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Drones Capture Video of Nearly Empty American Cities in Lockdown

At least 80 million Americans are in some form of lockdown as many cities and states urge people to stay home during the covid-19 pandemic. As people stay inside, cities that are usually bustling with activity have begun to look deserted. Drone operators have captured these scenes of empty parks, vacant stadiums, and silent streets – videos that can only be described as surreal. Read More >>

Airbnb Will Help New York City Track Down Illegal Rentals, and Other Cities Could Be Next

Airbnb and New York City have a long and contentious history. On the one hand, Airbnb wants everything to be hunky dory in its biggest market. On the other, New York City’s stringent short-term rental laws effectively make many Airbnb rentals illegal in the city. New Yorkers are also caught up in the mix – affordable housing is hard enough to find as it is and some residents are unhappy with the revolving door of strangers coming in and out of apartments. Read More >>

The Cursed History of NYC MetroCards

If you’ve ridden the New York City subway, you know the feeling. You buy a flimsy plastic card that lets you ride the train, and when you try to swipe it at the turnstile, it doesn’t work. You swipe again. The machine asks you to swipe again. You swipe again. The machine asks you to swipe again at the same turnstile. This can go on for hours, until you beg an MTA employee to let you through. That’s the cursed MetroCard experience, and as of last week, its days are numbered. Read More >>

I Ate Wasps and Scorpions at New York’s First Bug Eating Festival

A single seared shrimp sat atop a scoop of mashed avocado with a healthy scoop of salty black specks overflowing onto the plate beside it. If I didn’t already know what I had gotten myself into, I would have been certain the topping was caviar—each spot popped just like a sturgeon egg might have. But rather than fishiness came an alien citrus flavour unlike any meat I’d ever tasted. After all, I was eating black ants. Read More >>

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Driverless Bus Goes on Rolling Rampage in Brooklyn

Everybody makes mistakes. Like, for instance, let’s say you drive a bus, and you just finished a night shift, and you stop, and you’re tired, and maybe you accidentally put the bus in neutral instead of park on top of a hill, and you hop off and start walking home. And, yes, maybe the bus starts rolling down the hill. It’s an honest mistake. Could happen to anyone. Read More >>

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Famous Deer Saved From Euthanasia Dies the Very Next Day

A small deer that was at the centre of a political tussle between New York State and New York City has died of stress after it was given a stay of execution. Read More >>

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Trump Found a Way to Make Manhattan Even Worse

Midtown Manhattan — with its noise, traffic, slow-moving tourists, and overpriced everything — is the one place most New Yorkers avoid at all costs (if they can help it). It’s also home to Trump Tower, a gargantuan gold-plated phallus jabbed straight into the city skyline where the President-elect is planning on spending weekends during his term in office. Read More >>

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Watch New York City Chess Hustlers Get Pwned By Grandmaster Magnus Carlsen

It’s tough to beat the chess hustlers in New York City’s parks—unless you’re the best chess player in the world. Read More >>

How to See the Internet Hiding in Plain Sight

Have you ever thought about what the internet looks like outside the router box hidden under your sofa? If you live in a city, there’s a good chance that it’s visible all around you—if you know where to look. Read More >>

Here’s Footage of NYC’s First New Subway Line in Nearly 100 Years

The above image just looks like a subway train, doing exactly the thing trains do. But this is no ordinary train—it’s the first glimpse at an infrastructure project first proposed almost a century ago. Read More >>

Three Pipe Bombs Found in New Jersey Train Station

On Saturday, a pipe bomb exploded in Chelsea, New York, injuring 29 people. Late Sunday night, authorities reportedly found three pipe bombs and two “smaller devices” at a train station in Elizabeth, New Jersey, after two men discovered them in a rubbish bin. Read More >>

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Seeing New York City in Ridiculous 8K Is Pretty Sweet

I love New York City. I live here, so I’m biased. You might hate New York, think it sucks, that it’s dirty, and think people who live in New York talk about New York way too damn much. That’s fine. You’re actually more right than you know. Read More >>

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NYC Looks Like an Amazing Acid Trip in This Stunning Video

When you put footage of New York City through a neural network, you get a city that looks like beautiful, moving artwork. Danil Krivoruchko and his team started shooting the city with an iPhone 6 in 240fps but completely transformed the footage in post processing and the results are hypnotic. Read More >>

NYC’s Elegant Storm-Proofing Proposal Will Probably End Up Being a ‘Big Dumb Wall’

In 2014, New York City funded a proposal called the “Big U,” a 10-mile barrier around Lower Manhattan to prevent the devastating effects of both storm surges and sea-level rise. The biggest strength of the $540 million (£419m) project was that the infrastructure would do double-duty by adding parks and public space around the perimeter of the island. But due to cost issues, those plans might not happen at all, according to a story in Rolling Stone. Read More >>

A Floating Balloon Bridge Could Help Replace New York City’s Failing Subways

One of New York City’s major subway lines connecting Brooklyn and Manhattan will be out of commission for months, maybe years, and some residents are preparing for an end-of-days scenario. A few enterprising New Yorkers have proposed a gondola, but building it will be nearly as pricey and time-consuming as the subway repairs. The city needs ideas for getting people over the East River, fast. Here are a few inspired ones. Read More >>