The object of the city-sponsored BigApps contest is to get developers to use publicly available data to solve some of New York's biggest problems. After months spent winnowing the field to 20 finalists, last night Mayor Bill de Blasio doled out cash prizes to seven winners. So, which of your problem ... More >>
Of the occupational hazards associated with making a living in Midtown, a prevalent but understated risk is lunch. The path of least resistance is sometimes the hot plate buffet at a deli, but nobody wants to admit that they partake. I can't remember the last time I saw an Instagram of tuna salad ne ... More >>
In these uncertain times, it's natural for one's thoughts to turn towards the inevitable nuclear war/pandemic/act of bioterrorism that will finally doom us as a species. Most of us will be wiped out, of course, and most of the ones who remain will be drooling, shuffling, hollow-eyed wraiths, subsist ... More >>
Some 400,000 tourists are expected to descend on New York City and parts of New Jersey for Super Bowl XLVIII. If you are one of them, you probably have some time to kill before Sunday, and the NFL, at your service, has created a Snow Fall-quality flash website to guide you through this concrete jung ... More >>
The conclusion of the first month of the new year serves as a major milestone for those that made fitness-related New Year's resolutions. And while behavior change is always a challenging endeavor, the phenomenon of the Polar Vortex hasn't aided the cause. The cold leads to discomfort, discomfort le ... More >>
What pops into your mind when you hear "Long Island City"? Maybe you picture less of a neighborhood, more of a character-free yuppie warehouse, where overpaid dullards stack themselves in gleaming condos, sucking the life force from yet another community's jugular. But you'd be wrong. That nonsense ... More >>
If you're lucky, one of the few things you and your parents will be able to agree on is that the prospect of you traveling out of New York for Thanksgiving is too hectic, too expensive, and, simply put, not worth the hassle. If you have not established this understanding, our first suggestion for fa ... More >>
Devotees of Iron Chef are well familiar with the aphorism attributed to French gastronome Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin: "Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you what you are." While your dining partners likely have an idea of what you are, there are scenarios in which you are required to dine in ... More >>
After the excitement of this weekend's magical truck of paradise, this morning's newest Banksy piece is a little less ambitious: It's a heart-shaped balloon, somewhere on a gray wall in Brooklyn, covered in bandages (or "plasters," as those wacky Queen's-English-speakers call them).
We truly hate to be the ones to tell you this, but sometimes people say stuff on the Internet that is ... not true. Take a moment to collect yourselves. Case in point: 19 companies were scolded and fined yesterday by New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman for so-called Astroturfing: the ... More >>
In this series, Seamless Warrior John Luong reviews meals ordered from the Internet. One of the numerous pitfalls of loading the Wikipedia homepage is discovering holidays of such obscurity that not even natives of the locale celebrating the occasions are aware of their existence. Such was the case ... More >>
In this series, Seamless Warrior John Luong reviews meals ordered from the Internet. As summer winds down and the days tick down towards Labor Day, the unofficial end of summer, my thoughts turn inevitably to one thing: preseason NFL football. After all, there are few other worthy athletically rela ... More >>
A lot of ink has been spilled over Williamsburg's transformation from a seedy warehouse habitat for the city's creative underclass into the world capital of the hipster overground. Bemoaning gentrification in Williamsburg is the most tired conversation you can have about how this city is changing. B ... More >>
In this series, Seamless Warrior John Luong reviews meals ordered from the Internet. This Sunday, in what has become an annual tradition, I trekked to the Bastille Day on Smith Street affair hosted by Bar Tabac. Because my expectations were sufficiently grounded, I found it compelling to walk along ... More >>
In a calculated strike against the livers and the overall health of Americans, the Gregorian calendar delivered a four-day weekend for Independence Day. For me, the damage came via barbecue attendance, extreme dehydration, and the replenishment of lost fluids through a flamingo-shaped beer bong.
In this series, Seamless Warrior John Luong reviews meals ordered from the Internet. In accordance with a tradition that coincides with my birthday, my father made his annual call to tell me that I am a year older and, therefore, another year overdue for settling down. My dad, ever the traditional ... More >>
If I want to visit my 81-year-old grandmother in Forest Hills, Queens, from my place in Bushwick, Brooklyn, Google Maps tells me I'm approximately five miles away. What Google Maps doesn't tell me is that in order to get there I will have to fight five krakens in a moat, machete through 18 miles of ... More >>
As you may know by now, today is the last day of the year. Take advantage of these few hours before midnight to review every 'Best Of 2012' list out there because their timeliness will soon be quelled by the imminent switch in our non-Mayan calendar. Once that clock strikes 12, mankind will turn the ... More >>
Move aside, Silicon Valley! Or, you know, watch your back. New York City is trying to compete with the tech-y town to be the tech center of the universe -- and Google is helping. (FYI: New York City is still second to Silicon Valley, but it's trying!) Today, Mayor Mike Bloomberg joined Google CE ... More >>
Steven ThrasherYesterday, we wrote about how from the middle of Sixth Avenue in the West Village, you can get a view that is eerily reminiscent of what the Twin Towers looked like from the same spot a decade ago. The optical illusion is created by the pairing of the Trump SoHo Tower and the ... More >>
Concerned New Yorkers, an artist collective responsible for "Monty Burns for Mayor" and "Park 51", have launched a new project called I-Call-NY. They've put up flyers around Manhattan asking people to call in and leave a voicemail with a story about their favorite place in the city. Each message is ... More >>
Diaz' Facebook profile pic: Only 602 saves short of Mo.With the new ballfields intended to replace those bulldozed five years ago to make way for Yankee Stadium: The Next Generation finally nearing completion — look, you can even see them now on Google Maps! — it's time to finally ... More >>
LMFAO w/Swizz Beatz Pier 36 Thursday, August 11 Better than: Watching the new episode of Jersey Shore. It was a beautiful coincidence that LMFAO, holders of the No. 1 song on Billboard's Hot 100 for most of the summer of 2011, headlined the trade publication's end-of-summer blowout at Pier ... More >>
Each week, Death by Science sends out an all-points bulletin for the latest science and technology news, tracks it down, and beats a confession out of it. This week, we look up to the stars, readjust our focus, and look closer at satellites. They are the reason you are able to read this right ... More >>
As part of Game Hack Day NYC 2011, a group of hackers combined Foursquare, Warcraft, Risk and Google Maps to create a brilliant new interactive game called World of Fourcraft. In Risk, players attempt world domination, but in the World of Fourcraft, players align with one of the five Burrough ... More >>
Yes, charts can be beach reading. Plus, summer books picks.
