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Is your morning commute characterized by a long, arduous journey to the subway station? If so, you probably live in a subway desert—stretches of New York City that exist in a public transportation wasteland. If you happen to be one of these unlucky souls, well, you might find yourself in better company, because a new map made by a self-described "urbanist, mapmaker and data junkie," named Chris Whong demonstrates that you're not alone.  Whong defines "subway deserts"...
Manhattan is the setting for too many classic films to count, from King Kong to Citizen Kane to Super Fly. Now, though, with the volume of film business in New York at an all-time peak, Brooklyn is catching up to Manhattan as one of the east coast's top filming destinations, as a new interactive map of every recent film shoot in New York City visualizes. Max Galka and Steve Melendez of Metrocosm used data from the Mayor's Office of Theatre and Broadcasting to map every film permit issued in...
Hip-hop might just be New York City’s most internationalized cultural product, but the lion's share of hip-hop’s most noteworthy acts hail from the five boroughs. Now, courtesy of the good people at Charts and Maps, we can now pinpoint where specific artists came from within the city. And it turns out? Mostly it's from Brooklyn. As you can see, the breakdown of rappers is pretty Kings County-centric, but Manhattan (pretty much confined to Harlem), Queens (pretty spread...
In the ongoing apartment hunting struggle that anyone who lives here inevitable has to engage in, there are a couple golden phrases that tenants are always on the lookout for. "Laundry in unit" is one such dream. Another? "Rent controlled" or "rent stabilized," both indications that the rent on the unit is regulated by the state, and limits how much a landlord can wantonly jack up the rent. Rent control happens if a tenant...

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