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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.


Meet Samsung's New Premium Tablet, The Galaxy Tab S

Samsung has just announced a brand-new, premium-grade tablet from New York this morning, and it’s rocking specs that put some laptops to shame. Here’s what it’s packing, and what you’ll pay for it.


NYPD To Carry Life-Saving Antidote Kits For Heroin Overdoses

The New York Police Department has announced that its officers are to start carrying antidote kits that will use a drug called naloxone to save the lives of heroin users who have overdosed.


On This Day In 1899, The First Speeding Arrest Happened -- At 19km/h

If you think traffic is slow today, consider that Jacob German was arrested on this day in 1899 for driving at the blistering speed of 19km/h. The speed limit he blasted past? 13km/h between streets, and 6km/h around corners.


These Pixelated Pics Of New York City Were Taken On A Game Boy

Ah, to see the world through greyscale-coloured lenses. Photographer David Friedman took these charming pixelated pics of New York way back in the year 2000… ON A GAME BOY. They’re not only a technological time capsule, but an urban one.