The number of homeless New Yorkers in shelters has risen by more than 69 percent since 2002, when Mayor Bloomberg took office. Each night as many as 60,000
people -- including more than 22,000 children, the highest number since the Great Depression, -- experience homelessness in NYC, and during the course of each year, more than 111,000 different homeless New Yorkers, including more than 40,000 children, will sleep in the city's municipal shelter system. Meet Dasani, one of the city's 'invisible children.' [more inside]
posted by zarq
on Dec 9, 2013 -
On September 20, 1956, just before the bars closed at 3 a.m., a single-engine plane landed
on St. Nicholas Avenue near 191st Street in northern Manhattan. Behind the stick was 26-year-old Tommy Fiztpatrick, who pulled off the no-lights, no-radio "feat of aeronautics" while (allegedly) drunk to (allegedly) win a bar bet. Two years later, when a fellow patron called his story into question, Fitzpatrick did it again
posted by gottabefunky
on Dec 4, 2013 -
The story of Frederick Law Olmsted's 'Greensward Plan' for New York's Central Park.
"From the NASA space shuttle, Central Park is visible to the naked eye as a bright emerald bar on the fat knuckle of Manhattan... If an astronaut were to plunge by re-entry capsule into the heart of the park, she could never be more than around 400 metres from the urban roar of a city of more than 8 million people densely packed. And yet, wandering the labyrinthine paths of the Ramble, surrounded by thick woodland, rocky headlands, rivulets and little stone bridges that cross ravines, she would neither hear nor see the metropolis. This is a miracle."
posted by paleyellowwithorange
on Sep 10, 2013 -
"My name is Chris Murray, and I'm an artist
and I'm very talented... And I’m a dairy stocker at the Edge of the Woods organic grocery store in New Haven, Connecticut." [more inside]
posted by Toekneesan
on Jun 1, 2013 -
"Robert Browning Sosman, a physical chemist who died in 1967 at the age of 86, packed many careers into one lifetime. He wrote the definitive book on the chemical compound silica; was the seventh person to hike the entire Appalachian Trail; and, at home in New Jersey, kept a 3,500-strong map collection. He also made a 'significant contribution
to the New York dining scene:" his Gustavademecum [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns
on Jun 12, 2012 -
’s Extend New York
takes New York City to extremes, by extrapolating every street and avenue of the Manhattan grid to whole planet. What subway line stops at your front door, wherever you are? Why do all Avenues terminate in Shaytankuduk
posted by migurski
on Nov 14, 2011 -
Pizza! Slice Harvester
is one man's quest to taste and review every pizza slice offered by NYC's pizzerias. His mission statement reads, "...I'm going by neighborhood, starting in Manhattan, getting a plain slice at every place. I am f***ing sick of the current trend in Pizza Journalism that's all about f***ing artichoke guacamole tahini pizza on rice dough. That s*** isn't pizza. Sorry."
posted by Arthur Phillips Jones Jr
on Sep 28, 2010 -
The Jazz Loft Project
- From 1957 to 1965, celebrated photojournalist W. Eugene Smith made 4,000 hours of surreptitious recordings and took 40,000 photographs in a loft in Manhattan's wholesale flower district where Roland Kirk, Thelonius Monk, Hall Overton, Charles Mingus and other jazz greats jammed until dawn. Archived in the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, the project is now accessible via a book, a traveling exhibit, a 10-part Jazz Loft series
on WNYC, NPR's Jazz Loft Project Sights & Sounds
, and an interview with JLP author Sam Stephenson
, which includes some images from the book. Via a Grain Edit post
, which also has some great images. [more inside]
posted by madamjujujive
on Jan 3, 2010 -
"Well, all right, why is life worth living
? That's a very good question. Well, there are certain things I guess that make it worthwhile. Uh, like what? Okay. Um, for me... oh, I would say... what, Groucho Marx
, to name one thing... and Willie Mays
, and... the second movement of the Jupiter Symphony
, and... Louis Armstrong's recording of Potatohead Blues
... Swedish Movies
, naturally... Sentimental Education
by Flaubert... Marlon Brando
, Frank Sinatra
... those incredible apples and pears by Cezanne
... the crabs at Sam Wo's
... Tracy's face
posted by vronsky
on Dec 11, 2009 -
The Manhattan Airport Foundation.
From the About Us: It doesn’t take long to realize Central Park squanders 843 acres of the most valuable real estate in the world.
From the FAQ
: To date, nearly 100 investors have signed on to provide approximately $130M in equity with another $80M from the bond market making Manhattan Airport the most ambitious privately-funded airport development project in US history.
Apparently this is for reals.
posted by allkindsoftime
on Jul 22, 2009 -