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July 4, 2013 Marie Calloway

New York City murders for the first half of 2013 totalled just 156, down 25% percent from the first half of 2012. Homicides hit their lowest number since the early 1960’s in 2012. The NYPD claims that this is a result of placing extra police officers in certain high crime “impact zones” and its anti-gang program […]

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July 3, 2013 Kyle Chayka

Phototrails is a new research project that uses simple media visualization techniques for exploring patterns and trends found in photos shared on Instagram. A joint venture between the University of Pittsburgh, The California Institute for Telecommunication and Information, and the Graduate Center at CUNY is “seeking to map our city-specific behavior by looking at the thousands of images that pour in […]

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July 2, 2013 Kyle Chayka

The Mayors Office has announced today that New York is the first city to implement its very own top-level domain name. Expected to go live sometime this summer, the domain name “.NYC” will help businesses and individuals gain a competitive edge by having the rep and props and whatnot of “nyc” included directly in their website’s […]

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April 22, 2013 Kyle Chayka

A proposal drafted by NYC health commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley aims to ban cigarette purchases by those under the age of 21. This isn’t much of a surprise, considering Mayor Bloomberg’s recent efforts to ban large sugary sodas. If passed, the proposal would make the minimum age for buying cigarettes the same as for buying liquor; yet […]

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March 22, 2013 Samer Kalaf

With the prospect of more domestic drones looming closer and closer, Mayor Bloomberg seems to know that it’s wrong and invasive, judging from this radio interview, but there’s also nothing he (or we) can really do about it. While Bloomberg, for one, doesn’t welcome our new drone overlords, his philosophy seems rather fatalistic: Like it […]

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March 21, 2013 Julia Dawidowicz

Photographer Paul McDonough’s black-and-white photo collection of New York City life in the sixties and seventies is a nostalgia-fest. Ah, the good old days, right? Love was in the air, everyone was freakishly good looking, priests were total ballers, cab fare was cheap, and you could wrap your infant up in newspaper and just do […]

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March 20, 2013 Samer Kalaf

East Village residents might be against Pringle-ization, but mayoral candidate Jimmy McMillan would be fine with more 7-Eleven stores in NYC. His simple reasoning? It’s cheaper. In an interview with The Local: I applaud 7-Eleven! I hope 7-Elevens pop up all over the place. Anything that opens so people can grab a quick snack on […]

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Samer Kalaf

Control Group, a design company hired by the MTA, is trying to bring the future to the New York City subway system by unveiling their touch-screen subway maps. It’s like Google Maps on steroids. Touch where you want to go, and the screen will give you ways to get there, factoring in weather, seasons, delays […]

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March 19, 2013 Samer Kalaf

Last week, some anonymous cyclists created some street art to remember a number of pedestrians and bike riders who were struck and killed by vehicle drivers with no criminal investigation done by the NYPD. Now, Time’s Up! uploaded a video containing living wills of various cyclists that state, should they be fatally struck by a […]

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Samer Kalaf

Earlier today, the New York Times shared photos of a fun activity held in Central Park in the 1930s: Goat beauty contests. The pageants were held so that the Brewers Board of Trade could choose a poster goat for their bock beer advertisements. One of the contest’s winners was Pretzels-yes, the goat’s name was Pretzels-who, […]

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