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.