According to a new report in Quartz, New York City authorities are deploying a number of tactics designed to go after large-scale Airbnb operations to crack down on people just using the service normally, citing violations of building and zoning codes.
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In idyllic places such as the Catskills and the Poconos, the '50s and '60s were a uniquely magical time for America. This was where newly suburban denizens went on holiday, flocking to lakeside resorts straight out of Dirty Dancing. But over the years, the people stopped coming, and the resorts closed. Now, their moss-covered ruins look like a tomb of the American dream.
Everybody makes mistakes. Like, for instance, let's say you drive a bus, and you just finished a night shift, and you stop, and you're tired, and maybe you accidentally put the bus in neutral instead of park on top of a hill, and you hop off and start walking home. And, yes, maybe the bus starts rolling down the hill. It's an honest mistake. Could happen to anyone.
Video: Before yesterday, Claire&Max's latest short film -- which shows what New York City would look like if climate change continued, unabated, and sea levels rose high enough to flood it -- was already unsettling. But with the US officially abdicating the Paris Agreement, this is now looks like a peek at a future that seems more and more likely.
On Friday, New York City mayor Bill de Blasio released the latest designs for the Union Square Tech Hub, a $US250 million ($325 million) project that aims to "create a central convening point for technology training and networking" as the Big Apple tumbles into the increasingly digital future. As evidenced in the designs released by the mayor's office, 14th street's new tech tower looks like what would happen if you asked IKEA to build a white-collar prison.
Video: The New York Public Library's Rose Main Reading Room is one of the most majestic spaces in the city. Unfortunately it's been closed for repairs for two years after an ornamental plaster rosette fell from the ceiling. But after fixing that, reinforcing the other 900 rosettes with steel cables and restoring the ceiling, the beautiful 24m by 90m room, with 16m-tall ceilings, finally re-opened to the public. The finishing touch in getting the reading room ready was filling the empty shelves back up with books. You can watch them do it in this time lapse.
New York City basically already looks like a living, breathing movie set in real life but this surreal video transforms the city completely by turning the buildings into fake facades that don't actually house anything. Claire & Max gave the busy streets of New York an eerie sense of calm in the video by stripping away its depth and replacing it with just a front.
Video: I love New York City. I live here, so I'm biased. You might hate New York, and think it sucks, and think it's dirty, and think people who live in New York talk about New York way too damn much. That's fine. You're actually more right than you know. But even you should be able to enjoy this fine video of New York City in glorious 8K. It's every important landmark, building, bridge, cityscape and thing you've seen a thousand times before in stupid TV shows and movies set in New York, painted with the most beautiful pixels I've ever seen.
Video: If you thought drone racers simply rolled up to an event, grabbed an RC toy out of their trunk and lined up to race, you've got a lot to learn. We popped by the US National Drone Racing Championships, recently held in New York, and asked one of the competing teams to show us what it takes to compete.
What do Rio Olympians and New York state sex offenders have in common? Soon, neither will be playing Pokemon GO, or at least that's the hope of Governor Andrew Cuomo.
Depending on whom you ask, Facebook is either the saviour or destroyer of journalism in our time. An estimated 600 million people see a news story on Facebook every week, and the social network's founder Mark Zuckerberg has been transparent about his goal to monopolize digital news distribution. "When news is as fast as everything else on Facebook, people will naturally read a lot more news," he said in a Q&A last year, adding that he wants Facebook Instant Articles to be the "primary news experience people have."