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09/15/2014 14:08:58

Coming to the Rescue for Riders Who Drop Treasures on the Tracks

For as long as there have been subway tracks, New Yorkers — haggard, perpetually busy and forever jostling for space — have been dropping things on them.

But in recent years, the workers say, the rigors of the job have multiplied, with smartphone proliferation and in-station Wi-Fi producing a more distracted ridership and sending more phones tumbling to the tracks.

“That’s job security,” said Mr. Devine, a 30-year veteran of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

Indeed, the pickup crews, which also perform track work and respond to emergencies when necessary, are afforded a unique window on consumer behavior.

Workers can trace trends in accessories — changes in the price of gold have coincided with a decrease in calls about jewelry, they say — and gauge the relative popularity of new authors.

They can pinpoint the moment the iPhone surpassed the BlackBerry, and they predict, by now with near certainty, that travelers are most likely to drop either device on a Monday. “People are going back to work, they’re annoyed, they’re fumbling around,” Mr. Mangia said, by way of explanation.

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09/14/2014 09:06:54

brooklyn mural celebrating funeral’s 10th birthday

brooklyn mural celebrating funeral’s 10th birthday

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09/14/2014 09:04:35

happy 10th birthday funeral

happy 10th birthday funeral

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09/12/2014 15:46:24

wnyc:

This May Be the Largest Item Ever Carried On a NYC Subway

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09/11/2014 15:44:48

nycnostalgia:

Park Ave and 57th, 1975. Looking South at the Pan Am building.

nycnostalgia:

Park Ave and 57th, 1975. Looking South at the Pan Am building.

(via oldnewyork)

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09/11/2014 14:50:58

theeconomist:

Tomorrow’s cover, today:
Is this the end of the UK? With some polls showing the pro-independence camp in the lead in the run-up to the Scottish referendum on September 18th, we marshal our strongest arguments and our best evidence to try to persuade the Scots not to do it, and we examine the grave consequences for the whole of Britain if they do

theeconomist:

Tomorrow’s cover, today:

Is this the end of the UK? With some polls showing the pro-independence camp in the lead in the run-up to the Scottish referendum on September 18th, we marshal our strongest arguments and our best evidence to try to persuade the Scots not to do it, and we examine the grave consequences for the whole of Britain if they do

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09/11/2014 14:42:03

Nonesuch At 50: A Record Label Without Borders

(Source: nprmusic)

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09/11/2014 14:40:25

Can Waving Orange Flags Really Make Pedestrians Safer?

(Source: thisiscitylab)

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09/11/2014 14:39:12

natgeofound:

The Statue of Liberty hails dawn over New York Harbor in 1978.Photograph by David Alan Harvey, National Geographic Creative

natgeofound:

The Statue of Liberty hails dawn over New York Harbor in 1978.Photograph by David Alan Harvey, National Geographic Creative

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09/11/2014 09:53:58

spoon at central park summerstage 9/10/14

spoon at central park summerstage 9/10/14

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