Slate brings us some photos from Reinier Gerritsen who photographed people reading books on the NYC subway.
Gerritsen was struck by the incredible diversity of books he saw in the subway system. He was also interested in observing how an individual’s choice of book was as much an expression of identity as an item of clothing. Gerritsen found the L train’s reading material especially interesting.
“The L is the most intellectual line, I think. A lot of people are going to Brooklyn. They read certain books. There is a difference,” he said.
The main thing I dislike about ereaders on the subway is that you can’t tell what the person is reading.
Vincent Laforet took a helicopter up 7,500 feet to photograph NYC.
One veteran pilot that we often fly with refused to go up to the altitude we were at … He said that “helicopters are not meant to live in that realm” – which I kind of agree with following this flight.
I have to admit that it was very odd to be looking at airplanes – big ones: jetliners – flying beneath you!
I don’t use “stunning” as a description often, but I think it’s appropriate in this case.
Shawn Christopher spent his honeymoon in NYC, and the room he rented via Airbnb also came with a key to the exclusive Gramercy Park. He used his mobile phone and Google’s PhotoSphere to post pictures from inside the park to Google Maps.
“When I found out where I was, I thought, ‘This has to be captured,’ ” said Shawn Christopher, a computer programmer and former Army sergeant from the Pittsburgh area who visited in May while on his honeymoon. “The Internet is all about sharing knowledge, especially these secret, hidden things.”
It’s a park. It looks like most of the other ones, just a bit cleaner and emptier.
There’s an urban legend that there are as many rats as people in NYC. Jonathan Auerbach, a student at Columbia University, did some research and puts the number of rats at far fewer.
Mr. Auerbach, who was a fiscal analyst for the City Council and for the New York City Labor Market Information Service at the City University of New York before enrolling at Columbia, acknowledged in his paper that conducting a rat census posed significant challenges for a statistician. “Animals are terrible survey respondents,” he noted dryly.
He faced other methodological problems. He could not capture a large number of rats, mark them for identification purposes, release them, capture a second batch and count the number of marked rats in that batch. “Unfortunately,” he wrote, the health department “is unlikely to approve a large-scale rat-releasing experiment (I know, because I asked).”
The main flaw I see in his research is that not every sighting is reported.
Eater brings us a look at the NYC hot dog, both a history and a look at the unique varieties in NYC.
Sausages and bread are among the oldest forms of processed food. German immigrants to New York City served frankfurters and wieners with milk rolls and sauerkraut from pushcarts on the Bowery from at least the 1860s onwards. The recipes for these sausages dated back hundreds of years, with Frankfurt, Germany and Vienna, Austria vying for ownership of the “original” hot dog. But, just as with pizza, an old world food form was transformed and given greater significance in America. In 1871, German butcher Charles Feltman opened a hot dog stand in Coney Island, then an up-market destination for the affluent. It established Coney Island as ground zero for the hot dog.
Don’t read this until after you’ve eaten. Trust me.
Mona Chalabi at FiveThirtyEight takes a look at the items lost in New York’s transit system.
The MTA’s lost and found system is vast. It has to be — whether by bus, train or subway, millions of people travel on the network each day, and they leave a bunch of stuff behind. The MTA publishes its lost and found inventory (spotted by Tim Wallace), so we’re able to explore the items on its shelves. The data is updated hourly, so bear in mind that some of the stuffed animals mentioned in the chart below might be claimed, and some extra umbrellas might have been handed in. As of 3 p.m. Monday, there were 168,478 items in the system.
Who leaves behind an air conditioner? Twice.