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You Can Now Buy Wine from Amazon

Source: http://gizmodo.com/5958806/you-can-now-buy-wine-from-amazon

You Can Now Buy Wine from AmazonBooks, hahaha! Streaming video? Whatever. But wine, the blood of Bacchus, harbinger of groping and maybe more? Now that’s what we’re talking about, Amazon—get dirt cheap bottles of wino sent straight to your door, you lush.

Starting today, anyone in California, Connecticut, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, Oregon, Washington, Wyoming and the District of Columbia can get up to six bottles in one order, with a shipping cost of just $10. You’ve got your reds, your sparklings, and you bet your silky bottom you can chug a rosé from Bezos, too. All in all, Amazon’s now selling over a thousand kinds of wine. Some are just nine bucks.

You’ll have to get an adult to sign for your shipment at the door, and you can’t get bubbly sent to an Amazon Locker yet—it’s almost as if the company foresaw the interest of underage kids—but if you’re a teen living in an apartment building with a doorman or front desk that signs for all packages, prepare to be swimming in gallons and gallons of cheap wine. Thhsahnk youk,, intnernet! [Amazon]

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Thursday, November 8th, 2012 news No Comments

Mayor Bloomberg Calls On AirBnB To Help Sandy Victims Find Housing

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/nyc-airbnb-help-bloomberg-free-housing-sandy-victims-2012-11

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When apartment rental site AirBnB started making waves across the U.S. last year, New York City officials were quick to draw a line in the sand –– making it illegal and punishable by as much as $5,000 to rent rooms for longer than 30 days. 

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, it looks like they’ve agreed to bury the hatchet, at least for now. Mayor Bloomberg announced today his office will support AirBnB’s efforts to put free roofs over the heads of some 40,000 New Yorkers displaced by the superstorm. 

AirBnB had already offered discounted lodging for Sandy survivors, but it’s now created a landing page for entirely free Sandy listings.

By Wednesday afternoon, there were already dozens of listings to choose from.

Hurricane Sandy was downgraded to a superstorm when it made landfall in New York and New Jersey early last week, but the damage is far from repaired. Public transit is only now chugging back to full speed, with some downtown areas still without normal service.

But it’s the tens of thousands of residents who lost their homes or were forced to leave in the wake of the storm that have posed the largest problem. Temperatures are dropping each day and with Wednesday’s Nor’easter dumping a pile of unexpected snow and slush on the city, it’s no wonder the city has ramped up its efforts to find these people a safe and warm place to stay. 

For an yone willing to offer up space in their homes to people in need, sign up here.

See Also: What it was like to live in the dark of Manhattans’ projects after Sandy > 

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Wednesday, November 7th, 2012 news No Comments

Source: http://lifehacker.com/5939011/lovely-offers-photo+based-apartment-search-results-for-quickly-identifying-an-awesome-new-pad

Lovely Offers Photo-Based Apartment Search Results for Quickly Identifying an Awesome New PadCraigslist’s apartment search still sucks, but thankfully there are third-party developers out there making it better (even if Craigslist doesn’t like it). Previously mentioned Lovely is dedicated to making the apartment finding process easier, and this weekend they built a new search tool to help you find a great place with photo-based search results.

All you need to do is choose a city and a neighborhood to get started. From there you can narrow down your options by choosing the number of bedrooms you want in your apartment and a price range. As you make your selections, Lovely will provide you with a grid of photos depicting the various apartments available to you. From there you can click on anything appealing for more information and view the entire listing if you choose. While browsing on a map is great, sometimes you just want to pick the places that look the best before you worry too much about the exact location. Lovely’s new tool helps you do just that.

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Thursday, August 30th, 2012 news No Comments

RentHackr Bypasses Landlords And Brokers To Show The Real Price Of NYC Apartments

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/renthackr-shows-the-real-price-of-apartments-2012-4

 

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A new app could make apartment hunting in the Big Apple a lot less hellish.

RentHackr uses crowd sourcing to bypass landlords and brokers to show exactly what tenants are paying for any given pad.

Using the service is easy. Just sign in with your Facebook account, punch in some info about where you live and what you’re paying, then click “Let’s do this” to spread the word and view apartments around the city.

Like Pad Mapper, RentHackr plots apartments on a big map of New York’s five boroughs. You can click any of the green flags to see the price of an apartment or room and the tenant’s situation (how long he plans to stay there).

However, unlike Pad Mapper, there’s no filter to find what you want, and anyone new to the city might have trouble deciphering where Queens ends and Brooklyn begins.

Additionally, there’s no way to contact whoever posted the pad, so if you happen to find a place that meets your criteria, you’re bound to be frustrated.

That said, RentHackr could disrupt the way tenants and landlords do business. Both prospective and current renters will get the upper hand in lease negotiations by virtue of knowing how much a place actually goes for.

Even better, a shady landlord sizing prospective tenants for higher rent won’t get away with it if he can argue the place isn’t being advertised fairly.

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Wednesday, April 4th, 2012 news No Comments

Source: http://gizmodo.com/5882542/new-york-citys-energy-consumption-mapped-out-building+by+building

New York City's Energy Consumption Mapped Out, Building-by-BuildingConvinced you’re more environmentally aware than your neighbors? Now you can find out: scientists have mapped the entire energy use of New York City, building by building.

The interactive map, created by Bianca Howard, a PhD student in mechanical engineering at Columbia University, uses publicly available data to work out which buildings are using the most energy and how they are using it. Then, it displays the energy use on a color-map. Howard’s PhD supervisors, Professor Modi, explains:

“While discussions frequently focus on electricity use, homes in New York City, whether a townhouse or a large apartment building, use far more energy in form of heat rather than electricity. Nearly all of this heat is obtained from heating oil or natural gas. In addition, current electricity distribution infrastructure in many urban areas relies on large amounts of electricity brought in from outside the city, making it difficult to support increased future use without requiring significant investment of resources and funds. We are looking at ways we can address both these issues-reducing our heating bills and increasing local electricity generation capacity.”

The resulting interactive map is great fun to play around with, allowing you to see how energy use is split down between electricity, space heating and cooling, and water heating. The best bit is that, as mentioned, its detail lets you study energy use down to the scale of individual buildings. You can play around with the map here. Every city needs something like this. [Columbia Engineering via Boing Boing]

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Monday, February 6th, 2012 Uncategorized No Comments

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