Daily Link Fix

Daily Link Fix

NJ Transit via Wiki Commons (L); Watchtower sign via Wiki Commons (R)

  • NJ Transit admitted to extremely poor service this summer–but warned that it probably won’t end until the fall. [NYT]
  • Go inside the world Of NYC “canners,” who survive by collecting recyclable cans and bottles. [Gothamist]
  • And meet the Brooklyn can collector who’s worth $8 million. [NYP]
  • The iconic Watchtower sign that stood atop the Jehovah’s Witnesses’ former Brooklyn Heights HQ was illegal for its entire half-century existence says the DOB. [Brooklyn Daily Eagle]
  • Mayor ee Blasio shifted his plan for a 50-story apartment tower on a Hell’s Kitchen NYCHA parking lot from 100% affordable to 75% luxury. [NYDN]
  • The Yankees are the only major league team never to have held a pride night at a game, so to mark next year’s 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, they’re planning a special event. [NYT]
    How Brooklyn changed the neighborhood restaurant across the country. [Bloomberg]

Daily Link Fix

666 Fifth Avenue, Kushner Companies, Vornado

Google Street View of 666 Fifth Avenue (L); Coney Island’s Ocean Dreams development via Hill West Architects (R)

  • With a wave of bland real estate development, will Coney Island become just like much of the rest of the city–gentrified, but with rides? [The Bridge]
  • For two centuries, New Yorkers have loved giant oysters. [Atlas Obscura]
  • Kushner Companies finally unloaded the troubled 666 Fifth Avenue to Brookfield, whose 99-year lease will likely give the family enough to pay off its $1.1+ billion debt on the building. [WSJ]
  • How Google Maps renames neighborhoods. [NYT]
  • Trump International Hotel at Columbus Circle had a surprise revenue jump this spring thanks to a visit by the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia. [Washington Post]
  • Construction is underway at the Brooklyn Navy Yard’s Admiral’s Row site, which means Wegmans is one step closer to reality. [Brownstoner]
  • All the restaurants in NYC ditching plastic straws. [Grub Street]

Daily Link Fix

Via NYC Ferry (L); key lime pie via Flickr/cc (R)

  • The NYC Ferry’s Soundview and Lower East Side routes will launch on August 15th and 29th. [NYC Ferry]
  • What it’s like to live in an SRO, NYC’s original “micro-housing.” [NYP]
  • There is a fierce debate going on after a cookbook author claimed key lime pie was invented by the Borden condensed milk company at their Madison Avenue test kitchen in 1931. [Gothamist]
  • Some of the city’s most contaminated water tanks are at NYCHA buildings, so why was this erased from inspection reports? [City & State]
  • The 24th annual “Greenest Block in Brooklyn” award goes to the stretch of Lefferts Avenue from Bedford to Rogers Avenues in Prospect Lefferts Gardens. [amNY]
  • Vote for Central Park’s cutest dogs to make it into their 2019 calendar. [Central Park Conservancy]
  • There’s an Instagram account documenting the apartments of rent-stabilized tenants living in the East Village. [EV Greive]

Daily Link Fix

Via Flickr cc (L); Flickr cc (R)

  • NYC could become the first city to cap Uber drivers. If the legislation passes the City Council it would halt new for-hire vehicle licenses for a year. [NYT]
  • After a week of criticism, the MTA announced a quarterly Customer Commitment initiative so “customers can hold NYCT accountable.” [MTA]
  • Target said they’re sorry if their new East Village store’s recent CBGB tribute was “not the best way to capture the spirit of the neighborhood.” [NYT]
  • How does Amazon’s same-day Whole Foods delivery stack up? [Grub Street]
  • Take a tour and get a vodka tasting at the first distillery to open in Manhattan since Prohibition. [Untapped Cities]
  • The Barclays Center is the first NYC venue to ban plastic straws. [NYP]

 

Daily Link Fix

M42 bus via Wiki Commons (L); via Pexels (R)

  • Miami, Boston, LA, and San Francisco–all these cities have more expensive Airbnb rentals than NYC. [Bloomberg]
  • And now that the NYC Council passed a bill that requires Airbnb to disclose names and addresses of hosts, their listings in the city could be cut by half. [Bloomberg]
  • The M42 bus travels at an average pace of 3.2 mph across 42nd Street, close to the average human walking speed. [amNY]
  • Three weeks before his death, Jimi Hendrix opened Electric Lady Studios in Greenwich Village. Local residents and businesses now want this block of Eighth Street renamed to honor him. [NY1]
  • Check out this fun graphic of the oldest building in every state. [ArchDaily]
  • Take a free walking tour of the High Bridge this Saturday and learn how it brought water from the Bronx to Manhattan and allowed our city to grow into the 20th century. [NYC Parks]
  • Photographers James and Karla Murray share the story behind the mom-and-pop businesses featured on their Lower East Side art installation. [NYT]

