This summer the music platform Spotify joined with the New York City Department of Education’s Innovate NYC Schools initiative to sponsor the first ever Music Education Hackathon, where makers, teachers and students worked together to create new solutions.
“The cronut craze may sound like another tale of New York City excess. Yet most of us have experienced the agony of waiting in a long line for the latest gadget, a hot new movie, or a table at a favorite restaurant. Whatever awaits us on the other side, we tell ourselves that standing on our aching feet for an hour or longer will be worth it.”
A glowing message of support, from New York to Boston.
NY <3 B
The Faces Of New York’s Subway Commute
What did 2012 look like on New York City’s subways? From video journalist Rebecca Davis's perspective, it was a mix of loneliness, intimacy, exhaustion, and, of course, smart phone-gazing. Davis’s video Commuters 2012 is a voyeuristic glimpse of life in New York’s connective tissue, the subway—hundreds of snapshots of regular people living their lives underground, selected from more than 3,000 photos she took last year.
"So often on the train we bury ourselves in something we’re reading or music we’re listening to and forget to look around and take in some great human drama that is constantly being played out in New York," Davis says. The best moments in her video are of children and of couples—kissing, laughing, or just sitting there. "I hope it makes people stop and look more deeply into all the different faces and human moments we encounter each day in a city like New York where privacy is hard to come by."
A behind-the-scenes look at those now-famous MTA photographs of New York City’s Sandy-flooded subways.
Photo by Patrick Cashin.
Photographer Phillip Van’s haunting photographs of New York, dark after Sandy.
How do you get hundreds of millions of gallons of water out of a network of underground tunnels? A lot of effort, a bunch of hoses, and a super cool pump train. Here’s a look inside the heroic cleanup effort in New York City’s subways.
Half a million people are still living without electricity in the New York area, but there’s a three-blocks-long line at the Apple store (source).
"Nadia Televiak, 68, in 22C is out of candles. Antonia Rivera, 72, her next-door neighbor in 22B, is sick with a fever and is in need of food. In 20G there is an elderly man with a broken foot who only speaks Cantonese—luckily one of our group can translate. In 18H, one of the Wongs has a heart problem and they haven’t been able to climb downstairs. In 8A there are two young girls by themselves. They say their mom is at work."
The submerged NYC public transit system is awe-inspiring to look at. Just as important is what happens next time—because there is a good chance there will be a next time.
Christina Chaey reports:
"The MTA’s iconic blue-and-gold MetroCard, wielded daily by 8.5 million New York City public transit riders, is getting a new look, brought to you by retail stores around the city who are turning your transit card into a coupon.
Starting this week, NYC riders will start seeing branded cards featuring coupons or promotions from retail stores.
Gap, for example, is using the MetroCard’s real estate to promote its newly remodeled flagship retail store in Chelsea. It’s also offering MTA riders 20% off through November 18 when they present their Gap-branded MetroCards at any retail location.”
Fast Company Publisher Christine Osekoski & Executive Marketing Director Tara Mitchell rang the NASDAQ closing bell last night!
Add this to your list of Ultimate New York Tributes: thousands of still photographs animate this motion picture homage to Joey Ramone and New York City.
Joey Ramone himself makes an appearance in the video, via never-before-seen archival footage shot by his friend George Seminara.
Some details in the film will only be recognizable to hardcore Ramones fans. For example, one shot takes place at 53rd and 3rd in Manhattan, which was the title of The Ramones second single about bassist Dee Dee Ramone’s experiences hustling on that corner. “Of course, the spot has cleaned up a lot since then,” says the movie’s director, Greg Jardin.