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A Beautiful Exercise in Trust

In November, a gentleman named Karim Sulayman was filmed in Central Park West, enjoying his day, thanks to many, many others in the park. Watch (and have your Kleenex handy): S/L Vimeo (3:14). (more inside) [more inside]
posted by Silverstone on Dec 9, 2016 - 23 comments

No. 37, Wall-ſtreet, nearly oppoſite the Tontine Coffee-houſe

Here’s the front page of the inaugural edition of the American Minerva (“Patroness of Peace, Commerce and the Liberal Arts”), New York’s first daily newspaper, published on December 9, 1793 (SLPR)
posted by Celsius1414 on Dec 9, 2016 - 13 comments

Striking Portraits of Lonely Cars in 1970s New York

Nighttime scenes of parked cars and deserted streets, photographed by Langdon Clay (1974-76).
posted by philip-random on Dec 1, 2016 - 47 comments

Theater Was Anything but Polite

In 1801, Washington Irving wrote of attending the theater in New York City, where he was assaulted by apples, nuts and gingerbread thrown from the “gallery gods” — the people sitting in the cheap seats at the top of balcony — onto the heads of those in the audience below. [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Nov 23, 2016 - 11 comments

Life in the Plague Years

"On the first of December, three decades after the disease first hit the city, the New York City AIDS Memorial will open at ground zero of the epidemic — St. Vincent’s hospital in Greenwich Village, now closed, where patients once flooded the rooms and spilled out into the surrounding corridors, turning the genteel facility very suddenly into a kind of war zone. All told, more than 100,000 New York men, women, and children have died of AIDS, and the memorial is built in their names. But it reminds us, too, as all memorials do, of how much has already been forgotten."
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Nov 17, 2016 - 30 comments

Bouncing Brass Bros

New York City brass group Lucky Chops makes the 34th st subway station feel good.
posted by Sokka shot first on Nov 8, 2016 - 22 comments

Putting on shows, playing with glitter, and selling stuff.

Tish and Snooky tell the story of how they founded Manic Panic, starting as a punk store on St Marks in the East Village.
posted by moonmilk on Nov 5, 2016 - 19 comments

Nonexistent New York

The New Yorker reviews and shows images from Never Existed New York: plans and renders for megastructures and utopian fantasies that never came to pass. Atlas Obscura rounds up more designs and drawings
posted by The Whelk on Nov 3, 2016 - 16 comments

My building looks a little small

“Can you make my building taller?” Mr. Trump asked. No, he was told. “Well, can you make the G.M. building shorter?”
While the practice of misnumbering floors in some of the city's most opulent buildings has been going on for some time, ''Donald Trump is the father of this." New York City's Buildings Department does not object, so long as the floors are counted accurately in the building’s certificate of occupancy.
posted by plexi on Nov 2, 2016 - 53 comments

Languages of NYC

Interactive Map Shows What Languages NYers Speak At Home [more inside]
posted by poffin boffin on Nov 1, 2016 - 33 comments

Doing Genetic Studies on Brown Rats

Jason Munshi-South, a biologist at Fordham University first studied the DNA of rats in every zip code in Manhattan finding greater diversity in the areas with the worst infestations. Then he studied rat samples from around the world and was able to determine where the Brown Rat came from and how it spread around the world. Link to the study.
posted by Bee'sWing on Oct 29, 2016 - 7 comments

Just because you saw a rat (okay, two rats) you want your money back?

RIP to the Worst Movie Theater in NYC
posted by Mchelly on Oct 27, 2016 - 46 comments

"For a kid my age, I really understand what has happened in this world."

HBO's Class Divide is a documentary that profiles the neighborhood of West Chelsea, New York, and in particular focuses on the housing projects that sit across the street from Avenues: The World School, a private school with an entrance fee of $50,000 per year.
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Oct 25, 2016 - 13 comments

1 in 10

Nearly one in 10 New York City schoolkids was homeless during the school year that ended last June, representing a 22% jump in homelessness over the year before. [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Oct 18, 2016 - 18 comments

