ISIS threatens NYC and DC

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ISIS, or as they hate to be called, Daesh, released a video online Wednesday threatening an imminent attack on New York City.

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Gorgeous book of paper airplanes collected by anthropologist Harry Smith


h Brian writes, "Avant-garde film maker and producer of the highly influential Anthology of American Folk Music series Harry Smith was also an avid collector of folk art. This book compiles some 251 paper airplanes Smith collected from off the streets of New York City, along with the date and location at which they were recovered. It's a really beautiful collection." Read the rest

Hallowe'en with NYC's super-rich


The New York Times's slideshow of the Hallowe'en displays of hedge-fund managers and other NYC oligarchs has some pretty impressive haunts, though nothing that justifies the socially corrosive effect of out-of-control wealth gaps. (Photo: Christian Hansen) (via 3 Quarks Daily) Read the rest

In upsidedownland, Verizon upheld its fiber broadband promises to 14 cities


Verizon got broadband franchise agreements in cities across the USA in exchange for promises to get fiber into residential homes and businesses, arguing that without the exclusive right to wire up cities without competition, it would be unable to justify the investment in new infrastructure. Read the rest

NYPD won't disclose what it does with its secret military-grade X-ray vans


The $825,000 Z Backscatter Vans the NYPD drives around the city look like regular police vans, but are equipped with powerful X-rays that can see through walls and vehicles. US Customs uses these things to scan cars and freight-containers, but only after they're sure there are no people around. Read the rest

NYC HR manager sued her 12-year-old nephew for $127,000 over flying hug that broke her wrist


Jennifer Connell says that in 2011, her nephew -- then 8, now 12 -- jumped off his bike and ran to her, giving her a huge hug and shouting "I love you, Auntie Jen," and that the hug resulted in her breaking her wrist. Read the rest

Dustin Yellin's stupendous, life-sized glass-pane humanoids made from NatGeo clippings


Earlier this month, I attended a two-day meeting at Pioneer Works, an art and innovation center in Red Hook, Brooklyn. The center is both physically beautiful and filled with interesting people from many disciplines doing work in open workshops. It was founded by sculptor Dustin Yellin, and the lobby has one of his remarkable, life-sized three-dimensional humaniform sculptures, composed of thousands of collaged magazine clippings pressed between many sheets of glass.

NYPD cop who beat up tennis star James Blake has a long, violent rapsheet

Officer James Frascatore's only been on the NYPD for 4 years, but has racked up a long history of complaints for unprovoked acts of brutality -- and for lying about them. Read the rest

NYC to-do: "Art, Design, and The Future of Privacy," Sept 17

A night of talks and conversations about privacy and tech, centered on humane design and user-experience -- I'm speaking there! Read the rest

Ballroom dancing in a busy NYC crosswalk

Charlie from Improv Everywhere sent us this video of their latest piece, "Ballroom Crosswalk," which features some genuinely great dancing in a NYC crosswalk, but even better is staged with a slow burn that pays off beautifully at the end! Read the rest

The FUGS First Rehearsal and Lou Reed's Earliest Known Recording of 'Heroin'

Lou Reed writes Heroin by Ethan Persoff and Scott Marshall
A cameo-filled page from John Wilcock, New York Years. With Ed Sanders' Arts Magazine, Edie Sedgwick arriving in NYC, and Nico fainting on stage.

Platform Cooperativism: a worker-owned Uber for everything

Nathan Schneider writes, "The seeds are being planted for a new kind of online economy. For all the wonders the Internet brings us, it is dominated by an economics of monopoly, extraction, and surveillance." Read the rest

Watch the Food Warriors hit Broadway Junction in search of the best NYC cheap street eats


Internets Celebrities, with hosts Dallas Penn, Rafi Kam, and director Casimir Nozkowski, have a fun new NYC street foodie episode out. Read the rest

NYC decides not to nuke Uber from orbit just yet

An Uber sign is seen in a car in New York June 30, 2015. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
The winds shifted in Uber's favor after a little help from the state's governor.

Obama snubs NYC's Waldorf Astoria hotel over China bugging fears, scream tabloids

President Obama. WABC, July 17, 2015.

President Obama. WABC, July 17, 2015.

Most fears about bugs in New York City hotels involve the kind that live in beds. Today, another type of hotel bug is in the news. Read the rest

Molly Crabapple's dystopian take on The Great New York Stock Exchange Outage of July, 2015

What a bunch of bull.
“I was met by fires in the streets, the screams of the dying tourists and the shouts of former traders offering sacrifices to their new gods...”

New York from space towel

From Schönstaub, who make the amazing sized-to-order celestial rugs, comes the NYC from space beach-towel. Read the rest

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