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Our Intention-Birthing Bungalow

Communal Living Is Alleviating Millennial Ennui [more inside]
posted by poffin boffin on Jul 29, 2016 - 66 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

Current Location: Unknown

Misplaced.Design Eleven New York City landmarks have been misplaced, their current location unknown. Photographs of unclear origin appear to show them scattered across the globe – on sand dunes, mud flats, “lunar” plains, and rocky beaches. Nobody knows exactly what happened or why
posted by BuddhaInABucket on Apr 28, 2016 - 9 comments

Living just enough, just enough for the city

1993, Manhattan – someone films test footage for an early HD video format called D-VHS.
SLYT, make sure to switch to 1080p60 for best quality
posted by timshel on Apr 25, 2016 - 35 comments

The State of New York City Rent Affordability in 2016

"Using the median rent-to-income ratio, which measures the share of income spent on rent, the typical household in New York City is expected to spend 65.2 percent of its total income on market-rate rent in 2016."
posted by griphus on Apr 22, 2016 - 70 comments

that bad that hard that street

Kevin Heldman asks What The Hell Happened In East New York? It's Broken. [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns on Apr 12, 2016 - 10 comments

the far away shore

Vilray Bolles and Damon Hankoff perform On A Slow Boat to China in the NYC Subway
posted by Potomac Avenue on Apr 8, 2016 - 3 comments

It's north of where I live, obviously

Where The Hell is Upstate New York? With the $15/hour minimum wage set to take effect across New York State in a complex fashion (geographically and otherwise), and the arrival of primary candidates in New York State, Gothamist explore the time-old question of where exactly upstate New York is and interviews scholars and historians whose opinions (surprise!) differ.
posted by andrewesque on Apr 7, 2016 - 104 comments

“Whoops, I lost me muff!”

Arno the socialite stayed at the Ritz-Carlton until dawn, keeping Frazier company, and was captured in photos holding her hand while the 17-year-old looks utterly exhausted by the event. (She was.) Five nights earlier, Arno the satirist and his friends—publisher Condé Nast and George Balanchine among them—held a well-publicized debut at the nightclub Chez Firehouse for Miss Wilma Baard. A fashion model, Baard had spent much of her childhood on a Hoboken tugboat captained by her father, so reporters at the event dubbed it the debut of “Tugboat Minnie.” “I think most debutantes are dopes,” she told reporters. While Arno and his friends worked the receiving line in shifts, she stood there for hours, saying only of society that it made “my feet hurt.” - The Double Life of Peter Arno, The New Yorker's Most Influental Cartoonist by Ben Schwartz (NSFW warning: butts)
posted by The Whelk on Apr 6, 2016 - 26 comments

The Emergency Egress

Balcony Seats to the City: "Officially of course, the urban fire escape is primarily an emergency exit, but in New York, this prosaic adornment of countless five- and six-story apartment houses has assumed myriad other functions: faux backyards, platforms for criminal getaways, oases for marginalized smokers and makeshift bedrooms popular during an age before air-conditioning." [more inside]
posted by zarq on Mar 29, 2016 - 23 comments

Keep The Park Way Down In A Hole

There's a proposal to replace Central Park with a 100-foot deep megastructure to increase capacity
posted by The Whelk on Mar 26, 2016 - 81 comments

sinking down

The environmental disaster that is Rikers Island [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns on Mar 16, 2016 - 12 comments

Ask and it will be given to yinz; seek and yinz will find

Y'All Version: Now you can read the Bible using the English second person plural of your choice! Options include Southern (y'all), Western (you guys), NYC/Chicago (youse guys), and Pittsburgh (yinz).
posted by Cash4Lead on Mar 4, 2016 - 21 comments

NY Penn Station - could its best days be ahead of it?

Inside America's worst train station: What makes New York's Penn Station suck so bad? Today, Penn Station is more like a polished turd, except it’s not really polished... I called up James Ramsey, founder of Raad Studio, former NASA engineer, co-creator of the Lowline project, and all-around keen architectural eye, and asked him to give us an expert's look at why exactly this place sucks so much — to play Virgil to our Dante as we descend into the hellish circles of New York's Pennsylvania Station. [more inside]
posted by Salamandrous on Feb 29, 2016 - 102 comments

"Skirt the rules but don’t break them."

