- Avoid Sketchy Areas with This New App: You know that weird vibe you get when walking down a shady street? Now there’s to help you navigate those mixed emotions! Crains reports that SketchFactor, launched yesterday for iPhones, uses crowdsourced tips to warn users of areas that are less-than-desirable.
- How Rooftops Went from Servant Quarters to a Social Venue: Let us guess, you’re headed to happy hour tonight at a rooftop bar? CityLab reminds us that only 140 years ago the only things up on roofs were wet laundry and servants.
- Future Plans for Phase 2 of the Second Ave Train Includes “Rider Enhancements”: Phase 1 will be completed in 2016; Phase 2, um, TBD. NYDN tells us that MTA has proposed plans for “countdown clocks on lettered subway lines and a swipe-less replacement of the MetroCard fare-payment system.”
- A Refrigerator That Doesn’t Use Electricity: Inhabitat features a clay refrigerator that doesn’t need energy to keep food cold which makes this invention perfect for people who live in rural areas were electricity is scarce.
Images: Copyright Patrick Cashin for MTA courtesy of NYDN (left); MittiCool Refrigerator courtesy of Inhabitat (right)