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Without Google Maps and Street View, I’d be utterly lost in New York, or anywhere in the world for that matter. And for all its usefulness, we’ve always had a few good laughs too. Today’s update to three distinct areas of New York might make you laugh, cry or sit back in astonishment.
New York is forever on the verge of some kind of collapse. It worries about the next big storm, or the next economic downturn, or just a good ol’ rat tsunami. Last year, the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) called attention to a very immediate — and underreported — crisis: the decay of thousands of piles that support the city’s riverfront.
CitiBike has landed. Yesterday, amid a scrum of politicians and reporters, city officials introduced the system poised to transform New York street life. But keeping track of 6000 new bikes — not to mention their riders — will be no small chore. And to do it, the city is implementing a handful of smart systems, ranging from modular docking system to solar-powered tail lights.
A subway-borne chemical attack is one of those theoreticals that require the willful ignorance of regular passengers — for most of us, it’s just better not to think about it. Not so for the NYPD, which yesterday announced a plan to test how a chemical or radiological attack would spread through the city’s 320km of subway by pumping an invisible gas through the system this year.
After Hurricane Sandy blew through New York in October, the lion’s share of media coverage focused on the beachfront where damage was most visible. In lower Manhattan though, the 3m storm surge took a subterranean toll, ruining millions of dollars worth of mechanical systems and forcing many developers to consider how they’d retrofit for the next big one.