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This Baffling 1936 Murder Was Solved With A Hair And A Piece Of String

On April 10, 1936, the body of aspiring novelist Nancy Titterton was found raped and strangled to death (by her own pajamas) in the bathtub of the New York City apartment she shared with her husband, an executive at NBC. The only clues: a short length of cord and a single horsehair. » 4/17/15 4:20pm 4/17/15 4:20pm

A Drone Just Shot the Most Beautiful Footage of New York City

More proof that we are living in a future no one could have seen decades ago: this footage of all five New York City boroughs was shot with a drone. Not only is the final product breathtaking, so is the fact the high quality of the footage and the precision flying involved in getting the footage. » 1/05/15 11:00pm 1/05/15 11:00pm

How NYC Would Respond to an Actual Stay Puft Marshmallow Man Attack

It's been 30 years since the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man first squished through Manhattan. With Ghostbusters returning to theaters tomorrow for an anniversary run, we thought it appropriate to consider a very serious question: How would New York City actually fight an evil god in the form of a marshmallow man?… » 8/28/14 1:19pm 8/28/14 1:19pm

Inside the Giant Data Center Hidden In the Middle of Manhattan

Between 1928 and 1932, two Art Deco skyscrapers were built in Lower Manhattan to house the telecommunications infrastructure for Western Union and AT&T. Almost 100 years later, the towers are still fulfilling their original intentions as data centers for Telx, an internet services company. » 6/27/14 3:00am 6/27/14 3:00am

This map of gender segregation shows how New Yorkers live and die

In New York City, genders are unevenly mixed. As men and women age, they pour into and out of neighborhoods, pooling, dispersing and redistributing across the five boroughs in a mesmerizing demographic dance that datavisualization expert John Nelson calls "gender flow." In his latest visualization, he charts this… » 10/16/13 12:05pm 10/16/13 12:05pm

This dude recreated a scale model of New York City. With LEGO.

3d artist and motion designer JR Schmidt wins some serious points on detail for using maps, satellite data, and images like the one below to "set the elevation and color of the blocks" comprising his (digitally rendered) LEGO-fied New York City. Someone needs to bring this project to fruition. It would easily be some… » 11/15/12 10:40am 11/15/12 10:40am

Welcome to New York 2023, where every surface is a DNA scanner

Here's Plurality, director Dennis Liu's 14-minute concept piece about a futuristic New York where every handrail and wall can read your genetic material, rendering credit cards and keys contrivances of the past. This newfangled Bentham Grid also has a side that makes civil libertarians cringe — namely that law… » 10/03/12 6:40am 10/03/12 6:40am