Mayor Bloomberg has big plans for Staten Island—the New York Wheel! When finished by the end of 2015, it will be the world’s largest Ferris wheel (84 feet higher than the Singapore Flyer and 75 feet higher than Las Vegas’s planned ‘High Roller’ wheel). According to the mayor’s office, it will feature 36 capsules, each able to carry up to 40 passengers.
David Rakoff, a “writer, aesthete, genius, New York devotee (the City was “the great love of my life,” he wrote), exceptional reporter and observer, performer, director and incredibly kind person,” has died of cancer. Give his This American Life episodes a listen.
The above screenshot is from his book, Half Empty, as screengrabbed by The Awl.
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The only mashup of New York City being utterly destroyed in the movies you’ll ever need to watch.
It’s time for you to read this very well-written story of life behind the glass at a Chinese delivery restaurant in Mott Haven.
In a nod to years of griping from captive passengers, taxi officials agreed to let the owners of the new cabs decide whether to install the screens, which are required in the city’s 13,000 yellow taxis.
“With Taxi TV, there’s a diversity of opinion as to the value for passengers,” David S. Yassky, the taxi and limousine commissioner, said rather delicately. “So it makes more sense to leave it up to the taxi owners.”
Translation: no one liked them except for the media companies who drove their adoption. File Taxi TV with QR codes, Cuecat, mobile TV, TV check-in apps and other products spurred by marketing and media company desires rather than actual consumer demand or use cases.
I’d argue NFC payments (in their current form) fall under this umbrella as well. But that’s a longer post. (Via NYT)
Taxi TV can not disappear fast enough.
Rejoice! If we had a nickel for every time we fumbled to hit mute on Taxi TV, well, we’d sure have a lot of nickels, I’ll tell you.
Happy New Year, y’all.