fun facts

The absurd problem of New York City trash.

From this article I learned that the reason NYC doesn’t have alleys is because the architects responsible for the grid system were preoccupied with another project — the Erie Canal. Lots more detailed discussion about the gross garbage problem of […]

under the microscope

Top entrepreneurial bio labs in the US.

“I have identified 160+ translational labs that already have started or might likely start a company based on their research. These bio labs are in the top clusters (Bay Area, San Diego, New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and newly New Jersey […]

fun facts

Why are so many writers in Brooklyn, and is it a problem?

“The problem isn’t that writing generates status, but rather that this status is grossly out of proportion to the wages they are earning in the market. Amongst other problems, this selects for people who value status over wages (often because […]

fun facts

The Russian Navy visits the United States (1863).

During the Civil War, Russia was the only European power that preferred the North. Largely for Russia’s benefit, they sailed ships to both San Francisco and New York. It was a show of support that helped the Union’s morale at […]

on the blockchain

Tether gets a stern scolding, sent on its way

The best part is that the NY Attorney General’s press release takes an upbeat tone on their success. “An agreement with iFinex, Tether, and their related entities will require them to cease any further trading activity with New Yorkers, as […]

fun facts

The great work-from-home migration

Redfin’s survey (n=900, probably biased) data shows, “more than 50% of people in New York, Seattle, San Francisco and Boston would move if work-from-home became permanent.” | learn more

retail therapy

Chinese shopping app falls for American bargains

Imagine a mobile QVC broadcast from foreign (US in this case) retail stores. “Live-stream shopping is captivating China, and one app lets viewers take part in the scramble for discounts in U.S. stores; ‘How is this possible? Why isn’t all […]