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Two of Vladimir Putin’s most high-profile critics have joined forces and announced plans for large-scale anti-Putin protests in Moscow on March 1st. Activist and opposition leader Alexei Navalny, currently under house arrest, announced the protest online this week when he published his letter to the government requesting permission for the march. The letter is cosigned […]

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Residents in New York’s Hudson Valley are at odds with the state government over the possibility of widening the existing power corridor that already rips through the bucolic landscape. New York’s Public Service Commission two years ago “worried about bottlenecks in the delivery of electricity from upstate generators to New York City and other downstate […]

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Artist Austin Houldsworth‘s new project Walden Note imagines a currency for a utopian society that doesn’t need currency. In 1942, behavioral psychologist B. F. Skinner published the utopian novel Walden Two (1942) which imagines a leaderless society that shares work, family and resources. Members are “conditioned to be productive, creative and happy.” They never say “thank you,” never get paid […]

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Forget Monopoly. That’s why we’re all fucked. Unlike Monopoly, the goal of Commonopoly is not the exhaustion, through monopolization, of a virtual stock of goods, but rather the expansion and preservation of a self-propelling sustainable system of recycling, production and distribution. Commonopoly is a project from Big Hope: Miklós Erhardt, Dominic Hislop, Elske Rosenfeld. They refer to […]

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This ingenious infographic, created for the New Yorker by designer Larry Buchanan, illustrates New York City’s wealth disparities by plotting median household income against every subway stop in the city. Each train line is displayed individually, making it very easy to see the close relationship between geography and money. Witness the immense dropoff between Grand Street and […]

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From 1999-2009, the city issued 231,228 permits for new housing units, according to a report by the Real Estate Board of New York. Although one shouldn’t give too much weight to projections on a decade that is just starting, the amount of permits issued from 2010-2011 (15,663) point to a 2019 ending with 78,315 units […]

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When I first moved into the city in the early 90s, I scored a rent-controlled two bedroom on Pitt Street and Rivington for only $350 a month. Sure it was in the “Gucci Building,” named after the brand of heroin that used to be pumped out of it, and yeah it was right across from […]

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“Wall Street may save the city again, as it has done so often in modern New York. The investment bankers, traders, hedge fund executives and private equity specialists may concoct another financial innovation that propels the markets and sends their own pay and bonuses soaring. If Wall Street does that, New York will be rich […]

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Say what you will about Fashion Week and the obnoxious people and parties that come along with it, apparently the semiannual event that makes the city lots of money. According to Mayor Bloomberg, the extravagant exhibition is expected to generate about $865 million for the local economy in 2012. Take that number, add in underground […]

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While the rest of the country is suffering from a housing slump and many homeowners are struggling to make mortgage payments on properties that are now worth less than what they paid for them, the ultraluxury real estate market is doing just fine. In fact, when it comes to the sale of multimillion dollar apartments, […]

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