Daily Link Fix

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]

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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]


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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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L train, L train shutdown, MTA

L train via Wiki Commons (L); Urban Space Vanderbilt via Shinya Suzuki/Flickr (R)

  • This Etsy shop will build a Lego replica of your home. [Apartment Therapy]
  • The first major exhibition about the borough’s waterfront is now open at the Brooklyn Historical Society DUMBO. [Untapped Cities]
  • The city has named four public artists in residence who will tackle the social issues of domestic violence, discrimination, prison reform, and probation through their works. [NYT]
  • Tomorrow will be the first of the MTA and DOT’s public meetings about the L train shutdown. [MTA]
  • NYC now has 30 food halls. How long can the trend last? [NYP]
  • Researchers at MIT used a new algorithm to determine the world’s greenest city–Singapore. [Wired]


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landmark sunshine cinema, lower east side theater

Landmark Sunshine Cinema via Wiki Commons (L); Court Square G train station via Wiki Commons (R)

  • Chelsea Piers is opening the borough’s largest fitness facility in Downtown Brooklyn. [NYT]
  • Go into the crumbling, disaster-prone tunnels beneath Penn Station. [Bloomberg]
  • The Lower East Side’s Landmark Sunshine Cinema will screen its final reel on Sunday, January 21st. [Deadline]
  • The 20 best cheap things to do this weekend. [Brokelyn]
  • Nearly three million people rode the NYC ferry in 2017, 34 percent more than anticipated. [Curbed]
  • Uber reveals its electric flying taxi. [Dezeen]
  • 1,200+ fast food workers in NYC are fighting for livable wages and employee rights. [Eater]
  • Prep work for the impending L train shutdown is already causing problems on the G train. [NY1]


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Images: Via Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo (L); Via Gage Skidmore/Flickr (R)

  • The MTA kicked off a three-year pilot of 10 all-electric buses in an attempt to reduce emissions. [amNY]
  • Despite being considered for landmarking, demolition started on the AT&T Building lobby. [The Architect’s Newspaper]
  • Last year, 70 percent of Trump condos were sold to hidden shell companies. [USA Today]
  • Penn Station’s new West End Concourse is already showing cracks after just seven months. [NYP]
  • Financial District bar the Dead Rabbit, often voted the best in the world, is nearly doubling in size. [WSJ]
  • Want to keep the Met free for everyone? Sign this petition. [Care2]
  • How to find the right broker for your NYC apartment search. [CityRealty]


Daily Link Fix

No Pants Subway Ride, Improv Everywhere

No Pants Subway Ride via Wiki Commons (L); Solar Carve Tower © Neoscape for Studio Gang Architects

  • Not bothered by bare legs in sub-arctic temps? The annual No-Pants Subway Ride takes place this Sunday. [amNY]
  • The most expensive home in America is now this $500 million Bel Air estate. [Apartment Therapy]
  • A closer look at the fitness industry boom in urban settings. [CityLab]
  • Fred Bass, who transformed his father’s small used-book store the Strand into the institution it is today, passed away at the age of 89. [NYT]
  • Jeanne Gang’s High Line-hugging Solar Carve Tower is finally out of the ground. [CityRealty]
  • What it’s like working for a private waste removal company in New York City. [Pro Publica]
  • Here’s 20 cheap things to do this post-Bomb Cyclone weekend. [Brokelyn]


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nyc subway, countdown clock

Countdown clock via Wiki Commons (L); Rikers Island via Wiki Commons (R)

  • Did you know today is National Returns Day? UPS says it will handle a record 1.4 million returns on Wednesday alone. [WP]
  • After 50 years of advocacy, Prospect Park is officially car-free. [Streetsblog]
  • All 471 subway stations now have countdown clocks, 11 years after the MTA started the project. [NYDN]
  • Permits have been filed with the city for the new David Adjaye-designed Studio Museum of Harlem. [CityRealty]
  • A major step in Mayor de Blasio’s plan to completely close Rikers Island, the first jail will shutter this summer thanks to historic reductions in jail population. [Office of the Mayor]
  • Since 1992, the MTA’s Poetry in Motion program has brought more than 200 poems to subway trains and platforms. A new book looks back at the collection. [WNYC]

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Via CityRealty (L); Via Office of the Mayor (R)

  • These celebs spent the most on NYC homes this year. [CityRealty]
  • “How I Met Your Mother” actress Cobie Smulders drops the price of her Battery Park City penthouse. [NYP]
  • Here are 25 Brooklyn New Year’s Eve parties to help you welcome 2018. [Brokelyn]
  • If you’re willing to brave the cold at City Hall Plaza, you can score free tickets to Mayor de Blasio’s second swearing-in ceremony, presided over by Senator Bernie Sanders. [Curbed]
  • The Nets’ new basketball jersey was inspired by the Brooklyn Bridge’s steel cables and iconic arches. [News 12 Brooklyn]
  • The Bronx Zoo’s polar bear Tundra has passed away; he was the last polar bear in NYC. [amNY]
  • In 1912, female acrobats, equestrians, and weightlifters of Barnum & Bailey’s circus fought for their right to vote. [Narratively]


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