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POPS Report: Tell Us About New York City's Privately-Owned Public Spaces

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

WNYC's Brian Leher Show and The New York World are collaborating on a project to map and report on New York City's Privately-Owned Public Spaces, aka POPS. We want to figure out how public these public spaces really are. Through zoning incentives, New York's city planners have encouraged private builders to include public spaces in their developments. Many are in active public use, but others are hard to find, under heavy surveillance, or essentially inaccessible.

With the Occupy Wall Street encampment in Zuccotti Park drawing attention to the regulations and usage of these spaces, we want you to tell us about the POPS in your life. Whether it's parks, plazas, atriums or fountains, find all of NYC's POPS on the map below, then use the form to report on your experience.

Here's How -- Deadline for Submissions is November 9th!

1) Find your space on the map below. You can zoom in to different parts of the city, and click on a particular space to see information such as the owner, the boundaries, and the total area.

2) In the pop-up menu you'll also see a Site ID - a unique ID we've assigned to each space.

3) If you want to report on a particular space, enter the shortcode in the form below and tell us about your experience!

4) That's it! Read some of the response highlights here, and we'll follow up online and on-air in the coming weeks.

If you're on Twitter, you can tweet photos with the hashtag #privatepublic and the name or site ID code for your location.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Your Subway Photos

Thursday, October 06, 2011

THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR PICTURES! Bruce Davidson was on the Brian Lehrer Show Tuesday, October 18th - Listen Here

Subway, Bruce Davidson's classic collection of New York City photography, is being re-released this fall by Aperture books. On Tuesday, October 18th, Bruce will join Brian Lehrer to talk about his photographs, and we want you to submit your most iconic subway shot. Head underground (or to an elevated track!) and snap a picture, then submit it here. Bruce will take a look at your submissions, and we'll feature some of our favorites online and on-air. By the way, regulations for what kind of photography is legal on MTA trains and platforms can be found here. Short version: it's legal, as long as you don't have extra equipment.

EXHIBIT: Aperture Gallery presents Bruce Davidson: Subway—a groundbreaking series documenting a unique moment in the cultural fabric of New York City, coinciding with the highly anticipated re-release of the book published in 1986. Opening reception: Thursday, October 13, 6:00-8:00 pm Exhibition on view: Monday, October 3-Saturday, October 29, 2011

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Slideshow: The New Littles Artist Maps

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

To wrap up our New Littles project, the Brian Lehrer Show asked local artists and illustrators to represent the various new neighborhoods we'd discussed on a map. Not knowing what to expect, we put out a call for entries and waited. The response was incredible, full of talent, inventiveness and community spirit. Check out the entries below, and be sure to visit the artist's website to support their work - many of the pieces are even for sale! Thanks to all for participating in The New Littles.

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Transportation Nation

New App to Crowd-Source NYC Subway Delay Information

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

(Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation)  Using the NYC MTA's information page, or any of the apps based on it can be an exercise in imagined bliss. On the one hand, it's thrilling to get information on subway status, and whether a line is running before setting out for a subway stop. On the other hand, the information can come late, or be insufficiently detailed.

Here at Transportation Nation, we've often asked ourselves why subway information isn't crowdsourced. If the A train is delayed, hundreds or thousands of riders know it before the MTA relays that information. Now Roadify, the Brooklyn-based app outfit that started crowdsourcing arrival data for the B-67 bus, is adding all NYC subways lines to its crowdsourcing system.

True, the subways aren't wired.  But Roadify's Dylan Goelz says the hope is that a combination of information coming in from above-ground riders, riders leaving the subway, and riders entering stations will create a more complete and immediate picture than the MTA's own info page.

Tell us how it's working!

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Brian Lehrer Show Marathon Meetup

Friday, November 05, 2010

[Thanks to resident running experts Alex Villari and Sarah Gilligan for helping to think this through.]

We are now gathering your Marathon Meet-Up stories. Did you see any of our runners along the course? Run into any fellow WNYC listeners? Or even if you just have a good story about your marathon experience, post it below! 

We have our runner database up and running! We'll do our best to update again before race time, keep tuned to facebook and twitter for the latest. Don't forget, take a listen to our very own Rex Doane demonstrating how you can cheer on fellow Brian Lehrer Show fans during the race, using the special phrase "It's A Free Country"

Are you running the marathon and wish there was someone to cheer you on? Are you watching the marathon and wish you had someone to cheer for? We're going to link up Brian Lehrer show runners and fans for this Sunday's marathon.

Runners: Check out the map below - this shows you where to keep your ears open for fellow WNYC fans who will be cheering you on.

Watchers: Check out the database below, print it out and bring it with you to your viewing spot. Want to take it the next level and track one of our runners online or through your iphone app? Information at the NYRR home page

We'll be tweeting updates and posting to facebook whenever we have more information on this site.

