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Today, the first of New York City's public, gigabit wifi hotspots opened to the public. I tried them, so take it from me: They're insanely fast. How fast? Fast enough that Starbucks' free internet is about to get killed.

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Video: New York is one of my favourite places in the world because of so many things. However in certain moments it can be a miserable place to live, as you wonder if it's worth it to be packed on top of people and if the city is all a big scam. That's why it's nice to be reminded about how special the city can be. Jonathan J. Scott made this short film showing the light hitting New York City just right and it's gorgeous.

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This is behind the scenes footage from some commercial that Hyundai shot that basically toured the world. I have no idea what the final commercial looks like and I don't really care because I'm totally obsessed with this truly spectacular footage they got of cities around the world from the vantage point of a helicopter.

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Car alarms, jackhammers, barking dogs, drunken brawls outside your window — ah, the sounds of the city. Urban living comes with challenges, and annoying, loud noise is one of 'em. But these maps show us which neighbourhoods you'll want to steer clear of in three major U.S. cities if you want a sound night's sleep. Maybe get a hotel elsewhere?

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Here's the latest update for the current tallest-building contender in the Western Hemisphere: Nordstrom Tower, the superskinny supertall under construction in Midtown Manhattan, apparently no longer aspires to have the tallest spire in the US. But it just increased its roof height, meaning it will now tower above current-tallest Willis Tower.

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New Yorkers aren't exactly known for taking leisurely strolls, but leisurely subway riding? The concept is as foreign as ketchup on pizza. That's why most city slickers will have no idea that the longest non-repeating subway route is 250km and includes over 54 transfers. Why should they? Who on Earth is ever going to ride that?

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Rock climbing can be divided into a crazy mess of sub-genres: top-roping, sport, trad and about a thousand too bizarre to name. But they almost all rely on ropes to catch you if you fall. There is, however, another way: severing the nylon umbilical, and climbing rope-free above water instead.