Posts Tagged ‘new york city’

More in our so-adhoc-it’s-not-a-series series of to-the-point signage from the New York subway, this time courtesy of the Subway Art blog:

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Photo via johnnieutah on Flickr

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[Subway Art blog]

display 1296129938 saves you eating somewhere you dont want to eat atYou might think that many of the current social media geo-location mobile applications are a lot of pointless bobbins. And you’d be absolutely right. But then there’s, which turns Foursquare into something entirely useful – a trusted shitometer when choosing which restaurant to frequent.

It only works in New York City right now, but here’s the gist of it: if you use your Foursquare app to check-in at a restaurant, will send a text message if that particular restaurant is in danger of being shut down due to health violations. The website integrates Foursquare listings with ratings made publicly available by the city’s health department.

According to the website, once a restaurant is rated as a high risk, it’ll be rated monthly until its rating improves or “is closed by the department for serious and persistent violations.” At the current time, there are nearly 1700 establishments rated as high risk, but unless you both to read the city health reports first, you’ll never know which they are.

It’s a great idea, mashing up public data with geo-location services – hopefully somebody can do the same for restaurants in the UK.

via [Love Your Larder]

A room with a view. Without the room.

December 31st, 2010 5 Comments By Paul Smith

You’d maybe expect to look up and admire this type of craftsmanship in Spain during the tourist boom of the 80s, or perhaps in eastern European cities where the developers keep on building until they run out of supplies or building permits.

So where in the world is this?

balconytonowhere A room with a view. Without the room.

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This is an advert for a very nice flat, apparently

November 9th, 2010 4 Comments By Paul Smith

No sir, I don’t need to see any photos of the interior of the flat, or know any other pertinent detail about it – the real dealbreaker is seeing you squeal like some bitch, a photo of daytime talk show hosts and a cute puppy. Great, I’ll take it:

Bitterwallet Siiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiick amazing DEAL on Craigslist apparently This is an advert for a very nice flat, apparently

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How the hell do you lose a unicorn? They’re massive, for crying out loud. Owners who can’t look after a mythical creature properly should be banned from owning them.

The alternative way to drink yourself to death

October 7th, 2010 3 Comments By Paul Smith

I’ve just thrown up in my own mouth, and it’s all thanks to the New York City Department of Health’s attempts to stop me drinking pop. Their most recent promotional video – of the sickeningly smug bloke devouring sachets of sugar – is tame. It’s the original video below it that may cause you to vomit out your nostrils:

[The Consumerist]


August 6th, 2010 14 Comments By Paul Smith

Finding the perfect flatmate is always tricky – there are bound to be habits you both have that wind the other up. Owning an iPhone is apparently one of them, according to this post on Craigslist. Our friend will only take a room with you if you don’t have an iPhone or iPad, and he’ll be checking you’re not trying to scam him, too. He’s also insistent his future landlord is proficient at Starcraft 2. How long before he turns on you for watching the wrong television show, or expressing an interest in girls? A box in the gutter would be too good for this one:

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Take Your Child To Work Day is very admirable, but there are some professionals who shouldn’t get involved. Prison wardens. Open heart surgeons. Air traffic controllers. Specifically, air traffic controllers at one the busiest airports in the world, serving a city full of people petrified by anything larger than a pigeon flying overhead.

Yes, one air traffic controller at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York thought it’d be fun to not only take his kid into work, but let junior live on the microphone and direct the planes. No, really. The exchanges between the school-aged child and jets waiting to take off from JFK became public after they were recorded and posted on, a site streaming live feeds from air traffic control towers. While the child only appears to be repeating information passed on by his father, it’s fair to say dad should probably have been concentrating on more pertinent matters – such as avoiding aviation disasters:

The Federal Aviation Administration said a controller and a supervisor have been placed on administrative leave as it investigates. FAA boss Randy Babbitt called the incident a ‘lapse in judgment’. No, over-cooking the sprouts is a lapse in judgment – messing about with your kid at work while several thousand souls circle above your head is madness.

Those of us who have to use public transport on a regular basis have seen our fair share of freaks and deviants, but if you got on the train later this evening and saw this going down, would you change carriages at the next stop or move closer to get a better look?

Those of a nervous disposition look away now – everyone else, follow me… Read the rest of this entry »

What Russian billionaires have for lunch…

November 3rd, 2009 20 Comments By Andy Dawson

abramov 231x300 What Russian billionaires have for lunch...Chelsea FC owner Roman Abramovich has been banned from splashing out on new players until the summer of 2011, but the FIFA ban won’t see him putting his wallet into hibernation.

