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

    betanyc:

    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.

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

    betanyc:

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    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.

  3. New York’s Shadow Transit →

  4. 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

  5. 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)

  6. 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

  7. Through Twitter, these moments offer the reinforcement that even if you’re watching an event alone, you’re not alone in experiencing it. In these moments, we share in the roar of the crowd in moments of victory, we unite in hope or heartbreak in moments of tragedy, and we make and record history together.

    — A love letter to Twitter | Stopdesign

  8. Calling all shuffle board players

    SHUFFLE BOARD PLAYERS NEEDED on Monday’s from 6:30 till 8:30 in Gowanus.

    For the last 10 weeks, friends and I have been playing shuffle board league at the Royal Palms Shuffle Board Club in Gowanus. Our club, Gowanus Swim Club is ranked 12th in the City!!! We’ve just renewed for league round #2 and need 4 - 5 more players! 

    Roughly, it is about (less than) $100 per person. We need to find 4 - 5 committed individuals who will attend 6 weeks of play. In total, there are 8 to 10 games. Orientation starts 5 May. First league night is 12 May. 

    Who’s in?

    Email me (noel(at)noneck(d0t)org) or comment below.

  9. You’re not going to teach a coal miner to code. Mark Zuckerberg says you teach them [people] to code and everything will be great. I don’t know how to break it to you … but no.

    — Michael Bloomberg: You can’t teach a coal miner to code — Tech News and Analysis

  10. Gentrification is over. It’s gone. And it’s been gone since the dawn of the twenty-first century. Gentrification itself has been gentrified, pushed out of the city and vanished. I don’t even like to call it gentrification, a word that obscures the truth of our current reality. I call it hyper-gentrification.

    — Jeremiah’s Vanishing New York: On Spike Lee & Hyper-Gentrification, the Monster That Ate New York

  11. As I say goodnight to my island of ancestry, I will think about my maternal & paternal families &  the unflinching love that they spread across the world.

This trip has been a solid head check into the future I want to build. For the next few months, I will meditate on how to bring this energy into everything that I do.

Good night my island of enchantment.   (at Funeraria Moca Memorial)

    As I say goodnight to my island of ancestry, I will think about my maternal & paternal families & the unflinching love that they spread across the world.

    This trip has been a solid head check into the future I want to build. For the next few months, I will meditate on how to bring this energy into everything that I do.

    Good night my island of enchantment. (at Funeraria Moca Memorial)

  12. 13 March 2014

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    Yes, please.

    Yes, please.

    (Source: tncypk)

  13. We are seeing a rising trend of what can be termed “open-washing” (inspired by “greenwashing“) – meaning data publishers that are claiming their data is open, even when it’s not – but rather just available under limiting terms. If we – at this critical time in the formative period of the data driven society – aren’t critically aware of the difference, we’ll end up putting our vital data streams in siloed infrastructure built and owned by international corporations. But also to give our praise and support to the wrong kind of unsustainable technological development.

    — “Open-washing” – The difference between opening your data and simply making them available | Open Knowledge Foundation Blog

  14. We have technology rapidly moving ahead in terms of its ability to gather information about people,” said state Representative Jonathan Hecht, a Watertown Democrat who filed the bill along with state Senator Cynthia Creem of Newton, Brookline and Wellesley. “We need to have a conversation about how to balance ­legitimate uses of this technology with protecting people’s ­legitimate expectation of privacy.

    — A vast hidden surveillance network runs across America, powered by the repo industry | BetaBoston

  15. In order to even begin exploring the city’s other options, New Yorkers first have to stop deluding themselves into believing that today’s hyper-gentrification is the same old thing. We all have to stop saying, “New York always changes, so this is normal.” This is not normal. This is state sponsored, corporate driven, turbo charged, far flung, and impossible to stop in its current form. Hyper-gentrification is the Thing That Ate New York, the Blob, the choose your monster-movie metaphor, an ever-growing, ever-devouring beast that will not be satisfied until there’s nothing left.

    — Jeremiah’s Vanishing New York: On Spike Lee & Hyper-Gentrification, the Monster That Ate New York