January 10, 2018

NYC subway performers have the chance to stream their shows for a global audience

Subway performers have a chance to play to an audience of millions around the world thanks to a concert series hosted by the real-time broadcasting app Live.me. Live.me has more than 35 million users across the globe, according to Claudie Chen, content and operations manager for the app — that’s about four times the population of all five […]

January 9, 2018

NYC pedestrian deaths hit an an all-time low in 2017

Photo via WNYC/Flickr As traffic fatalities across the country have increased more than 13 percent in recent years, New York City has bucked the trend four years running, with a 32 percent drop in 2017, the lowest number in more than 100 years, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Monday. Under the mayor’s Vision Zero initiative, fatalities […]

January 5, 2018

Round two of Penn Station track work begins today

The winter round of repair work at Penn Station is slated to begin as scheduled on Friday, which means that changes are coming Monday for Amtrak, Long Island Rail Road, and New Jersey Transit passengers, though most of the work will be done on weekends. This round is expected to end May 28 and will focus on […]

January 3, 2018

De Blasio announces $50M initiative to add 1,500 new security bollards

Mayor Bill de Blasio and the City’s Security Infrastructure Working Group making the announcement at the Times Square pedestrian plaza. Credit: Ed Reed/Mayoral Photography Office. In an effort to better prevent vehicular terror attacks in New York City, officials on Tuesday unveiled plans to add 1,500 permanent bollards, or barriers, in high-profile areas. “These bollards will […]

January 2, 2018

NYC to stay below-freezing until at least Monday

If you’re already over the bitterly cold weather that accompanied the dawn of 2018, you may want to brace yourself. It’s going to be here for at least the next seven days. According to the National Weather Service, below-freezing temperatures are expected to remain throughout the New York City region until Monday, when we should […]

December 28, 2017

Founder of #MeToo movement chosen to drop Times Square ball on New Year’s Eve

The #MeToo “silence breakers” have the designation of being Time magazine’s most influential “person” of 2017, and now, the movement’s founder, Tarana Burke, will usher in the new year live from Times Square. Burke, who began the Me Too movement a decade ago, will push the ceremonial Waterford crystal button to signal the ball drop, which […]

December 26, 2017

According to the NYPL, New Yorkers loved social justice books in 2017

New York City, you’re a woke town according to the public library’s year-end tally of popular books. “Between the World and Me,” the award-winning bestseller by Ta-Nehisi Coates, was the most checked-out book of 2017 after debuting at No. 2 last year. The social justice theme holds for several more entries on the list. At […]

December 22, 2017

‘Food for All’ app partners with local eateries to offer their surplus food at a cheaper price

When you’re hungry in New York City, there’s no short supply of eateries, from the corner bodega for a quick sandwich to the Michelin-rated restaurants revered worldwide. Unfortunately, those options may not actually be accessible to everybody living here, whether high-end restaurants just aren’t in your budget or if you’re one of the 1.3 million […]

December 19, 2017

Mayor de Blasio announces competition to transition NYC to electric vehicles

Photo via Pixabay With about 30 percent of local greenhouse gas emissions coming from transportation in New York City, officials are looking for the tech industry’s help in switching to electric vehicles as part of their bold climate goals. On Monday, Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration announced the latest NYCx moonshot challenge to develop a green transportation […]

December 14, 2017

How will the NYC Ferry fare with winter weather?

Now that winter seems to have New York City in its cold grip, you may be wondering how the weather is going to affect the NYC Ferry, which quickly became a popular alternative to the issue-plagued subway since its May launch. “Weather and precipitation are a big driver of whether people decide to take the ferry or not,” […]

December 13, 2017

NYU’s Brooklyn tech campus expansion opens in former MTA headquarters

A long-vacant MTA building has been given a tech-filled new life. New York University announced Wednesday that the school’s Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP) has moved into 370 Jay Street in Downtown Brooklyn, a site that was previously home to the headquarters of the New York City Transit Authority. The New York City […]

December 12, 2017

NYC establishes a digital hub for urban agriculture

The New York City council passed a bill today that will create the city’s first centralized digital hub meant specifically for urban agriculture. This hub will be run entirely by the city and will hopefully be seen as a resource for both new and established businesses. This bill, entitled 1661-A, is sponsored by council member […]

December 11, 2017

Visit the country’s biggest planetarium at Jersey City’s Liberty Science Center

Photo courtesy of Liberty Science Center If there’s one scenario in which size matters, it’s when you’re trying to show the entire known universe on one screen. The big-deal opening of the year for science nerds is the Jennifer Chalsty Planetarium, now open at New Jersey’s Liberty Science Center. Located just 30 minutes from Lower Manhattan, the […]

December 8, 2017

The Brooklyn Ballet’s Nutcracker mixes local history and contemporary culture

George Balanchine staged his first iconic performance of The Nutcracker in New York City back in 1954. His choreography rightly became the gold standard, but the city has changed since then. Enter the Brooklyn Ballet, which has reinterpreted the holiday story to reflect its home into The Brooklyn Nutcracker, mixing the borough’s history as an old […]

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December 7, 2017

Lyft reveals that New Yorkers took the most rides to Katz’s, NYU, and the William Vale

These days, cars from ride-hailing services are as common on New York City streets as those ubiquitous yellow taxis, and if you’ve ever wondered where exactly New Yorkers are taking those cars, we’re about to let the cat out of the bag. Lyft just released its third annual Lyftie Awards, a tally of the company’s most-popular […]

December 6, 2017

Go on a holiday scavenger hunt in a miniature version of NYC

Gulliver’s Gate in Times Square packs the entire world into a series of room-size miniature scenes, and for its first holiday season there are some new surprises for eagle-eyed visitors. The Holiday Scavenger Hunt challenges visitors to find iconic characters and pop culture moments from Christmas stories and songs throughout the exhibit. Can you spot Santa lounging […]

November 29, 2017

Department of Transportation is getting closer to adding dockless bikeshares throughout NYC

With other bikeshares champing at the bit to get their wheels on the ground in Citi Bike’s exclusive territory in New York City, the Department of Transportation appears open to adding dockless options for cyclists. “DOT is evaluating the viability of the newest bike-sharing technology in order to expand the system,” the agency said in a […]

November 28, 2017

A guide to 2017’s holiday window displays in NYC

One of New York City’s best-loved holiday traditions is the over-the-top holiday windows that glitter like larger-than-life ornaments. Department stores spend up to 10 months crafting, decorating and adding high-tech magic to displays that celebrate the city, bring beloved holiday stories to life or find enchanting ways to showcase their seasonal collections. Most of the windows are […]

November 27, 2017

Macy’s is requiring reservations to visit Santa

For years, kids (and adults) of all ages have looked forward to telling their Christmas wishes to Santa at Macy’s Santaland. But starting Monday, they’ll need to make a reservation to see Jolly Old Saint Nick on the eighth floor. “Santa’s a popular guy, so the wait times to meet him have been quite long in […]

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