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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.

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If you need a place to stay while visiting New York City, you should probably start considering options besides Airbnb. Governor Andrew Cuomo approved legislation on Friday that makes it illegal to advertise short-term rentals.

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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.

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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.

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Here's a bit of schadenfreude for those of us who can't afford to breathe in New York's Upper West Side: A water main break last night created a sinkhole, and that sinkhole swallow an entire BMW worth around $US55,000 ($72,577).

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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.

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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.