June 4, 2014
Radio Diaries » Walter Backerman, Seltzer Man

Podcast of the Day

Surely there are hipsters who would support the continuation of delivery of high-quality seltzer? Make it trendy and make it happen, New York hipsters!

June 4, 2014
117- Clean Trains | 99% Invisible

Podcast of the Day

I remember riding the subway in the 1980s with my grandmother. Whenever the lights went out I would grab her arm so tightly I probably cut off her blood circulation.

March 8, 2014
RetroMusic: Shriek of the Week Playlist

RetroMusic: Shriek of the Week Playlist

I recently signed up with Rdio, a music streaming social network that provides access to a boatload of music for a monthly fee.  I’ve enjoyed being able to listen to a lot of new discoveries and digging up old favorites.  For example, I listened to Prince and the Revolution’s “Around the World in a Day” for the first time in at least 25 years.  That was a new album around the time we moved to a…

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January 27, 2014
"Officers should target drivers who, according to the 2010 report, are disproportionately likely to kill or injure. That means drivers who speed or who recklessly turn. A pedestrian is three and a half times more likely to die if someone hits her at 40 miles per hour rather than at 30—the city’s default speed limit. Officers should ticket any driver who races down an avenue or takes a turn too quickly, and they should watch for aggressive or distracted drivers. Someone punching a keypad, screaming into his phone, or eating a meal is a danger to himself and others. Ticket him—and men are driving in 80 percent of crash deaths—before he kills someone. Officers and prosecutors should also pay more attention to crashes that don’t cause death or serious injury; the careless driver’s next victims may not be so lucky. When New York’s streets are safe for law-abiding pedestrians, then police should go after those who don’t follow the law. But until officers—supported by better state laws and assertive district attorneys—have changed the behavior of bad drivers, even careful pedestrians are still taking major risks."

Jaywalk This Way by Nicole Gelinas, City Journal 24 January 2014

January 23, 2014
mets:

Looks like #MrMet enjoyed his snow day yesterday. He filled the #CitiField outfield with snow angels.

The places without footprints are where Jesus carried Mr. Met.

mets:

Looks like #MrMet enjoyed his snow day yesterday. He filled the #CitiField outfield with snow angels.

The places without footprints are where Jesus carried Mr. Met.

July 16, 2013

latenightjimmy:

Matt Harvey Asks New Yorkers About Matt Harvey

All-Star Mets pitcher Matt Harvey asks New York fans what they think about Matt Harvey — and they don’t realize they’re talking to the ACTUAL Matt Harvey.

(via fallontonight)

June 11, 2013
(via Midcentury Manhattan: 1950 | Shorpy Historical Photo Archive)
My cousins used to live on Roosevelt Island so this is a familiar view, albeit before my time.  I used to have a recurring dream where I was hovering over the East River toward this skyline.

(via Midcentury Manhattan: 1950 | Shorpy Historical Photo Archive)

My cousins used to live on Roosevelt Island so this is a familiar view, albeit before my time.  I used to have a recurring dream where I was hovering over the East River toward this skyline.

June 9, 2013

thisbigcity:

blah-city:

London: Bike Share Rolling Smoothly … 

People of New York City, don’t panic. London’s pretty-much-identical cycle hire scheme has been a smash hit. Citizens, visitors and businesses love it, and the accident rate is incredibly low. Embrace the bikes!

Boston’s Hubway is a huge success as well.

May 29, 2013
"Pennsylvania Station in Manhattan used to be a beautiful terminal. It was designed by the preeminent architectural firm, McKim, Mead & White. It was destroyed and redeveloped in 1963 into the Pennsylvania Plaza, which includes Madison Square Garden. With Madison Square Garden’s permit to operate in the above-ground space over the station expiring, the owners want it renewed in perpetuity. The opponents, including the Municipal Art Society of New York City, want to restore Penn Station to its former beauty. They won a round in the debate when the City Planning Commission voted last week to limit Madison Square Garden’s permit to 15 years. Four architectural firms will unveil their design for a new Penn Station Wednesday. And the New York City Council is expected to vote on Penn Station’s future within two months. Here & Now host Robin Young tours both Grand Central Terminal and Penn Station with Vin Cipolla, president of the MASNYC. As New York Times architecture critic Michael Kimmelman says, to pass through one is a gift, the other, a humiliation."

Should Penn Station Be Restored To Former Beauty? | Here & Now

Great story from Here and Now.  I’m surprised there was no mention of the plan to renovate the General Post Office as a new Penn Station.

February 1, 2013

In memory of Ed Koch.  

Sundae in New York (by jimmypicker)

January 29, 2013
"But everyone who bikes in New York or any other city has certain things in common. The Type-A strivers on their carbon-fiber steeds; the skinny-jeans-wearing fixie riders; the elevator repairman in work clothes on his anonymous hybrid; the fashionable businesswoman on her folder; the 82-year-old photographer on his cruiser. All of them benefit from an increased recognition that bicycles are a legitimate way to get from one place to another, and that you don’t have to be some kind of a freak to use them. That recognition is not merely symbolic. It becomes very tangible in the form of protected bicycle infrastructure, such as the trails cited in the Times article, and in pro-bicycle regulations — such as the Bicycle Access to Office Buildings Law, instituted in 2009, which requires many office buildings to grant access to bikes. All of these factors have combined to double the number of bicycle commuters in New York between 2007 and 2011, according to New York City Department of Transportation figures. The DOT aims for 2017 levels to be triple the 2007 numbers. It looks like there’s a good chance of meeting that goal. Most of those new riders won’t be in the Lycra-clad suburbanite demographic (although let’s give those people a round of applause). No, most new riders will be average people on average bikes, maybe not worthy of a feature in the Times, but perhaps more valuable in their very ordinariness."

You Don’t Have to Be Superhuman to Commute by Bicycle - Commute - The Atlantic Cities

November 3, 2012
Post-Sandy New York Aims to Rethink Infrastructure, Not Just Rebuild It | Observations, Scientific American Blog Network

November 2, 2012
The Sandy subway disaster creates a historic opportunity for New York | Taras Grescoe | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk

We have the technology. We can make it better than it was. Better…stronger…faster!

October 31, 2012
transitmaps:

wnyc:

Post-Sandy subway map starting November 1 at 6AM via MTA

Quite frankly, I’m amazed that even this much of the subway is running so soon after Sandy. It may not be the most attractive map in the world, but the MTA produced it fast, and that’s what counts in situations like this.

transitmaps:

wnyc:

Post-Sandy subway map starting November 1 at 6AM via MTA

Quite frankly, I’m amazed that even this much of the subway is running so soon after Sandy. It may not be the most attractive map in the world, but the MTA produced it fast, and that’s what counts in situations like this.

August 25, 2012
Police: All Empire State shooting victims were wounded by officers

21stgoddamncentury:

c-newt:

New York (CNN)— All nine people injured in Friday’s shooting in front of the Empire State Building were wounded by police gunfire, New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly told reporters Saturday.

The officers unloaded a total of 16 rounds at a disgruntled former apparel designer, killing him after he shot and killed a co-worker and engaged in a gunbattle with police, authorities have said.

Authorities said an investigation is under way after one officer shot nine rounds and another shot seven. Three victims suffered gunshot wounds, while the remaining six were hit by fragments.

Solid work there NYPD.

Obviously adding more civilians firing guns into this scenario would have reduced the number of injuries, right? RIGHT?

Yeah, I’m going to wager the NYPD had thorough training in firearms handling and they still messed up.  Having a bunch armed amateurs in the shootout would only increase the carnage.  Another nail in the coffin for the “if everyone was armed there would be no gun violence” theory.

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