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Via Jim Pennucci/Flickr (L); Via Creative Commons (R)

  • New York is the dirtiest city in the nation, topping the categories of litter and pests. [NBC]
  • And its residents smoke more weed than any other city in the world. [Brokelyn]
  • The Columbus Heritage Coalition is petitioning the LPC to landmark the controversial Christopher Columbus statue. [amNY]
  • Related’s Stephen Ross discusses Hudson Yards’ centerpiece, the Vessel. [New Yorker]
  • What it’s like to have a “supertall skyscraper sleepover” in One57. [NYT]
  • This spring, Brooklyn-based artist Diana Al-Hadid will bring her mythological sculptures to Madison Square Park. [Untapped Cities]
  • A pair of twins is creating a “camera-obscura-exact projection” of the New York Public Library’s reading room. [NY Mag]
  • Fort Greene is now home to the east coast’s largest glass blowing factory. [Explore Brooklyn]

 

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Google Street View of 155 Franklin Street; Taylor Swift via Eva Rinaldi/Flickr; Spyscape photo by Scott Frances

  • Taylor Swift’s Tribeca neighbors are not happy about her recent real estate hoopla, even posting “Taylor Swift Can Go F–k Herself” signs. [NYP]
  • A proposed law would force NYC businesses to accept credit cards for transactions over $10. [Time Out NY]
  • See inside David Adjaye’s Spyscape museum of espionage in Midtown. [Dezeen]
  • New York state has 400 breweries, breaking the pre-Prohibition record of 393 in 1876. [Auburn Pub]
  • Brillo pads, Twizzlers, Mack trucks, Kickstarter–a brief history of business in Brooklyn. [Brooklyn Daily Eagle]
  • During off-peak hours, the MTA runs fewer trains than it used to. [Streetsblog]
  • A new exhibit at the Storefront for Art & Architecture uses “Sex and the City” to show the connection between sex and real estate. [Untapped Cities]

 

Featured Story

Events, Features, quizzes

For the 11th year, the City ReliquaryQueens Museum, and The Levys’ Unique New York! have partnered for the Panorama Challenge, considered the ultimate NYC trivia. On Friday, March 2, using the Panorama of the City of New York at the Queens Museum – a room-sized scale model of the entire city, a relic from the 1964 World’s Fair – teams will answer questions in categories that may include McKim, Mead, & White sites; the Grammys; the movie Wonderstruck; and the Museum’s Never Built New York exhibit. In anticipation of the event, quizmaster Jonathan Turer is testing 6sqft readers with five (one for each borough!) of past years’ toughest clues.

Test your knowledge!

Daily Link Fix

“Lovebirds” via Wiki Commons (L); Via NYC Love Notes (R)

  • They’re romantic, they’re ubiquitous, and they have crazy visual abilities–why you should love NYC pigeons. [WNYC]
  • For the third time, Jersey City was ranked the most diverse city in the country. [NJ.com]
  • Celeb-favorite sweets emporium Sugar Factory will open a Museum of Candy in the old Limelight Church. [NYP]
  • Inside one of Bushwick’s last remaining tortilla factories. [Bushwick Daily]
  • These might just be the most New York Valentine’s Day cards ever. [Brokelyn]
  • Of the roughly 200 million roses Americans buy on Valentine’s Day, most come from an area outside Bogota, Colombia. [Washington Post]
  • This interactive map keeps track of countries’ Olympic medals in PyeonChang. [ESRI]
  • On March 15th, the world’s largest rhino sculpture will land in Astor Place. [Untapped Cities]

 

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Photo via Patrick Kwan/Flickr (L); Olmsted House as of October 2017, via The New York Landmarks Conservancy

  • Of course, an all-avocado restaurant has made its way to Manhattan. Avocado Appetit is now open in Chinatown. [Eater]
  • Friday kicks off the Year of the Dog. Here are 10 alternative events to celebrate the Chinese New Year in NYC. [Untapped Cities]
  • NYC has 400 outreach workers whose job is to build trust with people living on the streets and bring them indoors. [WNYC]
  • On February 24th, head up to the Bronx for a hip hip history tour to celebrate Black History Month. [NYC Parks]
  • The one-time Staten Island home of Frederick Law Olmsted, co-designer of Central and Prospect Parks, has fallen into disrepair after the city bought it 12 years ago. [NY Times]
  • In Nomad and Chelsea’s former “Flower District,” hotels are blossoming like wildflowers. [CityRealty]

 

Events

You may know Urban Archive as the fun app that brings together the digital collections of New York City’s museums, archives, and libraries, but did you know they also host equally fun history-themed events? After three successful scavenger hunts, they’re now holding their first trivia night later this month. Hosted by Andrew Gustafson of Turnstile Tours, the event will take place at the Housing Works Bookstore Cafe in Soho, where staff mixologists will provide libations to accompany the competition.

