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Michael Bloomberg has called upon techies to help make pay phones relevant again.
As part of the Reinvent Pay Phones challenge, anyone can submit a prototype of what they’d like to see in the pay phone of the future. Entries will be judged according to several criteria including functionality, creativity and community impact. Applications are due by Feb. 18.
The New York City Marathon was called off — but 2,000 people ran the race yesterday anyway. We rode the route to check in with the marathoners.
Sandy on Tumblr: Beating the Hurricane Blues
The disaster wrought by Hurricane Sandy on the East Coast dwarfs anything most of us have ever experienced. But the response to that disaster from the community has humbled and gratified those of us who work at Tumblr. We want to recognize a few of the people and organizations doing amazing work related to Sandy, and we want to make it clear the credit for that work rests entirely with them. Obviously this is just a tiny fraction of the massively diverse and positive response; for more, be sure to check out the Hurricane Sandy tag.
Cool Tumblrs Doing Cool Things
• Dr. Dave Ores - A doctor on Manhattan’s Lower East Side providing free medical services to his stormstruck neighbors, among other humanitarian acts.
• The Moosehead - Photographer Nathan Hoang has some amazing pre-/during/post-Sandy shots.
• Is Twitter Wrong? - A mini-Snopes that’s done a lot of yeoman work disproving various fake “news” photos of menacing weather, storm damage, etc.
• Momofuku - The NYC restaurant powerhouse is hosting three events today in various locations to benefit the Red Cross.
• Pith - The prolific Jesse Chan-Norris has produced some of the most immediate and amazing storm photos to come out of New York, bar none. If you’ve been on Tumblr this week, it’s almost guaranteed you’ve seen his work.
• Change.org - Publicizing services and circulating a number of petitions and initiatives to benefit those affected by Hurricane Sandy.
• Humans of New York - Our pal Brandon Stanton is of course out on the streets photographing his fellow New Yorkers with the usual aplomb and care.
• Jen Bekman Projects - Donating proceeds from particular artworks to hurricane relief.
• Shapeways - The 3D printing company blogged their efforts of getting back together post-Sandy.
• Casey Neistat - Photog and avid biker, combining both passions for some unique photos & video of Sandy in New York.
• Scott’s Pizza Journal - Very Important: Where can you still get a slice in NYC?
Hurricane Sandy Tumblrs
• Working from Home During Sandy - The staff of Bonobos doing business outside the office.
• Hurricane Sandy Blog - A dedicated Tumblr from the Virginia Department of Emergency Management.
• Sandy Hates Books - Cleanup and fundraising for the Sandy-damaged powerHouse Arena bookstore and event space.
• Surviving Hurricane Sandy in Zone A - Two guys, their cameras, and a typical neverending quest for battery charging, food, and/or beer.
• Governor - Rebuilding a restaurant in New York’s DUMBO neighborhood savaged by Sandy.
• Lydia Callis’ Face for NYC Mayor - Devoted to the adoration of Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s on-camera American Sign Language interpreter (see also).
• WNYC’s Transmitter - Like the radio station, WNYC’s Tumblr has stayed up thanks to listener/reader support. They’ve turned in excellent coverage and service alerts before, during, and after the storm.
• The Atlantic - Tying in hurricane stories from the Atlantic’s main site, plus the Atlantic Wire and the Tumblr community generally.
• The Daily - News Corp’s iPad mag putting some of their best storm content on their Tumblr as well.
• Gawker - The flagship of Gawker Media (and its various siblings) moved backup sites to Tumblr after their datacenter was flooded, and their storm coverage and editorial style are a natural fit.
• BuzzFeed - Also temporarily housing their newsgathering on Tumblr post-flood, BF farmed out a wide range of coverage and collection via their subject-oriented Tumblrs as well as their staffers’ blogs — notably Scott Lamb, Ryan Broderick, and Andrew Kaczynski.
• Mother Jones - Mixing in activism and local storm response with national news and politics
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What would Hurricane Sandy’s effects look like, sped up and viewed from one spot? A webcam stationed on top of the New York Times building in Midtown Manhattan can answer that question.
Watch the time-lapse video above, capturing Sandy hitting the city from about noon yesterday until 9:30 a.m. Tuesday. Midway through, you can even see the lights of lower Manhattan blink out into eerie darkness.
Photos from the scene at the Empire State Building, where 10 people were shot this morning. The New York City Police Department confirmed that the gunman is dead.
The shooting happened about 9 a.m. at 34th Street and Fifth Avenue in Manhattan.
Witnesses said the shooter was a white man in his 20s, and there were reports that he had been fired yesterday from his job as an Empire State Building guide.
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Follow live updates from Reuters here.
Photos by Anne Wermiel for The Daily
In light of the gross, rainy day we’re having in NYC, we decided to post this. (Taken with Instagram)
Too bad our office is in midtown and not the totally gorgeous Central Park!
After all this rain we decided to take our first puddlegram. What do you think?
New York City’s freshest new restaurant gets its food from a rooftop garden six floors up.
You’ve probably heard of the farm-to-table food movement, but how about the roof-to-table craze? At Bell Book & Candle, a pioneering restaurant in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village, diners can rest assured they’ll know exactly where their food has been: a rooftop garden merely six stories above their heads. At BB&C — named after the classic 1959 film starring Jimmy Stewart and Kim Novak — 80 percent of the produce is grown on location, then lowered via a pulley system to the kitchen. The result is food so fresh, you might want to slap it.