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Taxi E-Hailing Test Gets Green Light in NYC

Taxi E-Hailing Test Gets Green Light in NYC Oct 30th, 2013 at 3:52PM: Christoph SahleA taxi in NYC. The ability to hail a taxi from your smartphone is probably in the immediate future for New Yorkers. NYC has been testing e-hailing so passengers can more easily retrieve a taxi. The city recently received the green light from an appeals court to keep moving forward. A pre-arranged ride has been traditionally prohibited for NYC yellow taxis. When the city began...

Airbnb Users In NYC Spend More Money When Traveling Than Others

Oct 24th, 2013 at 12:22PM: Airbnb has been the subject of a recent spate of legal fire in New York City. The New York Attorney General, Eric Schneiderman, subpoenaed the guest-hosting company recently for data on its 15,000 NYC users. Airbnb refused to meet those demands in an attempt to protect its users' private information. According to Airbnb's CEO Brain Chesky via the NY Post, tourists who stay in NYC through...

5Pointz Destruction Delayed Due To VARA Law

5Pointz Destruction Delayed Due To VARA Law Oct 23rd, 2013 at 2:45PM: I didn't try to veil my opinion in my recent post about 5Pointz closing. I am one of the many who are disappointed in the decision to tear down the graffiti-covered building in favor of a new luxury condo. But before we all continue to mourn the giant art installation of a warehouse, it appears as though the lawyer for 5Pointz, Jeannine Chanes, may have found a loophole. According to ANIMAL,...

5 Lesser-Known Things To See In Brooklyn

5 Lesser-Known Things To See In Brooklyn Oct 11th, 2013 at 4:00PM: The buzz about Brooklyn has been building for years and while newbies to the borough keep moving in and exploring, some lesser-known things to see in Brooklyn remain just that. Iconic Brooklyn is wonderful –- Prospect Park, Brooklyn Bridge, Coney Island and the like. But these lesser-known Brooklyn destinations are certainly worth the trek. 1. Green-Wood Cemetery, in Greenwood Heights,...

5Pointz Will Officially Be Destroyed And Replaced With Luxury Condo

5Pointz Will Officially Be Destroyed And Replaced With Luxury Condo Oct 10th, 2013 at 3:00PM: It was more than two years ago that I wrote about the possibility of 5Pointz, an artistic hub of a warehouse owned by the Wolkoff family, being demolished. I called the article 5Pointz Is Coming Down And It's A Shame and I ranted about the pure audacity and soullessness of anyone who would rather see condos in its place. All of that vitriol has been revived in me today upon learning that the...

Silent Dining: The Latest Restaurant Gimmick?

Silent Dining: The Latest Restaurant Gimmick? Oct 8th, 2013 at 4:47PM: Flickr, Monika Bargmann Banning cell phones in restaurants is becoming more common, as diners who constantly use their phones to chat or document their meals can be a distraction to other customers. A Brooklyn restaurant is taking things to the next level by banning talk altogether, piloting a "silent dining" event in which no one speaks for a 90 minute meal. Last month there were 17 diners at Eat...

Hotel Security Guard Starts Hotel Fires in Order to Sleep on the Job

Hotel Security Guard Starts Hotel Fires in Order to Sleep on the Job Sep 23rd, 2013 at 12:31PM: Why did a hotel security officer set hotel fires? It sounds like the beginning of a bad joke, except, unfortunately for everyone involved, this was no joke. When you hear about a former employee of two hotels starting his own hotel fires, you might assume he or she did so because of job dissatisfaction or revenge. But in the case of Mariano Barbosa, Jr., the suspect simply wanted to make his...

Where To Watch Football In New York: A Bar For (Almost) Every NFL Team

Where To Watch Football In New York: A Bar For (Almost) Every NFL Team Sep 5th, 2013 at 9:00AM: Jess Moss, AOL If you're visiting New York this fall (and you should, it's the best time to go), and you like football, there's an important thing to keep in mind. Jets and Giants fans may seem to run the show, but many -- if not most -- people in this city hail from somewhere else. And they've brought their football allegiances with them. New York has a bar for almost every pro football team's...

NYC Taxi Driver Shoots Stunning Photos From Behind The Wheel

Sep 4th, 2013 at 12:45PM: David Bradford isn't your average New York City taxi driver. His days "at the office" are directed by the skill that sets him apart from other taxi drivers: he's a photographer. Bradford's canvas is New York City as he sees it throughout his day, from a behind-the-steering-wheel vantage point. He has published several books, most notably "Drive-By Shootings: Photographs by a New York City Taxi...

Brooklyn Bridge: Musical Instrument?

Brooklyn Bridge: Musical Instrument? Aug 27th, 2013 at 4:00PM: Human Harp If you have ever crossed the Brooklyn Bridge you know that it's a stunning piece of architecture. But if artist Di Mainstone has her way, it will be more than just that. It will be a musical instrument. Mainstone's Human Harp project, documented beautifully by the Creators Project, aims to transform bridges around the world into instruments, allowing people to interact with...

