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Phone App Targets Sex Harassment

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

A grassroots organization is stepping up its efforts to combat harassment on the streets, buses and trains.

For years, Holla Back NYC has been encouraging women to snap pictures of cat callers and harassers, and post the photos on the group’s site. Now the founders want to make that process easier. They are planning to launch an iPhone application this summer that will immediately send the photo and other information to a database. From there, Holla Back will compile data that organizers hope will encourage greater enforcement of anti-harassment laws in the city.

Subway Offenders Caught on Camera

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

New Yorkers often fester in silence when they encounter rude subway behavior – the man who saunters up the left side of the stairs during rush hour, the woman who files her nails in the seat next to you, the kid who sings out loud to his iPod.

But Brooklyn comedian Tom Sibley doesn’t let public transit offenders off so easy. He targets them with his camera phone.

Sibley’s blog, Subway Douchery, exposes subway riders who violate the understood rules of public transportation, by plastering their pictures on the Web. The blog’s popularity has exploded in the past three months. But not everyone is a fan.

While some applaud Sibley’s nod to common courtesy, others say he’s violating his targets’ privacy.

Workers Bid St. Vincent’s Goodbye

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

St. Vincent’s Hospital, a Greenwich Village mainstay for 160 years, is coming off life support, unable to survive $700 million in debt. The hospital is phasing out operations, though Lenox Hill Hospital will at least temporarily run a so-called urgent care operation out of the storied Village medical center.

Meanwhile, some 3,500 St. Vincent’s employees are spending the hospital’s final days saying their final farewells – and looking for work.

Cherry Blossoms Make a Pretty Picture

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

Spring has sprung in New York and nowhere is this more evident than at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.  In addition to fragrant hydrangeas, lilacs, and wisteria, the garden’s famed cherry blossom trees are now in bloom.  The tradition of enjoying the blossoms is called “hanami” in Japan, which literally means “flower viewing.”

Big Goals for Sled Hockey Team

Friday, April 23rd, 2010

Toying with Modern Art

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

Boutique Books Press Advantage

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

Artist Connects With LEGO Pieces

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

Green Cars Electrify Auto Industry

Thursday, April 15th, 2010