This year, New York City will spend $10 billion on 17,000 contracts with private companies. Even though private contracts can invite corruption, whistleblowers are unprotected.
For those who always wanted to know more about the design of the buildings in their own backyard, a new book, “How to Read New York,” offers a crash course. Sketches and blueprints give you x-ray vision into the details of some of New York’s most iconic — and most overlooked — buildings.
In addition to a career in medicine, Dr. Neal Baer has been an executive producer of “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” and now “A Gifted Man,” both television shows set in New York City. A major challenge of his job is finding shoot locations in the city that fit the script. Here are a few things he’s learned during his career overseeing large-scale television productions in and around New York.
You’re running to an appointment at an obscure address but your smartphone’s dead and there’s not a subway map in sight. Looks like you’ll have to get there the old-fashioned way. Here are a few rules of thumb to help you navigate the city when your technology fails you.
Some of New York’s fading wall murals advertise cure-all tonics and horse carriage repairs from as far back as the 19th century. One photographer has documented these historic ads for 15 years, and sees them as an analogy for life in the big city.
In Manhattan, one in two households are occupied by singletons. Have Carrie and her supposedly independent “Sex and the City” girl gang taken over? Or is some other social meme at work…