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Video: Panic & ‘So Much Blood‘ On Cape Cod Beach As Brooklyn Teens Flee Shark Attack

There were nine reported shark sightings on Cape Cod beaches yesterday, with the most harrowing by far occurring at Nauset beach, which stretches between the towns of Orleans and Chatham. Around 1:30 p.m., beachgoers spotted a dorsil fin in the water, followed by what one witness described as "blood everywhere." Fortunately, it was the blood of an unfortunate seal, not a human, but the source of all that blood was not im

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Video: Astonished Queens Fishermen Catch Sea Turtle In The East River

A fisherman in Queens reeled in an unexpected catch from the East River yesterday: A sea turtle. [ more ‘ ]

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More Outlet Malls Could Come To NYC After AG‘s Settlement With Woodbury Commons Operator

The operator of the Woodbury Commons has essentially held a monopoly on outlet mall development, preventing outlet stores from opening additional locations within a 60-mile radius of the flagship, NY Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said. [ more ‘ ]

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Outlet Malls Could Come To NYC After AG‘s Settlement With Woodbury Commons Operator

The operator of the Woodbury Commons has essentially held a monopoly on outlet mall development, preventing outlet stores from opening additional locations within a 60-mile radius of the flagship, NY Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said. [ more ‘ ]

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Why You Can‘t Rely On Your Local Hard Drive

Sure, you might have trusted your handy local hard drive all these years, but you‘re one virus, bad power supply, or corrupted operating system away from losing all your precious files. This Zoolz Cloud Storage: 2TB Lifetime Subscription is a much more trustworthy option to preserve your data. [ more ‘ ]

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Photos: Thousands Flock To Central Park For Solar Eclipse

While most New Yorkers could simply step outside and see the Great American Eclipse from rooftops or sidewalks, thousands headed to Central Park seeking a little more space to spread out and enjoy the celestial event. "The Sheep Meadow is our favorite place," Talia Barrington explained. [ more ‘ ]

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Extra, Extra: Did You Squeeze In Any Eclipse Sex?

Because you are into eclipse sexting, check out today‘s end-of-day links: John Oliver on nuclear waste, James Murphy on new LCD Soundsystem, trying to understand Dylann Roof, Joss Whedon fansite shuts down, and dog advertises for restaurant. Don‘t forget to follow Gothamist on Twitter, Instagram,

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Photos: Times Square Was Packed With Eclipse Watchers

Times Square really did become a sort of Crossroads of the World this afternoon, as hundreds of tourists and area workers piled into the streets and pedestrian plazas to watch the Great American Eclipse. Some folks were armed with special glasses, welding goggles, and homemade pinhole cameras, while others simply put on regular sunglasses, sat on the steps by the TKTS booth and hoped for the best. [

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Activism In NYC This Week: Rally For Right To Know, Charlottesville Solidarity, And More

From rallies for local police reform to protests against white nationalists, here‘s a roundup of some of the most notable opportunities for activism in NYC this week. As always, feel free to leave anything we‘ve missed in the comments. [ more ‘ ]

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Photos: NYC Reacts To The Great American Eclipse

New York City came to a partial halt on Monday afternoon as New Yorkers grabbed their special cardboard sunglasses and momentarily turned their gaze from their navels to the skies for the first total American eclipse in almost a century. [ more ‘ ]

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Despite Promises, NYPD Still Arrests Tens Of Thousands For Low-Level Marijuana Possession

Despite Mayor Bill de Blasio‘s repeated promises to end arrests for low-level marijuana possession, the NYPD is on track to arrest tens of thousands of pot-smoking New Yorkers this year, with enforcement once again overwhelmingly centered on minority communities. [ more ‘ ]

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No Sports Radio Fame For Chris Christie

Chris Christie only has a few more months left to get that 15 percent approval rating down to 0, and it appears his post-gubernatorial plans are going about as well as his political ambitions. It appears he will not be taking over Mike Francesa‘s spot on WFAN, after all. [ more ‘ ]

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Protesters Target Central Park Statue Of Gynecologist Who Experimented On Slaves

The movement to topple Confederate memorials and other monuments to racists continues to grow across New York, and some activists are now setting their sights on a Central Park statue in tribute to a gynecologist known for experimenting on enslaved black women without anesthesia or consent. [ more ‘ ]

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IT‘S ON: Watch The Great Solar Eclipse Now As It Heads East

