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September 4, 2014 Marina Galperina

Bicycling magazine has just ranked New York City as best for bicycles, among cities with a population of 100,000 or greater. Just two years ago, NYC ranked #7. Now we’re #1! We’re #1! Despite those scary streets. The climb is credited to all those new bike lanes — 900 miles across five boroughs and growing — as well as intersection redesign and other […]

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August 5, 2014 Sophie Weiner

Using the same FOIL request that gave us information on every taxi ride from 2013, I Quant NY‘s Ben Wellington bring us some more helpful data analysis. Behold, the best and worst times of the day for traffic in New York. Wellington found that, strangely, there isn’t a real rush hour in the city. Instead, the average speed […]

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August 1, 2014 Sophie Weiner

Learning to drive is different in New York City, and it’s especially intense at Akademia Driving School, recently profiled by the New York Times. Owner Leoni Pimentel guides his students through the obstacle course of city traffic with varying degrees of success. Pimintel told the Times that his students would crash “every half hour” without the safety net of […]

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July 28, 2014 Sophie Weiner

Six environmental groups have filed a petition asking for a state-wide ban on a class of rat poison that they say has been the cause of many wildlife deaths in New York City. According to post-mortem examinations by the State Department of Environmental Conservation, many animals — hawks, crows, deer, even cats and dogs — […]

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July 15, 2014 Marina Galperina

The city has just announced a two-year, $1.5 million pilot program of the ShotSpotter’s gunshot detection systems, which will be installed on rooftops across the city. Within ten seconds, the sensors can triangulate the source of a gunshot sound within 2 feet, provided it wasn’t a false alert, like a firework. ShotSpotter offers: The purpose of the […]

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August 21, 2013 Thomas Kemeny

The finest food and drink in New York has to end up somewhere, but even the fanciest of restaurants seem shy about sharing their bathrooms. This series documents those rarely discussed amenities. Diner 85 Broadway, Williamsburg, Brooklyn Black Tree 131 Orchard St, Lower East Side, Manhattan Tabare 221 S 1st St, Williamsburg, Brooklyn Gallow Green 542 W […]

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July 31, 2013 Julia Dawidowicz

While many of us spend our daily subway rides in a zombie-like haze, desperately using our smart devices to zone out the annoyances of fellow commuters, NYC-based Chris Russell makes art. He’s spent the past three years filling 8 accordion-style sketchbooks with illustrations of the subway’s swarm of faces to create his series “Foolish Behavior in the House […]

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July 25, 2013 Julia Dawidowicz

There’s a curious new public art installation on 9th Avenue and 36th Street. “Monkey Magic” is a svelte, sci-fi and anime-inspired abstract metal sculpture from Chinese artist Tang-Wei Hsu as part of the DOT’s Urban Art Program and the International Studio & Curatorial Program. Loosely based on the fable of the three monkeys, the piece replaces the proverbial see/hear/speak no […]

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July 22, 2013 Julia Dawidowicz

Photographer Allen Skyy Enriquez came up with a brilliant technique for merging several different perspectives of his native NYC into one stunning photograph — and it doesn’t involve multiple exposure or fancy editing software. His secret is a 6-inch glass prism, which Enriquez aka The Zartorialist holds in front of his camera lens to bend the light coming into the […]

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July 17, 2013 Julia Dawidowicz

Elevation levels? Latitude? Who cares! Now you can learn the lay of the land based on Twitter activity. Andes is a topographical visualization of geo-located tweets and their frequencies — in New York City (above), San Francisco, and Istanbul. Created by data visualization scientist Nicholas Garcia Belmonte, the 3D-interactive maps depict Twitter usage as towering peaks — the […]

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