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How NYC Would Respond To An Actual Stay Puft Marshmallow Man Attack

It’s been 30 years since the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man first squished through Manhattan. With Ghostbusters returning to theatres for an anniversary run, we thought it appropriate to consider a very serious question: How would New York City actually fight an evil god in the form of a marshmallow man? Stickiness and spoilers ensue.


How New York City Simulates An Anthrax Attack

Last week, New York City mounted a large-scale simulation of an anthrax attack, the biggest emergency simulation the city has ever staged. So how exactly does the largest city in the United States respond to biological warfare?


The Weird, Eerie World Of China's Knockoff Cities

The best knock-offs in the world are in China. There are plenty of fake designer handbags and Rolexes but China’s knock-offs go way beyond fashion.


A Trip On The Hybrid Crane-Boats That Pull Wreckage From NYC Harbor

The US Army Corps of Engineers is responsible for keeping debris out of New York’s Harbor, whether it’s dead whales, helicopters, driftwood or floating docks. Without the Corps, the harbour and the outlying beaches of the Rockaways and the Jersey Shore would be filled with massive pieces of debris and ships would risk being critically damaged. Using specially equipped boats the Corps pulls flotsam and jetsam out of the water with cranes and nets.


New York City Is Getting The Tallest Residential Building On Earth

The last time we wrote about the Nordstrom Tower, it was due to become one of the tallest buildings of the development boom in NYC’s most insufferable neighbourhood, Midtown East. But new leaked drawings show that its developers are actually planning the tallest residential building in the world.


Ask Tim Wu -- The Guy Who Coined "Net Neutrality" -- Anything

Tim Wu is a busy man. When he’s not teaching law at Columbia or writing for The New Yorker, he’s testifying before Congress about the FCC proposed net neutrality. And as of last month, Wu is running for lieutenant governor of New York State. Busy might not be the right term, actually. Tim Wu is brimming with purpose.


Watch How American Cities Grew Through Thousands Of Historic Maps

Good thing it’s almost the holiday weekend and you don’t need to be productive because the USGS just launched a heck of a time-wasting website. Now you can explore cities through beautiful old maps, some dating all the way back to 1884. But here’s the best part: You can mix and match many maps to tell your own geographic story.


How This Skyscraper Is Being Built On Top Of An Existing Building

As if building an entire neighbourhood on top of an active rail yard were not already crazy enough, the developers for Hudson Yards are also planning a 51-storey tower that will be constructed on top of and above an existing building. Yup, Manhattan is a crowded mess.


This Nifty Tool Turns Google Street View Into A Graffiti Time Machine

Graffiti may be ephemeral, but then there’s Google Street View with its all-seeing camera. Inspired by Google’s recent to move to let users go back in time in Street View, Brian Foo at the New York Public Library Labs thought he could make us look at street graffiti from a new perspective — through time.


The Guy Who Coined Net Neutrality Is Running For Office

This week, Columbia law professor Tim Wu announced that he’s running for lieutenant governor of New York. Wu is the guy who invented the term net neutrality, so this is exciting news.


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