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This Drone Footage of NYC Makes You Feel Like Spiderman

You've never seen New York City like this. Well, you have if you've seen the Spiderman movies, but this footage captured by photographer Randy Scott Slavin is no CGI fantasy. It's Gotham at its grandest. Read More >>

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Bike Lanes Don't Cause Traffic (If You Put Them in the Right Place)

The battle against bike lanes has turned into an all-out culture war over in the US, with NIMBYs shrieking about ceding a few feet of precious road while squawking about the apocalyptic congestion that change will bring. But here's a deep, data-driven investigation into the truth about bike lanes and traffic. Read More >>

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Credit Card-Reading Spy Camera Found in the NYC Subway

Credit card thieves seem to come up with a new way to steal your personal information every day. The latest ploy: a card-reading spy camera, hiding above the MetroCard machine. Read More >>

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What a Decade Has Done to New York City's Classic Storefronts

Ten years after photographing countless storefronts for their popular book, Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York, James and Karla Murray are returning to the same addresses for an update. The contrast in the pairs of images, each a decade apart, is striking. Read More >>

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Rare Photos of NYC's Museums Under Construction

Museums are lightning rods for criticism. The most public of all buildings, they're also the most vulnerable, and even long-accepted classics faced scorn in their infancy. Today we're taking a look at vintage photographs of New York City's famous museums while under construction. Read More >>

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Roller Coaster Workers Recreate an Iconic 1932 Photo

Everybody knows Lunch Atop a Skyscraper. Eleven men eating lunch on an I-beam beam hundreds of feet above New York City, none of them wearing safety harnesses—it's iconic! That's what makes this roller coaster recreation from Alton Towers so much fun. Read More >>

history
19th Century New York Was Covered in an Insane Web of Telephone Wires

Alexander Graham Bell may have invented the telephone in 1875, but the first phone installation didn't come about for another three years. And that's what makes these photos from 1887 so incredible; this tangled mass of telephone wires had already wound itself around New York City's streets just seven years after that first installation. Read More >>

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Cannibal Buildings! Why MoMA is Eating its Next Door Neighbour

This week, the Museum of Modern Art in New York confirmed its plans to raze a neighbouring museum, creating a continuous connection to the luxury supertall going up next door. Read More >>

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IBM's Watson is Now the Size of Three Pizza Boxes--It's Also a Billionaire

IBM just put the pedal to the metal on Watson's crawl towards relevance. The company just announced a billion dollar investment, giving the supercomputer its own business division as well as an office in New York City's Astor Place. Read More >>

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Watch America's Tallest Hotel Get Built in Less Than 60 Seconds

The only thing cooler than gawking at record-breaking architecture is watching record-breaking architecture get built. The tallest hotel in North America, a Marriott Residence Inn on top of a Marriott Courtyard, just opened in Times Square. This is what it took to build the tower. Read More >>

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A Badass Rocket Launch Is the Perfect Addition to Any Skyline

Yesterday East Coast USA had the chance to see a real life rocket launch. We Brits obviously couldn't see it from way over here on the other side of the Atlantic. It's ok though. Here's a highlight.
Taken by Ben Cooper of Launch Photography, this fantastic shot shows the trial of fire the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer's Minotaur V rocket left behind as it blasted out of orbit. Read More >>

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Idiot Criminal's YouTube Vids Lead to Biggest Gun Bust in NYC History

New York City just saw its biggest gun bust in history. At least 19 people were involved in selling a nightmare arsenal of over 254 weapons, toting deliveries into the city by bus, using backpacks and suitcases. And Instagram and YouTube helped crack the case. Read More >>

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KeyMe: Store Your Keys In the Cloud, Never Get Locked Out Again

Whether you've got to deal with a crotchety landlord or a dopey locksmith, we can all agree that replacing lost or stolen keys can be a drag. KeyMe, a new service launched this week in New York, seems to have found a solution by storing your keys in the cloud and making them accessible via a kiosk 24/7. Read More >>

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How a Slanted Skyscraper Will Share Sunshine With the High Line

When you build a monolithic tower that reaches hundreds of feet up into the sky, it's going to cast a shadow. That can be a big problem for those on the ground, if they'd like to occasionally see the sun. But the designers of a new building being planned in New York have figured out a way around the problem: An oddly-shaped building that will not only shed light on occupants, but spread it around for neighbours as well.
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What New York City Would Look Like on Other Planets

Arguably the most iconic skyline in the world (thanks to movies) would look completely different if it was on another world. On Venus, New York City would be a yellow haze, on Mercury would look glow in the dark, on Mars would make everything rusty and on Uranus and Neptune would totally obliterate the city. Read More >>

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Watch These New Yorkers Celebrate in the Streets After Getting Power Back

Manhattan’s lower east side had the pleasure of finally getting its power back yesterday, after about a week of going without. As you can imagine, people were pretty stoked. This passerby caught some footage of the celebration. The whole scene is positively jubilant. Enjoy. [Reddit] Read More >>

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