Are you stuck in the caverns of Midtown, unable to see the sunlight through the skyscrapers? Time to pivot yourself to video NASA will be livestreaming the Great American Eclipse starting at noon today RIGHT HERE (and on a few platforms). Here‘s the YouTube they‘ll be streaming from, as well: [ more ‘ ]

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Shake Shack Courts Columbia University With New ShackBurger Outpost

The site of Columbia University staple Ollie‘s Noodle Shop, which was nearly destroyed in a fire back in 2015, is now home to the city‘s latest Shake Shack. Opening Wednesday at Broadway and 116th Street, the new Shack is practically a part of Columbia‘s and Barnard‘s campuses, lucky students. Shake Shack was considered north of The Wall during the Dark Ages when I was at NYU, though we did have B

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Is Taylor Swift The Evil Genius Behind The Eclipse Or Is She Just Releasing A New Single?

Taylor Swift, fresh off her pretty boss sexual harassment suit win, posted a cryptic video to her social media accounts today, having annihilated her previous social media presence just a few days prior. In it, there appears to be a snake‘s tail, or maybe one belonging to a dragon: [ more ‘ ]

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Furious Crown Heights Residents Confront ‘Bullet Hole‘ Bar Owner: ‘Our Only Demand Is For Her To Close‘

Dozens of Crown Heights residents rallied Sunday afternoon outside Summerhill, a new self-described "boozy sandwich shop" on Nostrand Avenue, for the second protest in as many months against owner Becca Brennan‘s decision to advertise a cocktail in front of a "bullet hole-ridden wall" and Forty Ounce Ros in a recent press release. [ more ‘ ]

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Early Addition: Secret Service Runs Out Of Money Protecting Trump Family

How Stephen Miller rode a wave of "white rage" into the West Wing, why casinos can‘t save us, Taylor Swift is upstaging the eclipse, and so much more in today‘s midday link roundup. Follow Gothamist on Twitter, Instagram,

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Forecast: Mostly Clear Skies This Afternoon For The Eclipse

It looks like the sky will generally cooperate for eclipse viewing this afternoon. High pressure to our south should keep the skies mostly clear today. There is a slight chance we could see a few thin cirrus clouds as a result of afternoon storms over Pennsylvania and a chance of some sea breeze-induced cumulus clouds inland from south-facing beaches. [ more ‘ ]

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Treat Yourself To A Dim Sum Lunch This Week

Fancy Cantonese spot Hakkasan New York has begun a prix fixe lunch service focused on the restaurant‘s excellent dim sum, as well as an a la carte menu. The Dim Sum Lunch (39) includes seven dishes including har gau dumplings, Chilean seabass daikon roll, scallop shumai, and roast duck pumpkin puffs. Each meal comes with a pot of green or jasmine tea and a choice of three desserts to finish. [ more ‘ ]

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Here‘s Where To Livestream Today‘s Eclipse

Are you stuck in the caverns of Midtown, unable to see the sunlight through the skyscrapers? Time to pivot yourself to video NASA will be livestreaming the Great American Eclipse starting at noon today RIGHT HERE (and on a few platforms). Here‘s the YouTube they‘ll be streaming from, as well: [ more ‘ ]

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Gothamist Call For Fall Interns

We‘re looking for a couple of enthusiastic interns to join us in our Manhattan office two or three days a week this fall. Responsibilities vary widely, but we do require people to be available in person at least two full days out of the week, possibly including a weekend day working from home or on assignment. Bloggers, journalism students, photographers, autodidacts, and anyone with a passion for NYC and an intere

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Watch Out For These Garbage Eclipse Glasses

A New Jersey amusement park has issued a recall of special eclipse glasses it had sold to customers hoping to look up at today‘s solar eclipse and not sear their retinas with UV rays. In a Facebook post published Sunday nightm Jenkinson‘s Boardwalk in Point Pleasant Beach alerted customers that their glasses supplier, EverythingBranded.com, no longer recommends their eyepieces for viewing today‘s cosmic

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‘Game Of Thrones‘ Power Rankings: Beyond The Wall

Last week on Game Of Thrones, Littlefinger stirred the pot, Davos sold fermented crab, and Jon bid farewell to Dany. This week, the Westerosi Seven went on a wight hunt. GoT is all about how people jockey for power, so step inside for our SPOILER-FILLED season seven Game of Thrones Power Rankings. [ more ‘ ]

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