Find out how to sign up

Daily Link Fix

Image courtesy of MCR and Morse Development; Photo: Max Touhey (L); Via Acme Smoked Fish (R)

  • Healthcare workers who use mass transit have a median commute of 51.2 minutes—the longest of any workers in NYC’s private sector. [Center for an Urban Future]
  • Mapping the West Village’s 150 shuttered storefronts. [Medium]
  • Residents of a Flatiron condo building are suing the Soul Cycle downstairs over constant “bowling-ball”-like thuds. [NYP]
  • Help consume the world’s biggest bagel & lox in Greenpoint this Friday so Acme Smoked Fish can make the Guinness Book of World Records. [Brokelyn]
  • JFK’s TWA Flight Center Hotel is on track to open in 2019. Get a behind-the-scenes look at how construction is progressing. [NYT]
  • An anti-Hillary Clinton billboard in Times Square was pulled down after just one day. [NYDN]
  • New York is the safest big city, with crime in public housing down 22 percent since 2013. [Bloomberg]

Daily Link Fix

Brooklyn Grange via Wiki Commons (L); Construction at Waterline Square via CityRealty

  • Brooklyn Grange is opening a 40,000-square-foot organic rooftop farm in Staten Island. [Untapped Cities]
  • Ikea is experimenting with renting out and buying back their own furniture. [Curbed]
  • The fascinating and tragic history of the Wythe Hotel. [Greenpointers]
  • KPF’s Two Waterline Square, which will be the complex’s largest tower, is starting to get its reflective blue skin. [CityRealty]
  • Check out these historic photos of Flatbush’s Barren Island, the site of a former horse disposal and glue factory. [Brokelyn]
  • New City Council Speaker Corey Johnson is considering rent regulations for mom-and-pop businesses. [NYP]
  • Brownsville, Brooklyn now has $7,225 garbage cans that uses solar power to connect to the internet. [WNYC]

Daily Link Fix

No love here, via Dan Phiffer/Flickr

  • MTA Chairman Joseph Lhota says the Freedom Ticket, which provides riders a seamless and slightly cheaper transfer between the Long Island Railroad and the city’s bus and subway system, will launch this year. [amNY]
  • He also wants the MTA’s Twitter feeds to “be a little bit more positive than they are.” [NYDN]
  • It’s costing $6 million to $8 million more to produce the Grammys in NYC than LA, and the Recording Academy is saying the city hasn’t paid their share. [Billboard]
  • The White House asked to borrow a Van Gogh from the Guggenheim. They offered a giant gold toilet instead. [Washington Post]
  • This Sunday, enter a trivia contest about the history and engineering of NYC’s water system. [Queens Museum]
  • Should Amazon’s second headquarters be in the suburbs? [CityLab]
  • Lower East Side institution Russ & Daughters will host a free jazz series called Smoked Fish & Pickles. [Bedford + Bowery]

 

Daily Link Fix

Screenshot of 311’s Twitter page (L); Google Street View of Continental bar (R)

  • 311’s Twitter account will start taking requests 24 hours a day, seven days a week. [amNY]
  • Two new laws focusing on vacant land throughout the city are aimed at identifying lots and buildings that could be used for affordable housing. [CityLand]
  • New York Magazine’s new public art project displays covers from artists such as Yoko Ono and Alex Katz around the city. [Untapped Cities]
  • East Village dive bar Continental (famous for its cheap shot deal) has banned customers who use the word literally. [Grub Street]
  • You can score discount tickets to the Best of Brooklyn Food & Beer Festival this Saturday. [Brokelyn]
  • Grand Central’s historic cocktail bar the Campbell Apartment is suing the MTA for keeping the heat too high. [Time Out NY]
  • Annabelle Selldorf’s University Place condo gets its full facade. [CityRealty]
  • New interior renderings appear for Robert A.M. Stern’s Upper West Side condo. [Curbed]

 

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