… every single resident of New York City decided to evacuate the famed metropolis, having realized it was nothing more than a massive, trash-ridden hellhole that slowly sucks the life out of every one of its inhabitants.

It’s funny how many times Laura have made similar observations including:

  • "…the pressure of 20 million tons of concrete wasn’t constantly suffocating them."
  • "I don’t need to pay $2,000 a month to share a doghouse-sized apartment… I want to live like a goddamn human being."
  • "… the phrase "Only in New York" is actually just a defense mechanism used to convince themselves that seeing a ______ is somehow endearing, or part of some shared cultural experience."
  • "… the Brooklyn Bridge is great but it’s just a fucking bridge…"
  • "… that nobody goes to the Met anyway…"
  • "… and that living in a dingy, grime-caked apartment while exhaust fumes from an idling truck seep through your bedroom window." (so true about our first apartment in the UWS)

On a more serious note… check out this pretty cool visualization of where New Yorkers have moved in the last decade: Map your moves.

    Information from millions of taxi trips provides a telling record of the city’s vital signs. The map shows the average number of pickups for different times of the day and days of week, Jan. – March, 2009.

    NYC Taxi Pick Up: 1 a.m. Saturday

    Another brilliant data and Google Map mashup from The New York Times’ Interactive Graphics desk: Tracking Taxi Flow Across the City.

    When I had a life and went out Friday nights, I competed for cabs in the Lower East Side and in the West Village at 1 a.m. Saturday mornings. And let me tell you. It’s awful. Available cabs are extremely difficult to find and your competition is not only ruthless, but often, intoxicated. Not a nice combination.

    I’ve often wish there was an app that showed me locations of available and in-service cabs in real time. Or maybe, the better app is to find the drop off points to quickly find the cabs that become immediately available? This CabSense app looks promising.