1. The report will say nearly three-quarters of all Airbnb rentals in the city are illegal, violating zoning or other laws. Commercial operators, not hard-luck residents, supply more than a third of the units and generate more than a third of the revenue. At least a handful of landlords are running what amount to illegal hostels.

    — Airbnb Listings Mostly Illegal, New York State Contends - NYTimes.com

  2. Competing visions of the future of the city’s digital engagement with the public came to light Wednesday morning in a hearing on proposed legislation to create a city petition platform similar to the White House’s We The People site.

    — NY City Council pushes Obama petition model, City Hall resists | Capital New York (via betanyc)

  3. You can set a message like “!Gather 7pm at 1st and Main” or “@press please don’t photo faces” or “#Legal Aid is 2125551212″, or even just motivational messages “#staycalm #noviolence” or “#theworldiswatching”. If people like what you have written, they can change their status that message, and rebroadcast another 30 feet in whatever direction they are headed. Again, it is basically Twitter combined with doing “the wave” at a football game, except the wave is powered by these little super computers radio stations we have in our pockets.

    — Hacking on a basic Bluetooth mesh-y concept – n∞fr∞’s open web

  4. THE_MESSAGE 2014.39 - This week’s hacknight, #CfASummit, & Best of #CfASummit event!

    This week, BetaNYC is in two places at once!

    Tomorrow, a new crew of community leaders will take over hosting hacknights & #CivicFreeSchool. As we grow, we’re excited to grow BetaNYC’s leadership team. Join them tomorrow at Dev BootCamp and keep hacking the planet!


    Chris, Ariel, and I are out in San Fransisco for the nation’s primer civic technology and design conference. Code for America is putting together one of the world’s best open government and civic technology conferences: http://bit.ly/cfasummit2014

    Additionally, CfA will live webcast their main stage speeches.

    During the event, catch the buzz on Twitter #cfasummit: http://bit.ly/cfasummittwitter

    On October 15, BetaNYC and Microsoft will co-host a #CfASummit in NYC / best of BetaTalk. Join us online or on October 15th and learn about the latest in technology and design!

    Also, Code for America has archived 62 speeches from 2013 here:

    Webcast time zone converted (starts 2:30 pm Pacific time, Tue Sept 23. then 1:30 pm day two and three): 

    See you on the internets!!!

    - BetaNYC Leadership Team

  5. In the summer of 2009, The New York Senate was the first government organization to post code to GitHub, and that fall, Washington DC quickly followed suit. By 2011, cities like Miami, Chicago, and New York; Australian, Canadian, and British government initiatives like GOV.UK; and US Federal agencies like the Federal Communications Commission, General Services Administration, NASA, and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau were all coding in the open as they began to reimagine government for the 21st century.

    — Government opens up: 10k active government users on GitHub

  6. Penate scoffs at those in the United States who suggest that Central American kids are using the violence merely as an excuse to seek asylum in the United States. “How can you argue with it?” he says. “You see it every day here on TV, kids getting recruited by the gangs, and if they refuse to join they get shot.” Ideally, he says, the ATF would have one or two people in each Northern Triangle country. He hadn’t heard that his agency had passed on the emergency funding. “That money would come in very handy,” he said ruefully. That he is doing his work with so little support symbolizes the U.S. attitude toward its responsibilities in Central America. We turn from the refugees fleeing north, as our firepower heads south.

    — Guns Fueling Immigration from Central America Come from U.S. | New Republic

  7. Hopefully we can put the government in the people’s pocket

    — De Blasio Signs Bill, Embraces Civic Tech Community for City Record Online

  8. Sharing an office with a direct competitor could be a contentious working situation in some business’, but not for Rosen or Drumm. Although technically competitors for clients, the different Drupal vendors are in constant contact, not only because they come from an intimate group of friends, but because of the open source business model that Drupal is based on.


    Drupal Nation: Software to Power the Left | Digidave

    "There are so many civic hacking lessons to re-learn from the #CivicSpace days." - Noel Hidalgo

  9. I f’ing love New York City.

  10. A new tool to look at NYC's most dangerous intersections →


    Akil Harris has created new tool to look at NYC Crash Stats. This online map takes NYPD’s improved crash stat data and gives you easy access to the following views - City Council districts, Community Board zones, Neighborhoods - as defined by the city, Police Precincts, or Zip Codes.

  11. Almost 20% of NYC BigApps 2014 projects were built by BetaNYC! →



    This is phenomenal! This year’s NYC BigApps 2014 has grown what we pioneered last year. Last year, we helped changed the focus of NYC BigApps from being a “startup” competition to a “civic challenge” competition. No longer is the challenge to build a company, but now it is to solve a civic problem.

    This year, the community has responded. Tomorrow is the first big milestone and by the looks of it, BetaNYC members have submitted close to 20% of the apps!

    If you are a BetaNYC member and participated in NYC BigApps 2014, please add your name to this spreadsheet.

    Also, don’t forget to vote for your favorite project.

  12. New York’s Shadow Transit →

  13. BetaTalk: Meet Code for America's fellowship team & former fellows →

    About the BetaTalk

    Since 2010, Code for America has been asking technologist and designers “what can you do for your neighbor?”

    For this BetaTalk, we will have Alexander Tran and former CfA fellows talk about the fellowship program and their experience. To learn more about the Code For America Fellowship program, learn more about the program or apply today.

    Schedule for the night

    7:00 - Doors open with meet and greet happy hour 

    7:30 - Presentations begin 

      - Alexander Tran, CfA Fellowship Program Manager 

      - Former fellows 

    8:45 - Closing socializing 

    9:30 - Event concludes

  14. My grandfather’s toe tags. RIP Antonio Hidalgo Soto.  (at Hospital San Carlos Borromeo)

    My grandfather’s toe tags. RIP Antonio Hidalgo Soto. (at Hospital San Carlos Borromeo)

  15. For nearly two decades, every rising barrier and reduced speed limit has been tailored to this seemingly impossible goal, of eradicating traffic deaths and serious injuries, and its guiding premise: Every inch of street space must anticipate, and accommodate, human error.

    — De Blasio Looks Toward Sweden for Road Safety - NYTimes.com