An interesting look at the last seltzer bottler in New York City

I've never really enjoyed seltzer but that's probably because I've never had good seltzer, only the barely fizzy water they sell in plastic bottles at the market. This short about Gomberg Seltzer Works shows how real seltzer is made with siphon machines and how the glass bottle is crucial to maintaining the carbonated… » 3/19/15 3:04pm 3/19/15 3:04pm

Tinder Is Dead

Last Monday, on the night of the blizzard that talked a big talk but then never came, I was batting around an idea, one of many that had to do with the dating app Tinder, with my colleague Sam. » 2/04/15 12:30pm 2/04/15 12:30pm

It's Official, Someone Bought NYC's First $100 Million Apartment

Here are some things that cost $100 million: Making the film Gravity. Recent U.S. airstrikes in Iraq. And now, a two-story penthouse occupying the 89th and 90th floors of the new super-luxury high-rise at 157 West 57th Street. » 1/19/15 9:53am 1/19/15 9:53am

Every State Should Make the Bold Internet Investment New York Just Did

Good news if you live in New York! Your internet is about to get faster and cheaper, and all it took was the shuffling of funds from big corporate banks to companies working hard to improve infrastructure for the good of the people—if you live in New York. Good job, New York. Your turn, every other state. » 1/16/15 4:15pm 1/16/15 4:15pm

Why Penn Station Sucks

New Yorkers are known to disagree about a lot of things. Who's got the best pizza? What's the fastest subway route? Yankees or Mets? But all 8.5 million New Yorkers are likely to agree on one thing: Penn Station sucks. » 1/15/15 4:00pm 1/15/15 4:00pm

These are the most amazing aerial photos of New York ever, period

It's always exciting to receive a message from a master like Vincent Laforet telling you about his new photos. This time he has outdone himself (once again!) so I had to share it right away. Never in my life I've seen New York from this perspective and with this stunning quality—so perfect it feels unreal. » 1/10/15 7:52pm 1/10/15 7:52pm

The Plan to Build a Mega-Manhattan That Failed, Thank God

A Really Greater New York. That was the title of the 1911 proposal by an engineer and planner who imagined paving over massive amounts of New York Harbor to make room to build the New York of the future. Oh, you like the East River and would miss it? Too damn bad! » 1/08/15 2:15pm 1/08/15 2:15pm

Extraordinary drone video is a beautiful portrait of New York City

Sploid loves awesome places, which is why we have a series dedicated to beautiful cities. Awesome places like New York City, which looks incredibly beautiful in Victor Chu's aerial film of the five boroughs: Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island. » 1/08/15 7:00am 1/08/15 7:00am

Pedestrian traffic deaths in NYC haven't been this low since 1910 

1910 was just two years after the first Model T was produced by Ford, and cars were quickly taking over the New York City's streets. It was also the first year NYC began keeping track of traffic deaths. And now, the number of deaths has dipped below that first year. » 12/31/14 10:48am 12/31/14 10:48am

There's a Good Reason Why Citi Bike Is Such a Mess in NYC 

Today, New York City comptroller's office released a scathing report about lack of maintenance by Citi Bike, which would come as no surprise to riders frustrated by broken docks or busted bikes. Why is Citi Bike a mess when bike shares in other cities—operated by the same parent company even—are going along swimmingly? » 12/12/14 6:25pm 12/12/14 6:25pm

NYC's Skyline Could Get a Lot Darker, And That's Great

Big city bright lights, the city that never sleeps, blah blah blah. New York has a big-time problem with light pollution, and now a plan is in the works to significantly dim its skyline to cut carbon costs. It's about damn time! » 12/11/14 2:56pm 12/11/14 2:56pm

59% of robberies in San Francisco involve the theft of a smartphone

Thefts involving smartphones are on the rise according to a new FCC study. In 2013, 3.1 million Americans had their smartphones stolen. That was up from 1.6 million thefts in 2012. » 12/05/14 12:15pm 12/05/14 12:15pm

Lake Effect Snow: How Nature's Greatest Snow Machine Works

The above photo, taken from a plane above Buffalo yesterday by photographer Jeff Suhr, shows the brutal lake effect snow storm in effect over Western New York right now. Some areas are expecting up to six feet of snow by the end of the week. These snowstorms are among the most intense in the world, and the processes… » 11/18/14 2:22pm 11/18/14 2:22pm

Some Billionaires Want To Give NYC a $170 Million Park In the Hudson

Last month, Mayor De Blasio announced a push to fund green spaces in New York's poor neighborhoods. This probably isn't exactly what he meant: Very wealthy power couple Barry Diller and Diane von Furstenberg have announced plans to fund a giant park in the Hudson River. » 11/17/14 1:17pm 11/17/14 1:17pm

The Plan to Turn NYC's Old Payphones Into Free Gigabit Wi-Fi Hot Spots

Today, the New York City mayor's office announced the winning bid to transform the city's existing payphone infrastructure. LinkNYC will bring free gigabit Wi-Fi connectivity to some 7000 street towers. It's one of the largest and most ambitious citywide Wi-Fi networks in the world. » 11/17/14 1:00pm 11/17/14 1:00pm

Video: New York at night beautifully recreated with 3,454 oil paintings

I've had this night in New York before. Actually, anyone who has lived there has had this night. And though you might not immediately recognize it, you will. That's because the art in this video is lifted straight from those nights you don't exactly remember but you know were awesome. Basically, New York on any given… » 11/14/14 1:17am 11/14/14 1:17am

I Lift NY: Meet the Floating Super-Crane Building the Tappan Zee Bridge

At 328 feet, the crane stands taller than the Statue of Liberty, plus has a lifting capacity of nearly 2000 tons. But what makes The Left Coast Lifter extra spectacular is that it operates by floating on a 384-foot barge powered by 3 diesel generators. » 11/12/14 12:08pm 11/12/14 12:08pm

Photo of New York City before and after cleaning shows how filthy it is

New York is a monumental, awe-inspiring city. Much of its gritty cinematographic character comes from her heavy makeup, layers upon layers of pollution deposited for decades in every nook and crack. Trevor Little's photo of two guys powerwashing a building clearly shows this beautiful old whore's true skin. » 11/10/14 1:48pm 11/10/14 1:48pm

Amazon Fresh's Same-Day Delivery to Lazies Continues NYC Metro Creep

After a soft launch in a Brooklyn neighborhood, more New Yorkers can now order Amazon Fresh. For a limited time, Amazon Prime members in certain ZIP codes will be able to get free same-day delivery of over 500,000 goods, including groceries, electronics, and items from local vendors. But there's still a ways to go. » 11/05/14 11:02am 11/05/14 11:02am

Baseball, Lava, Street Harassment: What's Ruining Our Cities This Week

A video on street harassment sparks an online debate. Fiery lava is slowly encroaching upon a town in Hawaii. And winning the World Series is always a great excuse to burn down a neighborhood. It's a hot list in this week's What's Ruining Our Cities. » 11/02/14 4:30pm 11/02/14 4:30pm