New York City

Google’s Sidewalk Labs kicks off with project to bring free Wi-Fi to New York City

Sidewalk Labs, the new Google-owned company that plans to use technology to help improve life for people in urban areas, wants to roll out free Wi-Fi on the streets of major cities, starting with New York.
Health & Fitness

CitiBike promises a more comfortable ride on its thousands of new bikes

The CitiBike fleet is getting a much needed makeover, with 1,000 new bikes coming by the end of June, and another 1,400 to be rolled out when CitiBike comes to Bedford-Stuyvesant, Williamsburg, and Greenpoint in Brooklyn for the first time.

Virtually explore the old streets of New York City

New York City has a rich history, and thanks to the work of software engineer Dan Vanderkam, you can now virtually relive the previous lives of the Big Apple by clicking on streets and seeing what once was there.

Amazon takes the NYC subway to shorten delivery times

Amazon is giving true creed to the phrase "planes, trains, and automobiles," by hitching a ride on the New York City subway to shorten the delivery times on their same-day delivery services.

Can’t find your ex? Just divorce him over Facebook, a NYC judge rules

Ellanora Baidoo, a 26-year old nurse living in Brooklyn, was given approval to start dissolving her marriage through social networking because her absentee husband refused to receive divorce documents in person.

New York City gives teens with mental health issues free counseling via text

Smartphones give teens instant access to photos, videos and tweets. Now students at 10 New York City public high schools can pick up their phones to get immediate access to free mental health counseling, thanks to a new pilot program called…

Uber-mania continues as there are now more Uber drivers in New York City than yellow taxis

The Taxi and Limousine Commission announced there are more Uber cars registered in New York City than there are yellow taxis. However, this statistic does carry a huge asterisk. Read on to learn what it is.
Cool Tech

NYPD spends $1.5 million on electronic ears to listen for gunshots in the Bronx

Cops in parts of New York City will now be able to respond to gunshots far more quickly thanks to the installation of ShotSpotter, a system capable of pinpointing the location of where a gun was fired to within just 25 meters.

Delve inside Björk’s wild, tech-infused retrospective installation at MoMA

Björk, the enigmatic 49 year-old multi-instrumentalist, will have her music and tech-inspired art within a two-story sound installation at the famous MoMA for three months.

Uber driver takes woman on a $293 joy ride before finally arriving at her destination

An Uber driver took advantage of a woman who fell asleep by driving across Manhattan several times before finally setting out for her destination. Because of the zigzag ride, the woman's charges totaled $293.

Amazon testing bike messengers in NYC for one-hour delivery service

Keen to get ordered items to customers in super-quick time, Amazon is reportedly testing a service using bike messengers that could see packages reach addresses within just an hour or two.

Amazon signs lease on huge Manhattan premises, possibly for first physical store

A real estate company confirmed Thursday Amazon has signed a 17-year lease on a huge site in midtown Manhattan. The premises, located close to the Empire State Building, could become the e-commerce firm's first brick-and-mortar store.