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Got a City Mystery? We're Here to Solve It

Friday, May 09, 2014

Our area is full of little mysteries. Why continue to let them bug you when you could have WNYC find out the answer! On the Brian Lehrer Show blog, we've explained the rules about turning left in New York City, the laws around bodega cats, and why alternate side parking is always "in effect."

Now we want to know what other mystery you want us to explain. Tell us what thing about the city - or anywhere in the NYC area - has always baffled you. It can be a particular behavior, an element of our infrastructure, a law...anything you've always wondered about.

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Those Little Orange Discs on Top of Street Lights? They're Photo Cells

Monday, June 02, 2014

They're photo cells. Mystery solved.

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Go Ahead, Peep Into That Construction Site (With Your Photos!)

Friday, May 09, 2014

Thanks to a new law, all construction sites must now have a "viewing panel" that lets you peek in and see what's going on. We explain the law, and round up our favorite photos you took through that little diamond-shaped peephole.

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Inside the World of Bodega Cats

Monday, March 31, 2014

WNYC is running a vote to find NYC's best bodega cat -- with the next round of voting starting today. Brian Lehrer Show producer Jody Avirgan discusses the laws around bodega cats, whether they are properly cared for, and what makes them so darn cute. They are illegal according to NYC Health Code Article 81, Section 25, but many owners are willing to risk the fine because cats are the most effective way to deter rodents -- and the fine for animals and the fine for mice are just about the same amount. Some vets, however, are concerned that bodega cats don't get proper care. In 35 years of practice, Ted Weiner of Gotham Animal clinic tells WNYC he's never seen a bodega owner bring in a cat for treatment.

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So Why Are Meter Rules Always "In Effect"? Some Answers.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

It's a snow day mantra, uttered by newscasters, printed in the papers, and tweeted by the DOT. Alternate side parking is suspended, but the meters remain "in effect." But why? We investigate.

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Your Guide to Turning Left When There's a Median

Thursday, January 23, 2014

It's a classic driving conundrum: When turning left off a street with a wide median, can you continue to drive after you've turned, even if your new light is red? "Gridlock" Sam Schwartz explains.

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