Curbed NY: Interactive eviction map shows where landlords are booting tenants. “A new interactive map tracking eviction rates across the five boroughs paints a stark portrait of the city’s housing crisis. The data visualizations, created by Acting Public Advocate and New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson’s office, pulls data from the City’s Department of Investigations to pinpoint residential evictions across the five boroughs as a tool to guide advocates and policy makers conversation on how to slash the city’s eviction rate.”
New York Times: Firm That Sold Social Media Bots Settles With New York Attorney General. “Letitia James, the attorney general of New York, announced a settlement on Wednesday with Devumi, a company that sold hundreds of millions of fake followers on Twitter and other social media platforms before going out of business last year.”
New-to-me, from Curbed New York: The unsung modernist treasures of Queens. “In Bayside, Queens, the American Martyrs Roman-Catholic church sits proudly on a street corner, standing in high relief compared to the single-family homes nearby. It’s circular and covered in yellow bricks, with a folded-plate copper roof that’s aged into a mossy shade of green…. It’s a fine building designed by John O’Malley, one of the most prolific ecclesiastical architects in Brooklyn and Queens. You won’t find the church in most history books about modern architecture, but it is included in Queens Modern, a digital archive composed of adaptations of the movement in New York City’s largest borough, which was updated at the end of December to include deeper dives into over a dozen firms active during the mid-20th-century.” There appears to be some concern in the comments that not everything included is “real” modernist. I don’t know enough about architecture to judge.
Reuters: Google to spend $1 billion on new campus in New York. “Google is investing more than $1 billion on a new campus in New York, becoming the second major technology company after Amazon to pick America’s financial capital to expand and create thousands of jobs.”
6sqft: New Historic Districts Council website lists every landmark in NYC. “Preservationists, advocates, history buffs and anyone interested in finding out about the history of New York City’s neighborhoods and landmarks has an exciting new resource at their fingertips. The Historic Districts Council (HDC) has launched a new website that offers a complete list of every historic district, individual landmark, interior landmark and scenic landmark in New York City.”
New York Times: Sending Lewd Nudes to Strangers Could Mean a Year in Jail. “Rebecca Odorisio was traveling home on a crowded A train on Tuesday when a photo suddenly appeared on her phone from someone identifying himself as ‘The Enterprise.’ It was a picture of an erect penis, sent to her over AirDrop, an iPhone feature that allows users to send photos and documents to anyone within 30 feet who has left that feature open. Disgusted, she quickly rejected it.”
WIVB: New legislation calls for social media search before pistol permit in NY . “New legislation submitted in the State Senate would require social media checks before someone could get their pistol permit. We’ve been told for years to keep passwords private. If you’re trying to get a pistol permit in the future, that may change.”