caption The Brennan farmhouse, at 84th and Broadway, 1879. source Collection of The New-York Historical Society Most New Yorkers today are living on what was once farmland. As early as the 17th century, before Manhattan formed its famous 1811 street grid, the island contained farms in neighborhoods from Midtown to the Upper West Side. The Museum of the City of New York’s online collection reveals what the city looked like at the time. The series, “The Greatest Grid,” features illustrations and photos of New York City’s former rolling hills, which were later demolished to create a flat streetscape. Take a look at the city’s transformation: The Bowery is the oldest thoroughfare on the island of Manhattan. source NYPL Digital Gallery When the Dutch settled there in 1654, they named the path Bouwerij – an old Dutch word for “farm” – because it connected cattle farms and estates on the outskirts to (what is today) … [Read more...] about Incredible photos of New York City when it was covered in farmland
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Not long after confirming the name of its next flagship smartphone - OnePlus 5T - the folks at OnePlus now have some news on where they're "going to party in" for the handset's "launch". In other words, on the city where the new device will be properly announced. The photo seen below was posted today on Twitter, with OnePlus asking fans to "guess which city we're going to party in for the OnePlus5T launch." After a bit of research, we came to the conclusion that the photo was definitely taken at the intersection of West 34th Street and Broadway - obviously in Manhattan, New York City. So that's where the 5T will make its official debut. For now, OnePlus doesn't want to reveal any other details on the announcement of the OnePlus 5T. What's the actual date of the phone's announcement? Will the handset be available to buy immediately? Will it be more expensive than the OnePlus 5? We'll just have to wait in order to get answers to these questions. Apart from sharing the name of … [Read more...] about OnePlus 5T will be announced in New York City
Earlier this summer, speculation started to circulate the Microsoft, whose direct retail presence is a fraction of likes of Apple, might open a “flagship” store just down the street from Apple’s famed glass cube retail location, on Fifth Avenue, in Manhattan, New York City.The location Microsoft had in mind is currently a Fendi fashion boutique, and Microsoft has now confirmed that it will be turning 677 Fifth Avenue into a banner bearing retail location, geared to market the latest and greatest the technology giant has to offer. Apparently, it will be more than just a store too.According to David Porter, vice president of Microsoft retail stores, the upper-end location will be “much more than just a Microsoft Store.” However, he did not provide any additional detail as to what that meant. Microsoft did say that this location has been “five years in the making.” Microsoft has about 100 actual retail stores in the United States and … [Read more...] about Microsoft confirms Fifth Avenue in New York City will be site of “flagship store”
By Colin Daileda2014-01-01 18:30:39 UTC With the departure of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the city's tech industry loses its most powerful public persona. Replacing him is Bill de Blasio, the former city public advocate who campaigned with a platform that appealed to the everyman, and someone Silicon Alley has greeted with cautious optimism. The new mayor has a robust tech sector plan on paper—one with a big focus on building more of a pipeline between local universities and startup jobs—and he's become something of a crusader for broadband throughout the big apple. But unlike his predecessor, he is unlikely to put the growth of New York City's tech scene at the top of his priority list. He's also expressed some concern over how to regulate companies such as Uber, the taxi-finding app, that disrupt traditional businesses in the city, and he seems unlikely to fill the role of chief digital officer, a position Bloomberg created partly to liaison between Silicon … [Read more...] about How Will New York City’s Tech Industry Fare Under Mayor de Blasio?
New York City is in the middle of a transportation nervous breakdown. Never before have city dwellers had so many options for getting around — subway, bus, bike, ferry, taxi, and every sharing app under the sun — and never have commutes been so hellacious. In the midst of all this chaos comes the Ford Motor Company, tossing one more transit option onto the pile in the hopes that it will help make the simple act of getting from Point A to Point B a little less suicide-inducing. Starting soon, Ford is launching its on-demand shuttle bus service Chariot in New York City. The self-described microtransit service will start out in preplanned service areas in Manhattan and Brooklyn, eventually adding routes in additional neighborhoods based on customer crowdsourcing. It’s not a new idea — Via, an app-based communal bus service, has been operating in the city since 2015 — but Chariot has high hopes that its approach to ride-sharing will catch on. Chariot first … [Read more...] about Can Ford fix New York City’s transportation crisis with a crowdsourced shuttle bus?