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New York City’s subway is getting a massive makeover and it looks amazing

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New York City’s subway system is probably one of the best in the world, but it’s in desperate need of a makeover. Luckily for New Yorkers who rely on the subway for their daily commutes, the city is ready to upgrade the system over the next five years. The city is ordering over 1,000 cars with advanced features intended to help deal with the increase in volume, and it’s renovating more than 30 stations across the five boroughs. The subway makeover is part of the MTA’s $27 billion development plan, and should be completed by 2020 at the latest.

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Chris Smith

July 20th

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NYC’s Elegant Storm-Proofing Proposal Will Probably End Up Being a ‘Big Dumb Wall’

In 2014, New York City funded a proposal called the “Big U ,” a 10-mile barrier around Lower Manhattan to prevent the devastating effects of both storm surges and sea-level rise. The biggest strength of the $540 million project was that the infrastructure would do double-duty by adding parks and public space around the perimeter of the island. But due to cost issues, those plans might not happen at all, according to a story in Rolling Stone.

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Alissa Walker

July 6th

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How NYC’s Super Skinny Skyscrapers Stack Up Next to the World’s Tallest Buildings 

Over the last two decades, a new type of building has invaded New York City: The super skinny supertall known as a “super-slender.” This new generation of skyscrapers range from 50 to 100 stories, are almost uniformly filled with luxury housing—and some are wedged into the city with astoundingly tiny 45-feet-wide footprints.

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Alissa Walker

May 20th

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If New York Mayor Bill de Blasio Can’t Go Car-Free for One Day I’m Moving to Canada

Tomorrow is Car Free Day in New York City, which is kind of like having a day that celebrates breathing. In a place where 54 percent of the city commutes using public transit and about half of the residents don’t have cars at all, you’d think it would be pretty easy for anyone to give up cars for a single day. Mayor Bill de Blasio said he’s going to try his best.

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Alissa Walker

April 22nd

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The Best Solution to Stop Skyscrapers From Casting Shadows on Central Park

Upper Manhattan-dwelling New Yorkers have been complaining for years that supertalls are going to ruin the views from their beloved Central Park. Here’s a very good solution: lower the elevation of the park.

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Alissa Walker

March 24th

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Comedy improv troupe pulls off a brilliant time travel prank in NYC subway

Ever wished you could go back in time to tell your younger self not to something particularly embarrassing? Or what if you witnessed someone’s older self return from the future to prevent a fatal incident? That’s what four sets of twins tried to pull off recently as part of a prank conducted by a comedy improv troupe down in New York City's subway system. DON’T MISS: All the best new iPhone and iPad features in iOS 9.3 The prank comes from Improv Everywhere, an improv group that does all sorts of similar public improvisations, including one prank where they all rid on the subway without wearing any pants. “For our latest mission, we staged an elaborate time travel prank on a New York City subway car with four sets of identical twins,” Improv Everywhere explains. “A man enters a subway car and announces he is raising money to complete his time machine. At the next stop, his future self enters to try to talk him out of it. More and more time travelers convene on the subway car as the train rolls along, surprising the random commuters caught up in the middle.” What happens next? You’ll have to check out the video below to see how the twins performed in this complex time travel prank. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z1Gq7Q3B9xU

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Chris Smith

March 23rd

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Manhattan Just Quietly Decriminalized Public Drinking, And That’s a Good Thing

It’s summer. You’re hot. You’re thirsty. You surreptitiously crack open a Miller High Life tall boy in Central Park—right in front of a cop. Don’t worry. Thanks to new borough-wide policy, you probably won’t get arrested. Cheers!

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Alissa Walker

March 2nd

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Streetcars Are the Great Urban Gimmick of Our Time

I want to love streetcars. I really do. Who doesn’t want to go rolling through your neighborhood, bells dinging and clanging, like you’re living in a Rice-A-Roni ad? But just when you thought these antiquated relics of the Victorian Era were dead, now Streetcars: The New Batch are coming to your city.

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Alissa Walker

February 16th

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NYC Wants a Streetcar Connecting Brooklyn and Queens

If a gondola can’t help solve Brooklyn’s transportation issues, maybe a streetcar can? Tomorrow, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio will announce the Brooklyn-Queens Connector, an above-ground trolley that links the two boroughs. New Yorkers could be riding such a thing as soon as 2024.

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Alissa Walker

February 4th

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NYC Needs to Build This Gondola Between Brooklyn and Manhattan

A few years ago, Williamsburg resident and real estate entrepreneur Dan Levy went skiing and marveled at the efficiency of the mountain’s new gondola lift. The cabins were so large that he felt like he was on a New York City subway car. And then it dawned on him: Why not build a gondola lift in the city?

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Adam Clark Estes

January 15th

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