Tongues for the Memory

After 80 years, the original Carnegie Deli is closing this December. A bit more background information on the NYC landmark at Smithsonian.com.
posted by Iris Gambol on Oct 2, 2016 - 41 comments

six hundred petrified dragon eggs

I’m from New York. I once paid two thousand dollars a month to live in the freight elevator of the former Filene’s Basement, in Union Square. Then I paid five thousand dollars a month to live in the garbage chute of a postwar luxury condominium on First Avenue. It’s important to live in terrible places when you’re young.
posted by griphus on Sep 20, 2016 - 74 comments

LinkNYC changes tack

Over the past few months, LinkNYC has installed hundreds of its free high-speed wi-fi kiosks in Manhattan, and dozens more in Queens and the Bronx. In addition to wi-fi, the kiosks provide USB charging for phones, and—via a small built-in tablet—free phone calls, maps, and access to the web. They'd be supported via advertising on the big HD screens on each side and would cost taxpayers nothing. Or that was the idea, anyway... [more inside]
posted by Sokka shot first on Sep 15, 2016 - 105 comments

The Gradual Atlantis

When Will New York Sink? Even locals who believe climate change is real have a hard time grasping that their city will almost certainly be flooded beyond recognition: The deluge will begin slowly, and irregularly, and so it will confound human perceptions of change. Areas that never had flash floods will start to experience them, in part because global warming will also increase precipitation. High tides will spill over old bulkheads when there is a full moon. People will start carrying galoshes to work. All the commercial skyscrapers, housing, cultural institutions that currently sit near the waterline will be forced to contend with routine inundation. And cataclysmic floods will become more common, because, to put it simply, if the baseline water level is higher, every storm surge will be that much stronger. {...} Like a stumbling boxer, the city will try to keep its guard up, but the sea will only gain strength. [more inside]
posted by Doktor Zed on Sep 7, 2016 - 83 comments

Men In Hats

Charles W. Cushman's Kodachrome pictures of NYC in the 1940s
posted by The Whelk on Sep 1, 2016 - 30 comments

“You can tell by their finger movements,”

Subway Reads: Free E-Books, Timed for Your Commute [The New York Times] “On Sunday, Subway Reads started delivering novellas, short stories or excerpts from full-length books to passengers’ cellphones or tablets. The idea is for riders to download a short story or a chapter and read it on the train. Subway Reads will even let riders choose what to read based on how long they will be on the subway — a 10-page selection for a 10-minute ride, a 20-page selection for a 20-minute excursion, a 30-page selection for a 30-minute trip. Delays not included.”
posted by Fizz on Aug 31, 2016 - 6 comments

formerly fundie

Inside NYC's Social Club For The Formerly Devout [more inside]
posted by poffin boffin on Aug 30, 2016 - 12 comments

Wandering New York

Wandering New York is a blog where amateur photographer Joseph Raskin posts new photos of various New York City neighborhoods every night.
posted by ariadne's threadspinner on Aug 22, 2016 - 5 comments

The Terrifying, Already Forgotten JFK Airport Shooting That Wasn’t

"When the first stampede began, my plane had just landed" - NY Magazine features a personal experience with Sunday's false reports of a shooting at JFK airport in New York City. "Horrifying" video of the police response, which is being investigated.
posted by AFABulous on Aug 16, 2016 - 124 comments

‘Suck It Up’

"With neighborhoods in Brooklyn along the L line — among the city’s busiest subway routes — in anguish over losing their train to Manhattan for 18 months, New Yorkers living in so-called subway deserts have a message: Welcome to the club." [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Aug 15, 2016 - 69 comments

"Yo man, how's your blackout?!"

"As New York City continues to wilt its way through a stifling heat wave, it's appropriate to remember that things could be worse: 13 years ago [yesterday], a massive 30-hour blackout began, thanks to an overgrown tree branch in Cleveland." [more inside]
posted by griphus on Aug 15, 2016 - 64 comments

Our Intention-Birthing Bungalow

Communal Living Is Alleviating Millennial Ennui [more inside]
posted by poffin boffin on Jul 29, 2016 - 68 comments

It was just taken for granted that you had to suffer

How NYers Endured Unbearable Summers Before A/C [more inside]
posted by poffin boffin on Jul 23, 2016 - 123 comments

COVERED IN BEES

Watch This Beekeeper Tend To 50,000 Bees At His Apiary In Queens
posted by poffin boffin on Jul 21, 2016 - 63 comments

"...when all of the subway cars are connected, every car is a poop car."

