Fascinating article about how New York City gets its water and why it tastes good.
Great arial video of NYC from Mark Toia.
The typical cost of a manicure in the city helps explain the abysmal pay. A survey of more than 105 Manhattan salons by The Times found an average price of about $10.50. The countrywide average is almost double that, according to a 2014 survey by Nails Magazine, an industry publication.
With fees so low, someone must inevitably pay the price.
Source: The Price of Nice Nails
Is it better to rent or buy?
The NY Times has a great interactive calculator for evaluating the trade-offs of buying vs. renting. It looks to cover everything:
- House Price
- Interest rates
- Length of mortgage
- Planned time to occupy
- Future rental rates
- Housing market expected increases
- Maintenance fees
It produces a number like:
If you can rent a similar
home for less than …
… then renting is better.
Here is similar data to to the Interactive Census Data but with a little more Manhattan orientation. The interactive chart let’s you look at different neighborhoods and shows the income distribution. You can also see how many people can afford to live there assuming they can pay 30% of their income for rent.
Great interactive chart from the NY Times that uses Google maps and data from the census.
You can look at incomes from the census track level (e.g. a few blocks) all the way up to the entire country. This diagram shows income distribution:
And this one is the change in median income:
You can also check things like ethnicity and various income levels.
There’s some lesson to be learned here about investing vs consuming but I can’t quite figure it out! Hmm, I wonder if I’m a consumer or an investor.
If instead of spending $5700 on an Apple Powerbook in 1997 you’d bought Apple stock, it’d be worth $330K! If I hadn’t bought a MacBook Pro in 2008 for ~$2,499 but bought Apple Stock it’d now be worth $5,680. I’d have nearly $8,000 more.