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On Tuesday, the Taxi & Limousine Commission announced a pilot program to monitor taxi movements using airplane-style black box recorders, the New York Daily News reports. The recorders, which will be installed in 12 cabs to start, will track speeding, acceleration, hard-braking and abrupt turns. Some cabs will also have cameras. The program is part […]

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After a woman was horrifically raped in the back of a taxi in Brooklyn, one New York lawmaker wants to institute a “panic button” that will allow backseat riders to flag an emergency. Proposed by Councilwoman Laurie A. Cumbo (Brooklyn-D), the button would appear as a yellow or green tab on the screen in the […]

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A new report by Keeping Track Of New York City’s Children, an advocacy group that compiles data about New York City youth and the problems they face, says that kids who live in the Bronx face the highest risks. New York City has the largest child population of any city in the country with 1.8 […]

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WNYC has a tragic report examining the recent spike in suicides on the George Washington Bridge and has learned that every 3.5 days, someone attempts to jump to his or her death. The bridge, which stands 25 stories above the Hudson River, has no fence, netting, or wall on its pedestrian walkway. There is only […]

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You may soon discern another sound among the honking, yelling, and construction sites along the streets of New York City: warning messages from MTA buses. According to the the New York Daily News, the MTA is developing a pilot program in which it will alert pedestrians to stay clear at turns by blaring warnings from […]

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The Federal Aviation Administration has anticipated that you and your loved ones are going to want to operate an unmanned aircraft, aka a drone, this holiday season. In order to keep you “off the naughty list,” as the organization puts it, the FAA has created a video under the banner of Know Before You Fly, […]

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Violent crime in New York is way, way down, so perhaps it’s more than a coincidence that according to a new poll, women find New York’s public transportation system to be the safest in the world. More than 6,550 “women and gender and city planning experts” responded to a survey conducted by the Thomson Reuters […]

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From the data enthusiast who brought you Brighton Beach’s penchant for massage therapy and the worst times for NY traffic (basically, all the times), here is I Quant NY‘s Ben Wellington preparing to try out a Citi Bike — in the safest way possible, utilizing the company’s system data and the city’s vehicle/bicycle collision information. I decided to crunch some numbers […]

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Cyclists beware! Starting today through August 26th, the New York Police Department is launching Operation Safe Cycle. For two weeks, bike and pedestrian safety is “priority.” The AP reports that cops will be targeting those engaged in “disobeying traffic signals and signs; riding against traffic; riding on the sidewalk; and failure to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks.” […]

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The Heartbleed bug is upon us. All of us. In the words of security expert Bruce Schneier: “On the scale of 1 to 10, this is an 11.” WHY The Heartbleed bug is a security disaster that strikes at the most popular security software on the internet, OpenSSL. Server administrators all over are scrambling, and security certificate […]

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