Renderings: A Closer Look At The [NYC] MTA's Upcoming Open Ended Subway Cars [more inside]
posted by griphus on Jul 18, 2016 - 128 comments

Test Your Book Smarts

The Strand Bookstore (NYC) has included a literary matching quiz in its job application form since the 1970s. Here are some quizzes from years past. Can you match the authors and titles? Beware of trick questions.
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Jul 17, 2016 - 92 comments

Underground, underwater

In Zarrilli's view, there is no time to waste. By 2030 or so, the water in New York Harbor could be a foot higher than it is today. That may not sound like much, but New York does not have to become Atlantis to be incapacitated. Even with a foot or two of sea-level rise, streets will become impassable at high tide, snarling traffic. The cost of flood insurance will skyrocket, causing home prices in risky neighborhoods to decline. (Who wants to buy a house that will soon be underwater?) - Can New York City Be Saved In The Era Of Global Warming? - Rolling Stone.
posted by The Whelk on Jul 11, 2016 - 34 comments

“I’m not going to mess with your milk. That is such a personal thing.”

$7 for Corn Flakes? Cereal Gets Makeover at Kellogg’s Store in Times Square [The New York Times] In a brave new world of breakfast food, replete with to-go bars and microwaveable sandwiches, companies like Kellogg’s and General Mills have seen their cereal sales decline over the past decade. Now, in hopes of helping its customers to rethink cereal, Kellogg’s plans to open a branded boutique in Times Square on Monday, charging Manhattan prices — as much as $7.50 — for bowls of Frosted Flakes and Raisin Bran. The cereal will be garnished with foodie flair — like lemon zest and green tea powder — to help justify those prices. “It’s all about honoring tradition but looking differently at a bowl of cereal,” said Anthony Rudolf, who will operate the store, called Kellogg’s NYC.
posted by Fizz on Jul 3, 2016 - 125 comments

On a traffic island stopped and he raved of saving me

New York’s Sidewalks Are So Packed, Pedestrians Are Taking to the Streets. A walking city has turned into an obstacle course.
posted by plexi on Jun 30, 2016 - 79 comments

Death, Destruction, And Debt: 41 Photos Of Life In 1970s New York

Today, we look at 41 poignant photos that capture a New York City on the brink of implosion...
[more inside] posted by anarch on Jun 30, 2016 - 26 comments

"...no person shall keep a live rooster, duck, goose or turkey..."

Rolling out the red carpet on the streets of New York comes at a price — those who fail to “submit an official permit application to the Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting no less than two weeks prior to the date of the event” can expect to pay up to $24,000 in fines for each unveiling.
How Many Of These Strange & Obscure NYC Laws Have You Broken?
posted by griphus on Jun 29, 2016 - 16 comments

Orthodox Jews organize against their former high schools

Young Advocates For Fair Education, or YAFFED, is an NYC-based advocacy group of Orthodox Jewish youth and young adults who complain that their limited high school educations left them ill-equipped to support themselves as adults, and demand that the New York City and New York State education departments enforce laws on minimum school standards. Recently the ED of YAFFED co-wrote an op-ed, Why Do Jewish Leaders Keep Ignoring Ultra-Orthodox Education Crisis?
posted by showbiz_liz on Jun 22, 2016 - 22 comments

There is a train directly behind this one.

Watch NYers' Hearts Break As They JUST Miss The Subway Train (SL YouTube)
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Jun 21, 2016 - 196 comments

The GMZ

"The federal government should establish neighborhood anti-gentrification zones where vulnerable tenants could purchase their apartment buildings away from predatory landlords, according to a policy report revealed today by Democratic State Senator Adriano Espaillat."
posted by griphus on Jun 16, 2016 - 60 comments

Choosing a School for My Daughter in a Segregated City

Choosing a School for My Daughter in a Segregated City: The New York City public-school system is 41 percent Latino, 27 percent black and 16 percent Asian. Three-quarters of all students are low-income. In 2014, the Civil Rights Project at the University of California, Los Angeles, released a report showing that New York City public schools are among the most segregated in the country. Black and Latino children here have become increasingly isolated, with 85 percent of black students and 75 percent of Latino students attending “intensely” segregated schools — schools that are less than 10 percent white. [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Jun 16, 2016 - 25 comments

“Go to Astoria,” Zizo said. “That’s where the brokers are.”

