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Popular Pays is an app that rewards Instagram users with free perks for taking photographs of participating businesses, with locations unlocked based on the number of Instagram followers. Started in Chicago, the app just starting releasing locations in New York City. For now, the early partners are mostly coffee shops like Toby’s Estate Coffee, Joe Coffee, Intellegentsia and Bluestone Lane Coffee (some spots featured on our Top 10 Coffee Shops for Design Buffs in Brooklyn list), where you can get a free cup of coffee with an Instagram from the spot, as long as you have 500 followers. At Spyglass Rooftop Bar atop Archer New York Hotel, get a free specialty coffee with a photo and 3,000 followers.


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The soothing, familiar voices of the hosts on NPR–Brian Lehrer, Amy Eddings of All Things Considered, Sotorious Johnson, Manoush Zomorodi–take on “How to Speak New York” in this fun web tool developed by the WNYC Data News Team. And the melting pot that New York (and New Jersey) are means there are some difficult words like “Kosciuszko Bridge” and “Spuyten Duyvil” and “Zabar’s.” We’ve added some fun Untapped facts to their picks.


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Did you know that New York City has over 1,900 parks? And 1/5 of the city’s land is devoted to green space. But with parks under so many different jurisdictions, ranging from city, state, national to private, it can be tricky figuring out what park is the right one for your particular adventure, especially if you’re not headed to one of the big dogs like Central Park or Prospect Park.  One of the grand prize winners of this year’s NYC BigApps competition is Explore NYC Parks, an app and website developed by a 26-year old developer to solve just that.


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Advertisements are like death, taxes and the idea of the Jets not making the Super Bowl this season. An inevitable aspect of life, especially life in NYC. Not all of them are terrible but the majority of ads millions of New Yorker’s normally see inside subway stations are often those for weak McDonald’s coffee, crappy TV shows, movies we hope no one actually pays to see, and products that we have no plan on using, like moon boots (STOP TRYING TO MAKE MOON BOOTS HAPPEN!).

What if we could see more art underground? One of the most memorable things Keith Haring is remembered for is painting on the subway stations, bringing art that would later be seen only in museums to the people underground. This week, we discovered a new app called NO AD. It was developed by a team of designers and street art enthusiasts including the Public Ad CampaignHeavy Projects (Re + Public), and street blogger and photographer Jowy Romano. The basis of this app is to make the subway stations we ride everyday to work, to bars, to our romantic spouse who lives on the other side of the city into a digital art experience.

Continue reading for a video demonstrating the app and a listing of the artists involved in the project.


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Tunnel Vision, a new app created by NYU student Bill Lindmeier, gives users the opportunity to access real-time visual statistics by simply capturing the image of a New York City subway map on an iPhone. The stunning animations that bring these statistics to life though are worth checking out on their own.


Here’s a fun new urban project for you. The Sonnet Project from NY Shakespeare Exchange and its accompanying Android and iPhone app uses 154 unique New York City locations as a glorious backdrop for short films to go along with all 154 of Shakespeare’s sonnets. The Sonnet Project was started in an attempt to bring the presence of Shakespeare the playwright to those who have never experienced him.