The eight-mile wall that will protect NYC from global warming and more

A portion of "The Big U"

The Wrap

Three years ago, we profiled Bikestock, a line of vending machines that supply biking essentials. Sadly, Bikestock cofounder Matthew Van Ohlen was killed by a hit-and-run driver while riding his bike early Saturday morning in Williamsburg. Our condolences go out to his friends and family.

Tide Is High
Rolling Stone takes an in-depth look at efforts to save New York City from the impacts of global warming, chief among them “The Big U”, an eight continuous mile-long barrier intended to protect the city from rising waters. The video accompanying Rolling Stone’s piece features absurdly melodramatic music, in stark contrast to the terrifyingly sedate proposal video from Big U architecture firm BIG.

Hitching a Ride
E-ticketing has finally arrived on the MTA, but if you’re hoping to swipe a ride with your iPhone anytime soon, don’t count on it. On Tuesday the eTix mobile ticketing app was rolled out for riders on Metro North’s Hudson line and LIRR’s Port Washington branch; the MTA promises all of the commuter rail lines will implement the service by summer’s end. As for the subway, mobile ticketing likely won’t be available until 2021.

In Other News
Uber Eats has arrived in Greenpoint and Williamsburg. The New York Lottery is embracing augmented reality (reminder: you will not win the lottery). And The New York Times takes a look at the resurgence of city public libraries, as they embrace new technologies.


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