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March 13, 2014

New numbers from Wednesday’s building collapse in NYC

  • 7 people have been confirmed killed by an explosion that left two East Harlem buildings in ruins on Wednesday morning, and rescuers continue to dig through the remains in search of survivors.
  • 5 people are still missing and more than 60 people have been treated for injuries as a result of the explosion. The New York Fire Department, NYPD and National Transportation Safety Board are now working to determine an official cause for the explosion, which is currently being blamed on a gas main leak. source
13:58 // 1 month ago
March 12, 2014

Early numbers from today’s shocking NYC building collapse

  • 2 people have been confirmed killed after a suspected gas main explosion caused two buildings in East Harlem to collapse on Wednesday morning. 
  • 64 people are being treated for injuries as a result of the collapses, which took place shortly after 9 a.m. local time, and both numbers could rise as emergency workers continue to dig through what’s left of each building. source

(Source: reuters.com)

17:29 // 1 month ago
February 19, 2014
The purpose of this request is so that my son will be exposed to the culture, arts and architecture that such cities offer.
A statement from Philip Seymour Hoffman’s will • Strongly requesting that his longtime partner, Mimi O’Donnell, raise their 11-year-old son near either New York City, Chicago, or San Francisco. (Barring that, he’s OK with his son visiting the cities at least twice a year.) Hoffman left much of his estate to O’Donnell, with a trust fund for his son.
20:54 // 2 months ago
January 30, 2014
We will not break the law to enforce the law. That’s my solemn promise to every New Yorker, regardless of where they were born, where they live, or what they look like. Those values aren’t at odds with keeping New Yorkers safe — they are essential to long-term public safety.
NYC Police Commissioner William J. Bratton • Promising to abandon the New York Police Department’s unconstitutional stop-and-frisk policies during a press conference at Brownsville Recreation Center. The conference also doubled as a platform for New York Mayor Bill de Blasio to announce an out-of-court settlement with civil rights lawyers that had sued the city as a result of the controversial NYPD policy. source
15:44 // 2 months ago
January 21, 2014

Study: Black Airbnb hosts earn less, penalized more than non-black hosts

  • 3,500 Airbnb listings were harvested for information by two professors from Harvard Business School, who originally wanted to study the design of online marketplaces, but Benjamin Edelman and Michael Luca quickly discovered what they believe to be evidence of racial discrimination in the corresponding data. 
  • 12% the amount in higher fees non-black Airbnb hosts can successfully charge, on average, over black hosts, according to the study. Airbnb has refuted the study’s findings, saying that they were “flawed” and that partial, almost two-year-old data from a single city with Airbnb service hardly amounts to proof of regular discrimination by the service’s users. source
16:46 // 3 months ago
December 16, 2013

Err. Some footage of what is being reported as a Santa Con brawl (YouTube video title: Santapocalypse) in New York City this past Saturday. Kinda nasty. 

11:23 // 4 months ago
December 3, 2013
16:16 // 4 months ago
December 1, 2013
inothernews:

This view of the Metro North derailment gives you a better idea of the scene: seven cars, with four of them off the tracks and the front car literally inches from the Hudson River.  The train locomotive is in the rear.  Multiple passengers and witnesses say the train took the curve too fast.  (Photo: Edwin Valero / AP via The New York Times)

This is huge. If you didn’t know, it’s on one of the largest and busiest train lines in the United States - that isn’t Amtrak - and includes numerous stops along lines in populous New York City suburbs in New York and Connecticut. And today is a big travel day after the Thanksgiving holiday. This only gets messy from here. 

inothernews:

This view of the Metro North derailment gives you a better idea of the scene: seven cars, with four of them off the tracks and the front car literally inches from the Hudson River.  The train locomotive is in the rear.  Multiple passengers and witnesses say the train took the curve too fast.  (Photo: Edwin Valero / AP via The New York Times)

This is huge. If you didn’t know, it’s on one of the largest and busiest train lines in the United States - that isn’t Amtrak - and includes numerous stops along lines in populous New York City suburbs in New York and Connecticut. And today is a big travel day after the Thanksgiving holiday. This only gets messy from here. 

10:34 // 4 months ago
November 21, 2013

Report: Homelessness on decline nationwide, but jumps sharply in NYC

  • 610k the number of people reported homeless in the United States in January 2013, according to a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development study of more than 3,000 cities and counties nationwide. That’s a four percent drop. New York City, however, is bucking the trend; the city has seen a 13 percent jump in homelessness over the same period. source
21:25 // 5 months ago
November 3, 2013

kateoplis:

1939 NYC World Fair | In Focus

Can we bring it back? 

15:00 // 5 months ago