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New York

Off the grid 2: here there be tourists

June 9, 2010

Eric Fischer has updated the Geotagger's World Atlas (previously covered on TGR here) by overlaying an analysis of photographers on the geo-located picutures. The result is even more stunning, capturing the different behaviors of locals (blue) and tourists (red): He drew conclusions by examining other photos by the same photographer. If they had taken photos […]

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Off the grid: NYC photoplot

May 25, 2010

Eric Fischer posts the Geotaggers' World Atlas - a collection of urban networks revealed by the location of pictures taken along their routes. The geographic data comes from Flickr and was clustered and plotted to reveal various city grids. A fairly straightforward mashup of data and geography coupled with a clean visualization... I love this […]

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For everything else, there's MasterCard. Except taxis.

November 9, 2009

In a report that should surprise no one, the NYTimes finds that convenience yields higher revenues for NYC taxis. Indeed, the credit card machines which are now mandatory for every cab have coincided with revenues rising 13% from last year, bucking a national trend of -15%. Tips have risen from 10% of the fare pre-cards […]

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Self-defeating systems

October 3, 2009

Last night, trying to catch a cab in a Manhattan rain, it occured to me that it really shouldn't be so surprising that so many of our systems fail exactly when we need them most. I was standing blocks from the nearest subway or bus and had no umbrella; I needed a cab to get […]

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Big Apple Burj Dubai (again!)

September 23, 2009

When it rains it pours - via Jason Kottke, another take on a hypothetical Big Apple Burj Dubai:

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Yurtle the Turtle had nothing on this!

September 21, 2009

Visualizing the view from the top of the Burj Dubai - if it were located in NYC.

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Manhattan in flux

August 13, 2009

A very nice graphic is making the rounds (though I believe it originated in a 2007 issue of Time Magazine) which shows Manhattan's population density by day and by night. The difference is striking: Happily, the density bars mimic the placement of Manhattan's skyscrapers - this follows because obviously the tallest buildings support the highest […]

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Just in time for WWDC

June 12, 2009

The Central Park Zoo has opened a new snow leopard exhibit.

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The celluloid NYC

April 5, 2009

The NYTimes has a very interesting story on another side of New York.  As they put it, "There’s the tangible New York of concrete and smog, and there’s what the film historian James Sanders has called the 'mythic New York,' the dreamy celluloid landscape of a thousand crisscrossing fictions." The latter is the city with which […]

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The world as seen from Tiananmen Square

March 27, 2009

The cover of The Economist features a fantastic take on a classic New Yorker cover (click to zoom): And here's the original, for comparison -- this is one of my favorite illustrations (again, click to zoom): Via Strange Maps.

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NYC Winter

February 7, 2009

Four shots from the last big snow (click to enlarge):       

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Two Taxis

February 7, 2009
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I Lego N.Y.

February 3, 2009

Thought this photoessay was great, from today's NYT.

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The Hero of 1549

January 16, 2009

The resume of Captain Chesley B. "Sully" Sullenberger III of US Airways flight 1549 has been put online.  It is amazing. (PDF link)

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Canada Geese Take Down US Airways 1549

January 15, 2009

US Airways flight 1549 crash landed in the Hudson this afternoon not far from our office. I think "crash landed" is a much better way of describing the event than the headlines you may have seen -- "Jet Crashes in Hudson River", "Jet Ditches in Hudson River", which sound considerably more violent. The pilot did […]

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...the catcher, Mike Piazza

May 21, 2008

And now the coverage comes rolling in; the Times weighs in with their bit, the Journal has a somewhat sappy goodbye, and Newday finally has something worth linking to. Choice quotes: Hints at his HoF choice (NYT)? “I have to say that my time with the Mets wouldn’t have been the same without the greatest […]

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Now batting, #31...

May 20, 2008

Piazza is finally hanging up his jersey.  Now the only question is whether the one he wears into the hall of fame will say Mets on it...

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Bear Stearns is worth slightly less than A-Rod

March 16, 2008

Obviously the news of the hour is that J.P. Morgan is buying Bear Stearns for $236mm, or just $2 a share, meaning the firm is worth only a fifth of the value of its own midtown headquarters.  The Yankees paid more for their third baseman. More gravely, despite the WSJ headline, there is no "rescue" […]

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March 8, 2008

I took this picture walking home from my office a few sundays ago (yes, sunday) from the corner of 49/Park, looking West. There was this very surreal "comic book" feel about the scene. There is a touch of HDR at work here (you can see the "halo effect" in the sky around the buildings), but […]

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MoMA rocks

March 5, 2008

I made it to MoMA on Sunday to see the new exhibit, Design and the Elastic Mind. It was amazing. Go see it. The exhibit is mostly made up of high-tech products which exemplify the fusion of function and form. To be fair, you'd be hard pressed to come up with practical uses for some […]

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Round after round, ramp after ramp

February 23, 2008

We went to the Guggenheim this afternoon to see the big new exhibit that just opened. It's pretty fantastic. The cars above are the centerpiece, backflipping up through the rotunda. The sparks are animated LEDs. Aside -- I was waiting in the phenomenal Cafe Fiorello on Thursday and this older guy at the table next […]

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A brief lesson in how to spell "yarmulke"

February 23, 2008

Our Story So Far: Thursday night, I was recommended a new synagogue on the UWS to check out. I cajoled DS into going with me. This Saturday morning began like most, arguing with the 9am alarm. By the time I struggled through showering and getting dressed, it was around 10. I was supposed to be […]

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