The Forgotten Story of NYC's First Power Grid

Lower Manhattan of the 1880s was a wonderland of futuristic technology and engineering: The city's first cable car arced over the harbor. A spindly new steel bridge was forming to connect Williamsburg to the city. And on the Lower East Side, Edison was tearing up the streets to build the first permanent power station… » 1/26/15 4:13pm Monday 4:13pm

The Many Play Areas Nestled Into New York's Metropolis

New York is an epicenter of commerce and culture. But even busy Manhattanites need recreation to sooth their nerves. Luckily, NYC has no shortage of parks, fields, and courts for sporting types. Franck Bohbot's series of cityscapes documenting these various sites scattered throughout the metropolis are an ode to our… » 1/23/15 1:25pm 1/23/15 1:25pm

The Spectacular Sight of Subway Cars Being Dumped Into the Ocean

Of all the things you'd expect to find at the bottom of the ocean, a small village of old New York subway cars may not cross your mind. But for over a decade, subway cars have been discarded into the Atlantic in an environmental effort to create artificial reef habitats for fostering sea life. Photographer Stephen… » 1/19/15 11:34am 1/19/15 11:34am

37 Rare and Beautiful Images of the NYC Subway in the 1980s

When most people think of the subway in the 1980s, they think of scary things. A few years ago The New York Times likened the state of the city to "a house of horrors." But as a newly published set of nearly 500 photos show, New York City's underground wasn't always so horrific. It's bizarrely beautiful in all its… » 1/19/15 9:00am 1/19/15 9:00am

Williamsburg Brooklyn Is Getting a Luxury Microtel Because Hipsters

Williamsburg is filled with hip restaurants, hip boutiques, hip bars, and hipsters. But if you don't live there, there aren't really any hotel options in the increasingly popular and overpriced Brooklyn neighborhood. Tourists don't want stay in Manhattan and cross the East River for their artisanal cheese needs.… » 1/15/15 4:25pm 1/15/15 4:25pm

My Climb to the Top of New York City's Tallest Wind Turbine

New York City is no stranger to wind energy. Just this past year, quite a few small wind turbines popped up on roofs all over the city. But when New York's newest, biggest recycling facility decided to build the waste-munching powerhouse of the future, they weren't going to settle for anything less than the tallest… » 1/15/15 1:10pm 1/15/15 1:10pm

To Fix Midtown, You Must First Break Midtown 

New York has fantastic public transit. It's by far the best in the country. Sorry not sorry. But there is one way in which it falls short: There are meagre ways to get across town, especially at critical points like 42nd street, where you must either choose NYC's shortest and nastiest subway line or the snarling mess… » 1/14/15 9:00am 1/14/15 9:00am

NYC Taxi Software Makes $5.2 Million In Extra Tips Per Year 

Taxi drivers already have to contend with a lot of crap. Drunk passengers, angry passengers, passengers who insist on eating tuna casserole in the backseat, Uber, criminals... the list goes on. Add this to the list of grievances: Some cab drivers are making more money for doing the same job as others in NYC, even if… » 1/07/15 10:37am 1/07/15 10:37am

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 10:49am 12/31/14 10:49am

A New Glimpse Into the Gigantic Construction Project Hidden Below NYC

What do you want to be when you grow up? A baseball player? A doctor? A blogger (LOL)? How about a badass who carves caves through the Earth to improve the lives of millions in America's greatest city? That sounds pretty heroic. And right now, hundreds of hard hat-wearing workers are tackling that grand task » 12/18/14 2:53pm 12/18/14 2:53pm

What Really Happened to the MTA's 60 Million Leftover Subway Tokens

It's been over a decade since the MTA did away with subway tokens, those dirty metal bits of New York-ness that seemed unremarkable until, suddenly, they were gone. Since then, rumors have swirled about the fate of the 60 million tokens once in circulation—where were they? Now, we have an answer. » 12/10/14 4:00pm 12/10/14 4:00pm