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Tom McKay Tom McKay Jul 15, 2019 at 14:52.

Amazon Has Reportedly Chosen HQ2 Sites in New York, Northern Virginia

Amazon Has Reportedly Chosen HQ2 Sites in New York, Northern Virginia

Amazon’s grueling, year-long HQ2 search—which mostly entailed cities across the country competing to outdo each other with the most lavish incentives, often behind closed doors—has come to a close, with the company reportedly choosing New York and Crystal City, a neighborhood in Arlington County, Virginia.

According to the Wall Street Journal, “people familiar with the matter” relayed that the...

Bryan Menegus Bryan Menegus Jul 15, 2019 at 14:48.

NYC to Amazon: All This Could Be Yours

NYC to Amazon: All This Could Be Yours

Newly released proposal documents reveal the extent to which New York was willing to bend over backwards to win the bid for an Amazon branch office, as well as the sites the retail giant passed on in lieu of a hefty chunk of Long Island City.

The documents, which embarrassingly refer to New York as “THE DAY 1 CITY”—a reference to Bezos’s personal motto—tout a variety of business-friendly...

Tom McKay Tom McKay Jul 15, 2019 at 02:52.

NYPD Officer Reportedly Suspended After Recording His Testicles on Body Cam

NYPD Officer Reportedly Suspended After Recording His Testicles on Body Cam

The New York City Police Department has suspended a detective after learning he recorded a 32-second video of his testicles on a body cam in what appears to have been a horribly ill-advised prank, the New York Daily News reported on Saturday.

According to the Daily News, law enforcement sources and internal police documents said Detective Specialist Raymond Williams of the 79th Precinct was...

Tom McKay Tom McKay Jul 14, 2019. 19 comments

Huge Power Outage Hits NYC on Anniversary of Infamous 1977 Blackout

Huge Power Outage Hits NYC on Anniversary of Infamous 1977 Blackout

Saturday is the 42nd anniversary of the July 13-14, 1977 New York City blackout, which took out power to most of the city, resulted in widespread civil disturbances and looting, and helped usher in an era of noxious “tough on crime” politics. Another blackout struck NYC today, though this one appears to be restricted to parts of Manhattan and the primary concern appears to be rescuing people...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Jul 14, 2019. 20 comments

Anti-Vaxxers Fail to Block New York Law Eliminating Religious Exemptions to Vaccine Requirements

Anti-Vaxxers Fail to Block New York Law Eliminating Religious Exemptions to Vaccine Requirements

A New York State Supreme Court Justice on Friday rejected a suit brought by 55 families attempting to block the state’s recently passed law “eliminating exemptions to school vaccination requirements on the basis of religious beliefs,” Ars Technica reported.

New York is the state hardest hit this year by outbreaks of measles, which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention declared...

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Bryan Menegus Bryan Menegus Jul 13, 2019.

Lyft Passenger Caught on Video Assaulting Driver Inside Moving Vehicle

Lyft Passenger Caught on Video Assaulting Driver Inside Moving Vehicle

Rideshare drivers don’t have it easy, but few have had to put up with the nightmare scenario Eduardo Madiedo experienced recently in Queens, New York.

Like many others in this line of work, Madiedo uses a dashboard camera, which can be useful for challenging inaccurate driver testimony or just keeping drivers safe. Unfortunately, being caught on film did not stop a distressed rider on...

Catie Keck Catie Keck Jul 13, 2019.

Amazon May Still Expand in NYC After HQ2 Temper Tantrum: Report

Amazon May Still Expand in NYC After HQ2 Temper Tantrum: Report

Well, well, well! It looks like after Amazon’s hilariously dramatic exit from its plans to build its HQ2 facilities in Long Island City, Amazon may be coming to New York after all. The New York Post reported Monday that the company is allegedly exploring office space on Manhattan’s West Side. Big if true, as the kids say.

In an event that saw the very public meltdown of Andrew “Amazon” Cuomo...

Catie Keck Catie Keck Jul 13, 2019.

Lyft Pulls E-Bikes From Service Amid Alarming Reports of Excessive Braking

Lyft Pulls E-Bikes From Service Amid Alarming Reports of Excessive Braking

Following reports of problematic braking that in some cases resulted in rider injury, Lyft is pulling its recently acquired network of e-bikes from service in three major cities. Those include Citi Bike in New York, GoBike in San Francisco, and Capital Bikeshare in Washington.

“After a small number of reports and out of an abundance of caution, we are proactively pausing our electric bikes...

Catie Keck Catie Keck Jul 12, 2019.

New York Will No Longer Allow Vaccine Exemptions for Religious Reasons Amid Ongoing Measles Outbreaks

New York Will No Longer Allow Vaccine Exemptions for Religious Reasons Amid Ongoing Measles Outbreaks

New York lawmakers voted on Thursday to repeal vaccine exemptions for religious reasons in school-age children as the state continues to battle ongoing measles outbreaks.

Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the legislation to bar the non-medical exemptions “minutes” after it was approved by the state legislature, the Associated Press reported Thursday, and it will go into effect immediately. The...

Jesus Diaz Jesus Diaz Jul 11, 2019.

Good evening, Manhattan

Good evening, Manhattan
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This time-lapse by Dominic Boudreault's is a beautiful, crystal clear view of Manhattan. Even after all these years of coming here it causes the same reaction of awe and wonder in me, both in real life or watching these animated images.

This is part of a series in which we are featuring beautiful time-lapses of cities...