10 NYC Happy Hours Where You Can Eat For Free

Aug 9th, 2013 at 5:00PM: NYC happy hours that provide food for free were an essential survival tool for me when I was younger and in college in New York. Notoriously an expensive city, New York isn't without its budget secrets. Happy hours that will feed you for free are among those secrets. Whether you're visiting or living in New York, if you're trying to make a little bit of money stretch while still having a good...

Baby On Board: Babies Born In Train Stations

Baby On Board: Babies Born In Train Stations Aug 8th, 2013 at 1:35PM: MTA Police Department Last week, the hashtag #MetroBaby was trending after a Washington, D.C. woman gave birth to a baby boy on a Metro platform. Despite many humorous suggestions for the baby's name (my favorites: Stan Clear and Doris Closing), Amir Mason was born a few weeks early and delivered safely. Yesterday, New York got its own Metro Baby when police helped deliver a baby boy in Penn...

Fashion Do's And Don'ts From The TSA

Jul 25th, 2013 at 5:30PM: When talking about airport security, we generally focus on what travelers are carrying, not what they're wearing. But thanks to the TSA recently cracking down on passengers' fashion choices, style is now a part of the airport security conversation. Forget regulations on liquids or weapons: the TSA's new security threat is clothing, accessories and hairdos, or so they seem to think. On July...

How To Avoid Getting Attacked By A Mockingbird

Jul 25th, 2013 at 4:15PM: Reports of mockingbirds attacking people who were walking through Transmitter Park in Greenpoint, Brooklyn started coming in over the last couple of weeks, but mockingbird attacks aren't limited to New York City. That's because mockingbird attacks aren't contingent on a specific location but are instead determined by the time of the year and the creatures within closest proximity to the nest....

Urban Camping: Pitch A Tent In Central Park

Urban Camping: Pitch A Tent In Central Park Jul 24th, 2013 at 2:30PM: Flickr, Sarah Ackerman High Manhattan hotel prices ruining your summer travel plans? If you'd like to try urban camping -- sleeping under the skyscrapers of New York City -- you can try your luck for a spot at one of the city's summer Family Camping sessions. The Urban Park Rangers lead programs in more than a dozen city parks in all five boroughs, including Manhattan's Central Park (August 24)...

Photo Of The Day: Manhattan Skyline

Photo Of The Day: Manhattan Skyline Jul 11th, 2013 at 6:00PM: Flickr, James Adamson Tomorrow evening in New York City, you can witness a twice-a-year phenomenon known as Manhattanhenge, when the sunset perfectly aligns with the city's grid and makes the streets glow. Manhattan already has one of the most photogenic skylines in the world, as demonstrated by this postcard-perfect shot by Flickr user James Adamson. His shot of the Empire State Building (still...

A Toy Tree In Brooklyn

A Toy Tree In Brooklyn Jul 9th, 2013 at 2:30PM: When I caught a glimpse of this toy tree in Brooklyn, what surprised me most was that it didn't surprise me. When you spend nearly a decade living in a city like New York, you begin to expect the unexpected, or rather, expect nothing and simultaneously categorize every possible crazy thing that might happen as expected. Toys aren't the only things you'll find hanging in Brooklyn and other...

Video: New York Dogs And Their Thoughts

Jul 9th, 2013 at 12:00PM: New York dogs are one of my favorite things about New York, seriously. Sure, plenty of other New York things come before the dogs of New York for me, but the dogs do make the list. And even though I love dogs of all nationalities, so to speak, New Yorker dogs are especially ... diverse. Much like New Yorker humans, the dogs of this city are often pampered, neurotic, resourceful and/or...

Statue Of Liberty Reopens For First Time Since Hurricane Sandy

Statue Of Liberty Reopens For First Time Since Hurricane Sandy Jul 4th, 2013 at 8:00AM: Public Domain One of the most iconic symbols of American freedom is set to reopen just in time to celebrate the nation's birthday. The Statue of Liberty, which was damaged during Hurricane Sandy on October 29 of last year, will welcome visitors for the first time since that day with the arrival of a morning ferry at 8:45 a.m. When Sandy made landfall in New York City last fall, the storm surge...

Video Of The Day: New York's Gay Pride Parade In Under 2 Minutes

Video Of The Day: New York's Gay Pride Parade In Under 2 Minutes Jul 1st, 2013 at 6:00PM: After last week's historic U.S. Supreme Court decisions on same-sex marriage, major U.S. cities, including New York and San Francisco, celebrated their annual Gay Pride parades on Sunday with even more exuberance than usual. In New York, marchers walked danced through the muggy streets from 36th Street and Fifth Avenue down to Christopher and Greenwich Streets in the West Village, while mobs of...

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