And don't forget, whether you are running or watching, snap pictures of any fateful encounters you may have!

 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

BL Show Listener Chorus - Give Peace A Chance

Friday, October 08, 2010

UPDATE: It happened! Listen here.

Today, live on-air, we're going to try a group sing-along to John Lennon's "Give Peace A Chance." We'll select a few callers and have them sing one verse each, and all joining in on the chorus. For now, here are the lyrics to the ...

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Map Your Moves: Data Visualization Challenge Submissions

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

As part of our 10 Questions that Count census project, we asked you to Map Your Moves by filling out a survey where you've lived over the last ten years and why you moved. Then we asked all of you graphic designers, mappers, statisticians or any other kind of data visualization gurus, to play with the data and make the information beautiful. (More information about the Map Your Moves challenge here)

Here are the the submissions we've received. Feel free to add your thoughts below. Any favorites? Learn anything new? Share your feedback!

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The Takeaway

Grasping the Enormity of the Oil Leak, One Photo at a Time

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

For 57 days, oil has been gushing into the Gulf of Mexico, following an explosion aboard the Deepwater Horizon oil rig. That's 57 days of trying to determine what the leak looks like, how big it is, who it's affecting and where the oil has hit land. In other words: 57 days to get pretty creative.

Jeff Warren is a student and fellow at the Center for Future Civic Media at MIT. He's working on mapping the Gulf leak using digital cameras tied to balloons and kites. Here are some of the photos Warren and his colleagues have taken, using cheap digital cameras, kites, garbage bags, and tanks of helium.

"You take each image and you stretch it on a map and then every pixel of the location is a place in the real world," says Warren.

Lauren Craig is a master's student at Tulane and a photo volunteer. She's one of the people attaching a camera to a balloon and taking thousands upon thousands of photos.

After the jump, a short video by Jeff Warren in which he describes the project.

 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Your Anecdotal Census: The Schedule

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

As part of the 10 Questions that Count series, The Brian Lehrer Show is going county by county each Tuesday at 11am to tell the story of your neighborhood. Be sure to participate by adding your thoughts at your county's home page (links below). Here is the tentative on-air schedule.

May 4th: New York (Manhattan) | Listen!

May 11th: Bergen, NJ | Listen!

May 18th: Nassau, NY and Suffolk, NY | Listen!

May 25th: Kings (Brooklyn) | Listen!

June 1st: Essex, NJ | Listen!

June 8th: Fairfield, CT | Listen!

June 15thQueens | Listen!

June 22nd: Westchester, NY | Listen!

June 29th: Middlesex, NJ | Listen!

July 6th: Richmond (Staten Island) | Listen!

July 13th: Live in the Greene Space! Hudson, NJ | Listen!

July 22th: Rockland, NY | Listen!

July 27th: Bronx | Listen!

Aug 2nd: Dutchess and Putnam, NY | Union, NJ |  Morris, NJ | 

Misc:  Somerset, NJ | Monmouth, NJ | Ocean, NJ | Orange, NY | Passaic, NJ |All Other Counties|

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Help Wanted: Visit to a Job Fair

Thursday, March 04, 2010

Naomi Cohn is a job seeker and an author on the Brian Lehrer Show Facebook forum, Help Wanted. She writes:

This week I attended a job fair at the Jewish Community Center in Manhattan that was sponsored by several Jewish organizations and synagogues. I didn't see any employers ...

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BL Show Winter Mixtape

Friday, February 26, 2010

It's a snow day, it's cold outside, and it's time to listen to some good winter music. We want your ideas for your favorite snow or winter songs - tracks that are good for curling up inside or trudging through the slush.

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Group Project: Help Test Gov't Transparency

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

from neilsphotoalbum on Flickr

from neilsphotoalbum on Flickr

Help us test the government's new transparency initiatives. How easy is the system? How useful is the information?


The Obama administration requested that government agencies post data online in an easily searchable ...
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The Brian Lehrer Show

Crowdsource: Who's Getting Super Bowl Perks?

Friday, January 29, 2010

Pro Publica needs the Brian Lehrer Show's help for their first annual Super Bowl Blitz, which aims to find out which members of Congress are attending this year's Super Bowl and how they got their tickets. We know the NFL sets aside a large number of tickets for public officials ...

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The Brian Lehrer Show

State of the Union: Collaborate on Writing the Speech

Monday, January 25, 2010

President Obama is set to deliver his first State of the Union address on Wednesday. What's your state of the union? What do you want him to say? Submit your speech and, using the tools at MixedInk, collaborate with others to edit the final draft, borrow passages you like, and ...

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Loud City Map

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

from thetruthabout on flickr

from thetruthabout on flickr

 

Do you wince every time a squealing train pulls into the station? On the Brian Lehrer Show on Monday, January 11th, we talked about noise in the city and hearing ...

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