10/13/15 9:20am

Arro_01The way we get around the city when we decide to take a car service or taxi has changed dramatically over the past year. For one, green cabs now pepper intersections in Brooklyn where hailing a taxi would have once been a fool’s errand. Hiring a car service, and paying for it with a credit card, is faster and easier than ever, and ride-sharing services and apps have popped up to save us all cash.

To figure out who offers the best ride, I downloaded Uber, Lyft, and the new NYC taxi cab app Arro on my Android, and picked locations within a comparable distance of around one mile, all in North Brooklyn–Greenpoint and Williamsburg–to make the trips as similar as possible. My criteria to compare each service was simple. In each case I noted:

1) Ease of app
2) Cost
3) Distance
4) Timeliness

I then went on a trial-by-car-service ride along to see what kind of lift I could get on a date night with my boyfriend. The plan: Meet for happy hour, followed by dinner and a movie. Our night began at duckduck bar in Bushwick (for their excellent two-for-one happy hour, which includes cheese puffs), before the movie. (more…)

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12/05/14 9:22am
Cream, a new shop in Bay Ridge, bakes a hot chocolate and marshmallow doughnut. Photo: David Chiu

Cream, a new shop in Bay Ridge, bakes a hot chocolate and marshmallow doughnut. Photo: David Chiu

We’re in it–holiday party season. Whether it’s chatting up your boss at your work party, or charming your significant other’s family over dinner, you’re going to need something to talk about in the coming weeks. Here’s what we’ve been reading lately.

1. It’s a heavy shopping time of the year (check out all our holiday gifting coverage, if you’re still in a buying mood). Some parents, though, have had it with all the toys, clutter and kid junk, and are taking drastic steps toward minimalism, with interesting results.   

2. Remember when there was a huge black market for stolen Tide? Well, baby formula is the new Tide, says Vocative, complete with formula fences and kingpins.

3. Racism, police brutality and the deep flaws in our justice system are THE issues of the day. At The Atlantic, Peter Beinart argues that if Eric Garner, the Staten Island man killed by an NYPD chokehold, had been white, he would now be a Tea Party cause celebre and martyr. Chris Rock told Frank Rich that “racial progress” has nothing to do with black people and everything to do with the gradual decline of white ignorance.  Salon counseled Democrats on how to address systemic racism in a meaningful way, and our own borough president, Eric Adams, a former NYPD officer, took to the pages of The New York Times to explain and condemn the police culture that led to Garner’s death. (more…)

11/25/14 8:00am
This doesn't have to be your problem.

This doesn’t have to be your problem.

Yes, Thanksgiving week is the busiest, most hassle-filled travel time of the year. It’s just part of the holidays, like that cranberry jello salad your aunt always makes, or the tense mood that strikes the table whenever your cousin’s awful boyfriend opens his mouth. For New Yorkers, getting to the airport is either expensive, time consuming, or both, even in the best of traffic conditions. All three of our major airports, JFK, LaGuardia and Newark rank at the very bottom of Bloomberg Businessweek’s Airport Frustration Index, with LaGuardia receiving the lowest marks of any airport in the country in almost every category.

We can’t magically get you to your gate without delays or irritation, but we do have a few suggestions for saving time and money on the way to the airport, including a ridesharing app that could be your Uber replacement, and some public transportation tricks. (more…)

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