As of Dec. 29, the number of homicides recorded for New York City this year stood at 332. It’s a drop of 20% below the homicide rate of 2012 (419 murders) and the first time in over half a century that the city saw less than one murder a day on average.
"Danish artist group Superflex unveiled their latest intervention, part of Creative Time’s Living as Form exhibition. In the Olympic Restaurant on Delancey and Essex, the group created a near-exact replica of J.P. Morgan Chase’s executive washroom. This greek diner has been a cornerstone of the Lower East Side for over thirty-five years, and, by the looks of it, the new bathroom is the first major addition in that time. The Olympic Restaurant did not pay a dime for the bathroom – it is free and open to the public, not just customers. Most importantly, it is a permanent installation that we hope will stay in the neighborhood for another thirty-five years."
Grand Central Terminal’s iconic main concourse, with its ceiling of glittering stars, will likely welcome another icon later this year: a single, glowing white apple. … During his presentation, MTA Real Estate Director Jeffrey Rosen announced both the Apple store and a new Shake Shack for the terminal. “I can’t imagine why any kid in Westchester would want to do anything other than go into Grand Central and shop at Apple and eat at Shake Shack,” Rosen said. Board members wryly noted that Penn Station, Grand Central’s less glamorous sister across town, will not be offering such sleek retail any time soon. “Kids from Long Island and Jersey can take the 1 and 2 and then the shuttle” to buy iPads and Shackburgers, said Pat Foye, the board member from Nassau County. The board member from Suffolk, Mitchell Pally, followed his lead: “It makes the Penn Station customers no longer second-class citizens,” he said. “It makes them third-class citizens.” Foye piled on: “This creates not only a digital, but a cheeseburger divide, between the two.”
"These maps contain 20,262 unique words, based on the analysis of online dating profiles from 19,095,414 single Americans. Each word appears in the place it’s used more frequently than anywhere else in the country."
"French artist Armelle Caron takes maps of cities and reorganizes the individual blocks into ordered rows. The process transforms a chaotic city into a unrecognizable, but systematic assemblage of shapes. I’ll be honest, the sizes of the images below don’t do the designs justice."
a few weeks ago nightclub in New York City promoted an event with “free tattoos,” and we just had to check it out, and see if the offer for free tattoos would tempt people to get one … When we asked the people in line for the free tattoos if they would get the tattoo if it were not free, 68% said they would not. They were only getting it because it was free. … The results indicate that the power of “free” is surprisingly influential. When we face a decision about a tattoo, one would hope that the long term permanency of the decision, coupled with the risks of getting different types of infections would cause people to pay little attention to price, and certainly not to be swayed one way or another by the power of free. But sadly, the reality (at list in the nightclub scene in New York) suggests that the power of free can get us to make many foolish decisions.