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I am loving VICE on HBO. The last episode explored “China’s Ghost Towns.” Apparently, an alarmingly high percentage of China’s booming economy is based on real estate development. The government seized farmlands and started to erect huge residential towers. The problem? NO ONE IS LIVING THERE. It is completely bizarre — entire “cities” are pretty much vacant, with half-built high-rises dotting the sky. Some are fashioned to be replicas of London, Paris and Manhattan’s Financial District, and are now mainly serving as backdrops for wedding photos. VICE never really explained WHY China chose the areas it razed and built up. According to the program, at the peak of the United States’ housing bubble, construction amounted to 16 percent of the entire GDP. China’s is 50 PERCENT of its economy. And now, if China fails, we all fail.

I am loving VICE on HBO. The last episode explored “China’s Ghost Towns.” Apparently, an alarmingly high percentage of China’s booming economy is based on real estate development. The government seized farmlands and started to erect huge residential towers. The problem? NO ONE IS LIVING THERE. It is completely bizarre — entire “cities” are pretty much vacant, with half-built high-rises dotting the sky. Some are fashioned to be replicas of London, Paris and Manhattan’s Financial District, and are now mainly serving as backdrops for wedding photos. VICE never really explained WHY China chose the areas it razed and built up. According to the program, at the peak of the United States’ housing bubble, construction amounted to 16 percent of the entire GDP. China’s is 50 PERCENT of its economy. And now, if China fails, we all fail.

fastcompany:

Here’s the story on one of the largest public art projects ever staged in New York created by artist Nick Cave.

If they put this in Port Authority, people would just ignore it, mistakenly thinking they are just the homeless people who live inside.

Next steps for NYC’s payphones?

According to Architizer, New York City’s 11,000 (probably mostly unused) payphones are being transformed for the digital age. And some of the finalists’ designs are really cool.

With a few payphones already turned into WiFi hotspots, some, like FXFOWLE’s NYC Loop pictured above, could also have smartphone features and an “information puddle” for people to use. Other designs have weather data, parking meters, and assistance kiosks rolled into one information hub. It’d be handy for tourists looking where to go in Times Square, or simply when regular New Yorkers hop off the subway and don’t know which way is east or west. And, as the article notes, these super payphones could even provide much-needed communication if another Hurricane Sandy strikes.

Well, I mean, it’s because the rent is too damn high.
But seriously, One Out of Every 100 NYC Children Slept in a Shelter this January. That is inexcusable.

Well, I mean, it’s because the rent is too damn high.

But seriously, One Out of Every 100 NYC Children Slept in a Shelter this January. That is inexcusable.

On her last day at one job, her 75-year-old supervisor asked her to help move some heavy things in her house. In her garage, the supervisor opened a door from which issued a blinding stream of light.
“It was a huge room filled with her own field of marijuana plants,” Ms. Schiller said. “She conscripted me for no pay to harvest it overnight. She makes $35,000 per crop and it goes straight to her retirement account.”

The intern’s payment the next morning: a breakfast burrito.

From a NYT article, “The No-Limits Job,” about how far some young people will go for a job. Yikes.

livelymorgue:

Sept. 6, 1957: Frank Lloyd Wright with an assistant assesses his latest creation, a museum to house Solomon R. Guggenheim’s growing modern art collection.”Mr. Guggenheim came to me twelve years ago and said he wanted a museum specifically for the advanced type of paintings he collected,” Mr. Wright said. He went on, in an absorbing piece for The Times magazine: “ ‘This is the only organic building in New York,’ says Wright. ‘Each part is the consequence of the other, as things are in nature.’ ” Photo: Sam Falk/The New York Times

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matthewkeys:

I’m just going to leave this right here.

Hi, Mister Mayor!

LOL

buzzfeed:

matthewkeys:

I’m just going to leave this right here.

Hi, Mister Mayor!

LOL

shortformblog:

The New York Times Company purchased the Boston Globe for $1.1 billion back in 1993. It’s unknown why the Times is currently planning to offload the paper, which has been in circulation since 1872, though rumors that it would be sold have been circulating for some time now.

oh wow.

shortformblog:

The New York Times Company purchased the Boston Globe for $1.1 billion back in 1993. It’s unknown why the Times is currently planning to offload the paper, which has been in circulation since 1872, though rumors that it would be sold have been circulating for some time now.

oh wow.

I don’t get to complain anymore. It’s just true. Some of the most delicious time that you spend as a journalist is like, complaining. At no times have I had fewer actual friends to gossip with, and kind of complain with, or at least commiserate with. That is a hard part of being the boss. Newsrooms are just full of cantankerous complaining people. It’s so enjoyable to be part of that.
Jill Abramson, Executive Editor, The New York Times, about life as the boss. Capital New York, Editor Jill Abramson opens up about layoffs, the time she almost quit, and loneliness at the top. (via futurejournalismproject)
So apparently there are pieces of the Berlin Wall in various NYC locations.
And New Yorkers are not impressed.

So apparently there are pieces of the Berlin Wall in various NYC locations.

And New Yorkers are not impressed.

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