People who move to New York always make the same mistake. They can’t see the place. This is true of Manhattan, but even the outer boroughs too. Whether Flushing Meadows in Queens or Red Hook in Brooklyn. They come looking for magic, whether evil or good, and nothing will convince them it isn’t here. This wasn’t all bad though. Some New Yorkers had learned how to make a living from this error in thinking. Charles Thomas Tester for one.
an excerpt, The Ballad of Black Tom, Victor LaValle
posted by the man of twists and turns on Feb 8, 2016 - 10 comments

"...preferably under the wheels of an M103 bus."

"Ed Koch once said that "to be a New Yorker you have to live here for six months, and if at the end of the six months you find you walk faster, talk faster, think faster, you're a New Yorker." On the search to find the realest answer (is it "until you cry on the subway"?), we decided to hit the pavement to ask locals to finish the sentence for us. "
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Feb 8, 2016 - 50 comments

"That’s when the narcotics officers kicked in the door."

The NYPD is Kicking People Out of Their Homes, Even If They Haven’t Committed a Crime via ProPublica and the New York Daily News.
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Feb 5, 2016 - 24 comments

Cafe Grumpy and more: NYC coffee shops

28 Outstanding Coffee Shops in New York City - Levi Dalton and Marguerite Preston, The Eater, 2015 (with map)
The 10 best coffee shops in New York City - Liz Clayton, The Thrillist, 2015
10 Hottest Coffee Shops in NYC - Megan O. Steintrager, Zagat, 2015
The best coffee shops in New York - Time Out, 2014
101 Places to Find Great Coffee in New York - interactive map
And of course, there's an app for that.
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Jan 30, 2016 - 23 comments

5 Ninth Avenue

Keith Haring's New Year's Eve Party with his paintings and favorite music is a video taken at Keith's New Year's Eve Party welcoming 1984 via the 5 Ninth Avenue Project, , which uploads the work of video artist Nelson Sullivan, who, when he died in 1989, left behind almost 1,200 hours of footage of the now iconic and heavily romanticized Downtown New York scene
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Jan 29, 2016 - 4 comments

Dead, but they'll be back

The new mayor's shallow pockets, the abandoned fairgrounds, and the battle for New York City -- Stereogum explains how and why there's a new music festival on Randall's Island this summer.
posted by Potomac Avenue on Jan 26, 2016 - 11 comments

SNOW FROLIC

Stop Everything And Watch These Blizzard Puppy Videos [more inside]
posted by poffin boffin on Jan 24, 2016 - 25 comments

The farther west you go in Manhattan, the weirder it gets.

"Why the hell do we live here?" What it's like to live docked at NYC's 79th Street Boat Basin.
posted by Mchelly on Jan 21, 2016 - 14 comments

Urban Scratch-Off

Reveal How New York Has Changed With This 'Scratch-Off' Map [more inside]
posted by poffin boffin on Jan 18, 2016 - 6 comments

Something's Coming

"Yes indeed, it appears as though that long-talked-about sequel to the secretive Abrams-produced 2008 film Cloverfield is not only happening, it’s already in the can." [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Jan 15, 2016 - 82 comments

Continuous Until 4 AM

Photos of everyday life in 1950s NYC found in an attic decades later.
posted by The Whelk on Dec 26, 2015 - 41 comments

Walls Not Included

How Four Roommates Got Duped Into Camping In A $6K A Month Williamsburg Death-Trap [more inside]
posted by poffin boffin on Dec 22, 2015 - 62 comments

"Owning a Frenchie is not for the faint of heart."

WHY FRENCH BULLDOGS (AND THEIR OWNERS) ARE THE WORST: A RANT
Generations of unwise inbreeding to no good end, far beyond what would be needed to keep their signature looks, have left these cartoon critters with low resistance to illness and allergies. Physically handicapped at birth (by cesarean, because the heads are, like the owners' pride, inflated) with squashed-in faces that are freakishly flat, they face serious challenges in performing some of any mammal's basic functions — like getting enough oxygen and keeping their bodies at a safe temperature.

French Bulldogs are NYC’s Most Popular Dog
posted by andoatnp on Dec 17, 2015 - 98 comments

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