New York City

NYC rolling out touchscreen displays in subways for directions, schedules

Ideal for NYC residents and tourists looking for the fastest way to reach another part of the city using the subway, the MTA will be installing touchscreen displays at select stations later this year.

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The world’s original camera, now a giant, functioning art installation in New York City

Think your film camera is old? Check out this New York City art installation of a operational camera obscura, an imaging technology that dates back to ancient times. Yes, folks, this is how pictures used to be taken.


How New York City is giving payphones a 21st century revamp

The City of New York wants to reinvent the payphone, with design ideas involving kinetic energy, air quality sensors, solar panels, and augmented reality. Out of 125 submissions, the designs narrowed down to 11 finalists.

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NYC mayor wants to give electric car drivers a place to park

Electric cars could be welcomed in historically car-unfriendly New York, if Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg's proposal for 10,000 new charging stations comes to fruition.


NYC residents can track snow plows online this weekend using PlowNYC

Definitely helpful for NYC residents that absolutely have to get around the city this weekend, the government operated PlowNYC site will provide vital updates about the progress on snow removal street by street.


Brooklyn artist makes 3D portraits using DNA from your unwanted trash

A Brooklyn-based artist has been sweeping up wads of hair, chewing gum, and cigarette butts from the streets of New York to garner enough genetic information to create 3D portraits of these DNA owners.

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Man uses online dating site to lure thief and recover stolen iPhone

Definitely a creative way to recover lost or stolen property, a Brooklyn man was able to get his lost iPhone back by using a fake OkCupid profile for bait.


New York rolls out first SmartScreens, breathing new life into city’s public phone booths

Around 250 public phone booths in New York City are being fitted with large touchscreens offering residents and visitors a ton of information about the local area, as well as free Wi-Fi. The first 10 opened for use on Tuesday in Manhattan.

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Airbnb and Mayor Bloomberg link up, open home renters’ doors to hurricane victims

Two weeks after Hurricane Sandy, a nor'easter heads toward New York City. Luckily, Airbnb and the Big Apple joined hands to offer free shelter to those displaced.


Sen. Schumer to unveil BRAINS Act, an immigration bill for tech talent

Sen. Chuck Schumer will unveil a new immigration bill today that seeks to fill the talent gap in the U.S. technology industry.

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Sen. Schumer proposes ‘Nerd Bus’ route for NYC tech startup community

Sen. Chuck Schumer is doing his part to help New York City become the world's largest technology startup hub with a newly proposed "Nerd Bus" route.

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Google Maps transit direction now includes planned NYC subway disruptions

Real-time MTA updates have been integrated into the latest version of Google Maps to display planned service disruptions.


Pay-phone kiosk comeback: New York City turning them into free Wi-Fi hotspots

It appears there's life in the ol' pay-phone kiosk yet. New York City announced on Wednesday it's kitting them out with Wi-Fi antennas, creating free hotspots for those nearby.


Shame on you: New York mayor wants to humiliate speeders

After his plan for speed cameras was struck down, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg came up with a new plan: post offenders' photos in public.


6 New York subway stations to receive free Wi-Fi this summer

Boingo and Google Offers have teamed up to provide New Yorkers free Wi-Fi in six MTA stations and 200 other hotzones.