In a slate article discussing Amy Cooper’s threat to call police is a good summary:
Amy didn’t call the cops because she was scared of Christian the birder. That much is obvious from the video. She called them to prevail in a power struggle with a black man who dared to challenge her authority to do as she wished in public.
The media has been saturated with images of similar entitlement and rage in recent weeks, as throngs of predominantly white Americans protest COVID-19 business closures and demand their states resume business as usual, knowing that black lives disproportionately hang in the balance. These white protesters, who know they have the privilege to be armed and intimidating without facing police violence, are rejecting a shared responsibility for safe public spaces. Christian Cooper’s offense was to insist that Amy Cooper, too, had a responsibility to protect a shared public space. Amy’s response demonstrated that public safety is not shared by all
Fascinating article about how New York City gets its water and why it tastes good.
Water usage has actually decreased more than 30 percent since the 1980s. Modern toilets, faucets and showerheads use less water. The city has also hunted down and fixed leaks in water mains.
Source: How New York Gets Its Water – The New York Times
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.
Ever wonder why getting you nails done in NYC is cheaper then just about everywhere else? Doesn’t it seem incredible that one of the most expensive cities in the US could have a service that is cheaper then almost anywhere else? This is a great expose in the NYT
about how workers are exploited.
I particularly liked this map showing the number of Starbucks vs. nail shops:
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.
Great bit on The Daily Show about Sean Hannity saying he’s going to leave New York after Gov. Cuomo’s comments.
At about 2:45 The Jersey Boy’s cast does a great song, in full costume, on the stage.
Here’s a great interactive graphic from Trulia.com that shows the ratio of renting to buying. The ratio is how many years of paying before you paid full price for an equivalent house. This data is comparing the median list price with that of a two bedroom apartment.
For example, in NYC renting is so much better that you’d pay rent for 39 years before you’d paid the amount the house costs. A good estimate is the rent-to-price ratio should be about 17:1.
The size of the circle shows how much the rent is (e.g. bigger circle means more rent). The color indicates the ratio (e.g. red means better to rent; green means better to own).
Here is similar data to to the Interactive Census Data but with a little more Manhattan orientation. The interactive chart lets 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.