The singing garbage man of New York City

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By Rachel Oakley in Video on Friday 22 May 2015

They say to whistle while you work but in one man’s case, it’s all about hitting the high notes. Meet the most in-tune garbage collector in New York City. As he goes about his nightly route, this man belts out some crazy good tunes. In particular, Hoobastank’s ‘Same Direction’ and ‘Out Of Control’.

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A photo series documenting the ‘beautiful’ scaffolding of New York

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By Rachel Oakley in Architecture on Thursday 14 May 2015

Can scaffolding be beautiful? Anderson Moran has undertaken a photo series for the architecture and design firm, William Green Architecture, that shines a light on the ever-changing scaffolding in New York City.

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A lady selling roses on the subway got the surprise of her life by a generous stranger

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By Rachel Oakley in Video on Thursday 23 April 2015

Hooray! This shows that New Yorkers do have hearts. While riding the subway with a basket full of coloured roses, one man stopped a woman and asked how much they were. She simply told him it was a dollar for a single rose or $11 for a dozen.

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Gotham Air flies you to your destination in NYC, just like Uber

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Monday 6 April 2015

The beauty of using Uber is the convenience of it all. Need a car to come get you? A few clicks and you’re done. But what happens when you’re stuck in Manhattan traffic and you’ve got to make it to the airport in a short period of time? No Uber car could ever get you there fast enough. That’s why you’ll have to go with Gotham Air.

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This video explains everyone’s upstairs neighbour in a nutshell

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By Rachel Oakley in Video on Wednesday 1 April 2015

It’s 2am and your neighbour upstairs is making a racket, but not just any old racket. This type of racket sounds unlike anything you’ve heard before. Could that be… bowling balls being… rolled across the floor?

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A funeral home is probably the last place you should shred the guitar… but this guy could care less

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By Rachel Oakley in Video on Friday 6 March 2015

While you’re waiting for the bus, by all means read a book. Chat to a friend on your phone. Eat the contents of your grocery bags if you like. But please, don’t get out your guitar and start shredding. Especially when your bus stop is in front of a funeral home.

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New York City’s blizzard is proving to be the perfect time to meet strangers online

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By Rachel Oakley in Tech on Wednesday 28 January 2015

When it was announced that an historic snow storm was due to hit New York City this past week, New Yorkers did what any other population would do-they went straight to Craigslist to find a mate. At the time of writing, New York’s Craigslist has hundreds of posts online from men and women, all looking for that special someone to bunker down with while the blizzard passes through.

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Can New Yorkers be more courteous? These posters are trying to make that happen on the subway

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Monday 19 January 2015

For those who are unlucky enough to have ridden the New York City subway, you’ll probably remember a few things about your ride. First, there was probably some woman applying mascara in your car. Second, there was probably an obnoxious dance-off taking place along the journey. And lastly, there were probably more seats taken up by bags of groceries than actual people. New Yorkers aren’t rude, they’re just… different.

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New York has some very peculiar missing posters hanging on its telephone poles

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By Rachel Oakley in New Art on Monday 24 November 2014

Walking around any city you’re bound to see a bunch of flyers attached to light posts about lost dogs, lost keys, discounted guitar lessons, or houses for rent. One guy in New York City has decided to put up his own flyers in an attempt to make jaded New Yorkers laugh, and he’s doing a […]

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New York therapists open their doors for us to take a peek at their surroundings

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By Rachel Oakley in New Photography on Thursday 23 October 2014

There’s just something about New York City that makes you go to therapy. Ok, not everyone, but a large number of New Yorkers see a psychiatrist and their offices range in size and design, from opulent library-type rooms to tiny spaces in a basement apartment. Psychiatrist Sebastian Zimmerman was intrigued by the different offices therapy takes place in New York City, so he decided to photograph them, leading to his book, Fifty Shrinks.

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Water tanks in NYC given an artistic treatment to raise awareness about the importance of clean water for all

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By Mareike Muller in New Art on Friday 26 September 2014

For most of us, clean, drinkable water is something so natural, and almost boring, that we take it for granted. But for many many people it’s not. Filmmaker Mary Jordan had her own painful experience while she was in Ethiopia in 2007 working on a documentary. She almost died from the contaminated water and promised the women who nursed her back to health, that she will help.

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Artists give NYC restaurant choking posters a very creative makeover

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By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Thursday 21 August 2014

In New York, restaurants are required by law to post instructions on the wall on how to save someone from choking. These posters designed by Steve Duenes, while clear to understand, sometimes get just a little too boring for some eateries.

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You can now be buried with your pet in New York

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By Kenny Ong in New Trends on Tuesday 1 July 2014

Animal lovers in New York can now rejoice and might even look forward to their deaths if they are so inclined because it won’t be a till-death-do-us-part situation for them and their beloved pets anymore. Starting in August this year, they can make their own arrangements to be buried with their deceased pets – upon their legal deaths of course – within the same pet cemetery.

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You’ll never guess what New Yorkers had to say to an abandoned camera in Washington Sq Park

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Wednesday 14 May 2014

If you could say anything – anything at all – what would you say to the world? We get to see how New Yorkers go about this task. A man set up a camera and left it alone in Washington Square Park, asking strangers to tell the world anything. What do you think people said to the camera?

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Geometric beauty of New York City, as seen from skyscrapers

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By Low Lai Chow in New Photography on Tuesday 14 January 2014

New York City? Forget the skyline. Photographer Navid Baraty, who has captured an impressive view of NYC from leaning off skyscrapers rooftops 50 floors above ground, recently had his unusual snaps adorning the walls of the Bowling Green subway station. As Baraty told Fast CoExist: ‘You feel the energy and flow of the city — […]

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