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Uber, Lyft Dealt Blow as NYC Council Votes to Cap Licenses for Rideshare Vehicles Uber, Lyft Dealt Blow as NYC Council Votes to Cap Licenses for Rideshare Vehicles

In a stunning blow to companies like Uber and Lyft, the New York City Council today approved a one-year halt on issuing new licenses to rideshare drivers.

The Algorithm That Could Save Vulnerable New Yorkers From Being Forced Out of Their Homes The Algorithm That Could Save Vulnerable New Yorkers From Being Forced Out of Their Homes

Early one morning in April 2013, a stranger knocked on Virginia Hanlon’s door, identifying himself as a building contractor. That was the first lie. 

What Scientists Can Learn From New York City's Freakiest Residents What Scientists Can Learn From New York City's Freakiest Residents

In a way, cities are giant science labs, providing an environment for organisms that’s unlike anywhere else on the planet. Even though cities have been around for thousands of years, the way that humans are urbanizing our planet in recent decades has become radically transformative for entire ecosystems. Urban living…

It's Always Shark Week At The New York Aquarium

When you first step inside the New York Aquarium’s new shark exhibit, Ocean Wonders: Sharks!, the only thing separating you from the toothy predators is about six inches of acrylic. The exhibit walls arch overhead, fully immersing you in an underwater world of zebra sharks and black-tipped reef sharks gliding amongst…

New Virtual Reality Art Exhibit Brings Sea Level Rise to Times Square  New Virtual Reality Art Exhibit Brings Sea Level Rise to Times Square 

Real New Yorkers don’t go to Times Square. We avoid its chaotic, tourist-filled streets at all costs. However, some of us might make an exception now that it contains a new art exhibit—featuring virtual reality elements and a 60-foot physical installation—dedicated to climate change.

Feel the Hufflepuff Pride in This Clip From the Upcoming Movie Theater Screening of Puffs Feel the Hufflepuff Pride in This Clip From the Upcoming Movie Theater Screening of Puffs

I admit I’m a Harry Potter fanatic. And while I’m officially a Ravenclaw, I bear no ill will against the Hufflepuffs (like some other people). So when I found out about an off-Broadway comedy where those seven overly-dramatic years at Hogwarts were told from a different perspective, I was all in. Though the theater is…

This Is How Stars Would Look Over NYC If It Weren't So Freaking Light Polluted This Is How Stars Would Look Over NYC If It Weren't So Freaking Light Polluted

I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve seen the Little Dipper—the 2003 blackout, a family trip to the Grand Canyon, a camping trip, and a stargazing drive through Wisconsin cut short by the cold. I don’t remember ever seeing the faint band of the Milky Way. Growing up in New York’s suburbs, there just aren’t…

Hufflepuffs Are Actually Great, and Allow the Cast of the Play Puffs to Explain Why Hufflepuffs Are Actually Great, and Allow the Cast of the Play Puffs to Explain Why

Everyone knows the four houses of Hogwarts: Braves, Snakes, Smarts, and Puffs. What? That’s not what you call them? The Harry Potter satire Puffs, or: Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic does and it’s funnier than anything you’d find in the Weasley’s joke shop. The off-Broadway…

New York City Plans to Divest From Fossil Fuel Companies and Sue Them Instead New York City Plans to Divest From Fossil Fuel Companies and Sue Them Instead

New York City likes to go big or go home—and that includes its stance on climate change. Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Wednesday a goal to divest the city’s $189 billion pension fund out of fossil fuel corporations within five years. Instead, New York City’s going to sue them.

No, a Guy Didn't Scam $1 Million by Selling Chuck E. Cheese Tokens as Bitcoins No, a Guy Didn't Scam $1 Million by Selling Chuck E. Cheese Tokens as Bitcoins

Social media users are praising a “hero” who was supposedly arrested in New York City for selling altered Chuck E. Cheese tokens as bitcoins. A report claims that he raked in $1.1 million with the scam. Sadly, there is no hero, and this story is phonier than Monopoly money.

Man Charged With Stealing $1.8 Million in Cryptocurrency at Gunpoint Man Charged With Stealing $1.8 Million in Cryptocurrency at Gunpoint

The cryptocurrency market is still on an astonishing run, and there are some lucky people out there who’ve seen their investments turn into seven-figure rewards. If you’re one of them, tell no one.

Maria Dredges Up Painful Memories for NYC Puerto Ricans Who Lived Through Sandy Maria Dredges Up Painful Memories for NYC Puerto Ricans Who Lived Through Sandy

Rain pitter-pattered outside her window on October 28, 2012, but Maria Quiñones wasn’t fazed. She was busy cooking for her mother’s 75th birthday. Typical Puerto Rican dishes were on the menu: jamon, arroz con garbanzos, potato salad, and ribs.

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…

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.

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…

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