Jake's Wayback BurgerHow many burger chains can one neighborhood stomach? Apparently, at least three of them: in addition to Shake Shack and Smashburger, Jake's Wayback Burger is now calling downtown Brooklyn home.
A new Google project called Business Photos, beginning next week, will allow Google Maps to see inside of buildings and provide a 360-degree view for curious customers. The Street View feature will take users inside the walls of potential dinner spots or date bars if an establishments lets a ... More >>
CNN is confirming that Osama Bin Laden is dead. More to come when President Obama speaks at the White House in the next 5-10 minutes. UPDATE 10:56 P.M.: From Fox News' website. "Usama Bin Landen Dead Fox News Confrims." For real: UPDATE 11:03 P.M.: CNN is reporting that the Pres ... More >>
New Yorkers, it's time to rejoice in our misery and impatience! All of those long tedious hours stuck in standstill traffic are finally paying off. New York City was unfortunate to have two honors bestowed upon it: the worst single roadway in the country and the worst bottleneck in the countr ... More >>
Two scoops of pain!Good news! Our sun is about to enter "solar maximum," the time in its life-cycle when it's at its most active. Wait a second, that's bad news. National Geographic reports that within the next couple of years, massive sun storms will possibly knock out GPS systems, blow up p ... More >>
NYO / Google MapsThe Real Deal says that Hazelden, the renowned, Minnesoate-based addiction clinic, is eyeing a $10 million spot in a Tribeca condominium on West Broadway. Finally, New York's celebrity alkies and drug addicts can get clean in the kind of luxury their fame affords!
via NYT/Google MapsThis is nothing to our West Coast brethren, but it's kind of a big deal to us. A 3.9 magnitude earthquake in the Atlantic Ocean, about 80 miles off the coast of Long Island's Southampton, occurred around 10:45 a.m. today. According to WNYC, it was even "felt by a New York T ... More >>
Chambliss is claiming "credit," so far...Senator Saxby Chambliss' (R-Georgia) has said that a staffer in his office Tuesday wrote the comment "all faggots must die" in a post about the 'Don't' Ask, Don't Tell' Senate vote which appeared at New York gay blogger Joe Jervis's site Joe My God. Ru ... More >>
via NYCTBSome useful investigative reporting has come our way on NYC the Blog, involving a camera phone picture and the cunning use of Google Maps Satellite. In short, someone may have found another secret pool in Brooklyn! And we want the proprietor of said pool to invite us.
The New York-bred phenomenon known as Foursquare -- which is basically the Bros Icing Bros of Social Media -- has made its way across the Atlantic, where British people who clearly don't "get it" are currently being scared out of their "knickers" or whatever by it.
The late and lamented Graceland, courtesy of Google Maps.Frank Prisinzano may be one of the East Village's reigning restaurant kings, but that doesn't mean that the owner of Supper, Lil Frankie's, and Frank is going to have an easy time opening the "simple Italian cafeteria" he recently propo ... More >>
245 Bowery, via Google Maps.Sometimes, the restaurant world presents us with material that it seems only Jonathan Swift could have written -- for further reference, see: History of the Bowery, 2006 - Present. And now it seems that yet another entrepreneur is eager to exploit the Bowery's beni ... More >>
As New Yorkers, we're used to dealing with our own brand of wildlife. We've got an extended family of pigeons holed up in our air shaft, rats in our garbage cans, and a feral human population like whoa. But in recent months encounters with less-than-urban creatures have been all up in our news sourc ... More >>
A couple of guys hit a 7-11 at Metropolitan Avenue near Continental Avenue in Flushing* around 4:30 a.m. on Wednesday. They robbed the store and the clerks. The picture probably isn't much help. Nonetheless if you have information as to these men or this incident, NYPD asks you to contact 1-800-57 ... More >>
Staten Island's PS 30! Just minutes after the most recent Studies in Crap post went up, intrepid reader (and celebrated improv comic) Josh Steinmetz had solved the mystery your Crap Archivist never quite managed to: where was PS 30, Richmond, the school featured in this senior autograph book? ... More >>
The self-explanatory "Study Finds Cyclists Disobey Traffic Laws" story in yesterday's Times drew a predictably snide reaction from Queens Crap, which has endorsed forced licensing of cyclists: "You're supposed to stop at a red light even if you're in a bike lane, pal." Streetsblog, however, says t ... More >>
Ribs, chicken, and cops in Newark's Ironbound
With its new spreadsheet application, Google continues on its path toward world domination
When crime stat porn makes you sweat: Google-mapping sex offenders
Hasidic Jews are way cooler than you, and it has to do with something called 'psychogeography'
The freakiest new info-fetish: plumb the weirdness that is peer-to-peer satellite surveillance
Questing for mind domination and an answer to where the fuck your keys are, G----e maps the world