower Manhattan with Christmas songs. [sponsor] [ more ‘ ]

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Report: Staten Island Cops Accused Of Planting Drugs On Black Teen Have History Of Racial Profiling

A pair of Staten Island police officers who allegedly planted marijuana in a black teenager‘s car earlier this year are now facing additional accusations racial profiling, following an inquiry into their past arrests by the Legal Aid Society. [ more ‘ ]

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Video: George R.R. Martin Finally Finishes His Guide To NYC Pizza

Do you ever get the feeling that George R.R. Martin will do literally anything to get out of finishing the A Song Of Ice & Fire series? It‘s been well over seven years since the release of A Dance Of Dragons, and in lieu of the long-awaited new GoT book, Martin has released spin-off books like Fire and Blood, he‘s helped adapt his 1980 novella Nightflyers into a TV show, he‘s started non-profits, he&lsq

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Man In Charge Of NYC Board Of Elections Took Trips Paid For By Electronic Ballot Scanner Company

Despite the historic results, the 2018 midterm election will be remembered by many New Yorkers for the miserable voting experience caused by a two-page, perforated ballot; rain and humidity; and aging electronic ballot scanners that largely failed to keep up with the high voter turnout and additional ballots. And now it turns out that the head of New York City‘s Board of Elections has been taking trips on the scann

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Early Addition: The Strangest Myths About Food

Because you love unlikely NYC origin stories, check out today‘s midday links: new ‘Captain Marvel‘ trailer, Anthony Bourdain feature, George H.W. Bush‘s service dog, Phish fandom, food myths, Michael Cohen‘s conscious, and duck loves dog. [ more ‘ ]

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Alcohol Banned On NJ Transit, LIRR, Metro North During Santacon

In order to minimize the damage wrought by myriad Santas merrily barfing into their hats on the way to and from SantaCon, the Long Island Railroad, New Jersey Transit, and the Metro North have all issued alcohol bans, effective Saturday to Sunday. Actually, NJ Transit went so far as to ban all beverages across all transportation modes, buses and light rails included, because there is no better mask for Jaeger shots than

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MTA Blames Financial Woes On Farebeaters, Mulls Crackdown

For the past few board meetings, the MTA had blamed fare evasion for some of the agency‘s troubled finances and requested more details on exactly which stations have the highest number of fare beaters. [ more ‘ ]

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Three Arrested After FedEx Truck Driver Allegedly Hit Brooklyn Funeral Mourner, Sparking Melee

A brawl broke out on a Brooklyn street Monday afternoon after a FedEx driver allegedly struck a person in a funeral procession. Two FedEx employees, including the driver, were arrested, as was one of the mourners. [ more ‘ ]

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Kanye West Sorry For Staring At His Phone During Opening Night Of ‘The Cher Show‘

Kanye West and Kim Kardashian were in town on Monday to attend at least half of the premiere (more on that later) of The Cher Show, the new Broadway musical featuring no less than three Chers singing the music of Cher. But West apparently was a bit restless, and actor Jarrod Spector (who plays Sonny Bono) noticed him thumbing through his phone at some point. So he decided to reach out to him on Twitter during the perform

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UPDATE: The One Where ‘Friends‘ Leaves Netflix

Four years after its entire 10 seasons were dumped on to Netflix, Friends (or F.R.I.E.N.D.S. if you were trying to find it that first day) will depart the streaming platform. They‘ll be there for you... until a complex streaming contract system says they cannot be. Update: Netflix now says that the show will be available through 2019. See more details below. [ more ‘ ]

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Extra Extra: Millennials Continue Murder Spree By Targeting Canned Tuna Industry

Because you want to visit the last chess shop in NYC, check out today‘s end-of-day links: Prince karaoke movie, broke Milo, New Yorker on sleep, Pete Davidson writes about online bullying, and a doggy goes undercover. [ more ‘ ]

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