From TMZ, here’s the receipt following a Roman feast at Nello’s restaurant on Madison Avenue, New York City – a mouth-watering $47,221.09. Abramovich allegedly chucked in an extra $5,000 tip on top as well, and with ten diners present, that comes to a delicious $5,222 per head.

Mmmm… truffles, mmmm… filet mignon, mmmm… posh wine, mmmm…hang on, $15 for a tiramisu? $28 for a couple of ‘parmesan chunks?’ Sounds like the opulent Russian billionaire has had the piss taken out of him.

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8 ways to save time and money in New York City

October 9th, 2009 15 Comments By Paul Smith

3976913857 6623ed8f21 m 8 ways to save time and money in New York CityNew York City is a class act, even for the frugal. Despite the common misconception, you don’t need to whore your tuppence for coin in order to afford a trip. If you’re planning a visit, here are 8 ways to save money and make the most of your time in the greatest city on Earth, after Ipswich:

Get ahead at US Immigrations
How long it takes to clear US Immigration at JFK varies between five minutes on a good day, and 90 minutes on a bad one. It’s improved massively in the past five years, but if there are only a handful of desks open and other flights arriving, you’ll be in for a very long wait.

To cut down your waiting time, simply get to the front of the queue. The walk between the plane and the immigration hall takes several minutes, so walk with purpose all the way and you’ll cut ahead of others who are ambling along. Even if you’re at the back of the plane, there’s no reason why you can’t be in amongst the first few dozen through immigration. Sounds like common sense but JFK gets insanely busy, and if you arrive just behind other flights you will be screwed.

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How to get from JFK to your hotel
Wherever you’re staying in New York City, you’ve three options for travelling between the airport and your accommodation; taxi, shuttle bus and subway. Choose your transport according to the number of people in your party and the amount of luggage you have, and you could save yourself both time and money.

  • First off, there’s a yellow cab from outside the terminal. It’s a fixed rate to Manhattan of $45 plus tolls plus a tip, so $50 to $55 in total. A ride to central Manhattan usually takes 30 to 60 minutes, depending on traffic (if anybody in the terminal asks if you need a taxi, ignore them – they’re illegal cabbies that won’t be any cheaper)
  • A shuttle bus can be arranged before you fly or you can arrange one when you land; it usually costs about $20 per person. Transfer time depends on where the other passengers are travelling to – Manhattan has plenty of traffic, so it can take up to 90 minutes to reach your destination.
  • As for the subway, there’s no stop at JFK but there is the Airtrain which links the airport to the subway. It costs $5 per person and you pay at the end of the ride. The subway is currently $2.25 per ride (there are no zones on the NYC subway) but if you’re buying an unlimited ticket for your trip, you can buy it immediately so in essence you’ll only pay the $5 for the Airtrain. Bargain. The Airtrain takes 15 minutes to reach the subway, then it’s around a 35 minutes transfer into Manhattan, so some days it’s quicker than a cab.

Which one is right for you?

If there are 3 or 4 of you with large cases – take a cab. It’ll work out at $13 – $18 each (so a lot cheaper than a shuttle) and you’ll get straight to your hotel without the need for heavy lifting.

If you’re by yourself with a heavy case – take the shuttle. It’ll take longer but it’s less then half the price of a cab.

If you’re alone or in a group with only hand luggage (or cabin suitcases) consider the Airtrain and subway. It can be quicker than the other two options, plus it’ll cost far less. The only drawback is you may have a walk a couple of blocks at the far end to reach your hotel – alternatively you could hail a cab and spend a few dollars getting there; cabs are far cheaper in NYC than London so it’ll still be cheaper than the other two options.

Buy your 7 day unlimited Metrocard early in the day
If you’re in the city for a week or longer, a 7 day unlimited Metrocard for the subway is a godsend. They cost $27 (around £17) for unlimited rides on any route (and the Roosevelt Island tramway) for seven days. Almost.

The 7 day expiry is a little too literal; your card isn’t valid for 168 hours, but on seven consecutive days. In other words, if you buy your card at 10pm on a Monday, it’ll expire at midnight on Sunday – so after 6 days and two hours. Gah. To get the best value for your money, it’s sometimes worth spending money on a couple of single fares, then buying your Metrocard after midnight, or early the next morning. Read the rest of this entry »

Not only is NYC the city that never sleeps, it’s also the city that’ll happily cram Christmas up your arse every day of the year. While the concourse of JFK’s Terminal 3 is currently being refurbished, nobody seems to have spotted that Santa is still whoring himself to tourists in May:

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No wonder the Pogues and Kirsty MacColl bang on about the bloody place every year.