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For better or worse, Spotify looks like the future of commercial music streaming. Since launching in Sweden in 2008 (it came to the U.S. three years later), the service has added about five million users annually. Spotify counts more than 24 million active users, about a quarter of whom are paid subscribers, streaming music in 55 countries, from Andorra to Taiwan. But it's a raw deal for artists. Despite the growing user base, a microscopic...
Just when you think you really know a place, you see it all mapped out in tranquil shades of blue and you realize that you didn't know it at all. Such was my experience anyway when looking at this New York Times map which utilized census numbers to map poverty all across America. Which, America includes New York City, and even Brooklyn. But while many of the wealthiest areas of Brooklyn were easy enough to guess even...
What is there left to say about hipster-fueled gentrification in Brooklyn that hasn't already been said? We all know this story, right? Long-entrenched residents push back against the new generation, leading to a social cold war that only ends when the original residents get priced-out of their apartments or, well, die. And then the cycle starts all over again. But what if the older residents haven't been around for a really long time? What...
  Remember how funny it was to learn that you could buy a European castle for less money than you'd spend on some not-so-nice New York City apartments? It was so funny, right? Ha. Well, the New York Post reported yesterday that there is an island for sale in Patterson, NY that costs less than the average New York City apartment. And it's not just like you'd be buying the island itself. No, for under a...