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75-Story Skyscraper New York’s MoMA November 19, 2007

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Jean Nouvel unveiled his design for The Tower at 53rd West 53rd Street this weekend. As well as the now-obligatory apartments and seven-star swank-hotel, the 75-story glass-and-steel structure will have three floors dedicated to housing the overflow collection of the neighbouring MoMA. Check the gallery below to see what the skyscraper, whose construction is expected to begin some time next year, is expected to look like.

 

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100Mbps fiber optic FIOS love November 12, 2007

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You might have heard about Verizon’s new 20/20 symmetric FiOS—a sweet 20Mbps upstream and down. But 20 ain’t 100, and we’re damn jealous of the Japanese, so we got on the phone and asked the guys managing Verizon’s tubes what’s around the bend. The scoop for city dwellers is that we can expect “not too distant” announcements about FiOS availability in Manhattan thanks to ultra-bendable Corning fiber ideal for labyrinthine build-out in apartment high-rises. So, what’s the holdup on the Japan- style 100Mbps fiber optic love? Doesn’t Verizon have the pipes to supply it? Here are the answers to those questions, and the most important of them all: When is it coming to your house?

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NYC Construction Boom by the Numbers October 17, 2007

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How does $83 billion worth of condos, apartments, office towers and huge projects over the next three years sound? That’s the projected spending on the ongoing NYC “building boom,” according to a new report from the New York Building Congress. That works out to an increase in construction jobs from 116,000 in 2006 to 130,000 by 2009. The spending works out to $26 billion this year, $27.5 billion next year and $29 billion in 2009. Residential construction is projected to decline from 35,000 units this year to 30,000 in 2009. But, huge projects like the 7 Train extension, Second Avenue subway, West Side Rail Yard development and World Trade Center rebuilding are going to keep the overall numbers up for some time to come.

Naked Cowboy Average Tips: $1000 in ten hours September 28, 2007

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It’s hard enough standing on stage, pouring your heart out in front of a sea of strange faces. Try doing it while that sea is floating by (ie, on a street-corner). It takes guts, it takes balls, but, apparently, it also pays off. We checked in with a few of the metropolitan-maestros within walking distance of our office to get their stats. Consider the following as inspiration to get up, get out and do something. Sure, a gig at Madison Square Garden can buy you a mansion, but playing Union Square Station pays pretty good too.

Name: Tripp Dudley
Location: Union Square Park West
Tripp plays his bongo as backup for a tap dancer that refused to give her name. Could have something to do with the dough they’re pulling in.
Average Tips: $75 / hour

Name: The Broken Bottle Band
Location: Washington Square Park
These displaced Hurricane Katrina refugees get by traveling the country as musicians and clowns. Incredibly, when we asked about money, they said they’d “never really counted before going to the liquor store.”
Average Tips: $200 / day

Name: John H.
Location: Herald Square Subway Station
John H. couldn’t give his last name due to “contractual obligations.” He is a professional drummer that uses the street as a “practice space.”
Average Tips: $150 / day

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Where the Conchords Roam, Deep on the LES August 22, 2007

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If you looked at the above image and immediately thought “New Zealand consulate!” you may enjoy this real estate parlor game for a rainy afternoon. Several board members at LES Online are pinpointing the real-life locations from HBO’s Flight of the Conchords, such as the East Broadway Medical Associates building at 232 East Broadway that’s virtually home to Murray’s office. Also spotted: the bar Clandestino and “the non-existent (in reality) sidewalk cafe on Montgomery St. where the band duo meet for coffee.”

The Swoon in Brooklyn Bridge Park July 17, 2007

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WTC Chase Tower Will Block Church’s Heavens June 22, 2007

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Here in all its cantilevered glory, via Kohn Pederson Fox and The Real Estate, is a glimpse of the future JPMorganChase tower set for Site 5 of the redeveloped World Trade Center. You know, it’s not really that different from the scare tactic we’ve previously mentioned. As reported, the cantilever will extend 165 feet out over Liberty Park, making things a little dark for picnicers. And it will also extend over the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, to be rebuilt at the southwest corner of Liberty and Greenwich Streets. Blocking the sky above a church? Sounds sacrilege, but Port Authority executive director Anthony Shorris adds the spin: “The church at this point does go under the cantilever and it actually offers some interesting opportunities in terms of lighting and to make the church an even more splendid contribution to the community.” Speaking of splendid contributions, Chase will give the church millions of dollars to keep them happy. Wait, is that considered a tithe?
· Chase Tower to Shadow Church [TRE]
· Contextualizing Chase’s Tower of Darkness [Curbed]
· JPMorganChase Confirms Tower of Darkness Near WTC Site [Curbed]

http://www.curbed.com/

The Google Maps Street View Camera May 31, 2007

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googmapscam.jpgYour friends have undoubtedly been clogging up your in-box with funny pictures from Google Maps Street View, but do you know how those pictures were taken? You do now. Google licensed shots from Immersive Media, a company that specializes in 360-degree videos, in order to fill out their coverage in cities like NYC.

As you can see, IM mounts a 11-camera contraption on top of their vehicle as they drive in order to capture the 360-degree view you get on Google Maps. One thing to note, however, is that Google’s San Francisco shots look a lot more detailed than their NYC shots. That’s because Google took their own van out to take the SF pics.

http://gizmodo.com/

Google Maps adds Street View May 30, 2007

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googlemapsstreetview.pngGoogle Maps adds a new perspective to the urban landscape: Street View lets you navigate down the streets of big cities like New York, Denver, Miami, Las Vegas and San Francisco. Go to Google Maps and hit the “Street View” button to check it out. (Amazon’s A9 was the first to release this kind of street-level mapping almost 2 years ago, and then Microsoft followed suit last year.)

http://lifehacker.com/software/google-maps/google-maps-adds-street-view-264140.php

NYC Subway maps with street overlay May 15, 2007

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The most frustrating aspect of most New York City Subway Maps is that they only show the subway lines, neglecting all but major streets. You might know where get off but then you have no idea how to get to your final destination. Alleviating the problem, OnNYTurf simply overlays the subway map on a google-style map (click on image for enlarged view). Google also recently (finally) added Subway stops to their maps so using either you can plot your trip to see what subway stops are closest to your final destination, but only OnNYTurf’s overlays the actual lines.