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Watch Workers Blow Up Bedrock To Make Way For NYC's Second Ave Subway

After years and years of deliberation, the first phase of the Second Avenue subway is finally getting built. The effort is a lot more complex than you’d even imagine. The New York Times takes us behind the scenes in its third instalment of the Living City series — showing us the unintended byproduct of heavy infrastructural construction: The near death of a neighbourhood’s economy.


The Dirty, Dilapidated And Delightful Water Towers Of New York City

New Yorkers: How well do you know your local skyline? Enough to be able to tell these 23 water towers apart, and place them in the borough where they belong? It’s a day ending in “y” which means — hey look, Popchartlab has a new print out! This time the team has icon-ized a selection of the city’s distinctive (and often very dirty) elevated tanks.


This Storage Cube Could Be Your Personal Assistant

The last time I used a storage cube it was called a cubby, and I shoved finger-painted cardboard and mittens in it because I was 5. I suspect I’m not alone. If Arthur Shmulevsky has his way, storage cubes will graduate to much broader use than crayon receptacles. His startup, Clean Cube, provides a space for all your drop off and pick up errands.


Microsoft Is Opening A Flagship New York Store On Fifth Ave

Microsoft has announced that it’s opening its first Manhattan flagship store, and it will be on Fifth Avenue — just a few blocks from Apple’s iconic glass cube.


The Dark, Glamorous World Of One Of New York City's Real-Life Mad Men

New York in the years after World War II was a city more prosperous and more modern than anything the world had seen — and it spawned a whole culture unto itself, distributed in newspapers, magazines, and advertisements. This was the era of Madison Avenue Men, and Mac Conner was their illustrator.


New York's Frenetic Energy Captured On A Video That Makes My Head Spin

Video: The world seems to spin faster in some cities than others. And hyper-energetic New York City might be the one that spins the fastest. Harlem based filmmaker Cutsdatflo captures the frenetic movement of the city in this imaginative video.


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.


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