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The Cursed History of NYC MetroCards The Cursed History of NYC MetroCards

If you’ve ridden the New York City subway, you know the feeling. You buy a flimsy plastic card that lets you ride the train, and when you try to swipe it at the turnstile, it doesn’t work. You swipe again. The machine asks you to swipe again. You swipe again. The machine asks you to swipe again at the same turnstile.…

I Ate Wasps and Scorpions at New York's First Bug Eating Festival I Ate Wasps and Scorpions at New York's First Bug Eating Festival

A single seared shrimp sat atop a scoop of mashed avocado with a healthy pile of salty black specks overflowing onto the plate beside it. If I didn’t already know what I had gotten myself into, I would have been certain the topping was caviar—each spot popped just like a sturgeon egg might have. But rather than…

How to Stay Safe on a Subway That's Stuck Underground How to Stay Safe on a Subway That's Stuck Underground

The ongoing subway crisis in New York City this summer has evolved into a potent cocktail mixing commuters’ worst fears together in a hot, claustrophobic, underground nightmare tube. Delays are on the rise, creaky equipment dating back to the 1930s is in dire need of replacement, and actual PTSD might be setting in.…

Driverless Bus Goes on Rolling Rampage in Brooklyn Driverless Bus Goes on Rolling Rampage in Brooklyn

Everybody makes mistakes. Like, for instance, let’s say you drive a bus, and you just finished a night shift, and you stop, and you’re tired, and maybe you accidentally put the bus in neutral instead of park on top of a hill, and you hop off and start walking home. And, yes, maybe the bus starts rolling down the hill.…

Smelly Poo Water Rains Down From New York's Penn Station Roof

If you’ve ever been inside New York City’s Penn Station, you know that it often smells like piss and shit. Yesterday, things somehow managed to get worse when commuters were greeted with a waterfall of rotten-smelling, poo-colored water that gushed from the station’s ceiling.

New York City Mayor Fiorello La Guardia Loved Comics So Much New York City Mayor Fiorello La Guardia Loved Comics So Much

In the ’30s and ’40s, the mayor of New York City was the very dramatic reformer Fiorello La Guardia. And while he’s famous for a number of things, his relationship with comics represents one of the very best intersections of political and pop culture history.

Watch: Women at Work: This First Lady Redefines the Role

Editor’s note: For Women’s History Month, The Root is celebrating women from a wide range of professional industries in our video series Women at Work.

This Dude Hit 240 Consecutive Green Lights While Driving in New York City This Dude Hit 240 Consecutive Green Lights While Driving in New York City

Driving around Manhattan can hardly be considered driving because there’s so much damn traffic and construction and crazy taxis and people on the street. Most of the time you’re “driving,” you’re actually just stopped or digging your car out of a pothole, or are constantly avoiding accidents or dodging human bodies.…

Famous Deer Saved From Euthanasia Dies the Very Next Day Famous Deer Saved From Euthanasia Dies the Very Next Day

A small deer that was at the center of a political tussle between New York State and New York City has died of stress after it was given a stay of execution.

Trump Found a Way to Make Manhattan Even Worse Trump Found a Way to Make Manhattan Even Worse

Midtown Manhattan—with its noise, traffic, slow-moving tourists, and overpriced everything—is the one place most New Yorkers avoid at all costs (if they can help it.) It’s also home to Trump Tower, a gargantuan gold-plated phallus jabbed straight into the city skyline where the President-elect is planning on spending…

Jury Awards $10 Million To Man Crushed By Subway Platform 167 Times Jury Awards $10 Million To Man Crushed By Subway Platform 167 Times

A man who fell in between a subway platform and a train and was crushed 167 times by the platform extender was granted $10 million by a jury yesterday.

New York Law Bans Airbnb Short-Term Rentals New York Law Bans Airbnb Short-Term Rentals

If you need a place to stay while visiting New York City, you should probably start considering options besides Airbnb. Governor Andrew Cuomo approved legislation on Friday that makes it illegal to advertise short-term rentals.

Watch New York City Chess Hustlers Get Pwned By Grandmaster Magnus Carlsen Watch New York City Chess Hustlers Get Pwned By Grandmaster Magnus Carlsen

It’s tough to beat the chess hustlers in New York City’s parks—unless you’re the best chess player in the world.

How to See the Internet Hiding in Plain Sight How to See the Internet Hiding in Plain Sight

Have you ever thought about what the internet looks like outside the router box hidden under your couch? If you live in a city, there’s a good chance that it’s visible all around you—if you know where to look.

Here's Footage of NYC's First New Subway Line in Nearly 100 Years Here's Footage of NYC's First New Subway Line in Nearly 100 Years

The above gif just looks like a subway, doing exactly the thing subways do. But this is no ordinary train—it’s the first glimpse at an infrastructure project first proposed almost a century ago.

How Palantir Is Taking Over New York City How Palantir Is Taking Over New York City

In 2006, then-New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg issued an executive order establishing the Office of Special Enforcement, a citywide agency responsible for enforcing “quality of life” regulations—a nebulous, ideologically charged concept that refers to anything from music venues with too many noise complaints to…

New York City Looks Like a Fake Movie Set in This Trippy Video New York City Looks Like a Fake Movie Set in This Trippy Video

New York City basically already looks like a living, breathing movie set in real life but this surreal video transforms the city completely by turning the buildings into fake facades that don’t actually house anything. Claire & Max gave the busy streets of New York an eerie sense of calm in the video by stripping away…

Three Pipe Bombs Found in New Jersey Train Station [Updated] Three Pipe Bombs Found in New Jersey Train Station [Updated]

On Saturday, a pipe bomb exploded in Chelsea, injuring 29 people. Late Sunday night, authorities reportedly found three pipe bombs and two “smaller devices” at a train station in Elizabeth, New Jersey, after two men discovered them in the trash.

Manhattan Explosion Not Believed To Be Linked To International Terrorism Manhattan Explosion Not Believed To Be Linked To International Terrorism

An explosion occurred in Manhattan on Saturday night, injuring 29 people and reportedly causing extensive property damage in the area. While the incident is still under investigation, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said it does “not appear to be linked to international terrorism.”

Explosion Injures 29 in Manhattan, 'Device' Found Nearby [Updated] Explosion Injures 29 in Manhattan, 'Device' Found Nearby [Updated]

At approximately 8:30pm on Saturday night, an explosion shook Manhattan near 23rd St and Sixth Avenue. The New York Police Department and Fire Department are on the scene but haven’t yet confirmed the cause. So far, there are 25 reported injuries and no fatalities.

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