 

Daily Link Fix

Photo via CitiBike (L); Photo: Goodwill NYNJ (R)

  • The NYPL’s new Culture Pass, a program that gives library card holders free access to 30+ museums, had more than 2,000 applications on its first day (and crashed the site!). [amNY]
  • Dentures, trumpets, prosthetic limbs–a rare look inside the subway’s lost and found. [Vice]
  • Discounted Citi Bike memberships were previously only available to NYCHA residents, but now New Yorkers who receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will be eligible as well, paying $5/month instead of $15. [Office of the Mayor]
  • In an attempt to challenge Amazon, FreshDirect is opening a huge new South Bronx warehouse that will allow it to double its business. [Bloomberg]
  • Goodwill’s plan to attract young, trendy shoppers starts with a “curated” boutique on the Upper West Side. [Racked]
  • A 150-year-old pipe organ in St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral may fall silent. [VOA News]

Daily Link Fix

Jump dockless ebike

Photo via Jump Bike Company (L); via Collective Retreats (R)

  • As the NYC Ferry hits five million passengers since its launch last year, the first larger, 350-seat boat has arrived in New York Harbor. [NYC Ferry]
  • NYC’s first-ever dockless bicycles arrived today on the Rockaways as part of a city-wide pilot program. [Office of the Mayor]
  • S’mores around a fire, 1,500 thread-count sheets, and the island to yourself–here’s what it’s like to spend $650/night glamping on Governors Island. [amNY]
  • Norman Foster will design pro-bono a new boathouse for Harlem nonprofit Row New York. Designs are expected to be revealed this fall. [Art Daily]
  • Union Square’s famed Coffee Shop, known for its model staff and “Sex and the City” cameos, will close after 28 years due to rising costs. [NYP]
  • How the Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez campaign got its powerful design. [Fast Co.]
  • At $1,500, Midtown’s Baccarat Hotel is serving the country’s most expensive ice cream. [CNBC]

Daily Link Fix

Via Jet.com (L); Bruce Springsteen via Wiki Commons and 39 Institute Street via Coldwell Banker (R)

  • How the saga of Trump City foreshadowed the president’s chaotic path to the White House. [Politico]
  • Jet.com, a subsidiary of Walmart, will build a fulfillment center in the Bronx, from which it’ll offer same-day grocery delivery. [Business Insider]
  • Bruce Springsteen’s childhood home in Freehold, NJ sold for $255,000. [APP]
  • LinkNYC kiosks will display unrealized projects from “Never Built New York.” [Curbed]
  • Brooklyn’s only Papaya King has closed. [Grub Street]
  • This Google engineer commutes every day from his North Jersey home to Chelsea office via rowboat. [NYP]
  • Was the Long Island Iced Tea invented in Long Island, NY or Long Island, Tennessee? [MEL Magazine]

Daily Link Fix

Nathan’s hot dog eating contest via Michael Tapp/Flickr (L); NYC flood zone map (R)

  • This Sunday, go on a free tour of the Little Red Light House in Washington Heights, Manhattan’s only remaining lighthouse. [NYC Parks]
  • After a counting error with Joey Chestnut this year, the Nathan’s hot dog eating contest is considering using technology to monitor plate weights. [ESPN]
  • After a July 1st fire, FiDi’s Dead Rabbit, voted the world’s best bar, said it was closed indefinitely, but it will now reopen on the 19th. [Metro]
  • 12.4 percent of new residential units in NYC are being built in high-risk flood zones, up from 10.7 percent in 2014. [NYT]
  • Developer Two Trees says famed Bushwick pizza restaurant Roberta’s will open a second location at their Domino Sugar development in Williamsburg. [Eater]

Daily Link Fix

NYC affordable housing

Via Wiki Commons (L); Via Pixabay (R)

  • Twenty years ago, Grand Central underwent a massive restoration. See what it looked like before. [Untapped Cities]
  • NYCHA needs $32B over the next five years to address unmet capital repairs, including mold and lead paint exposure, with $25B needed within one year. [Politico]
  • Thinking of setting off some fireworks on Wednesday? Read this first. [Metro]
  • Meet 26-year-old Haley Dragoo, the woman behind the MTA’s website and twitter alerts (don’t hate the messenger!). [NYT]
  • One Manhattan West’s concrete cour topped out last week at 900+ feet. Hear from the contractor about how this particular method of construction works. [CityRealty]
  • FiDi bar the Dead Rabbit, voted the “world’s best bar,” is closed indefinitely after a fire. [NBC]
  • The Horticultural Society of New York has opened the city’s first public greenhouse at Denny Farrell Riverbank State Park in Hamilton Heights. [Edible Manhattan]

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