Tag Archives: NYC

New York Rents

In New York, rents are increasing twice as fast as wages: What’s worse, StreetEasy found that rent increases haven’t risen equally across the various income brackets or rent price points. For instance, apartments priced at the bottom fifth tier of the market have spiked 4.9 percent annually since 2010 while homes in the top fifth […]

Martin Scorsese, Rejected

Cardinal Hayes is a high school in the Bronx, and after a year of minor seminary — a tryout for the priesthood; once a regular stop for bright Catholic boys of limited means — Scorsese went there. (Don DeLillo, the novelist, was a few years ahead.) Rejected by Fordham University because of poor grades, Scorsese […]

High Fives

This video made me smile. It also made me think about how archaic the act of sticking out our hands to summon a vehicle is. “Grandpa, what’s a taxi cab?” “Oh they were these yellow automobiles, driven by humans, that would take you where ever you wanted to go in New York and you would […]

Adapt or Die

Yellow cabs in NYC might be getting an overhaul: The technology inside many New York City yellow taxis is in for an overhaul after regulators on Thursday approved a trial run for systems that calculate fares using global positioning. The changes mean the back seat “Taxi TVs” could be on the way out, along with […]

“This equipment is not supported—AT ALL—by the railroad industry. We are fully, self-sufficient.”

Absolutely incredible. The NYC MTA is upgrading to communications-based train control but the majority of the system still uses electro-mechanical relay switches and other technology from the 1930s to run today’s subway system. And some of the cabling is the original cloth-covered cabling. Here’s a video on YouTube for a look at this underground system. […]