Behind all the banks, tall towers and tourists filling up FiDi is a dark past most of us know nothing about. Back in the 1700s, a corner of Wall Street at Pearl Street played host to the city’s official slave market. Though no real recognition has been given to those that suffered in the construction of Manhattan in its earliest days—rather, the area’s sordid past has for the better part been swept under the rug—WNYC reports that the city will finally pay tribute to these forgotten slaves, adding a historical marker to the site where the slave market once operated.
- RocketSkates Go Up to 12 MPH: Apparently Kickstarter is where people go to find new ways to be a nuisance for city dwellers. Engadget spotlights the newest development–fashion-handicapped skates that let you zip along the sidewalk at insane speeds. Great news for the wearer. Bad news for everybody else.
- Ellen is Coming to New York!: Not her show though. According to Commercial Observer she just signed a new lease on East 24th Street for her brand. Look out Martha Stewart.
- Junk Mail Art Installations: PSFK features Aurora Robson, a New York-based artist who makes incredible, environmentally-friendly artwork out of everyday trash.
- Insane Soho Bachelor Pad Back on the Market: Apparently people with $17,000 for rent aren’t looking for a place with the Wall Street bull’s brother’s head mounted on their wall. Well, we beg to differ. Curbed takes you inside this crazy Soho pad.
Images: Ellen Degeneres (left), Junk Mail Art (right)
Roof decks, concierge services, screening rooms–these building amenities are so last year. The newest crop of luxury residential developments are offering more active perks. From basketball courts to rock-climbing walls, these calorie-burning features not only alleviate the need for a gym membership, but also offer the convenience of around-the-clock access and the ease of being just an elevator ride away from home.