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Perpetual complaints about New York City’s transportation system are a significant part of New Yorkers’ love-hate relationship with the city. With Mayor de Blasio’s endorsement of the Brooklyn-Queens streetcar plan yesterday, here are five more transportation system plans that may become part of New Yorkers’ daily commute in the near future, and hopefully not part of their daily rant. (more…)

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On a recent visit to Washington D.C., we had the opportunity to extensively check out the United States Capitol Subway System, one of the most unique in the world. The exclusive transit system is not exactly open to the public unless you’re a member of Congress or a staffer on Capitol Hill. It’s also one of the world’s shortest – the portion between the Senate to the Russell Senate Office Building is about 1000 feet and takes less than a minute. Riding US Capitol Subway system is mundane operating procedure for Capitol Hill employees, but a fascinating find for the lay people. 

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Here are some great New York City events to check out this week ranging from performances to discussions about the Civil War and Brooklyn’s best cocktails there are so many great destinations to visit. You can travel to Brooklyn and take part in a discussion with the President of Harvard University or you can go north to the Museum of the City of New York and meet three renowned street artists.

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Check out an exciting performance at the Bell House in Brooklyn for another performance of Ask Me Anothera co-production of NPR and WNYC with guest, broadway actor Leslie Odom Jr. A rambunctious hour that blends brainteasers and local pub trivia night with comedy and music.

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Musical instruments are not always the first thing that comes to mind when you think of architecture, but they are often embedded into landmark buildings. This month, several other unique instruments are featured on display within museum exhibits. Here, we have curated a list of musical instruments you may have overlooked in your daily walk, or should check out on your next exploration.

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Todd W. Schneider is a software engineer who has been analyzing the New York City’s open data in his spare time, documenting the results on topics as varied as Citi Bike trips, Uber v. Taxi pickups, and non-city oriented topics like the 2016 election. With Citi Bike topping 10 million rides in 2015, Schneider decided to take a deep dive into the transportation system’s open data. One of the most fun maps he’s created in the bunch is an animation of the rides taken on September 16, 2015. The day is random (albeit a weekday) but Schneider uses it to show general trends in Citi Bike usage.

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