Images: Javits Center courtsey of Inhabitat NYC; Woman riding a bike via yourdon‘s Flickr
- Women Street Vendors Serve Up A Labor of Love: In ethnically-diverse low-income neighborhoods, you’ll notice that most of the street vendors are women. Listen in on WNYC’s podcast about the history of women vendors and the native South American foods they sell.
- SunBeamer Shines Light Into Dark City Buildings: Most buildings in the city don’t have floor-to-ceiling windows that let in the natural light. Gizmodo featured Sumbeamer, these cool devices that track light into city buildings that are blocked by skyscrapers from getting sunlight.
- Did You Hear About This Cool New Thing? You Can Get Abducted!: Starting tomorrow you can join in on a workshop that’ll teach you some survival skills like picking locks and opening handcuffs. But that’s not even even the fun part; they’ll test you on these newly-learned skills by abducting you. Sound like fun? Check out the details on Gothamist.
- Being Looked After By A Robot Is Becoming More of a Reality: Henry the robot is a temp working in a nursing home in Vienna and he has two jobs: patrolling and interacting with the seniors. Read more about robots in workplaces and homes on Quartz.
Images: Henry the robot and his friend by Ludwig Schedl for APA via Quartz (left); Rift Recon Flickr (right)
- Happy Birthday NYC!: The city is 350 years old today. Dang NYC, you’re old. Find out the history behind how New Amsterdam became New York in The New York Times.
- Don’t Be A Sucker For Duane Reade: According to Scouting New York, you’re paying almost a $1 more there than at, let’s say, CVS. We all know you love getting those $5 coupons after hoarding 5,000 Rewards Points, but after reading the research Scouting New York did you’ll want to ditch that Balance Rewards card.
- These Kids Were Doing Something Useful While You Lazied Around This Summer: 25 high schoolers were finding ways to solve world issues this summer at Harlem Biospace’s HK Maker Lab. DNAinfo featured the whiz kids that spent six weeks at Columbia learning about biomedical engineering. So what did you do this summer?
- Why Harlem Is Hotter Than The Rest Of The City: No you’re not crazy; the city does have microclimates. WNYC reports that students and researchers at City College determined that “temperatures vary from one neighborhood to another depending on elevation, building type and other factors.”
Images: Duane Reade in Union Square courtesy of nyulocal.com (left); HK Maker Lab by Timothy Lee for DNAinfo (right)
- A Floating Hotel in Rockaway: Take a snooze on the Truck-A-Float, a platform of four floating sleeping pods made from old car parts in Queens. Check out the details on how to book a stay on Cool Hunting.
- An Entire 3D-Printed Estate: Proving that the possibilities of 3D printing are endless, Inhabitat reports that one architect plans to 3D-print an estate with a pool and 2,400-sq-ft home in Gardiner, New York.
- Shelving Unit That Hides Your Stuff and Displays Your Favorite Books: Show off your favorite books in a creative way without completely ripping them apart! Aust & Amelung’s ingenious Book Box uses your books’ covers to hide away your junk. Check out more photos on FastCo.Design.
- The Brooklyn Children’s Museum Gets A Cool New Rooftop Pavilion: Brownstoner featured renderings of the museum’s new rooftop structure that’s made of “high-tech material that is lighter and more durable than glass and is non-stick so dirt falls off on its own.”
Images: Truck-A-Float Hotel courtesy of ComboColab via Cool Hunting (left); Book Box courtesy of Aust & Amelung via FastCo.Design
- West Village Gets NYC’s First Bitcoin ATM: Yes, a bitcoin ATM has come to the city. Gothamist reports that “the machine will only allow customers with bitcoin wallets to deposit cash to purchase the currency.”
- Tomato Plants That Can Grow 24 Hours A Day: Tomatoes are very sensitive plants and being under an artificial light can sometimes stunt growth and even cause them to die. Scientists in the Netherlands have claimed they’ve been able to solve both problems. Learn more on Modern Farmer.
- RIP 5Pointz: Animal New York says 5Pointz is being demolished as we speak. Someone pass us some tissues!
- Explore The Okavango Delta Without Leaving Home: National Geographic hosted a Google Hangout this morning live from Botswana’s Okavango Delta, which is home to the largest elephant population and has also been named one of the world’s treasures. Check out the recording of the Hangout.
Photo via Wikimedia Commons
- See Who Else Is Listening To The Song You’re Playing – Right Now: Spotify’s new feature Serendipity shows an interactive map of who else is listening to the exact same song you’re listening to right now. Guess you can’t say you have a unique taste in music anymore. Learn more on The Verge.
- Control The Lights of Two Skyscrapers From Your Phone: So your smartphone can basically do anything. New York Daily News reports that with a mobile app you can control the spire lights of two midtown skyscrapers: 1 Bryant Park and 4 Times Square.
- QR Coded Pins Given to Chinese Senior Citizens to Help Them Find Their Way Home: More proof that your smartphone is way too smart. Pins with QR codes filled with personal information like home address, emergency contact and such were given to local elderly residents in China’s Anhui Province to help them find their way home if they get lost. Springwise has the details of this innovative campaign.
- From Empty Tunnel to Awesome Skate Park: Footwear brand, Vans, took over the empty Old Vic tunnels at London Waterloo and turned them into the House of Vans, a super rad skate park and arts venue. Creative Review features the only indoor park in London and its future plans for concerts, art exhibits, film screenings and more.
Images: House of Vans courtesy of Creative Reivew (left); QR badges for Chinese seniors courtesy of Springwise (right)
- If You’re Not In Brooklyn, You Can’t Be “Brooklyn Made”: This is for all the posers out there capitalizing on the made-in-Brooklyn trend. AM NY reports that the Brooklyn Commerce will now be certifying big and small companies in King County that are “Brooklyn born and made.”
- Restaurants in the Heights History: Brooklyn Heights Blog featured some of the neighborhood’s favorite restaurants. Take a trip down memory lane and see what these eateries looked like back in the day.
- Now’s Your Chance To Become A Tenement Inspector: Head down to the Lower East Side Tenement Museum and for $20 you can be a “certified” tenement inspector. Read more about one person’s experience in The New Yorker.
- Watch Where You Step: Brick Underground did some dirty work and find out the neighborhoods that got the most complaints for dog poop. Find out if your nabe tops the life.
Images: Tenement life photo courtsey of Ephemeral New York (left); The JtH Oyster Room by Evan Bindelglass for Brooklyn Heights Blog (right)