Catie Keck Catie Keck Jul 11, 2019.

Oh Good, Google Is Apparently Expanding Its Presence in New York Now Too

Oh Good, Google Is Apparently Expanding Its Presence in New York Now Too

Hot on the heels of a report that Amazon is planning to split its HQ2 between Arlington, Virginia and New York’s Long Island City, Google is reportedly looking to expand its own presence in New York City. Citing people familiar with the matter, the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday that the company is nearing a deal for a space in the West Village that would allow space for 12,000 new...

Patrick Howell O'Neill Patrick Howell O'Neill Jul 09, 2019.

New York Proposal Would Ban Face Recognition Surveillance By Landlords

New York Proposal Would Ban Face Recognition Surveillance By Landlords

In the same week that San Francisco voted to become the first city in the United States to ban government use of face recognition surveillance, two New York State legislators introduced a bill to ban the use of facial recognition surveillance by residential landlords.

New York State Senator Brad Hoylman and Assembly Woman Latrice Walker introduced legislation (S5687) banning the technology in...

Catie Keck Catie Keck Jul 04, 2019.

NYPD Will Use Drone Technology in First for New Year's Eve Security

NYPD Will Use Drone Technology in First for New Year's Eve Security

Thousands upon thousands of people are expected to pack into New York’s Times Square for the annual New Year’s Eve ball drop, as they have for more than a century. But this year will mark the first that the city’s officials will deploy drone technology as part of its increased security.

The measure will be part of a counter-terror initiative that also incorporates “counter-drone technology,”

Patrick Howell O'Neill Patrick Howell O'Neill Jun 05, 2019. 4 comments

New York State Is Pushing ‘One of the Strictest’ Privacy Bills in the Nation

New York State Is Pushing ‘One of the Strictest’ Privacy Bills in the Nation

Every new privacy law is a battle over data. While the fight is still going on around privacy laws like Europe’s GDPR and California’s CCPA , New York State is set to become the next theater of war as legislators are poised to pass one of the strongest privacy laws in the United States.

The fight in New York state’s capital city of Albany is taking place with a backdrop of a much larger and...

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Catie Keck Catie Keck May 19, 2019. 12 comments

A Times Square Billboard Went Up in Flames and Somehow Continued to Display Ads

A Times Square Billboard Went Up in Flames and Somehow Continued to Display Ads

The New York City Fire Department responded to a report in Times Square on Saturday after a billboard went up in flames. In video of the incident, the billboard could be seen spilling debris as it continued to flash ads for data collection, which seems about right for our digital dystopia.

A spokesperson for the FDNY told Gizmodo by phone that it received a call about the incident at 3:07 p.m....

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Matt Novak Matt Novak Apr 30, 2019. 18 comments

Failed Airlines That Were Too Weird for This World

Failed Airlines That Were Too Weird for This World

Flying can be an excruciating experience these days. The CEO of United Airlines recently admitted that by the time passengers sit down on his planes, they’re already “pissed at the world .” But plenty of airlines have tried to make things more fun over the years, even if they were incredibly weird. So weird, in fact, that they went out of business.

Flying used to be more luxurious , but it...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Apr 29, 2019. 5 comments

Airbnb Is Opening an Apartment-Style Hotel at Rockefeller Plaza, If You're Really Rich or Something

Airbnb Is Opening an Apartment-Style Hotel at Rockefeller Plaza, If You're Really Rich or Something

Airbnb has inked a deal with a major New York real estate developer, RXR Realty, to create a “new category of urban lodging” in commercial properties like a tower on Rockefeller Plaza, CNBC reported on Sunday.

In what CNBC dubbed Airbnb’s “biggest move yet into the traditional hotel space,” the company will be converting 10 upper floors of 75 Rockefeller Plaza (sorry, no 30 Rock) into...

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Brian Kahn Brian Kahn Apr 19, 2019. 11 comments

NYC Just Passed a World-First Law to Tackle Its Biggest Source of Climate Pollution

NYC Just Passed a World-First Law to Tackle Its Biggest Source of Climate Pollution

“Decarbonize the buildings” may be among the least sexy phrases ever written. But it’s a wildly important thing to do if cities are to have any hope of addressing climate change.

On Thursday, New York City took a big step toward that goal with the passage of what it’s hailing as the first-ever building carbon targets bill in the world. That means the city’s biggest source of emissions must be...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Apr 17, 2019. 21 comments

Antivax Parents Sue Over Mandatory Vaccination Order in New York (Which Has a Major Measles Outbreak)

Antivax Parents Sue Over Mandatory Vaccination Order in New York (Which Has a Major Measles Outbreak)

A group of five unnamed mothers are suing the city of New York, trying to get it to block a mandatory measles-mumps-rubella vaccination order city officials ordered earlier this month in specific ZIP codes in Brooklyn amid a major measles outbreak.

The city health department said that it would enforce the order by checking vaccination records and tracking down individuals who have been in...

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Matt Novak Matt Novak Apr 16, 2019. 13 comments

No Software Updates Will Fix Apple's Worst Bug

No Software Updates Will Fix Apple's Worst Bug

New York’s Apple store on 5th Avenue is infested with bed bugs, according to a new report from the New York Post. And employees at the store are being told to wrap all their belongings in plastic bags to protect against the bed bug scourge.

Anonymous private messages published on Twitter appear to confirm the reports, with one suspected employee saying that the store has been crawling with bed...

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