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Photo Of New York City Before And After Cleaning Shows How Filthy It Is

New York is a monumental, awe-inspiring city. Much of its gritty cinematographic character comes from her heavy makeup, layers upon layers of pollution deposited for decades in every nook and crack. Trevor Little’s photo of two guys powerwashing a building clearly shows this beautiful old city’s true skin.


4 Ways Hurricane Sandy Is Still Transforming New York City's Infrastructure

Hurricane Sandy made landfall two years ago last night, sparking one of the largest natural disasters New York has ever seen. In the 24 months since, New York has changed in dozens of unexpected ways — and it’s just going to change more.


A Giant Drill Came This Close To Tearing Through A Packed NYC Subway Car

A whole bunch of Queens commuters almost got to star in their very own horror movie yesterday when a rogue contractor accidentally bored through an F-train subway tunnel with a 10-inch drill bit. So, uh, happy Halloween. Or something.


Paris And New York Are Not That Different From The Right Angles

Video: I love New York despite/because New Yorkers and I love Paris despite/because Parisians. This time-lapse compares their striking similarities — from the right angles. I only wish Paris shared New York’s 24-hour life and New York shared Paris‘ joy de vivre.


NYC Is Home To A Hyper-Real Simulation Of A Massive Solar Plant

In the desert near Tonopah, Nevada, a circular sea of oversized mirrors — 10,000 mirrors — follow the sun, and direct its rays onto the power tower in the centre of the Crescent Dunes solar energy plant. Now, in the middle of Manhattan, a computer-generated visualisation of that scene glitters on an LED wall outside Lincoln Center.


Explore The Largest Steam Pipe System In The World, Hidden Beneath NYC

In its latest adventure, the New York Times’ Living City series explores the city’s enormous underground steam distribution system. Unlike anywhere in the world, New York hides away the largest steam system that powers all types of humidification sources, preserving museum art to even dishwashers in every restaurant kitchen. A total of 2000 buildings are powered by this service.


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.