"Working nine hours a day, food-cart vendors like Zamir take home as little as $400 to $500 for a six-day week. Many are new immigrants hoping to start new lives. During a brief lull in lunch service, Zamir, 22, told me he served as a translator for U.S. troops in Afghanistan before he was wounded and then awarded a visa to settle here. A generation ago, after a few years of hard work and saving, Zamir could have become his own boss. Sidewalk vending was long an option for immigrants eager to improve their lives. That’s no longer the case. Today’s mobile food vending business is one of day laborers and shift workers who, despite hustling all week long, may not earn minimum wage." - Inside the underground economy propping up New York City's food carts By Jeff Koyen
posted by The Whelk on Jun 13, 2016 - 16 comments

Tracking Down August Belmont Jr.’s Private NYC Subway Car, The Mineola

August Belmont Jr. builder of the Belmont Racetrack and founder of the Interborough Rapid Transit Company (IRT, now part of the numbered NYC Subway lines) had his own private subway car, the Mineola, built for him in 1903. Untapped Cities tracks it down. ''A private railroad car is not an acquired taste,'' wrote Eleanor Belmont, ''One takes to it immediately.''
posted by fings on Jun 8, 2016 - 19 comments

Use the Restroom Consistent with Who You are

NYC launches ad campaign reaffirming right to use bathrooms that are consistent with gender Identity. I thought we could use a bit of nice news. Linking to the NYC.gov page, because the comment sections on various news sites announcing this are a bit of a trip, and no one needs that shit.
posted by larthegreat on Jun 7, 2016 - 110 comments

Two viewpoints both alike in dignity in fair NYC where we lay our scene

Sidewalk Seating Is Awesome vs Sidewalk Seating Is Stupid
posted by poffin boffin on Jun 3, 2016 - 120 comments

“Careful when you go outside or some tenant group will bust you”

"So can you do demolition eviction and then evict the tenants and then not demolish the building?"
"There’s nothing in there I can see that penalizes you for not demolishing the building," Itkowitz replied.
Real Estate Vampires Plot How To "De-Tenant" Rent-Stabilized Brooklyn
posted by griphus on Jun 3, 2016 - 61 comments

Everybody Into the Pool?

On Wednesday, The New York City Parks Department decided to continue allowing women-only swimming hours at a public indoor pool in Williamsburg, a heavily Hasidic neighborhood in Brooklyn. An anonymous complaint had previously led the city’s Commission on Human Rights to notify the parks department that the policy violated the law, but supporters of the women's only hours state that disbanding 'Women's Swim' "would be akin to banning Hasidic women from the pool altogether."
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Jun 3, 2016 - 359 comments

New York City’s zoning code turns 100 this year.

40 Percent of the Buildings in Manhattan Could Not Be Built Today
posted by Michele in California on May 20, 2016 - 12 comments

It all started with the word “Hi"

Creative companies in buildings facing other in Manhattan engaged in Post-It window art competition to impressive levels. [more inside]
posted by raider on May 18, 2016 - 15 comments

New York's Mass Graves

"Over a million people are buried in the city’s potter’s field on Hart Island. A New York Times investigation uncovers some of their stories and the failings of the system that put them there." (SL NYTimes)
posted by roomthreeseventeen on May 15, 2016 - 19 comments

"as valuable as government bonds, and dangerous"

How America's First Supermodel Was Nearly Erased From History: The Sad Life of Audrey Munson - Miss Manhattan - Civic Fame - Queen Of The Artists' Studios - Descending Night[readme] who dies alone in an insane asylum. [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns on May 9, 2016 - 6 comments

The Savior of the Great American City

If New York City were Middle Earth, Sauron would doubtless be portrayed by Robert Moses, destroying neighborhood after neighborhood in his own endless quest for greater power and a lifeless personal vision of the city that had no thoughts of its inhabitants. But when he set his eyes on leveling SoHo and Little Italy for a ten-lane expressway across Lower Manhattan, he ran up against an unlikely Frodo. Jane Jacobs would have been 100 years old today.
posted by Navelgazer on May 4, 2016 - 9 comments

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