The pneumatic system for transporting mail, active in NYC from 1897-1953. Very neat. Systems like this are still in use at many banks, with trash management, and some research libraries.
The New York Public Library is training computers to recognize building shapes and other information from old city maps, and they need your help! Take a few minutes to help hone the data; no experience or knowledge required! This is a very neat experiment in crowdsourcing data aggregation for use to improve civic society.
My friend Valerie and I were biking back to Clinton Hill from Williamsburg. It was evening; she wanted to take the Wythe route through the Jewish part of the neighborhood, as it was better lit and less hilly. I noticed a woman in a traditional white long sleeve blouse, long black skirt, and tights signaling… Continue reading The Jew, the Jew, and the Gentile
Beautiful chills from this New York City Ballet video posted on September 12 at sunrise. Read more.(Source: http://www.youtube.com/)
Neat maps used to tell New York stories that come from tax data. All my favorite things!
From Touching Strangers by Richard Renaldi.
Nineteen days. That is the time it took to put up a 28-unit, six-story apartment building in the Inwood section of Manhattan this summer. The secret? Modular construction. (via Crain’s New York)(Source: http://player.vimeo.com/)
Great news clip on accessibility through one East Village resident’s eyes. (via Former Ms. Wheelchair America Struggles with East Village Curbs and Steps)(Source: http://download.macromedia.com/)
Q. Why was New York City’s original area code 212? A. Because it was easy to dial. When area codes were introduced to speed the calling of long-distance numbers, telephones had rotary dials. The nearest digit to the dialing stopper, and thus the digit that could be dialed the quickest, was 1. Next came 2,… Continue reading Did you know: Area Codes
Be patient—and tough. a New York teaching. Read more in a well-articulated post by Sarah Hopela on what she learned in NYC.